Ms. Marvel: The Hero I've Been Waiting For


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Avengers; Guardians of the Galaxy; X-Men. I’ve seen and enjoyed most of them. I began and continued to watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and cannot wait for the brilliant Agent Carter and Daredevil to return. I have consumed superhero stories in their television and film formats, but it wasn’t until this year that I decided to read the comic books that inspired these bold, colourful, and thrilling cinematic adventures. What previously seemed to be an unnecessarily complicated world with multiple superheroes of the same incarnation with story arcs that I could not follow or comprehend became less scary and increasingly intriguing when I found out about Ms. Marvel.


The Ms. Marvel I discovered was not Carol Danvers or Sharon Ventura but Kamala Khan. The Ms. Marvel whose journey I started following was a Pakistani American from New Jersey who discovers that she is an Inhuman with shapeshifting abilities.


I began reading the comics and discovered that I could relate to Kamala in a way that I couldn’t really relate to any character in the movies and shows. I could see myself in her brown skin ton