'Ms Marvel': Similar to the comics, Kamala Khan is majorly influenced by Captain Marvel
'Ms Marvel' is about to premiere soon on Disney+ and will officially introduce to the MCU Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old American-Pakistani girl growing up in Jersey City, New Jersey. Similar to the comics, the 'Ms Marvel' trailer confirmed that Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) is a huge fan of the Avengers, especially Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). Her obsession with Captain Marvel is particularly emphasized in the trailer, which is an important aspect of her character and ties directly into her MCU future. Kamala being inspired by Carol Danvers doesn’t come as a surprise as the storyline was already established in the comics itself.
The official synopsis of 'Ms Marvel' states, "A great student, an avid gamer, and a voracious fan-fiction scribe, she has a special affinity for superheroes, particularly Captain Marvel. But Kamala struggles to fit in at home and at school—that is, until she gets superpowers like the heroes she’s always looked up to. Life is easier with superpowers, right?" As seen in the trailer, Kamala's obsession with Captain Marvel has also led to the people in her life complaining that she spends too much of her time in a “fantasy land”.
Kamala’s interest in Captain Marvel in the MCU is connected to how she was originally introduced. It was established that Kamala witnessed Carol fighting the villainous Yon-Rogg and keeping civilians out of harm’s way in the 2013 comic titled 'Captain Marvel #14'. Kamala took first took notice of Captain Marvel after witnessing her heroism. Later on, Carol’s legacy as a powerful and courageous female superhero made her a role model for Kamala. As Kamala has mentioned in the comics, she admired Carol’s heroic qualities, beauty, and “awesomeness”. In a sense, Carol Danvers was everything that Kamala aspired to be.
When the Terrigen Mists swept across the Earth, they awakened superpowers and unleashed an inhuman DNA in Kamala. As a result, Kamala gained the superpower to "embiggen", which meant she could change her size and shape, especially to get bigger and to make her fists larger for punching. When Kamala becomes a superhero, she takes the name Ms Marvel from Carol Danvers, who now goes by the alias Captain Marvel.
As indicated by the 'Ms Marvel' trailer, Kamala is introduced as a normal high school student growing up in New Jersey. She is also shown as an Avengers fanatic as she doodles Ant-Man fighting an Ant-like creature in the very first shot of the trailer. Later, it is shown that she wears a T-shirt with Captain Marvel and The Wasp on it. Her homemade Captain Marvel costume and daydreams show that she’s among Carol Danver’s biggest fans. It is to be noted that Kamala and her high school best friend Bruno also plan to take a trip to AvengerCon in New Jersey, an event that celebrates every superhero in the Marvel universe.
Iman Vellani's 'Ms Marvel' is even set to appear alongside Brie Larson's Carol Danvers and Teyonah Parris' Monica Rambeau in the film 'The Marvels' after her Disney+ series. The 'Captain Marvel' sequel will hit theater screens next July as Danvers and Rambeau take Kamala Khan under their wing to take down an unknown threat played by Zawe Ashton. Therefore, after Kamala's solo adventure in 'Ms Marvels', she’ll be forming a trio with the other two heroes to take down a common enemy. Kamala will get a chance to meet her idol and hopefully, she will learn valuable lessons about being a hero from Captain Marvel herself.
'Ms Marvel' will premiere on Disney+ on June 8, 2022.