CBTVB: Could Kamala Khan Have a Place in the Marvel Young Adult Universe?
By Muuka Muyumba
Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada spoke to Comicbook.com today and acknowledged that the growing popularity of Ms. Marvel aka Kamala Khan suggests a live-action interpretation.
The character was introduced in 2013 as a teen Pakistani-American young woman with Inhuman abilities in Captain Marvel #13. She led her own series with G. Willow Wilson writing with subsequent cameos in All-New All Different Avengers, and helming the Champions series in the books. So, her inclusion in the live-action world has not been far-fetched. Kamala was so popular that she even caught the eye of President Barack Obama who invited Director of Content Development at Marvel, Sana Amanat, to the White House to tout Ms. Marvel’s contributions to the comics.
Quesada is busting that door wide open now, noting “[m]ovies, TV…they’re all spokes of the wheel. If you want to know what the future is, in the movies, television, video games, animation — pick up the comics, because there’s a very good possibility that the stuff you’re reading today will eventually find itself — or a version of it — in one of our media outlets.”
“They [readers] tell us something is resonating, something is hitting a core, and that’s something we should try to cultivate,” he said. “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.”
Quesada added, “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.”
So, where might Ms. Marvel fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe? She’s already been featured in the Ultimate Spider-Man Disney XD cartoon, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with The Avengers.
However, what Marvel appears to be crafting is a kind of young adult TV universe. Marvel TV president Jeph Loeb has acknowledged that he is actively working on a Runaways show on Hulu, a Cloak and Dagger show at Freeform, and a potential New Warriors series with Squirrel Girl.
The overriding theme of those shows, of course, is that these Marvel titles feature teenage heroes. Marvel really hasn’t broken their teen titans yet on the big or small screen, except for the triumphant return of Spider-Man (Tom Holland) in Captain America: Civil War. These heroes would also help Marvel carve out a niche in superhero media where Warners and DC Comics hasn’t yet.
Again, this is a major rumor, but now has the backing of a significantly influential source.