'Ms. Marvel' Connection to 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Explained

'Ms. Marvel' Connection to 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Explained
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Disney + just released the first episode of Kamala Khan's adventures, and the post-credit scene surprised MCU fans with the totally unexpected connection to Tom Holland's superhero journey.

The Iman Vellani-led series follows an ordinary, albeit slightly superhero-crazed girl who unexpectedly gains powers of cosmic energy, allowing her to become a superheroine herself. With New Jersey as its backdrop and colorful Pakistani-American culture elements complementing the action, 'Ms. Marvel' has already been praised by fans as one of the most wholesome projects Feige and his team have ever produced. Filled with Easter eggs, references and nods to other MCU films, the first episode did not disappoint even after the credits rolled, reintroducing fans to one rather obscure character who, apparently, has a significant role to play in Kamala's future.

The character in question is P. Cleary (Arian Moayed), and don't worry if that name doesn't ring a bell – Cleary was introduced in the last year's 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' as an agent of the United States Department of Damage Control, organization tasked with keeping track of all superhero-related events. Cleary was seen interrogating Peter Parker, MJ, Nate and Aunt May at the NYPD precinct, and the cleverly edited scene quickly became one of the most memorable non-action parts of the hugely successful film.

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A scene with Officer P. Cleary from 'Spider-Man: No Way Home', image credit: Marvel Studios

And now it looks like Cleary has decided to investigate another teenage superhero: in the post-credits scene, it's revealed that he wants to interrogate Miss Marvel. Maybe Moayed's character will become a minor villain in the current season, or maybe his views will completely change in the course of events to come, but one thing is for sure: fans can't wait to learn more about Cleary's dislike of young heroes.

It honestly turns out in the MCU that P. Cleary never liked kids, especially ones who are superheroes. – /JigsawMarx.

Most of the fans are pretty certain that Department of Damage Control is on track to become a permanent fixture in the MCU reality – something like a new S.H.I.E.L.D.; it means that what is now considered as a nice, Easter egg-y connection between 'Ms. Marvel' and 'Spider-Man' could potentially become a whole new (and fairly huge) deal.

N.I.C.E. seems to be taking S.H.I.E.L.D.'s and ATCU's place for stopping and detaining potential super-powered threats. We haven't had that for years in the MCU and I hope Cleary and Deaver become recurring faces like Coulson and Fury in Phase 1. It's especially necessary in the post-blip world which gets crazier by the day, has no stable Avengers team and even heroes are starting to be perceived as villains by the public (Spider-Man, Wanda, technically John Walker, the temporary Captain America and probably the Hulk and She-Hulk who can very easily go out of control). It seems N.I.C.E. will be a subagency of the DODC and act as the "brute force". – /KostisPat257.