Who is Ms. Marvel - Kamala Khan in the MCU: From Fangirl To Supergirl?
|Who is Ms. Marvel - Kamala Khan in the MCU|
The character Ms. Marvel was created by editors Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker with writer G. Willow Wilson and artists Adrian Alphona and Jamie McKelvie. She first appeared in Captain Marvel #14 which was released in August 2013 and then had her own comic books in February 2014.
Fans of Marvel's Avengers video game, of course, know who Kamala Khan is. But some others may ask, why is her name Ms. Marvel? What is the strength of Ms.Marvel? And what can we expect from a series starring the teen hero?
Who is Kamala Khan, Ms. Marvel: Character origin?
Ms. Marvel, real name Kamala Khan is Marvel's pioneering Muslim superhero. She is a Pakistani-American teenager, living in New Jersey City with her father, mother and brother. During a night out from home to attend a high school party, she was teased and ostracized by her friends. On the way home, the city was suddenly enveloped by the mist of Terrigen Mists – a particularly important compound left behind by the Kree people on Earth.
She absolutely loves the Avengers, and is an avid fan and writer of fanfiction (relatable.) Captain Marvel Carol Danvers is her absolute favorite, but she loves her some Wolverine, too.
Ms Marvel is a mutant experiment deployed by the Kree on Earth. While unconscious in the Terrigen cocoon, Kamala dreamed of the 3 superheroes she loved, Captain America, Iron Man and, of course, Captain Marvel was talk to yourself. During the conversation, she expressed her desire to become like Carol Danvers. The dream ends in the words of encouragement of superheroes and it is also time to complete the transformation process known as Terrigenesis – a process that activates mutant genes in mutant Inhuman members. caused by exposure to Terrigen Mists.
Kamala was born in Jersey City, the daughter of Yusuf Khan and Muneeba Khan. Her parents and her older brother, Aamir Khan moved to the United States from Karachi, Pakistan. In kindergarten, Kamala met Nakia Bahadir, who went on to become Kamala's best friend. Like Kamala, Nakia was a practicing Muslim and the daughter of immigrants.
Later, when Kamala was entering the second grade, the Khan family met one of her new classmates, Bruno Carrelli. The teacher, Ms. Bartholomew, told the Khans that Bruno's mother had recently lost custody of Bruno and his younger brother Vick. The Carrelli brothers had been sent to live with their grandparents, immigrants from Italy, and their family had been struggling to make ends meet. They had not been able to pay for Bruno's activities, and young Bruno had become something of a pariah. The Khans offered to pay the boy's fees and sent their daughter to play with him. Though reluctant at first, Kamala and Bruno soon formed a close bond over their shared background coming from immigrant families and their love for the animated TV series Tween Mutant Samurai Turtles.
Kamala found solace with her two best friends, Bruno and Nakia, something she sorely needed. Though proud and respectful of her heritage and faith, Kamala always felt different and was often mocked by her other peers for her nerdy interests and strict parents. In addition to her friendship with Nakia and Bruno, Kamala found escape in her love of video games, social media, fan fiction, and above all, superheroes. She devotedly followed the career of Carol Danvers, the former Ms. Marvel who had recently started going by the nom de guerre Captain Marvel.
One night, hoping to prove herself to be more than the odd duck, Kamala went against her parents' wishes -- and Bruno's -- to go to a party at the Jersey Waterfront; however, her classmates, particularly Zoe Zimmer and Zoe's boyfriend Josh Richardson, kept teasing and ostracizing her. Miserable, Kamala was on her way home when Jersey City was suddenly blanketed in the Terrigen Mists, and Kamala along with it.
Unconscious in her Terrigen cocoon, Kamala saw an unusual vision of three of her favorite super heroes -- Captain America, Iron Man, and, of course, Captain Marvel. The heroes scolded the girl for her disobedience and asked her what she wanted in life. Kamala mused that she wanted to be more like Captain Marvel, who she described as "beautiful and awesome and butt-kicking and less complicated." When the vision ended and Kamala emerged from her Terrigenesis, she was shocked to find that she had literally been transformed into a younger Carol Danvers in her Ms. Marvel costume.
