Ms. Marvel, the name formerly used by Carol Danvers (now Captain Marvel), is a Pakistani American teenage girl, Kamala Khan. After gaining powers when the Inhumans released the Terrigen Mists, Kamala Khan is now a polymorph. She has the ability to change the size and shape of her body.
Now with oncoming Captain Marvel movie, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige sets his eye to the future and Ms. Marvel’s place in the MCU.
In an interview with the BBC, Feige says Ms. Marvel’s debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is:
“definitely sort-of in the works”. While that’s not a lot to go on, he continues on to say “We have plans for that once we’ve introduced Captain Marvel to the world.”
With the popularity of films like Black Panther and Wonder Woman, it’s no surprise Marvel is looking at the potential characters like Ms. Marvel have. Ms. Marvel, being not only female but also a person of color as well as a Muslim, is another step forward in a fandom disproportionately populated by white male characters. While the inclusion of the Ms. Marvel character is bound to stir some controversy in today’s political climate, Kamala has a strong and vocal following to counter any negativity that rears its head. Marvel’s not stupid, the controversy will make for good press and stir enough interest in the character to boost sales on hype alone.
Captain Marvel will be Marvel Studios’ first female lead movie and the second female-led superhero movie in more than a decade. In the source material, Kamala idolizes Captain Marvel. When Kamala gains her superpowers the first thing she does is model herself after her hero, even taking Carol Danver’s former moniker, Ms. Marvel.
There’s no word yet on if we’ll see Kamala in Captain Marvel, even as an easter egg, but there’s lots of potential for future films. Kamala could show up in Captain Marvel 2 in a sidekick role. Likewise, she could be apart of an ensemble film in the vein of Guardians of the Galaxy, as a member of one of several teams she’s been a part of in the comics. Kamala has graced the roster of Champions, Warriors, Protectors as well as the Avengers themselves.
Ms. Marvel struggles not only with being a teenager and approaching adulthood while juggling superhero duties but also as a Muslim, her books delving into Kamala questioning her faith and fighting with being seen as ‘other’ in the majority of societal settings, be it for her faith or heritage. Her inclusion into the MCU shows that Marvel has seen the fan reaction and support for female-led and people of color-led films and are willing to move in a direction that reflects what the fans as a whole want to see more of.
Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson, releases March 6, 2019, and more news on Kamala Khan is expected sometime after the film.