As the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to grow on different platforms, the chances of someone’s favorite character, no matter how small or obscure, from the comics showing up increases. The movies have started to reach the point of introducing characters like Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel that will fulfill the wishes of many fans. Those characters are all deserving of solo properties, with the latter seeming to indicate Marvel bypassing the use of Mar-Vell, the original Captain Marvel. Brie Larson is onboard to play Danvers in Captain Marvel, but her former name of Ms. Marvel is currently held by Kamala Khan in the comics.
Khan is a relatively young character in comparison to other Marvel heroes but that has not stopped her from becoming one that people want to see more of. There has yet to be any indication of whether or not we will see her in the MCU in the near future, but it appears fans should not have to wait forever.
In a recent interview with CBR, Chief Operating Officer for Marvel Joe Quesada spoke about the impact that comic readers can have on what content is produced not only on the page, but on the big screen as well. Marvel looks at what books are selling and who are their most popular characters to help guide them in introducing characters audiences most want to see at that time on screen. Ms. Marvel is one of those characters, and Quesada reassures fans of hers that she will surely be a part of Marvel’s future:
“Our readers are the Johnny Appleseeds. They tell us something is resonating, something is hitting a core, and that’s something we should try to cultivate. Another great example of this: Ms. Marvel. If we had put this book out ten years ago, it probably would never have succeeded. Not only did we find the audience, but we had the right people on the book and we had the right editor on the book, the right creators on the book. And now we have a character that’s very recognizable — very, very quickly. That doesn’t happen a lot. Who knows where Ms. Marvel’s going to end up. You can be sure that, somewhere down the road, she will be a part of the future of Marvel in other media.”
Marvel knows that there are plenty of people interested in seeing Khan in the MCU no matter the platform. Khan became so popular not only because she is a young female superhero of color, but also due to her being the first Pakistani superhero. Just recently, reports of a Squirrel Girl and New Warriors series popped up that would give another one of Marvel’s favorite characters at the moment her chance to shine. If this is the case, a TV series on ABC or a streaming service starring Kamala Khan should not be out of the question.
The biggest hurdle that Kamala Khan’s appearance has is to wait for Carol Danvers to first debut. Khan chooses to take up the Ms. Marvel mantle after Carol becomes known as Captain Marvel instead, and decides to follow in the footsteps of her idol. The Captain Marvel movie is not set to hit theaters until 2019, with an introduction in Avengers: Infinity War likely as well. Either way, that means Marvel may be sitting on their hands to properly introduce her, or completely reworking her name to have a different reason for her to be called Ms. Marvel. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has already introduced the idea of Inhumans so it would certainly not be surprising for Khan to join the MCU in the near future.
If Marvel does move forward with Kamala Khan in the MCU, her own TV series is the most likely option. Otherwise, they would be caught having Ms. Marvel possibly just being a supporting character in Captain Marvel and many people could feel that is a disservice to the character. Khan deserves her time to be a star in this universe, now it is up to Marvel to find the perfect way to do so.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017;Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers 4 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet-untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.