Kamala Khan is the youngest of two children from a traditional Pakistani Family in New Jersey. Despite her traditional roots, Kamala was the typical American teenager, wanting to both be herself and make her family proud. For several years, Kamala was a fan of superheroes, especially the Avengers and, more importantly, Carol Danvers. So much so that she started writing online fan-fiction about the Avengers and Captain Marvel, and joined the Carol Danvers Corps online.
Kamala Khan was created by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Scott Hepburn and first appeared (in a cameo) in Captain Marvel Vol.4 issue 14 (2013) before appearing fully in issue 17 of the same series. She first appeared as the new Ms. Marvel in All-New Marvel Now! Point One before receiving her own series. Kamala Khan has become something of a hit, being an American Muslim girl portrayed in a positive way.
Major Story Arcs
Something more than Human
During a high school party, Kamala decided to try fitting in with the "regular crowd," realizing that this wasn't the group for her. Kamala left the party abruptly, and on her way home was encased by the Terrigen Mists that were released during Infinity. This reveals that Kamala is a descendant of the Inhumans. Encased in a cocoon, her Inhuman powers developed, and Kamala was placed in a dream-like state. A dream avatar of Captain Marvel asked her: "Who do you want to be?" Kamala replied: "I want to be you." In saying so, she burst from the cocoon, looking exactly like Carol in her old black unitard costume. After a panic, Kamala learned she had gained shape-shifting powers, able to change her appearance or parts of her body at will. She eventually shifted back to her normal appearance and took on the identity of the all-new Ms. Marvel, intending to be a superhero like Carol.
Kamala intercepted Dr. Minerva when she was attempting a kidnapping of a new Inhuman (Nuhuman). This was also the first time Ms. Marvel ever met Spider-Man. The pair would go toe-to-toe with Dr. Minerva, who revealed that she was able to alter her powers from that of the original Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers, and could now change into a gigantic monster. This was also the first time Kamala had ever faced anything so horrific, but with Spider-Man's help, she was able to defeat Dr. Minerva, save the Nuhuman, which turned out to be a baby, and even get some praise from Spider-Man.
Powers and Abilities
Although Kamala has the same superhero alias as Danvers previously did, her powers are not similar to the other hero. Kamala is a polymorph after being exposed to the Terrigen Mist, giving her the ability to stretch her body in almost any way imaginable. Kamala can also increase and decrease her size to both gigantic and tiny proportions. The limits of this ability have yet to be revealed, but she has grown large enough to handle a car and shrunk to the size of a cockroach.
She can also selectively increase and decrease any part of her body, although she prefers to increase the size of her fists. She also uses the ability to extend her legs' length so that she can travel great distances in a short amount of time.
Kamala can also shape-shift, and in theory, can look like anyone she wants (she has only changed into Carol Danvers and her own mother, so far).
Kamala also has healing abilities since she has been shot in the stomach, but was able to heal over the wound when she transformed back to her original form. She cannot transform again until the healing process is complete.
The power of an electromagnetic pulse can cause her powers to be temporarily disabled. She discovered this while fighting The Inventor.
A much older version of Ms. Marvel, known only as Khan, appears in the 2018 Exiles series. This iteration of the character hails from a timeline where much of the Earth was destroyed during a conflict between Inhumans, Mutants and Sentinels. After Sabretooth killed her husband and daughter, Khan was left embittered and cynical, eventually becoming the leader of a group of surviving Inhumans in the ruins of New Jersey. Khan became involved with the Exiles after Blink ended up in her world, which was quickly destroyed by the Time Eater. With no world to call her own, Khan joins the Exiles (consisting of Blink, Iron Lad, Valkyrie and Wolvie), and eventually sacrifices herself to save her teammates. She later returns, revealing that the Watchers pulled her out of the timeline and offered to take her to a reality where her family was still alive if she stopped the Exiles. She is given command of her own team of cross-dimensional characters, consisting of villainous versions of Thor, Shuri, Nathaniel Richards, X-23 and Captain America, and is sent to capture her former teammates. She ultimately relents after Wolvie causes her to realize that her daughter would be ashamed of Khan's actions. She reappears one last time in the finale, where she reveals that she was reunited with her family due to Iron Lad's sacrifice.
