With the influx of everything “super” on television and streaming services, there’s one hero that deserves her own show, Ms. Marvel.
Ms. Marvel is one of the more recent creations (2013!) from the minds at Marvel and I really, really love her. I have the whole first run of monthly comics, and, let me tell you, I enjoyed them all thoroughly.
For those of you that don’t know, Ms. Marvel is Kamala Kahn, a Pakistani-American teenager from Jersey City, who had latent Inhuman DNA. When the Terrigen Mist bomb swept through the world thanks to Black Bolt, Kamala and many others’ latent Inhuman powers awakened. Inspired by her personal hero, Captain Marvel, Kamala immediately sets out to become a superhero.
With cool powers that could easily be translated to the small screen — shapeshifting and a healing factor — here are six reasons why we think it’s time for a Ms. Marvel show already!
6. Captain Marvel (2019)
With the news that Captain Marvel (2019) will be set in the 1990s, it would make sense to have a Netflix show about Ms. Marvel to introduce Captain Marvel before the movie came out. Kamala is a big fan of Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) and superheroes in general — just like you and me!). While Captain Marvel might make an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War, I think that establishing her as a hero through Ms. Marvel’s hero-worship would be an original way to introduce the character.
5. Balancing Life as a Teenager and a Superhero
Spider-Man set the tone for all teenage superhero stories, but I think that Kamala really gives Spider-Man a run for his money. Kamala isn’t just a superhero: she’s a dutiful daughter, a patient sister, a friendly teenager, and a Muslim-Pakistani-American. That’s a lot to balance and sometimes, she can’t please everyone.
I remember one of the earlier issues when her parents, her mother in particular, were very concerned about her behaviour. It’s a very relatable thing, a parent worried for their child, who’s suddenly and drastically changed, and Kamala is acutely aware of it. Kamala tries her best and doesn’t let too much guilt or a hero complex get in the way.
4. A Hero for Muslim Americans and for All
When Marvel announced the character and her creation, of course, people had worries, but a lot of people were also excited. There are a lot of people out there who have simply never seen a superhero who looks like them. Kamala is a window into the lives of Muslim Americans and Pakistani-Americans, and maybe she can teach people not to focus so much on their differences, but on their similarities.
3. The Champions, Anyone?
After a run in the Avengers (in the comics), Kamala, Spider-Man (Miles Morales) and Nova (Sam Alexander) reformed The Champions. Since Spider-Man: Homecoming setup an eventual introduction to Miles and the Nova Corps are featured in The Guardians of the Galaxy, it wouldn’t be a stretch to have these three on-screen together, just like The Defenders on Netflix.
2. Her Adventures are Fun and Meaningful
Honestly, if you haven’t read her comics yet, I urge you to go and read the collected volumes. Her adventures are fun and balance the seriousness of situations she finds herself in with deadpan humour — it wouldn’t be Marvel without quips. In classic Marvel fashion, she also teams up with other heroes; the one where she teams up with Logan was amazing and her interactions with the other heroes and her community are heartfelt and awesome.
1. She’s Marvellous
Ms. Marvel is amazing. I know I say this about many characters, but I truly and honestly mean it for Ms. Marvel. She’s a relatable, good person, who’s trying to be the best she can be. She doesn’t have to be superhero, there’s no tragic back story, no past trauma, she chooses to be a superhero because it’s the right thing to do with the powers she has gained. That’s quite admirable, don’t you think?
She is what the next generation of heroes should be like, but that’s just my opinion.