It’s not unusual for the MCU to reinvent a character from the comics to suit its needs–but those hit most heavily with the reimagination hammer tend to be the oldest and most deeply entrenched superheroes in the stables. Of course, someone like Iron Man or Captain America is going to need a facelift moving from page to screen–there’s just too much history and continuity there to wrangle for them not to. It’s more unusual for Marvel’s new characters to be given a major overhaul–the Miles Morales we meet in Enter the Spider-Verse is, with only a handful of minor exceptions, the same guy you would recognize from the comics, for example. The combination of built-in modern sensibilities and a lack of decades-long continuity just helps grease the adaptation wheels.
And then, there’s Kamala Khan. In Marvel’s latest Disney+ TV show, Ms. Marvel, Kamala was given her live-action debut–and with it came some massive changes to both her story and her superpowers. But, as a hero who was invented less than a decade ago, this makes her something of an anomaly. Thankfully, Marvel has an ace-in-the-hole to make sure these changes, atypical as they may be, run smoothly. Sana Amanat, Director of Content and Character Development at Marvel, co-created Kamala in the comics and has now been brought over as a co-executive producer on the show, giving her the chance to shepherd not one but two distinct versions of Kamala into the spotlight.
“[co-creator G. Willow Willson] has such a beautiful and distinct voice,” Amanat explained to GameSpot during an interview, “It’s really hard to mimic that, actually. What I learned is that if you’re trying to mimic it too much–I think you have to just understand the essence of what Kamala is all about, which is wide-eyed and quirky and kind of stumbling into words and phrases–so mimicking Willow it might not necessarily work. Especially when you adapt it, it’s going to feel a little too cheesy or saccharine, you know? Sometimes pulling words directly off the page can feel that way.”
Amanat continued, emphasizing the importance of finding a way to keep Kamala as grounded as possible in this new live-action adaptation. “We really tried to make sure we grounded her, as like a real Gen Z kid, and at the same time tried to find a way to make her struggles not feel stereotypical. We’ve seen so many coming of age stories, right? So that was what we were thinking a lot about, making sure that it felt relevant to the modern age and also that [Kamala] was someone with a little bit of edge to her, but also retained some vulnerability–which thankfully Iman Vellani does so well.”
The most notable changes to Kamala’s character come in the form of her superpowers, which have been swapped out from the comics Inhuman-based “embiggening” (the ability to stretch and manipulate the size of her body) for a jewelry-based light-construct system that seems tied to Kamala’s family history–though it’s not entirely clear what that might mean or how that factors into everything just yet. And Kamala’s family were yet another major piece of the puzzle in figuring out the adaptation, according to Amanat.
“Some of the early feedback we were getting was things like ‘oh Kamala’s parents are so strict, they’re going to seem like very typical Muslim parents, conservative and strict Muslim parents,’ but to us, they just seemed like parents,” Amanat explained. “They’re protective of their kid. And yes, there are those cultural nuances of assuming every party she goes to is going to be boys and alcohol–which is how my mom was–but my mom is a lovely person and she lets me do whatever in my life, it just comes from a place of protectiveness. And there’s another layer [in our show] for [Kamala’s mother, Muneeba] too, because of her experience with her own mother, which has created this disconnect. She doesn’t want Kamala to be like her mother.
“We navigated [all of this] in the context of saying, ‘yeah, okay, these things are going to happen,’ there are cultural differences and those differences mean that [Kamala’s parents] don’t understand her, just like a lot of parents don’t understand. It’s just that their distinction is that there’s a cultural layer to it.”
Undoubtedly, the mysteries and changes surrounding Kamala’s family, and the continued evolution of her superpowers, will be revealed as Ms. Marvel continues on Disney+. New episodes arrive on the streaming platform every Wednesday.
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How long do Valorant’s Acts last? Answered
Image via Riot Acts in Valorant are akin to seasons in games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, or Destiny 2. Every Act introduces new content to the game, such as agents or maps, alongside an Act-exclusive battle pass featuring 55 tiers of cosmetics to unlock. However, you’ll need to ensure you finish your battle pass before…
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Acts in Valorant are akin to seasons in games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, or Destiny 2. Every Act introduces new content to the game, such as agents or maps, alongside an Act-exclusive battle pass featuring 55 tiers of cosmetics to unlock. However, you’ll need to ensure you finish your battle pass before an Act ends if you want to reap all of its rewards. But how long do Acts last?
How long are Valorant’s Acts?
Valorant’s Acts tend to last around two months each, give or take a few weeks. Looking at Valorant’s past Acts, most have typically ended roughly two months after launch, with some clocking in at just under two months. Additionally, some Acts — such as Ignition Act 3 — have lasted for about three months, so there’s always a possibility that an Act might be a bit longer than expected.
Related: All Valorant Episode 5 Act 1 Battle Pass content: skins, tiers, and rewards
Like most other popular online games, you will not be able to redeem battle pass rewards for a particular Act after the Act ends. If you’re considering purchasing Valorant’s battle pass, it’s always worth checking how long an Act has been out to evaluate if you’ll have enough time to unlock the current Act’s rewards before it comes to an end. However, other content introduced in an Act, like agents and maps, will carry over into the next Act.
You’ll work through battle pass tiers by leveling up. If you’re looking to level up quickly, we recommend you pay close attention to your daily and weekly missions, which both reward you with a good deal of XP.
Some of the cosmetics you’ll unlock from an Act’s battle pass can be quite stylish. If you’re looking to flaunt your fashion on the battlefield, check out our coverage on the best Operator and Spectre skins.
Man gets early morning shock as car crashes into his house
GEORGE TOWN: A homeowner in Penang got a shock on Saturday (June 25) morning when a car rammed into his home at about 7am. “I heard a bang outside and rushed out. I saw that a car had crashed into the front of my house and the empty house next door that had been used…
GEORGE TOWN: A homeowner in Penang got a shock on Saturday (June 25) morning when a car rammed into his home at about 7am.
