By now, you’ve heard the information: Spider-Man broke up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony says it’s over. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says it’s over. Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland, says it’s over. Whether or not you assume everybody will find yourself okay or that the Sony-Disney break up spells doom for this iteration of Spidey, the webbing is on the wall. Spider-Man is gone.
Fortunately, Marvel has an alternate in ready, and it’s time for her to come back off the bench. On the 2019 version of Disney’s semi-annual fan conference, D23, Marvel Studios introduced TV sequence starring Ms. Marvel, considered one of Marvel Comics’ hottest new characters, is coming to Disney+ and will transfer to the large display afterward. If you already know the comics, you already know why that’s thrilling. Teenage superhero Kamala Khan has rather a lot in frequent with the MCU’s Peter Parker. If the webslinger isn’t sticking round, Ms. Marvel may very well be the next-best factor. Right here’s why.
Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is likely one of the hottest Avengers for a motive. He’s a key a part of the MCU, and he’ll be inconceivable to interchange. His exit leaves an enormous void. Right here’s why Ms. Marvel is the proper hero to fill it.
First, who’s Kamala Khan?
Following a secret cameo in 2013’s Captain Marvel #14, Kamala Khan formally debuted in G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona’s Ms. Marvel #1. Firstly of the story, Kamala was a daily sixteen-year-old woman from Jersey Metropolis, NJ. She argued together with her dad and mom. She struggled to slot in in school. She continuously wrestled together with her strict Muslim upbringing, particularly within the face of on a regular basis temptations like alcohol and bacon.
All of that modified when Kamala snuck out to a celebration and was uncovered to a cloud of Terrigen Mist, the identical substance that provides Marvel’s Inhumans their particular talents. Because it seems, Kamala has some Inhuman genes, and when she emerged from her Terrigen cocoon she had superpowers. Earlier than lengthy, Kamala adopted the identify Ms. Marvel and took it upon herself to guard Jersey Metropolis from threats of every kind.
As a polymorph, Kamala can change form and dimension as she sees match. She will be able to stretch her limbs like Mr. Improbable, shrink and develop like Ant-Man, alter her look on a whim, and improve the mass of her fingers and toes to ship super-strong punches and kicks. She has a Wolverine-like therapeutic issue, and when she makes use of her powers, she glows in the dead of night.
Whereas G. Willow Wilson calls Ms. Marvel a “second string hero” within the “second string metropolis,” Kamala grew to become a fan-favorite virtually instantly. The primary assortment of Wilson and Alphona’s Ms. Marvel gained a Hugo Award for greatest Graphic Story in 2015, and Ms. Marvel sequence have been nominated for quite a few comedian business honors. Ms. Marvel seems in video video games like Marvel Final Alliance three and Sq. Enix’s upcoming Avengers title, and he or she’s a major solid member on Marvel Rising, Marvel’s female-centric animated sequence. Marvel’s true believers love her, and Disney has been pushing her onerous. Kamala’s MCU debut was solely a matter of time.
Revenge of the nerds
Each Ms. Marvel and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man are highschool college students. With Spidey not within the image, Kamala is the one character who can convey a teenage perspective to the MCU. Like Parker, Kamala’s private life is simply as essential as her superhero persona, and her makes an attempt to stability the 2 are the primary supply of drama in her tales.
However Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel have extra in frequent than their age. Each of them are additionally enormous nerds. Peter repairs outdated computer systems. Kamala leads a guild in a fictional MMORPG referred to as World of Battlecraft. Kamala is an enormous superhero stan, too. She retains shut tabs on all of her favourite heroes, devours superhero comics and video video games, and reads and writes Avengers fan-fiction (together with, often, tales starring herself).
Mainly, Kamala is considered one of us. So is the MCU’s Spider-Man. Keep in mind Peter’s response in Captain America: Civil Warfare when Tony Stark seems in his lounge? How he geeks out over Falcon’s wings and The Winter Soldier’s metallic arm? How awkwardly excited he’s to satisfy Captain America, though it’s mid-fight? Kamala would react the identical manner.
