Comicbook / Ms. Marvel (2014)

Good is not a thing you are. It's a thing you do.

Ms. Marvel is an ongoing monthly title published by Marvel Comics, which launched in February 2014. It's written by G. Willow Wilson, with rotating art by Adrian Alphona (Runaways) and Takeshi Miyazawa.

Kamala Khan is a nerdy teenage girl from a Pakistani-American family of Muslim faith living in Jersey City — explicitly pointed out to not be New York City, unlike most of the heroes who populate the Marvel Universe.

After being exposed to Terrigen Mist, Kamala discovers she has Inhuman DNA and her latent shapeshifting power becomes apparent. Inspired by Carol Danvers, who had recently abandoned the Ms. Marvel title to become Captain Marvel, Kamala decides to use her newfound abilities to protect her home and those in need.

Following an initial run of nineteen issues, this title was put on hold for Secret Wars, concluding with a four-issue story arc that saw Kamala meet her idol and namesake, Captain Marvel. Ms. Marvel returned with a new volume in the All-New, All-Different Marvel universe that emerged from Secret Wars — and she even joined the (All-New, All-Different) Avengers!

Kamala is notable for being one of the most prominent (and heroic) Muslim characters in popular culture; she was co-created by Wilson (a Muslim convert herself) and Marvel editor Sana Amanat —a Pakistani-American Muslim woman not unlike Kamala— who currently serves as their Director of Content & Character Development.

This title is the only Marvel comic that exceeds its physical sales digitally, likely because its fanbase skews young and female — a demographic not likely to buy monthly physical issues in a comic shop.

Kamala's presence outside of comics has been steadily growing since her introduction. She appears in a variety of Marvel's mobile games, and she appears in LEGO Marvel's Avengers as an unlockable character. She's also set to guest star in the third season of Disney XD's Avengers Assemble.

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Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel provide examples of:

  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Visited in issues #6 and #7. It is large and labyrinthine enough to have several giant or weaponized alligators, a Death Trap, etc. without anybody noticing.
  • Adorkable: Kamala's excitable earnestness makes her easy to well-liked at school and appealing to the fandom.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Kamala's friend Bruno called her parents after Kamala ran away from the party in the first issue. None of them were thinking about Terrigen mists or transformations, but they were scared that she might be attacked or hurt when wandering the city alone.
    • Bruno's parents were worried about his brother on the night of the Terrigen mists, as they were worried something might happen out in the all-obscuring fog.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: Kamala Khan is a Muslim Pakistani-American taking over the name from the white, blonde Carol Danvers. Unlike some cases where the replacement is sudden, the Marvel continuity had the "Ms Marvel" name unattached for some time since Danvers had become Captain Marvel.
  • Aliens in Cardiff: The series is set in Jersey City, NJ. The first issue opens pointing out that they are twelve miles away from Manhattan.
  • Alliterative Name: Kamala Khan, Zoe Zimmer and Michaela "Mike" Miller.
  • Alone Among the Couples: By issue #2 of the relaunch, Kamala learns that both her best friend and her uptight older brother have started dating people without her noticing (although Aamir would probably object to the term "dating").
    "Everybody has a girlfriend except me!"
  • Alpha Bitch: Zoe Zimmer, who specializes in Stealth Insults disguised as questions and concerns about Islam. Kamala initially thinks she is simply ignorant that what she says is hurtful, but later issues make it clear that Zoe is very aware that what she says is harmful. The final issue before the relaunch has her admit that she is mean because she is jealous of the easy friendships Kamala and others have, and she tries to get better.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: When they fear that the world is going to end, Bruno admits his feelings to Kamala. She admits that she loves him in return, but is not emotionally at a place where she is comfortable dating, and tells him not to hold out for her.
  • Animesque: Jake Wyatt's fill-in issues, complete with Chibi-like reactions from Kamala.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Hilariously invoked during the climactic battle with the Inventor (justified because it's his Berserk Button):
    Kamala: What do I think? I think you're a wannabe evil genius who thinks he's saved the future when really he's just given up on it. I think you're a megalomaniac with some sort of Pied Piper complex... I think you're a bird.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Kamala writes Avengers fanfic, a panel in Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration #1 hints at her having been an American superhero fan since she was a toddler, and even her friends call her fandom a "sad nerd obsession".
