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Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel: Comics and TV
As excitement and controversy surrounds the Ms. Marvel Disney Plus show and the character of Kamala Khan in the MCU, it's time we take a look at the comic character and the Ms. Marvel comics that inspired the show (or, at least, that inspired what we know about the show so far). This means mostly key issues and debuts of the characters that we already know have been cast for the Disney Plus show, but it won't all be debut comic books. Bear with me here.
Who Is Kamala Khan?
Kamala Khan is a more recent character from Marvel Comics from an era that injected a deliberate wave of diversity in the comic book world. During the time of her debut, characters like Miles Morales, Amadeus Cho, Riri Williams, and Robbie Reyes were also being ushered in to create an All-New, All-Different Marvel Comics that saw them replace iconic characters that were originally White.
However, unlike with Amadeus Cho replacing Bruce Banner as the Hulk or Riri Williams replacing Tony Stark as Iron Man, Carol Danvers was not presumed dead during this time in the comics. Actually, Carol Danvers was now Captain Marvel, and no one was occupying the mantle of Ms. Marvel at the time. Thus, enter Kamala Khan and her eventual path to becoming the All-New, All-Different Ms. Marvel.
Possible Spoilers Ahead!
Look, we're revealing some of the comics and characters in them that inspired the Ms. Marvel show (that we know of to date), so, yeah, expect some spoilers. After all, the show's storylines will most likely be based off these comics. Just warning ya: possible spoilers ahead. Cool? Alright, let's go then.
"Kamala is in the background of a scene in Captain Marvel 14 ... She is very deliberately placed in a position where she sees Carol protecting civilians from Yon-Rogg."
— Kelly Sue DeConnick
Captain Marvel #14: 1st Cameo of Kamala Khan
Created by Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker, writer G. Willow Wilson, and artists Adrian Alphona and Jamie McKelvie, Kamala Khan has a one-panel cameo in Captain Marvel #14, cover-dated August 2013. Not sure if this was planned or not by the actual creators, but writer Kelly Sue DeConnick has confirmed her placement in a particular panel in the comic issue was deliberate.
However, Kamala is in the foreground and Carol and Yon-Rogg are in the back ground of this panel, but whatever. Sana Amanat is one of the editors on Captain Marvel #14, so it's still very possible her debut or 1st cameo was deliberately made to be this very issue.
Kamala is a Pakistani American teenager and the first Muslim comic character to headline her own comic series. She is a huge fan of Carol Danvers and Captain Marvel and is based in New Jersey. Writer G. Willow Wilson originally considered Kamala to be an Arab girl from Michigan.
Captain Marvel #17: 2nd Cameo of Kamala Khan
Some are saying this comic is the 1st full appearance of Kamala Khan and I question that. It's only one page and it shows the character from behind only. Not sure how that "fully" reveals or debuts a character, but it's not an easy call when some of these Modern characters debut in quick glimpses here and there. Anyway, I'm labeling it a 2nd cameo here.
The 2nd print variant of Captain Marvel #17 is Kamala Khan's 1st cover, and a lot more sought out and valuable in the market currently. Below is the page that Kamala Khan appears at the end of the story of this comic issue.
All-New Marvel NOW Point One #1
- 1st Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel
- Muneeba Khan (1st appearance)
- Bruno Carrelli (1st appearance)
- Yusuf Khan (1st appearance)
- Aamir Khan (1st appearance)
Alright, and here we finally are with what I think is the first full appearance of Kamala Khan and her debut as Ms. Marvel. Kamala's name is also finally revealed in this issue. However, this comic has more than just Kamala's first as Ms. Marvel, and it also debuts some of Kamala's supporting cast, including her family members.
Muneeba Khan is Kamala's mother.
Is Kamala's best-friend and knows that she is the superhero Ms. Marvel.
Yusuf is Kamala's father.
Brother of Kamala Khan.
Important comic right here. Under-valued in my opinion since it has many debuts that are important to Kamala Khan. It's definite that Kamala's family will show up in the MCU and the Disney Plus Ms. Marvel show. Actor Matt Lintz will be playing Bruno Carrelli and Saagar Shaikh will be playing Kamala's brother, Aamir Khan. Actor Zenobia Shroff will be Muneeba Khan (Kamala's mother) and Yusuf's wife.Mohan Kapur will play Kamala's father Yusuf Khan in the Ms. Marvel show.
The All-New Marvel NOW! Point One #1 Steve McNiven 1:75 Retailer Incentive Variant cover is definitely the more valuable of the two. I added that variant cover to the Top 10 Modern Comics list when I revisited the article late in 2021.
