Feige Says MCU has Plans for Kamala Khan

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Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios and chief architect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, says that they are working on plans to incorporate Kamala Khan, the second Ms. Marvel, into the universe at some point in the future.

He made these comments to the BBC, during the promotional tour for Avengers: Infinity War.

Captain Marvel‘s shooting right now with Brie Larson. Ms. Marvel, who’s another character in the comic books, the Muslim hero who’s inspired by Captain Marvel, is definitely sort of in the works, we have plans for that once we’ve introduced Captain Marvel to the world.”

In the comics, it was Larson’s character, Carol Danvers, who first went by the moniker “Ms. Marvel,” and served as an ally of the company’s first Captain Marvel, who was an alien named Mar-Vell. Later, Carol took up the “Captain Marvel” title herself, and “Ms. Marvel” was claimed by Kamala Khan, a fangirl of hers who received shapeshifting powers from the Terrigen Mist. (Cf. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to learn more about the Inhumans.)

It is unclear exactly how this will all work in the upcoming Captain Marvel film, though it is known that it will include Mar-Vell, played by Jude Law, as her mentor. Carol will presumably skip over her “Ms. Marvel” phase and go straight to being “Captain Marvel,” but that still leaves room for Kamala Khan to be the first Ms. Marvel of the MCU continuity.

As noted in the interview, Kamala is perhaps best known for being a Muslim superhero. She actually is not the first―Marvel also had Dust, a member of the X-Men―but she has proven quite popular. A Pakistani-American teenager living in Jersey City, she has a fun (if sometimes scatterbrained) personality and deals with many of the “first-generation American” problems, being torn between her desire for normalcy with the rules of her loving but traditionally-minded family.

The MCU has been trying to diversify lately; Black Panther was its first film with a non-white lead, and Captain Marvel will be the first female-led movie (following up on rival Warner Bros./DC Comics’ success with Wonder Woman). For that matter, all of their protagonists have been adults prior to Spider-Man: Homecoming, so including Kamala could add several different layers of diversity to the franchise, were she to appear sometime down the line.

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