    • This has not slowed down since she got powers of her own; The first All-New All-Different Avengers Annual followed her evening reading fanfic after a hard day of crimefighting. (It also revealed that Miles Morales is fanfic writer too, and their favorite board's moderator is none other than Phil Coulson.)
  • Badass Boast: Kamala has one for the public after the bad guys try to intimidate her.
    Ms. Marvel: "This guy thinks he can threaten us where we live? Ms. Marvel has a message for him. This is Jersey City. We talk loud, we walk fast, and we don't take any disrespect. Don't mess."
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Towards the end of the first issue, when Kamala is talking to visions of Captain Marvel, Iron Man and Captain America, Captain Marvel explicitly tells her that her wish “is not going to turn out the way you think.” She wakes up from her shell looking like Carol Danvers with her Stripperific Ms. Marvel outfit. She quickly learns that such an outfit is not exactly comfortable.
    Kamala: ...This leotard is giving me an epic wedgie.
  • Big Bad: The Inventor is the primary villain of the first arc. He uses vagrant teenagers as personal muscle and living batteries for his machines, and he is able to build cartoony robots to act as weapons.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • When Aamir (her actual big brother) sees her acting strange after returning home, and after she tells him 'something strange' happened to her, his first instinct is to pull her into a hug and assure her he will make it better... by getting a group of 'brothers from the mosque' to beat up whoever hurt her.
    • Many heroes and secret agents she encounters tend to have this reaction. Wolverine tries to make her more wary about the not-so-fun side of fighting evil and puts in a good word for her with Captain America, Spider-Man is immediately receptive of how she hasn't had much experience with higher level baddies and tries to take on the more dangerous role in their fight with Dr. Minerva, and when she encounters Phil Coulson in S.H.I.E.L.D., he's clearly aware of how young she is and openly admits that he's become protective of her.
  • Big Eater: Kamala's powers burn a lot of calories. After getting stomped by the Inventors' goons, she's about ready to clean out the fridge.
  • Bilingual Bonus: There is spoken and written Urdu(a language spoken in Pakistan) and Arabic(the language the Quran was written in) scattered throughout the series.
  • Bland-Name Product:
  • Breakout Character: Kamala herself in the greater Marvel Universe. Not only did the sales of the comic far exceed anyone's expectations, even easily outselling the former Ms. Marvel's new series, but by the end of 2014 she was already showing up in major guest spots in other comics, such as The Amazing Spider-Man and S.H.I.E.L.D. With her cross-cultural appeal credited with drawing female Muslim readers into buying comics, many critics started calling her the new Spider-Man.
  • Bystander Syndrome: In issue #8 Kamala muses that half of heroism is not thinking and acting like this.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Kamala initially shouted commands when using her powers when she was trying to understand how they worked. The commands themselves are not actually necessary, but she continues to use them out of habit. However, she has seldom used "Disembiggen!" and never used it if she was trying to shrink down so she can hide.
  • Canine Companion: Lockjaw is sent by Medusa to be Kamala's protector. She adores him on sight.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Kamala's parents quickly blame her for Aamir's problems. It's jarring because she is the younger sibling.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Kamala's got a Healing Factor that runs on her metabolism.
    Kamala: "I'm hungry in a way I've never been hungry before. Ravenous. Starving. Seriously, I need a thesaurus. It's the healing I think, it feels like I skipped a night of sleep — like the healing power comes straight out of my life force."
  • Character Tic: Whenever she's mad, Kamala has a habit of grimacing and cutting her eyes to the side.
  • Chasing a Butterfly: Lockjaw on the cover of issue #8.
  • Continuity Snarl: Despite what's seen in issue #12, there was no time when Loki worked for the All-Mother (quit in issue #5 of Loki: Agent of Asgard) and Odin was also around (freed from his self-exile in Original Sin, which takes place right after Loki:AoA #5).
  • Cuteness Proximity: While everyone else runs in terror at the stallion-sized bulldog coming down the street, Kamala reacts to Lockjaw by gleefully declaring him the "cutest most humongous thing" she's ever seen, and gives him a big hug. The moment is explicitly an illustration of Kamala's heroic qualities: when everyone else responds to something strange and unusual with fear, she responds with love and acceptance, and thus gains herself a new, loyal, friend.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: Kamala’s friend Nakia tells her that fakon (fake bacon) is “not that terrible”.
