Marvel Teases Big Plans for Kamala Khan

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 - 5:44PM
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Wednesday, 07 September 2016 - 5:44PM
Marvel Teases Big Plans for Kamala Khan
Kamala Khan is a relatively new character, making her debut in Marvel Comics in 2013 and headlining her own comic starting last year. Now, she's a fan favorite character, her solo comic won a Hugo Award, and many fans are clamoring for her to show up in a Marvel movie or TV show (and maybe even get her own). Now, Marvel's COO, Joe Quesada, has revealed that Marvel definitely plans to adapt the character in the foreseeable future.

Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old Pakistani-American girl, first appeared in the Captain Marvel series. After the Inhumanity storyline, Kamala discovered that she had Inhuman genes, and took on the moniker of Ms. Marvel, after her idol Carol Danvers. When Ms. Marvel debuted in 2015, Kamala Khan became the first Muslim character to headline a Marvel Comics series, or any comic book series from a major corporation for that matter. 

In an interview with CBR at SDCC this year, Quesada remarked on the fast-growing popularity of the character, and reassured fans that there were plans to include her in "other media":

Opening quote
"Our readers are the Johnny Appleseeds. They tell us something is resonating, something is hitting a core, and that's something we should try to cultivate. Another great example of this: Ms. Marvel. If we had put this book out ten years ago, it probably would never have succeeded. Not only did we find the audience, but we had the right people on the book and we had the right editor on the book, the right creators on the book. And now we have a character that's very recognizable - very, very quickly. That doesn't happen a lot. Who knows where Ms. Marvel's going to end up. You can be sure that, somewhere down the road, she will be a part of the future of Marvel in other media."
Closing quote

It's probably too much to hope that Kamala would get her own movie, but there's definitely a chance that she could be a supporting player. But honestly, she'd likely be best served with a Netflix series, since they have more creative freedom and have embraced diversity much more than the films, which depend on the support of international audiences. Keep your fingers crossed that Ms. Marvel will be joining the Defenders someday soon!

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