In the Manhattan region of Battleworld, an alternate version of Kamala was one of Medusa's spies from New Attilan. After being sent to infiltrate Black Bolt's Quiet Room in order to see if there was a connection between the club and the Voice Unheard (a resistance group opposed to God Emperor Doom's rule), Kamala was captured. She was briefly used as a hostage, but was freed when Medusa's forces attacked the club.
In an alternate timeline where Thanos conquered the planet and became a dictator, an adult Kamala Khan was part of Cable's Guardians of the Galaxy as her world's Captain Marvel. She and the rest of her teammates were destroyed by Galactus.
In an alternate reality where the Fantastic Four disbanded after the death of Ben Grimm during the team's first battle with Galactus, Ms. Marvel was seen as one of the many heroes working under S.H.I.E.L.D.'s directive. During the battle against Doctor Doom's Heralds, she was shown to be overjoyed when her world's Reed Richards and Susan Storm teamed up with the Earth-616 versions of Ben Grimm and Johnny Storm, essentially leading to the rebirth of the Fantastic Four (if only temporarily).
Old Woman Laura
In the "Old Woman Laura" storyline, a future version of the Marvel Universe is depicted after an incident known as the Doom World War, a deadly conflict that the heroes ultimately won, but not without great cost. In this future, an older version of Kamala has been elected President of the United States of America. She is visited by a terminally-ill Laura Kinney, who asks Kamala for information on her rogue clone Bellona, whom Laura has vowed to save before she dies.
Avengers: Ultron Revolution
Ms. Marvel appears in the third season of Avengers Assemble, Avengers: Ultron Revolution. In the series, she is a teenager who becomes a superhero after gaining powers from the Terrigen Mist. She and her partner, Inferno, help Captain America and Iron Man defeat Ghost, who tries to steal something from Avengers Tower. After the villain is defeated, Captain America tells the teens they may have what it takes to become Avengers one day.
She returns in the four-part "Civil War" episode, where she becomes a member of the Mighty Avengers after the original Avengers disband. She is forced to battle the original Avengers alongside her teammates due to the Inhuman Registration Act. At the close of the storyline, she and the others become official Avengers.
She also appears in the fifth season, Black Panther's Quest.
She is voiced by Kathreen Khavari.
Marvel Future Avengers
Kamala Khan appears in the anime series Marvel Future Avengers, voiced by Akari Kito in the Japanese original and by Kathreen Khavari in the English dub. She first appears in the episode "Ms. Marvel," where she has been impersonating Captain Marvel. Hurricane, Charade and Codec decide to hunt the impostor down, but Charade ends up befriending Kamala after realizing she means no harm. While helping the Future Avengers fight the Inventor, Kamala ultimately chooses to stop pretending to be Captain Marvel, and instead creates her own identity of Ms. Marvel.
Kathreen Khavari reprises her role in Marvel's Spider-Man. She guest-stars in the episodes "School of Hard Knocks," "A Troubled Mind: Part 3" "Brand New Day" and "The Cellar."
Kamala Khan will appear as the main character in the live-action Ms. Marvel series, which will be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kamala will be played by Canadian actress Iman Vellani.
Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors
Ms. Marvel is a main character in the film, with Kathreen Khavari reprising her role.
Marvel Puzzle Quest
Kamala is a playable character in the game.
Her bio in the game says: Gamora, the adopted daughter of Thanos, has the reputation of being the "Most Dangerous Woman in the Galaxy." She joined the Guardians of the Galaxy on Star-Lord's invitation after she helped him defend a planet from invasion.