  • Determinator: When Wolverine declares someone as stubborn as he is, that's saying something.
  • Dog Walks You: The cover of issue #8 contains a textbook example, which repeats several times in the issue itself.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In issue fifteen, after Kamala is kidnapped by Kamran he explains that everything that made her vulnerable was something she did of her own free will, despite the fact that when Kamala realized something was up she repeatedly insisted that he stop. She even wonders if what happened really was her own fault. It sounds a lot like a sexual assault victim being told that she should have been more careful when confronting the person who assaulted her. The author tweeted that "I wanted to talk about consent in a fun, accessible way, without making the world into a terrifying place."
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Bruno has been in love with Kamala for years, and lives his life as her close friend and confidant. She finally realizes both this and that she feels the same way during the end of the first series, but tells him that she feels like she needs to focus on being a superhero for the time being.
  • Do Wrong, Right: Kamala’s friends scold her when she repeatedly smells bacon (“delicious infidel meat”), saying she should either eat the bacon or stop smelling it.
    ”Chow or chow not, there is no smell.”
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Wolverine has no healing powers anymore when he guest-stars, so it is up to Kamala to fight a giant alligator after Wolverine is injured.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Kamala Khan was retroactively identified as a foreground character in Captain Marvel #14 before the official announcement that she was the new Ms. Marvel. Captain Marvel #17, which was published after the announcement, concludes with an unnamed appearance as she uses her transformation powers.
  • Expressive Mask: Her superhero costume is par for the course in expressiveness.
  • Fanfic: Kamala writes Avengers fanfic, and is in the midst of chronicling their adventures on “Planet Unicorn” in the first issue. She also writes X-Men fanfic, mentioning a “Wolverine and Storm in space” fic she wrote in issue #6. All sound Cracktastic.
  • Fictional Counterpart: Much like the Circle A in Runaways, the Circle Q convenience store where Bruno works is this series' version of the real-life Circle K.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: After being exposed to the Terrigen Mist, Kamala receives a vision of Captain Marvel, Iron Man and Captain America. They explain that they are "faith", and she is seeing them as she needs to see them.
  • The Fundamentalist:
    • Downplayed. Kamala's brother Aamir is the most devout Muslim of the family and disparages his father’s job since it involves usury (He works at a bank). Their father wishes Aamir would focus less time on prayer and more time on finding a job. Even though he's conservative and dresses, in his mother's words "like a penniless mullah", no one ever accuses him of being a terrorist, and he's shown wearing a western-style suit when going on a job interview. In the last pre Secret Wars (2015) comic he also informs Kamran in no uncertain terms that while, yes, he is devout etcetera, he's not going to take Kamran's side just because he's a guy and absolve him of all responsibility for what happened between him and Kamala. Quite the opposite, in fact. Then he punches Kamran in the face. Kamala is astonished (having assumed that Aamir hated her), Carol Danvers less so - as she remarks, Aamir is Kamala's big brother, he has her back (even if he's not precisely sure what's going on).
    • The local imam, Sheikh Abdullah, is set up to be the typical fire-and-brimstone preacher, considering how much Kamala dreads having anything to do with him, but when she finally does talk to him he turns out to be very compassionate and understanding, even tacitly supporting her superheroing(although he doesn't understand exactly what she's telling him, he tells her its the right thing to do).
  • Funny Background Event: Plenty in this comic. One thing to look out for are the names written on items such as magazines and posters.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Hope Yards Development and Relocation Association, the villain group from the first story arc of the 2015 relaunch. H.Y.D.R.A., in other words.
  • Genki Girl: Zoe is extremely perky, and Kamala describes her as “so adorable and happy”. Kamala’s friends, however, call her the "concern troll” and say that she only acts nice so she can make snide, insulting comments disguised as friendly conversation. Kamala herself is one to the Marvel Universe as a whole. She instantly fangirls over team-ups and has such a chipper attitude that even her predecessor can't help but spend the last moments before an apocalypse with her.