Ms. Marvel #1
- Begins origin
- Origin of Kamala receiving powers
- 1st issue headlining comic series
- 1st appearance of Nakia Bahadir
- 1st Zoe Zimmer
The origin of Kamala Khan and how she becomes Ms. Marvel begins here. It covers several issues, but she does receive her powers in this issue. Kamala is exposed to the Terrigen Mists from the technology of the Inhumans. Seems this was a point of controversy for the Ms. Marvel Disney Plus show as her powers were changed and she wasn't going to be a polymorph.
What is a polymorph? I know, comic geek terminology, but a polymorph basically allows the user to elongate their body, limbs and mass to a degree which can greatly alter their appearance and size. Kamala also possesses accelerated healing capabilities, but the more this ability is used, the more stunted her morphogenic powers become.
Anyway, controversy about her powers as Ms. Marvel in the MCU came about because it seemed Disney was chucking the Inhumans origin and changing her powers up. That's right. Instead of being able to elongate or do cool polymorph stuff, they were gonna have Kamala's powers more like magical, cosmic energy constructs. Kinda like Green Lantern.
This change is not well received. Some comic fans are upset about the powers not being accurate to the comic character, but some fans are upset for deeper reasons in that using magic is considered "haram" in the Muslim religion. Yikes. Whole other discussion of whether all superpowers are considered "magic" or not. If not, which ones should be?
Reshoots are underway and some are speculating that it's because of the backlash of Kamala's power change up for the show. I guess we'll see if that's true or not.
This comic introduces Kamala's close friend Nakia Bahadir. She is Turkish and her family belongs to the same Mosque as Kamala's family. Yasmeen Fletcher is playing the character, and once again controversy surrounds the casting choice of Nakia. The backlash: Yasmeen Fletcher is half-white and Christian playing a devout Muslim.
Ah, there's always a Zoe Zimmer in every school. She's the extremely beautiful, shallow, and popular kid who looks down on all from her popularity throne. However, she was once friends with Nakia and Kamala before becoming entrenched in the shallow world of popularity. Zoe Zimmer would later rekindle her friendship with both Kamala and Nakia, and it was revealed she's a lesbian. The character makes her debut in this Ms. Marvel #1, and she will be played by Laurel Marsden.
Ms. Marvel #13
- 1st appearance of Kamran
An old family friend of the Khan family. Kamran is a fellow high-school student and even a love interest for Kamala before going the other route. He is also a powered human, known as Nuhuman, that was affected by the same Terrigen Mist that gave Kamala her powers. Rish Shah will play this character for the show. Would be interesting if this eventual baddie follows suit from the comics that inspired this show or goes a different route to spice things up. We shall see. We shall see.
UPDATE: It seems the character of Kamran is far from his comic book counterpart and is a Clandestine (Djinn) from another dimension called Noor or Nur, meaning "the light" of Arabic origin. Kamala is also connected to this inter-dimensional people, and explains why the powers were switched to light-based powers for more cultural nuance.
I suppose right here is a good spot to talk about the Clan Destine. As we have already found out in Episode 3 of Season One Ms. Marvel Disney+ show, Kamala's comic book Inhuman roots is replaced by what is known as the Clandestine. In the show or MCU, the Clandestine is also known as the Djinn. The Djinn are Marvel Comics version of genies.
However, in the actual Marvel Comics, the Clan Destines are a family of superpowered beings and are descendants of Adam Destine and Elaylth. They are also known as Destines, but are the Djinn connected to the ClanDestine in the comics? Yes, the character of Elalyth is a Djinn and first debuted in ClanDestine #5, while Adam Destine first appeared in the very 1st issue. However, issue #5 reveals Adam's origin and he was 16 when he was impaled with a scythe but magically recovered after having a dream or vision of a strange, mystical female.
During the 3rd Crusade, Adam was captured by Al Kadhdhaab and sent to destroy the powerful wizard Sujanaa min Raghbah, who had a gem that fulfilled his every wish. After Adam defeated this wizard, he was betrayed by Al Kadhdhaab and shot in the back, but before dying, Adam destroyed the gem and freed Elaylth that was trapped within. She restored him and made him immortal, became lovers, and had several children together.
It will be interesting to see how much of the comics they are faithful towards or divert from concerning the Clandestines in the MCU's Ms. Marvel mythos. As of now so far, the Clandestines is an exiled group from Noor who are trying to return to their dimension, which is parallel to Earth. Kamala's great-grandmother, Aisha is a Clandestine (Djinn) before mysteriously disappearing, so Kamala is connected to them. The character of Kamran has also been substituted as a Djinn in the live-action Marvel universe.
