When president of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige said last year that viewers won’t have to wait long to meet Ms. Marvel, it immediately sparked speculation about when and how Kamala Khan could make her first appearance in the MCU. In an exclusive interview with ScreenRant published on Saturday, Feige clarified whether we’ve already met Kamala, in addition to details about her age and how she’ll be portrayed.
Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, was created by Marvel Comics writer G. Willow Wilson, artists Adrian Alphona and Jamie McKelvie, and editors Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker. She made her first appearance in Captain Marvel #14 in 2013 and then starred in her own solo series starting in February 2014. That series just ended its five-year run, with new writer Saladin Ahmed taking up the torch for The Magnificent Ms. Marvel, which debuted March 13.
In the comics, Kamala is a teenage Pakistani-American Muslim from Jersey City with Inhuman genes that give her shapeshifting abilities. She assumes the Ms. Marvel mantel from her idol, Carol Danvers, after Carol becomes Captain Marvel.
Likewise, Feige confirmed in his interview with ScreenRant that Kamala will be a teenager in the MCU. In response to a question about whether or not it’s possible that viewers have already met a young Kamala, Feige said, “No. No. I mean Monica you’ve mentioned and it’s not hidden. Obviously. It’s right there. The answer is no. Cause I think Ms. Marvel is a contemporary story and I don’t think she was born yet.”
So, despite some apparent speculation, Kamala wasn’t in Captain Marvel. Presumably, we also haven’t seen her in any of the other MCU films. The questions of when and how she will make her debut remain unanswered. After Avengers: Endgame hits theaters April 26, anything could happen.
In the meantime, Kamala continues to kick butt in The Magnificent Ms. Marvel and Champions; she’ll also appear in the new Marvel Rising mini-series starting this Wednesday and she’ll team up with Peter Parker in the rebooted Marvel Team-Up written by Eve L. Ewing and illustrated by Joey Vazquez in April.
Samantha Puc is an essayist and culture critic whose work has been featured on Bitch Media, The Mary Sue, Bustle, and elsewhere. She mostly writes intersectional pop culture analysis with a particular focus on representation of LGBTQ and fat characters in fiction. Samantha is the managing editor at The Beat, as well as the co-creator and editor-in-chief of Fatventure Mag, an outdoors zine for fat creators who are into being active, but not into toxic weight-loss culture. She lives in Montana with her partner and cats.