  • Grandfather Clause: Kamala says that, if she were Ms. Marvel, she would wear the “classic, politically incorrect costume and kick butt in giant wedge heels.” The second issue has her realize that extremely long hair will get blown into your face by the wind, giant wedge heels are not comfortable to walk in, and that politically incorrect costumes give epic wedgies.
  • Groin Attack: Kamala uses the laser of one of Doyle's robots on his groin. Understandably, he swore revenge.
  • Grounded Forever: Kamala's punishment after her parents find out that she snuck out to the party in the first issue.
  • Healing Factor: Part of her shapeshifting powers, allowing her to heal from fatal wounds (and in #7, electrocuting herself to short out a death trap) quickly. She can't use her other powers while healing, though, and it also leaves her feeling very hungry. If she heals too much at once, her shapeshifting abilities (such as for changing her appearance) become greatly weakened due to lack of energy.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: In the first story arc of the re-launch, Ms. Marvel's image was used by the Hope Yards project without her permission while she was too busy getting used to her role as an Avenger to notice. Even after exposing Hope Yard's sinister agenda and putting a stop to it, she's considered a sell-out who had only opposed Hope Yards once it was revealed to be headed by an actual supervillain.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Kamala is a massive fan of the Avengers, particularly Captain Marvel. She thinks that being more like Carol Danvers, the blonde, beautiful superhero, would make her life so much better. But she quickly finds out that its better to be herself.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Especially giant, teleporting bizarro ones.
  • Hidden Depths: Thanks to Loki's use of Asgardian truth elixir, Zoe's football player boyfriend Josh snapped and revealed that he is actually sick and tired of people assuming he is a Dumb Jock, he is actually fairly smart, a good student and likes math. Ironically, he snapped because Zoe revealed that she looks down on him whenever he goes monosyllabic.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: The Inventor is a clone of Thomas Edison whose genetic material was contaminated by a cockatiel. While the real life Thomas Edison was a ruthless businessman who once electrocuted an elephant just to prove that alternating current was dangerous, the Inventor is a Mad Scientist with no qualms about using teenagers as living batteries for his machines. However, it's implied at the end of the arc that the "real" Inventor is the guy who cloned him.
  • Home Base: The convenience store where Bruno works, according to All-New Marvel Now Point One.
    Kamala: Some people get to hide out in space stations. I get a Circle Q.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Kamala has a lot of difficulty in understanding her powers. They start off tied to her emotional state (shrinking when she feels small, turning into Carol Danvers when she thinks of Captain Marvel) and she is unable to control them willingly at first.
    Kamala: I wonder if I can do it again, this time on purpose. TRANSFORM!!!!
    *beat panel*
    Kamala: Nope.
  • Humble Hero: After saving a couple's infant child, they praise her as "a real hero" and her response is an understated "I'm trying."
  • I Have Your Wife: The Inventor abducts Lockjaw to blackmail Kamala, or at least lure her into a trap.
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Vick accidentally shoots Kamala in the stomach with what he believed was an unloaded gun while trying to rob Bruno's store.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Kamala claims her impressive reflexes are thanks to a lifetime of playing video games.
  • I'm Taking Him Home With Me!: Kamala's reaction to meeting Lockjaw, in contrast to everybody else who ran for their lives. She also used the "He followed me home, can I keep him?" line on her parents.
  • In-Series Nickname: Loki is pretty much renamed the Hipster Viking by the characters, and doesn't seem to mind it at all.
  • Invocation: Kamala tends to shout "Embiggen!" when she uses her powers to grow in size. She doesn't tend to do it for shrinking or other shapeshifting stunts.
  • It's a Small Net After All: Averted. When Kamala begins to research superpowers in the third issue, she cannot find anything helpful as every search she tries leads her to web-pages about video games and fiction that have transformation and superpowers.
  • It's Not You, It's Me: Kamala's reason for turning down Bruno after his Anguished Declaration of Love. She acknowledges that she loves him in return, but feels that her being a superhero is more important than her personal happiness.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Bruno and Kamala to each other. Bruno accepts that Miss Marvel is a bigger part of her life than he could be at this time. Kamala says that while she loves Bruno, she would understand if he decides to find happiness without her due to her heroics being the only thing she wants to focus on right now. Lampshaded in the relaunch series when Bruno begins dating a new classmate and Kamala realizes she's jealous.