Because the Avengers’ resident teen every-man, Peter Parker was an awesome function mannequin for youthful viewers and the proper point-of-view character for the complete viewers. Now that he’s gone, Kamala Khan’s the one one who can fill each roles. Fortunately, she’s greater than as much as the duty.
The legacy issue
Kamala and the MCU’s Peter don’t simply have comparable personalities. They’ve parallel character arcs, too. Spider-Man enters the MCU as an enthusiastic however inexperienced beginner. Over the course of 5 movies, Iron Man makes him into an Avengers-worthy hero. The story that started when Tony Stark made an sudden cease by Peter Parker’s residence in Civil Warfare ends in Spider-Man: Far From Dwelling with Parker prepared to hold on Iron Man’s legacy. It’s probably the greatest tales that Marvel has ever advised.
Nicely, Kamala has her personal superhero idol: Carol Danvers, greatest identified today as Captain Marvel. Kamala isn’t refined about it, both. Within the comics, Ms. Marvel is the identify that Carol used earlier than she grew to become Captain, and Kamala chooses it with a view to honor her hero.
Ms. Marvel’s costume has the identical purple, blue, and yellow colours scheme as Captain Marvel’s. When the 2 heroes lastly teamed up, Carol gave Kamala a pendant that mixed their two logos, turning into Ms. Marvel’s de facto mentor. When Ms. Marvel sided in opposition to Captain Marvel in Civil Warfare II, it was one of many hardest issues she’s ever performed.
Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers is poised to be an enormous participant within the MCU going ahead, and giving her a teenage protege may very well be an effective way to convey the cosmic hero all the way down to Earth. Hey, it labored for Iron Man. It’ll work for Captain Marvel, too.
Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel sittin’ in a tree…
Ms. Marvel isn’t simply mates with Spider-Man. She’s shut with all completely different sorts of Spider-people. Within the comics, Peter Parker is considerably older than Kamala. Their relationship is pleasant, not romantic. Nonetheless, Kamala’s favourite superhero-ship is Spider-Marvel (Spider-Man and Captain Marvel). Given how Kamala feels about Carol Danvers, that’s no small factor.
Alternatively, Miles Morales and Kamala Khan are virtually precisely the identical age, and so they had mutual crushes on one another whereas they had been each members of the teenage superhero staff The Champions. That by no means panned out, however Ms. Marvel has fought alongside each Spider-Males quite a few occasions, and he or she’s a trusted ally of each. In latest problems with Marvel Staff-Up, Peter and Kamala even switched our bodies, giving the 2 Avengers a deeper understanding of each other.
In different media, Ms. Marvel and Spider-Gwen (also called Ghost-Spider) are each founding solid members of Marvel Rising, a sequence of animated initiatives starring Marvel’s feminine characters. Alongside characters like Spider-Gwen and Spider-Man‘s Mary Jane Watson, Ms. Marvel has turn out to be probably the most fashionable members of Marvel Rising‘s Secret Warriors, even amongst individuals who have by no means picked up a comic book ebook.
Kamala Khan isn’t a Peter Parker clone. Her Pakistani heritage offers her a perspective on day-to-day life within the Marvel Universe which you can’t discover anyplace else, and in contrast to Spider-Man, she’s not burdened by guilt. To Peter, super-heroics are a burden. To Kamala, they’re a dream come true.
We’ll miss Spider-Man, and it’s a disgrace that we’ll by no means see him staff up with Ms. Marvel within the MCU. They’ve nice chemistry within the comics, and the pair would work nice on the large display. With the Sony-Disney deal seemingly lifeless (if not totally buried), nonetheless, Marvel is in want of Spider-Man’s successor.
Look no additional than Disney+ within the coming years. Ms. Marvel is the one and solely selection.