Taken aback, Kamala struggled to gain control of her new powers. After giving herself some time to calm down, Kamala discovered she was now a polymorph and could change her body into virtually anything. As she ran though the neighborhood, she eventually found herself back at the Waterfront, where she saw a drunk Josh Richardson cause Zoe Zimmer to fall into the river. Instinctively, Kamala changed into Ms. Marvel and rescued Zoe by enlarging her arm to pull Zoe to safety. Needless to say, the residents of Jersey City and the local media were fairly surprised by such a sight, and Kamala fled the scene. Upon returning home, Kamala realized that there was more to being like Carol Danvers than looking like her. As horribly as Zoe had treated her, she was glad and proud that she had rescued her. She wanted to continue that, but it seemed unlikely that would happen, as she was promptly grounded by her parents, who had learned from Bruno that she had stolen away to the party without their permission.
Becoming Ms. Marvel
Eventually her punishment ended and while Bruno was working at the neighborhood convenience store, Circle Q, Kamala went to visit him. There she encountered an armed robbery in progress, and abandoning her desire to reconcile with her friend over the circumstances her grounding, Kamala jumped into action in an attempt to stop the burglar, but was shot in the process.
Luckily, Kamala discovered that she had a second power: she could heal from her injuries by simply shifting back to her true form, outing herself to her friend in the process. Bruno explained the thief she had just faced was his younger brother Vick, who had gotten involved with a mysterious person called the "Inventor" and was being forced to break the law for him. Concerned, the two friends traced Vick to a seemingly-abandoned house in Greenville. Kamala put together a makeshift super hero costume out of her swimsuit and a domino mask as she went to Vick's rescue. She soon realized that she was not alone, as the house filled with the Inventor's other teenage minions, led by a boy named Doyle with a small army worth of mechanical spiders.
Kamala's initial rescue attempt failed as she was overpowered by Doyle and his robot spiders, and on her arrival back home was met by her upset parents. Her father cheered her up by reminding her how much she meant to them, "perfect the way she is". Kamala took it to heart and spent the next day with Bruno developing her powers and making a costume. She later went back to successfully rescue Vick from Doyle, but earned the Inventor's wrath for her actions, Kamala swore that she would protect Jersey City from him as Ms. Marvel.
Ms. Marvel’s Powers and Abilities
Ms. Marvel has the ability to shapeshift, whether it’s changing her appearance or altering specific parts of her body like her fists or legs. She can also change her size at will, “embiggening” or shrinking, with the proportional strength to match. Kamala also has an advanced regeneration factor that is most effective when she’s not using her shapeshifting abilities.
In addition, Kamala is a devoted fan fiction writer, and she even had the chance to tell Wolverine all about the stories she wrote about him.
Based on the trailers, the show seems to have changed Ms. Marvel's powers some. It looks like she has some kind of energy aura rather than being "stretchy," though she's still able to, say, make a huge fist out of said energy.
Electromagnetic Pulses: Ms. Marvel's body is vulnerable to EMP, which can weaken her resilience.
Ms. Marvel’s Signature Villains
The first major story arc of Ms. Marvel’s solo series had her taking on a villain calling himself The Inventor. Preying on lonely Jersey City teenagers, The Inventor recruited them to do his dirty work. The Inventor was eventually revealed to be a man-bird hybrid who was kidnapping teens to use their bodies as power sources in his robotic experiments. Kamala defeated The Inventor with the help of her friends in her first major battle.
Her heart remains with Jersey City no matter where her adventures take her, and when an effort to gentrify her neighborhood was revealed to be the result of machinations by Hydra, she took it personally. (Especially since they used her likeness around town in advertisements.) With the help of a new friend from school, she stopped Hydra in their tracks and once again saved her hometown. She would take Hydra on again with the Champions at her side at the culmination of the Secret Empire event.
Ms. Marvel Team-Ups
During the Incursions, alternate dimensions were smacking into each other left and right. While the Avengers handled the crisis on a global scale, Kamala kicked into hero mode on behalf of Jersey City. Carol herself showed up and expressed her approval of the new Ms. Marvel. She also helped Kamala rescue her brother and tell inspired her to tell her parents about her identity as a costumed hero.
She may be just a kid, but she’s fought alongside the Avengers. Together with Nova and Spider-Man, they formed the Champions team. At the forefront of Marvel’s next generation of characters, she’s battled some pretty formidable foes, including gentrification in her own town.
Ms. Marvel in the MCU
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TV: After rapidly gaining popularity, Ms. Marvel has moved into video games and animated series faster than you can say embiggen. Kamala first appeared as an animated feature in Disney's Avengers Assemble series before making a guest appearance as Spider-Man in the episode "School of Hard Knocks". Most recently, Ms. Marvel was introduced as one of the main characters in the Marvel Rising animated short films and cartoons.