  • Joisey: A big part of Kamala's characterization is that she lives in Jersey City, and writer G. Willow Wilson has actually gone to great lengths to replicate the experience of daily life in Jersey City and what it's like to grow up there. Kamala's high school is based on a real high school in Jersey City: McNair Academic High School, though (ostensibly for legal reasons) the school is referred to as Coles Academic High School, after Coles Street, the actual street that McNair Academic High School is located on. Even the visual image of the school's exterior is pretty much an exact copy of how McNair looks in Real Life. It's been explained that since a big part of Kamala's characterization is the fact that she's very Adorkable, G. Willow Wilson chose McNair as her alma mater since it's a high-achieving public magnet school.
  • Just Friends: Despite having a long-standing infatuation, Bruno is content to just be friends with Kamala instead of pushing for something more. At least, until the world looks like it's going to end, when he levels with her.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Kamala is beside herself with glee when she first meets Wolverine (much to his annoyance), and when she gets saved by Spider-Man. And when she met Carol Danvers...oh gosh.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: As a long-standing fan of superheroes, Kamala frequently comments on the situations she is in.
    Oh! My! Gosh! I'm in a Spider-Man team-up!
  • Legacy Character: Kamala decides to become Ms. Marvel, having idolized Carol Danvers, who left the identity to become Captain Marvel. They finally meet during Secret Wars.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Wolverine's notion towards Kamala taking him on her back when he was hurt in issue #7. Unfortunately Kamala, being herself, had already "Pictagrammed" it.
  • Love Interest: Bruno has had a crush on Kamala since long before the series began, and Kamala snarks that if he were Pakistani her parents would "throw me at you." Aamir tells Bruno point-blank that his and Kamala's parents love him and have basically adopted him as a nephew, but that they will never approve of Kamala being in a relationship with a non-Pakistani non-Muslim.
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: Aamir's parents are hesitant when he announces his intention to marry Tyesha, his black girlfriend, as they'd prefer he marry a nice Pakistani girl. Their opinion is swayed when Tyesha demonstrates knowledge of traditional Pakistani Muslim traditions, such as the bride living with the family until the husband can afford to buy an apartment. Aamir also helps his case when he points out that they set Kamala up with a Pakistani boy in the past, and that being from the same ethnic background didn't preclude the boy in question from being a complete asshole. Tyesha's parents are also hesitant, since they're Christians (Tyesha converted in college), but they are swayed when Yusuf gives a heartfelt speech about treating Tyesha like a daughter.
  • Mass Super-Empowering Event: The Terrigen bomb, which activated the Inhuman abilities of people throughout the region.
  • Meaningful Name: Kamala's name is based on "kamal", an Arabic word for "perfection". Her parents gave her the name because she was born despite her mother supposedly being unable to have any children at the time.
  • Me's a Crowd: In issue #4 of the second volume Kamala finds herself overwhelmed by her responsibilities (school, superheroing, being an Avenger, her brother's wedding) so resorts to using Bruno's artificial "human" experiment for this. Doubly bad idea considering the replicas are made by copying the stuff Loki's lightning golems are made of. And revealed in issue #5 to have been a really bad idea because Kamala's skin was tainted by an experimental neurotoxin when Bruno took the sample to make the clones, who are now replicating on their own.
  • Midnight Snack: After the failed rescue attempt in issue #5 Kamala has to raid the fridge at night thanks to her powers coming from her life force.
  • Mistaken for Terrorist: Kamala fears that this will happen to her and her mosque if her powers become public.
    • Also invoked when Kamala finds a fellow Inhuman tearing up Jersey City:
    Kamala: It's always the same. There's always that one group of people who think they have special permission to terrorize anybody who disagrees with them. And then everybody else who looks like them suffers.
  • Mistaken Identity: Kamala's first shapeshifting in public wound up looking like Carol Danvers herself, so when she immediately leapt into heroism a lot of bystanders thought she was Captain Marvel, although they were confused as to why she had seemingly gone back to wearing her old costume... much less had a giant hand. As she continues to look like Carol Danvers in later issues, the people she encounters do not seem sure how to address her, backtracking over calling her "Ms." and "Captain".
  • Mix-and-Match Man: The Inventor. He claims to be Thomas Edison's clone, but due to an accident, his DNA got contaminated with that of his creator's pet cockatiel, which is why he looks like an anthropomorphised bird... don't let him hear you call him that though.
