I adore Kamala Khan. Since her first appearance in the Captain Marvel comic series way back in 2013, she has been a source of light and optimism in a comics market glutted on endless crises and angst. Kamala was Marvel’s first Muslim character to have her own book, telling the story of a Pakistani-American teenager from Jersey City, whose dormant Inhuman genes awakened during the “Inhumanity” storyline. Borrowing the now-defunct Ms. Marvel name from Carol Danvers, Kamala creates a costume and goes adventuring. Here is our first good look at the Disney+ series based on the comics.
No joke: I got choked up just from the preview.
The most noticeable change is in Ms. Marvel’s power set. After Scott Buck’s disastrous attempt at an Inhumans television series in 2017 — and his failure of an Iron Fist series on Netflix the same year — it appears Disney+ has wisely changed up Kamala’s origin story and abilities. While in the comics her main “embiggen” ability is much like Reed Richards’ ability to expand and change the shape of her body, here the power signature appears very similar to Carol’s own gifts. Everything else, however, feels respectful of G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, and Sana Amanat’s creation. Both her faith and family feature prominently in the preview, as they do in the series. Like Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye run, the original Ms. Marvel series focused on smaller, local stories, and Kamala’s struggle to balance her family’s traditions with her life as an Americanized teen.
The series is written by Bisha K. Ali (Loki, Sex Education) and directed by Adi El Arbi (Black, Gangsta, Image), Bilall Fallah (Black, Bad Boys for Life), and Meera Menon (Farah Goes Bang, Equity, Blood Drive). It premieres June 8 only on Disney+, and I cannot wait.
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