Gameplay: She has appeared in mobile games such as Marvel Puzzle Quest and Avengers Academy, was a playable character in the Marvel LEGO games, and joined the fray in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. Ms. Marvel also plays a heavyweight role in Square-Enix's Marvel's Avengers, where she is portrayed as a rookie heroine fighting alongside Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is ready for a character like Kamala: young, hopeful, and brave. And Marvel seems to have found those qualities in actress Iman Vellani, who will be the first person to play Kamala in live-action.
What does the future hold for Kamala in the upcoming Disney+ series — will she save the entire planet or stay local as Jersey City's homegrown hero? And how big of a role will Captain Marvel play, if any?
Disney's "Ms. Marvel" and Kamala's future
British-Pakistani comedian created the new Disney+ series starring Vellani in the titular role alongside Yasmeen Fletcher as Nakia, Matt Lintz as Bruno and Rish Shah as Kamran, who is Kamala's romantic interest and a fellow Nuhuman with evil intentions.
Kamala/Ms. Marvel is also slated to appear alongside Captain Marvel and Photon in the upcoming 2023 film "The Marvels."
Ms. Marvel's Most Heroic Moments
Since her first transformation into Ms. Marvel, Kamala has gone on not just to save her hometown of Jersey City, but the world as well as a member of the Avengers, New Warriors, and Champions.
During the events of Civil War II, Kamala would find herself at odds with her idol and mentor Captain Marvel. Realizing that they landed on different sides of the philosophy at the heart of the conflict, Kamala chose to walk away from her hero in one of the most difficult decisions she has had to make.
After becoming disillusioned with the Avengers, Kamala quit the team to lead a new team with Spider-Man (Miles Morales) and Nova (Sam Alexander). They were quickly joined by Hulk (Amadeus Cho), Viv (daughter of Vision), and Cyclops (a time-displaced Scott Summers). Together as the Champions, they fought for the little guy, from taking down a human trafficker, to fighting militant oppressors in another country, to rescuing a group of helpless Chitauri in far off space. Kamala left the team to clear her head and take some time to herself, but the Champions team continues to grow as more young heroes vow to make a difference.
Most recently, in her newest solo title The Magnificent Ms. Marvel, Kamala traveled to a distant world to defend its inhabitants from an invading force. She discovered an ancient Kree ship in the sky, which Kamala entered alone. Inside she learned a Kree warrior had once fought the invasion back before, and Kamala was granted the warrior’s costume with abilities she’s still discovering. She saved the entire planet but returned home to personal tragedy, learning that her father is afflicted with a rare disease. Not even her superpowers nor the resources of Tony Stark can save him.
What other superheroes appear in Ms. Marvel?
As mentioned, Kamala is a huge fangirl. In the first issue of the comic book, while under the influence of the Terrigen Mists and in her Terrigen cocoon, Kamala has a vision of Captain Marvel, Captain America, and Iron Man.
Kamala is going to be in The Marvels, but we’ve yet to find out if Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel (the real, non-hallucinated version) will pop up in the show. It’s not an impossibility, since presumably some setup between the two is needed. Holding out for an episode-six credits scene is not as foolish as we might think.
Other superheroes and villains that weave in and out of the Ms. Marvel comic books include Spider-Man, Loki, and Wolverine, and many more. Kamala runs into the latter in the sewers when she’s after the Inventor (the first villain she encounters), and Marvel Comics has just announced the pair will be teaming up for Ms. Marvel & Wolverine, the first in a series of oversized one-shots by writer Jody Houser.
But even though Marvel Studios now has the rights to the X-Men, it’s highly unlikely that Wolverine will be making an appearance in the first season of the show. It’s a pity, as the pair’s first meeting provides some of the funniest moments of the comics, as an overly excited Kamala enthuses to a grizzled, very tired Wolverine. (To be fair, though, he does take the news that she writes Wolverine/Storm fan fiction pretty well.)
Marvel Studios' Ms. Marvel: Who's in the Cast?
Only time will tell, but we can’t help but hope that Brie Larson makes an appearance, even if it’s just her appearance in Kamala’s first transformation, staying true to the comics.
Iman Vellani will also star in The Marvels, the sequel to Captain Marvel, where she'll appear alongside Larson and Teyonah Parris, who reprises his role as Monica Rambeau. In the comics, Rambeau was once Captain Marvel as well, and clearly the three characters' paths are bound to cross on the big screen too. The Marvels is currently scheduled for a July 28, 2023, release.
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