  • Mood Dissonance: Issue #10 deals with some pretty heavy topics, then there is the scene when the Inventor's Mini-Mecha appears... wearing a hard hat. The effect is jarring to say the least.
  • Mood Motif: In the first issue, Kamala sees Iron Man, Captain Marvel and Captain America singing the first verse of the traditional qawwali "Sakal bun phool rahi sarson", a song about a joyous trip to the shrine of the Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya. This sounds like the qawwali is only a reminder of Kamala's heritage and beliefs, but the second half of the song mentions someone absent from this procession who promised to be there, tying the song to Kamala's having disobeyed her parents by sneaking out AND to Marvel itself, for both the in-universe superheroes and the comic industry seem to be saying that someone like Kamala should not only be one of them—but she should have been among their number before. See more about the motif here.
  • Mood Whiplash: The jump into the Civil War II tie-in, going from light-hearted science fair competition with Miles Morales into Kamala watches as her entire life falls apart around her ears.
  • Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls: Kamala is an avid fanfic writer and reader.
  • Mushroom Samba: Kamala thinks this is happening to her after her Inhuman transformation shows her a vision of Captain America, Captain Marvel, and Iron Man. She thinks it was caused by the small amount of vodka she was tricked into drinking at the party.
  • My Beloved Smother: Kamala's mother is obviously very overprotective, and Kamala's father is set up as the more understanding and reasonable parent. However, it is implied that the readers are only seeing her mother at her worst, when she is at her most anxious about her daughter. When Kamala has her first major defeat and is feeling depressed about it, the first thought she has is that she wants her mother to comfort her. Subverted toward the end of the first series, when her mother reveals that she's known Kamala was Ms. Marvel ever since she saw pictures of her(since Kamala modified a burqini to serve as her costume), and that she wholeheartedly supports her.
    Muneeba: If the worst thing you do is sneak out to help suffering people, then I thank God for having raised a righteous child.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When an Inhuman calling herself Kaboom starts ranting about the superiority of Inhumans and refers to humans as a "subspecies", Kamala (a Muslim and second-generation Pakistani-American, remember), loses her cool and hits Kaboom hard enough to nearly kill her. Kamala panics and runs away once she realizes what happened.
  • Nice Hat: Kamala's ushanka(the correct name for a "Russian furry hat") is starting to become iconic. It can be seen cropping up other places in the comic, such as on a pigeon during her Inhuman transformation.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The Inventor is a mad scientist/cyborg/clone/bird-man.
  • Overprotective Dad: Kamala’s father only responds with "Very funny" when she asks if she can go to a party with boys. In later issues he tends to be the more supportive and sympathetic parent when tensions over Kamala's newfound secrecy start flaring up after she gains her powers. Only to a point, though, as he's quick to ground her when she can't fully explain herself.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Loki's reaction to Bruno and Mike's attempts of summoning. The jerk only appears when they hit the ridiculousness level he would even pay to see. And yes. Brought literal popcorn too.
  • Police Are Useless: So mercilessly inverted. Not only are they not useless, but outright The Cavalry called in by our heroes. After they saw that they have a teenage superhero in their town they're just glad she is the type who would help fight street-level crime.
  • Protective Charm: As compensation for the trouble they caused, Loki wards the school in issue #12, which takes the form of huge "lightning golems" that protect the school while proclaiming how awesome Loki is.
  • Post-Modern Magik: Bruno has no magical skill himself but he's capable of sampling the lightning golems Loki left for the school and combining that with Kamala's DNA to make simple-minded clones. He's also capable of using it to 3D print pretty much whatever animate thing he wants. Parodied later on when he attempts to summon Loki using Hipster iconography (glasses, franchise coffee cups) in a summoning circle.
  • P.O.V. Cam: The first couple of pages of issue #8 are apparently Impending Doom P.O.V. until it's revealed to be Lockjaw's perspective, later we also get some panels of the Robocam of an attacking Humongous Mecha.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: One of the Inventor's Death Traps, and later robots, is literally powered by an unconscious runaway; the saved kid also tells Kamala and Wolverine that there are others.
