'Ms. Marvel': Who is Kamran? Kamala's 'crush' could be the villain of the MCU show
The second chapter of the Disney+ series 'Ms. Marvel' explored how superhero Kamala (Iman Vellani) develops her powers with the help of her friend Bruno (Matt Lintz). She also learns some family secrets that could have a connection to her superpowers. Episode 2 introduced a new character Kamran (Rish Shah), a student at Coles Academic High School, the same school where Kamala, Bruno, and Nakia are studying. After a random encounter in the school hallway, Kamala becomes infatuated with him. The two quickly form a friendship and bond over driving lessons and the same taste in Bollywood movies and music. The episode gave a big hint of a potential romantic relationship between the two.
However, the shocking last scene of the episode indicates that there may be more to Kamran. After Kamala saves a young boy, she is chased by the Department of Damage Control and its Stark Drones. But she is saved by Kamran who asks her to get in his car. However, to Kamala's surprise, there is an unexpected passenger inside Kamran's car, his mother named Namja (Nimra Bucha). Based on the character's appearance, it seems that Kamran's mother is the same woman who appears in Kamala's unexplained visions throughout the episode. Who is Kamran in Marvel comics? And what are his intentions? Scroll down to learn more.
Who is Kamran in comics?
In the Marvel comics, Kamran makes his debut appearance in Ms. Marvel Volume 3. His parents are friends of Kamala’s parents, which is how the two teens become childhood friends. The night Kamran and his family relocate to Jersey City after years away is the same night a Terrigen Mist envelops the city and activates both his and Kamala’s auper powers. When Kamala uses her powers to fight the villain Kaboom, Kamran witnesses her change and reveals he also has powers. Kamran can store and emit biokinetic energy, which can shock people or explode objects.
At one point the pair were also romantically involved. He is later recruited by Lineage, an Inhuman crime boss and a powerful villain who wants to eliminate the Earth of all non-Inhumans. As a result, Kamran becomes an enemy to Kamala and Bruno, and at one point even kidnaps Kamala’s brother, Aamir. Kamran's mother in the comics is named Bushra not Namja, meaning that Marvel Studios changed this aspect for the series.
Are Kamran and his mother the villains in 'Ms. Marvel'?
Given that 'Ms.Marvel' is deviating from the original comic's Inhumans storyline, there is a possibility that Kamran and his mother are part of another group called The ClanDestine. They are a family of super-beings that are descendants of Djinn, a race of powerful magicians from Marvel Comics. They are superhuman beings, who can survive for a long time. It is not confirmed if Namja and Aisha (Kamala's great-grandmother) who disappeared during the partition are the same person. It is also not clear whether Kamran and his mother will turn out to be full-fledged villains in the MCU show. 'Ms. Marvel's' next set of episodes are expected to give answers about Kamala's true heritage, her potential ties to the cosmos as well as the real identity of Kamran and his mother.
Catch the first two episodes of 'Ms. Marvel' that are now streaming on Disney+.