Lego Marvel's The Avengers
Kamala is a playable character in the game, which loosely adapts the events of The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. She is voiced by Ashly Burch.
Marvel: Avengers Alliance
Kamala is a playable character in the game, she can be purchased with command points. She can be seen with Lockjaw.
Her bio says: Kamala Khan is a fangirl through and through. She idolizes every superhero, especially the former Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers. One night, she snuck out of her house to go to a party. While returning home, a strange mist enveloped and formed a cocoon around her. She emerged from the cocoon and soon discovered that she had gained incredible powers. Kamala decided that with those powers came a great opportunity to become a new Super Hero. Taking her idol's name for herself, Kamala selflessly seeks to save those in need for no other reason than that it is the right thing to do.
Ms. Marvel appears as a playable character, voiced by Bollywood actress and Quantico star Priyanka Chopra. She is recruitable during the regular story mode during the "Freak Out" quest.
Marvel: War of Heroes
Kamala appears in several cards in the mobile card game Marvel: War of Heroes. Her cards are:
Marvel Future Fight
Kamala is a playable character in the game. She is a combat type, and her description in the game says: A Muslim-American teenager growing up in Jersey City, Kamala Khan gained shape-shifting powers when a strange Terrigen Mist descended upon the city, awakening her Inhuman genes. A fan of Super Heroes, in particular Carol Danvers, Kamala took up Captain Marvel's former identity and became the new Ms. Marvel. This up and coming hero works to fight evil, protect her community, and create her own place in the world.
She has diferent costumes:
- Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) - All-New, All-Different
- Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) - Karachi Costume
Marvel Contest of Champions
Ms. Marvel is a playable fighter in the game.
Her bio in the game: Self-proclaimed nerd and massive Captain Marvel fan, Kamala Khan discovered something utterly amazing when the Terrigen mists fell upon her hometown of Jersey City. The cosmic mists reacted to her Inhuman DNA, and she soon discovered she had amazing powers to stretch and alter her body, which she now uses to protect others, just like her hero, Carol Danvers.
Kamala is a Team-Up character in the game.
Her bio says: One of the Avengers’ biggest fans, Pakistani-American teen Kamala Khan grew up as just another regular kid in Jersey City. As she returned home from sneaking out one night, Kamala was exposed to the Terrigen Mists, awakening miraculous new powers within her by activating her Inhuman genes. Using these morphogenetic powers, she took on the mantle of her most idolized Super Hero and now fights crime as Ms. Marvel!
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
Ms. Marvel appears as a playable character in the third Ultimate Alliance game, which marks her debut in the series. Kathreen Khavari reprises her role as the voice of Kamala. She is initially faced as a boss character at the Raft stage after she, Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen fall victim to one of Mysterio's illusions and are tricked into thinking the other heroes are actually escaping criminals. The three young heroes are then unlocked as playable characters after Mysterio is defeated.
Ms. Marvel appears as one of the central characters in the Square Enix Avengers game. Her origin is reworked so that she is present at "A-Day," a holiday meant to honor the Avengers. When the city is attacked during the ceremony, Kamala is accidentally exposed to gas from the experimental Terrigen crystal that Tony Stark and Bruce Banner had been working with, which unlocks her Inhuman abilities. She is voiced by Sandra Saad.
The game itself received mixed reviews, but Ms. Marvel was praised as its high point, with many critics citing her arc and interactions with Bruce Banner as very affecting and well done.
- Funko released a Ms. Marvel bobblehead for the Funko POP! line.
- A Ms. Marvel was released for Hasbro's Marvel Legends Spider-Man line as part of the Sandman Build-a-Figure series. A second version was later released as part of the Abomination wave.
- Ms. Marvel was featured in the HeroClix figure game.
- A Ms. Marvel minifigure was included as part of an Avengers Lego kit with Captain America and Super-Adaptoid.
- Kotobukiya released a Ms. Marvel statue for their Bishoujo line.