There has recently been a push within the Marvel Cinematic Universe to include a more diverse array of heroes, with Black Panther and Captain Marvel hitting theaters in a few years. Today we have word that Ms. Marvel, a.k.a. Kamala Kahn, might be coming to the MCU soon as well. Before you dismiss this as another rumor, this comes from Marvel Chief Operating Officer Joe Quesada. During an interview at Comic-Con, he revealed that, due to the growing popularity of the new Ms. Marvel comic books, fans shouldn't be surprised if Ms. Marvel comes to the big or small screen soon. Here's what he had to say below.
"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."
After Carol Danvers took over as the new Captain Marvel, the Ms. Marvel mantel was taken over by Kamala Khan in the comics. The character made her comic book debut in Captain Marvel #14 in August 2013, before taking over the Ms. Marvel comic series in February 2014, making her the first ever Muslim character to headline her own comic book. The Ms. Marvel comic has become increasingly popular over the past two years, but this is the first time we've heard anything about Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel joining the MCU.
Marvel Comics has been making a number of announcements lately to bring more diversity to the comics. It was recently announced that a 15-year-old African-American female named Riri Williams will take over as the new Iron Man, now called Ironheart. This followed announcements that Jane Foster will be the new Thor, and the massive twist for the Captain America comics, that Cap was part of Hydra all along (which was later revealed to all be a ruse). Given Joe Quesada's comments in his interview with Comic Book Resources, Kamala Khan could be the next big announcement for the MCU.
The Marvel Phase 3 lineup is already set in stone, but if Kamala Khan becomes more and more popular, we may hear plans for this character coming into the MCU sooner rather than later. The comments from Marvel's Joe Quesada certainly bode well for fans of the character. The studio already has three untitled movies set for the year 2020, which will kick off Phase 4, but we don't know what movies will take those dates quite yet. Take a look at Joe Quesada's video interview from Comic-Con below.