“I heard a bang outside and rushed out. I saw that a car had crashed into the front of my house and the empty house next door that had been used as a welding workshop,” said 52-year-old Hasbullah Mohd Khalid.
News portal Berita Harian Online reported that Hasbullah was boiling water while his three children were in another room when the incident happened.
“I was confused for a moment when I saw the damage to the front of the house as it was just a few meters from the place where I was boiling water. It was only separated by a wooden wall,” he said to the portal.
Hasbullah said the damage to his house was estimated at RM50,000.
He did not have time to meet the man who was driving the vehicle because he was taken away by his friend.
It is understood that the case has been handed over to the police for further action.
Norway terror alert raised after deadly mass shooting
OSLO: The Norwegian security service PST has raised its terror alert to the highest level after a mass shooting left two people dead and many wounded during Pride week in Oslo. Acting PST chief Roger Berg called the shootings an “extreme Islamist terror act.” He said the gunman, who was arrested shortly after the shootings,…
OSLO: The Norwegian security service PST has raised its terror alert to the highest level after a mass shooting left two people dead and many wounded during Pride week in Oslo.
Acting PST chief Roger Berg called the shootings an “extreme Islamist terror act.”
He said the gunman, who was arrested shortly after the shootings, had a “long history of violence and threats.”
Early on Saturday (June 25), the gunman opened fire in Oslo’s night-life district, killing two people and leaving 10 seriously wounded in what police are investigating as a possible terrorist attack during the Norwegian capital’s annual Pride festival.
Investigators said the suspect, identified as a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen originally from Iran, was arrested after opening fire at three locations in downtown Oslo.
While the motive was unclear, organizers of Oslo Pride cancelled a parade that was set for Saturday as the highlight of a weeklong festival. One of the shootings happened outside the London Pub, a bar popular with the city’s LGBTQ community, just hours before the parade was set to begin.
Police attorney Christian Hatlo said the suspect was being held on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and terrorism, based on the number of people targeted at multiple locations.
“Our overall assessment is that there are grounds to believe that he wanted to cause grave fear in the population,” Hatlo said.
Hatlo said the suspect’s mental health was also being investigated.
“We need to go through his medical history, if he has any. It’s not something that we’re aware of now,” he said.
The shootings happened around 1am local time, sending panicked revellers fleeing into the streets or trying to hide from the gunman.
Olav Roenneberg, a journalist from Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, said he witnessed the shooting.
“I saw a man arrive at the site with a bag. He picked up a weapon and started shooting,” Roenneberg told NRK.
“First I thought it was an air gun. Then the glass of the bar next door was shattered and I understood I had to run for cover.”
Another witness, Marcus Nybakken, 46, said he was alerted to the incident by a commotion in the area.
“When I walked into Cesar’s bar there were a lot of people starting to run and there was a lot of screaming. I thought it was a fight out there, so I pulled out. But then I heard that it was a shooting and that there was someone shooting with a submachine gun,” Nybakken told Norwegian broadcaster TV2.
Police inspector Tore Soldal said two of the shooting victims died and 10 people were being treated for serious injuries, but none of them was believed to be life-threatening.
Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said in a Facebook post that “the shooting outside London Pub in Oslo tonight was a cruel and deeply shocking attack on innocent people.”
He said that while the motive was unclear, the shooting had caused fear and grief in the LGBTQ community.
“We all stand by you,” Gahr Stoere wrote.
King Harald V also offered condolences and said he and Norway’s royal family were “horrified by the night’s shooting tragedy.”
“We sympathize with all relatives and affected and send warm thoughts to all who are now scared, restless and in grief,” the Norwegian monarch said in a statement.
“We must stand together to defend our values: freedom, diversity and respect for each other. We must continue to stand up for all people to feel safe.”
Christian Bredeli, who was at the bar, told Norwegian newspaper VG that he hid on the fourth floor with a group of about 10 people until he was told it was safe to come out.
“Many were fearing for their lives,” he said.
“On our way out we saw several injured people, so we understood that something serious had happened.”
Norwegian broadcaster TV2 showed footage of people running down Oslo streets in panic as shots rang out in the background.
Investigators said the suspect was known to police, as well as to Norway’s security police, but not for any major violent crimes. His criminal record included a narcotics offence and a weapons offense for carrying a knife, Hatlo said.
Hatlo said police seized two weapons after the attack: a handgun and an automatic weapon, both of which he described as “not modern” without giving details.
He said the suspect had not made any statement to the police and was in contact with a defence lawyer.
Hatlo said it was too early to say whether the gunman specifically targeted members of the LGBTQ community.
“We have to look closer at that, we don’t know yet,” he said.
Still, police advised organizers of the Pride festival to cancel the parade Saturday.
“Oslo Pride therefore urges everyone who planned to participate or watch the parade to not show up. All events in connection with Oslo Prides are cancelled,” organizers said on the official Facebook page of the event.
Inge Alexander Gjestvang, leader of FRI, the Norwegian organisation for sexual and gender diversity, said the shooting has shaken the Nordic country’s gay community.
“It’s tough for the queer movement to experience this,” he was quoted by TV2 as saying.
“We encourage everyone to stand together, take care of each other. We’ll be back later, proud, visible but right now it’s not the time for that.”
Norway has a relatively low crime rate but has experienced violent attacks by right-wing extremists, including one of the worst mass shootings in Europe in 2011, when a gunman killed 69 people on the island of Utoya after setting off a bomb in Oslo that left eight dead.
In 2019, another right-wing extremist killed his stepsister and then opened fire in a mosque but was overpowered before anyone there was injured. – AP
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