When Kamala Khan burst onto screens in the vibrant premiere of the Disney+ series Ms. Marvel, audiences felt they were seeing something totally new. And with good reason. The superhero star of the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe show debuted in comics less than ten years ago. But since then, she’s become one of Marvel’s most popular new characters, quickly joining the pantheon of superheroes from the company’s founding in the late-60s.
Created by editors Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker, writer G. Willow Wilson, and artists Adrian Alphona and Jamie McKelvie, Kamala first appeared in 2013’s Captain Marvel #14, as a fan of the titular hero. A few months later, her superpowers manifested in her own series, Ms. Marvel, which launched its first issue in 2014.
After being exposed to Terrigen Mists created by the Inhumans (you might remember the Inhumans king Black Bolt from his head-popping cameo in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), Kamala—an otherwise nondescript Muslim teen from Jersey City—gets strange new powers. She can change the shape of her body, usually making her fists and feet “embiggen” to knock away baddies.
Producer Bisha K. Ali and directors Adil & Bilall (Bad Boys For Life) have slightly changed Kamala’s origin and power set for the show. But new star Iman Vellani brings all the infectious energy that made Ms. Marvel a hit in the comics. If the series has you hungry for more of Kamala’s off-beat adventures, here are some great Ms. Marvel stories to check out.