One last thing: The Djinn are created by The Mother of Demons known as Lilith, and in the comics, they are a kind of demons. Will the show connect to Adam Destine and Elaylth, and it seems an ancient Djinn bangal is the source of Kamala's powers and the key for other Djinn to return home.
Ms. Marvel #16
- 1st meeting between Kamala and Carol Danvers
Hey, with Kamala being a huge fan of Carol Danvers and taking her former name of Ms. Marvel, it was bound to happen that she and her would meet, right? Well, they do, of course, and it's on the very last page of this comic.
No doubt that this is meeting will also happen in the MCU with news that the Captain Marvel sequel will star the characters of Carol Danvers, Monica Rambeau and Kamala Khan, so the pair meeting is a given. However, what some are speculating about is whether Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel will meet sooner than that and in an episode of the Ms. Marvel Disney+ show or an end credit scene. We shall soon see.
Ms. Marvel #17
- 1st team-up between Kamala Khan Ms. Marvel and Carol Danvers Captain Marvel
While Carol Danvers met very briefly on one page in the previous issue of Ms. Marvel #16, their meeting absolutely continues in this issue here, and they even have a team-up and fight crime for a spell. Will a solo meeting or team-up between the two happen in the Ms. Marvel Disney+ series? All I can say is that I hope it does. If not, Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel are already confirmed to team up in the Captain Marvel sequel so far titled The Marvels.
All-New, All-Different Avengers Free Comic Book Day
- 1st appearance of Kamala Khan Ms. Marvel as an Avenger
- 1st appearance of All-New, All-Different Avengers
This is definitely speculation but a lot do think that Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel will become an Avenger in the very near future. Some even believe that this very team is in the works, and we'll see an Avengers team with a similar line up. While I strongly believe that Kamala as Ms. Marvel will see Avengerdom, it's hard to say if an All-New, All-Different Avengers is heading to the big or small screen.
This free comic book day Avengers issue came out a few months prior to the Avengers comic series starring this very line-up. It was released May of 2015 while All-New, All-Different Avengers #1 came out in November of 2015 with a January 2016 cover date.
Ms. Marvel #12 (2016 Series)
- 1st Red Dagger (Kareem)
Another crime fighter in Jersey? Well, sure, why not? Kareem is a foreign exchange student from Pakistan, and his family are good friends with Kamala's family. He lives with the Khan family, and just like he does back in Pakistan, he prowls the Jersey streets to fight crime and keep others safe.
Red Dagger makes his intro in Ms. Marvel #12, and the character will be in the upcoming Ms. Marvel show. Will they twist the character to make him a villain in the MCU, or will there be a crime fighting duo between Red Dagger and Ms. Marvel? Dunno, but that maybe an interesting twist. Aramis Knight will play the Red Dagger, and the comic character was created by G. Willow Wilson and Mirka Andolfo.
The show has the Red Dagger a secret organization of warriors that protects Pakistan. Kareem is one of many Red Daggers, and it was very cool to see that Kamala's meeting with Kareem in the show stayed true to the comics with the adventure taking place in the homeland of Pakistan.
There we have it, and that's some of the Ms. Marvel comics that will inspire the show that we so far know of. Of course, there may be some twists and turns to make the show unique, and rightly so. I sure hope so.
This article will surely change after the show comes out, so be sure to bookmark this article and stay tuned. Thanks for checking my article out and hope you enjoyed it. Are you excited about this show? Be sure to cast your vote below!
Over-All Review of Ms. Marvel Show
As of this update on 7/27/2022, I've watched the entire first season of Ms. Marvel on Disney+, and I absolutely loved it. Wow, a very different take on a story that is very much an American one. If you are a person who doesn't care to learn about other cultures and perspectives and can only handle White narratives, this show isn't for you. The show is deeply grounded in both Pakistani and American culture and is a good mixture of both. Neither is too overbearing. It was great they also incorporated a tragic, shared history of Pakistan and India but the show did not get too dark about it. The event definitely was watered down in the show as in reality there were many atrocities committed and many died during it.
The show is absolutely a visual delight. The colors in just the Pakastani fashion alone is vibrant, and very cool use of graphitti art to visually mimic technology or character's thoughts gives it a young, fresh vibe. Truly a visually beautiful show.
The music soundtrack is damn amazing as well, and Iman Vellani's first acting performance is definitely one to take notice of. She's destined for this role, and will be a great addition to young Hollywood. Highly recommend this show for teens and younger audiences, and if you're an open-minded comic fan on the older side, you may enjoy it as well.
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