Ms. Marvel 'definitely' coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Ms. Marvel is making her way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Speaking at the Producers Guild of America's 2018 Produced By Conference, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige doubled down on the company's commitment to bringing the teenage superhero Kamala Khan to the big screen. 

While the info was not presented as an official announcement, the producer's comments all-but-confirm that the character is en route to the MCU post-Avengers 4.

The news comes from Digital LA, reporting on Feige's comments during a conference Q&A session. According to the outlet, Feige said that Kamala's introduction to the MCU needed to be preceded by the Captain Marvel movie, after which she can be expected to make her debut.

"We wanted to get Captain Marvel out there first so that there is something for a young Muslim girl to get inspired by," Feige said.

Feige previously alluded to Kamala's coming to the MCU in a BBC interview in May, when he said her entry to the series "is definitely sort of in the works."

While Feige did not specifically announce a Ms. Marvel movie, his comments leave little room for doubt that the character will be coming to the MCU in one way or another, whether as part of a team, as a side character, or — as we'd prefer to see — headlining her own story. We suppose they could just give her sidekick status in a Captain Marvel sequel, but that seems like a bit of a waste, doesn't it?

If you've been out of the comic book game for awhile, you likely only know the name of "Ms. Marvel" in reference to Carol Danvers, aka the modern Captain Marvel. Carol was originally introduced under that name in a 1977 comic series, with her powers and mission being influenced by the original Captain Marvel, the Kree soldier Mar-Vell. 

Once Carol took the Captain's seat, the Ms. Marvel name went dormant until a Jersey City teen named Kamala developed the power to shapeshift, stretch, and change sizes. Looking up to Carol as a mentor to live up to, Kamala took her old name for herself.

Kamala made her first appearance in the pages of Captain Marvel in 2013, becoming superpowered as a result of the "Inhumanity" storyline. She developed her powers as a result of exposure to Terrigen mist, aka Marvel's Amazing Plot Gas, which activated dormant Inhuman cells in her and many other Earthlings. 

It remains to be seen how Kamala's Inhumanity would play into any movie adaptation. While Marvel Studios did once intend to make an Inhumans movie, which would have introduced the powerful, moon-dwelling race to the MCU, the property ultimately ended up being taken (and totally squandered) by Marvel Television. 

While that series is still technically part of the MCU, references to the Inhumans in the movies have been, to this point, extremely scarce.

One thing we can surely expect, this being a shared universe, is a sort of mentor/mentee relationship between Carol and Kamala, in the style of Spider-Man: Homecoming's portrayal of Peter Parker and Tony Stark. Beyond that expected dynamic, there's a lot to be excited about when considering what Kamala could get up to in the movies. 

For one, her youth would put her on a similar tier as fellow teen Peter Parker, giving the Avengers a more childlike perspective compared to the old guard of jaded grown-ups. Her inclusion would also be another step forward for minority representation on screen in the vein of Black Panther, with the Pakistani American high schooler being the first Muslim character to lead her own Marvel Comics series.

Details about the future of the MCU are slowly beginning to trickle out, but there are still a lot of unknowns, making this an exciting time to be a fan of the franchise. Seeing Carol, then Kamala in the movies would be a dream come true for a lot of readers, ourselves included. So take a big whiff of Terrigen mist, kick back, and wait for the changes to come. 

No official release details have yet emerged for the potential Ms. Marvel movie. Captain Marvel, its Brie Larson-starring spiritual predecessor, will be out in theaters on March 8, 2019.