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Information-silkReal NameKamala Khan
Information-silkCurrent AliasMs. Marvel
Information-silkAliasesCaptain Marvel,[1] "Bendy Girl",[2] "Giant Girl",[3]
Information-silkRelativesJusuf Khan (father),

Disha Khan (mother),

Jamir Khan (brother)
Information-silkBase Of OperationsCircle Q & Khan Family Residence, Jersey City, New Jersey
Status
Information-silkAlignmentGood
Information-silkIdentitySecret Identity
Information-silkCitizenshipAmerican
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationStudent
Information-silkEducationHigh school
Characteristics
Information-silkGenderFemale
Information-silkHeight5' 4" (Variable)
Information-silkWeight(Variable)
Information-silkEyesBrown (Variable)
Information-silkHairBrown (Variable)
Origin
Information-silkOriginHuman with latent Inhuman lineage activated by the Terrigen Bomb
Information-silkUniverseEarth-616
Information-silkPlace of BirthJersey City, New Jersey
Information-silkCreatorsSana Amanat, Stephen Wacker, G. Willow Wilson
First Appearance

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HistoryEdit

Quote1 Fabulous. Now I'm in trouble, too. This has to have happened for a reason. I saved one life, Does it stop there or do I go on? Maybe this is what I've been waiting for. Maybe I'm finally part of something... bigger. Quote2
-- Kamala Khan src 

Origin

Kamala Khan was a Pakistani-American born in Jersey City after her parents moved from Karachi, Pakistan. Though respectful of her heritage, Kamala always felt different; she had nerdy interests, strict parents, and did not meet the white Eurocentric standards of beauty.[1][2]

She was also a fan of superheroes, having devotedly followed the career of Carol Danvers, the former Ms. Marvel who had recently started going by the nom de guerre Captain Marvel.[3]

One night, Kamala snuck out of her house against her parents' wishes to attend a party on the Jersey Waterfront, only to be teased and ostracized by her classmates Zoe Zimmer and Josh. As Kamala walked home in anger and disappointment, Jersey City was suddenly enveloped in the Terrigen Mists, which had been released by the hand of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, and Kamala fell unconscious from exposure.

As her Terrigenesis began due to her Inhuman lineage, Kamala was presented with a vision of Carol Danvers chastising her for disobeying her parents and asking her what she wanted in life, to which she replied "I want to be you." Once the vision faded, Kamala woke up and broke out of her Terrigenesis cocoon wearing a replica of Danvers' previous Ms. Marvel costume as part of her subconscious desire.[1]

Shocked and scared at the sudden change, Kamala's body repeatedly altered itself as her mind and body struggled to gain control over her newly-developed shapeshifting powers. When she saw Zoe fall into the river while trying to keep a drunken Josh off of her, however, Kamala (still in the Ms. Marvel form) instinctively came to her rescue by enlarging her hand to pull her out of the water. As Kamala returned home, she realized that merely looking like her idol was not what she wanted at all, but also that rescuing Zoe made her feel happy. After returning home, she was grounded by her angry parents, as her friend Bruno had told them that she escaped to the party.[4]

Ms. Marvel

A few days later, Kamala went to visit Bruno at his work and clear the air with her friend, but she instead found him dealing with a thief trying to rob the place. Kamala morphed into Captain Marvel and stopped the thief by squashing him, only to be shot as he escaped.[5]

Unconsciously morphing back to her normal self as her body healed, Kamala told Bruno about what had happened to her and asked about the robber. Bruno told her that his brother Vick had gotten involved with someone called "The Inventor" and was robbing money for him. Wearing a swimming burkini and mask, Kamala traced Vick's escape to an abandoned house in Greenville, where he was tied up in the basement by The Inventor's subordinate Doyle as punishment for his botched heist.[6]

Kamala's initial rescue attempt failed as she was overpowered by Doyle and his army of robot spiders, and her escape to her home was met by her upset parents. After being told by her father that she was born when her mother was believed unable to conceive children and thus was considered to be special, Kamala took it to heart and spent the next day with Bruno developing her powers and making a costume. She later went back to successfully rescue Vick from Doyle. Though she earned The Inventor's wrath for her actions, Kamala swore that she would protect Jersey City from him as Ms. Marvel.[7]

Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 7 page 8

Ms. Marvel using her morphogenic elongation to fight crime

Kamala Khan (Earth-616) from Ms. Marvel Vol 3 3 001

Kamala enlarging herself


Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Powers

Kamala is a human with latent Inhuman heritage who's powers were activated by the Terrigen Bomb. Kamala is now a polymorph, which grants her the following abilities:

  • Morphogenetics:[8] Kamala can stretch, deform, expand, or compress her entire body or parts thereof into any contiguous shape she can imagine for a variety of uses:
    • Elongation: Kamala can extend her limbs, torso, or neck to great distances.[9]
  • Accelerated Healing Factor: Kamala is capable of rapidly healing from injuries such as bullet wounds. However, use of her other powers interrupts the healing process, requiring Kamala to maintain her normal appearance while recovering.[6] Extensive healing also leaves Kamala heavily-fatigued and hungry.[7] However, it appears the more she utilizes her healing ability, the less malleable her cells become, which prevents her from using the full range of her morphogenic abilities.[10]
  • Bioluminescence: Kamala's body emits a glowing yellow energy signature when using her morphogenic powers.[4]
Power Grid
Fan Ratings
Intelligence
 3
Strength
Speed
 3
Durability
Energy Projection
 1
Fighting Skills
 2

ParaphernaliaEdit

Equipment

  • Biokinetic Polymer Suit: Invented by Bruno as part of his scholarship application to Rutgers, when the polymer (or "super snot") is applied to a flexible substance, the substance becomes extremely malleable.[5] The increased elasticity allows Ms. Marvel to focus less on transforming her clothing during her metamorphoses.[7] Unfortunately, the suit is highly susceptible to damage by exposure to water.[7][2]

NotesEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Kamala "totally ships Spider-Marvel", meaning she is a fan of Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and Carol Danvers in a possible romantic relationship.[11]
  • At the time of her first appearance, Kamala is sixteen-years-old.[9][1]
  • In Arabic, Kamal means "perfection". Kamala's parents gave her this name because they believed they could not conceive another child.[7]

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