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 be herself, but still make her family proud. For several years, Kamala was a fan of superheroes especially the Avengers and, more importantly, Carol Danvers. So much, in fact, that she started writing online fan-fiction about the Avengers and Captain Marvel. Even going as far as joining 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
It was during a high school party that Kamala decided to try and fit in with the "regular crowd" that Kamala realised that it wasn't for her. She left the party abruptly and on her way home was encased by the Terrigen Mists that were released during Infinity revealing that Kamala was a descendant of the Inhumans. Encased in a cocoon, her Inhuman powers developed. Kamala was put in a dream like state where a dream avatar of Captain Marvel asked her: "Who do you want to be?" Kamala replied: "I want to be you." In doing 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 changed back to her own 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 also was the first time Ms. Marvel ever meets 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 as horrific as this and 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 previously Danvers did, her powers are not similar to the blonde bombshell. Kamala is a polymorph after being exposed to the Terrigen Mist. This gives her the ability to stretch her body in almost anyway imaginable. Kamala can also increase and decrease her size to both gigantic and tiny sizes. The limits of this ability has 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 the size of any part of her body, although she prefers to increase the size of her fists. But she also uses the ability to increase the length of her legs so that she can travel great distances in a short amount of time. Kamala also has the ability to shape-shift. In theory she can look like anyone she wants, but so far she has only changed into Carol Danvers and her own mother. 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 Kamala from a different reality appears in 2018's Exiles #1, as part of a new Exiles team with versions of Blink, Valkyrie and Iron Lad.
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 is voiced by Kathreen Khavari.
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!
- 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 series.
- 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.