  • Rage Breaking Point: When rogue Inhuman Kaboom goes on her "sub-species" rant, it pushes just about all of Kamala's buttons. She knocks her unconscious with one really hard punch.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: If there was ever a sign that the Marvel universe at large suffers from this, it's the issue where Kamala and Bruno compete in a science fair against Miles Morales. Kamala's team makes floating water, Miles' builds makes a generator that converts static electricity into energy, Bruno brings a portable cold fusion generator that can fit in his pocket. Somehow none of this results in the world changing overnight and energy companies throwing enough money in Kamala, Bruno, and Miles' faces to let them retire.
  • Required Secondary Powers: She can shift her clothes along with herself when she changes shape or size. However, this is stated to take more effort, to justify giving her a costume and domino mask.
  • Rhetorical Request Blunder: This exchange, thanks to Kamala really not knowing who she was dealing with:
    Ms. Marvel: Okay. You really wanna help? Use your sparkly green power to keep this school from getting trashed by robots again.
    Loki: Ward the school? That isn't a terrible idea, actually... *he promptly does it*
    Ms. Marvel: Whoa. And I thought I was totally kidding...
  • Rubber Man: Kamala can stretch her limbs and increase the size of her hands and feet at will.
  • Running Gag:
    • There's a chubby kid in Kamala's school who seems to be asleep every time we see him on panel.
    • Her love of writing fanfics involving Marvel characters, most of which sound ridiculous (and awesome). One is a crossover between the Avengers and Magical Pony Adventuresnote , and another involves Wolverine and Storm fighting a monster that farts wormholes.
    • Kamala being grounded for sneaking out, being late etc..
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Just like how Carol Danvers used to wear one back in her earliest days.
  • Secret Identity: Takes great pride in mocking both Miles and Sam, because both of them revealed theirs to her while she has kept hers secret from them.
  • Secret Keeper: Bruno discovers Kamala's identity when she changes back to her normal form after being shot in the guise of Ms. Marvel.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: The second-to-last issue before the relaunch reveals that Kamala's mother had made the connections to Ms. Marvel's identity months ago.
  • Sewer Gator: Encountered in issues #6 and #7 both in giant ("megagator") and armed with Fricking Laser Beams variety.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Issue #4 sees Bruno blurting out why he thinks Kamala is awesome. Kamala wants to hear more, but Bruno gets embarrassed.
    • The entirety of Kamala's crossover story with Ghost Rider Robbie Reyes in Secret Love #1. Turns out, their relationship is strictly platonic, but still awesome.
  • Shipper on Deck: One of the first things Kamala does when Spider-Man rescues her is state that she's an avid shipper of him and Carol Danvers, and pesters him for details when she hears they went on a date.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When Bruno admonishes Kamala on smelling forbidden bacon but not eating it, he advises her “Chow or chow not, there is no smell.” Kamala responds with “Thanks, Yoda.”
    • Bruno's co-worker at the convenience store is named "Chatty Bob."
    • There is a brand of hot sauce in Bruno's convenience store called "Dylan's Hot Fiyah."
    • Magical Pony Adventures is Earth-616's counterpart of our My Little Pony Generation 4, complete with names such as "Rainbow Toots".
    • When trying to research her new powers, Kamala kept finding web-pages dedicated to World of Battlecraft instead of anything helpful when searching for "Polymorph"note .
    • The Konami code can be seen written on a wall in the sewers.
    • A newspaper clipping in Kamala's room is from Fluffington Post.
    • Bruno, at seeing "Captain Marvel" in his store: "Strange things are afoot at the Circle Q."
    • Bruno's 1.21 Gigawatts t-shirt in #5.
    • In #8, a guy who looks an awful lot like Marty McFly is sat behind Kamala in her class. And as a bonus, there's a doodle of the original Teen Wolf in his book — another Michael J. Fox role.
    • In #9, Kamala and Vick can be seen eating burgers from Olmec Donalds.
    • Kamala goes into Doge speak when she first meets Wolverine:
    Kamala: Wow. Such Athletic. Very Claws. So Amaze.
    Kamala: [jokingly] Do you wanna build a snowman?
    Nakia: [amused] Do not even start wth Frozen references. Do not even start.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Several on the Valentine's Day ball, like Josh and Zoe, then the truth serum punch kicked in and showed how many of them actually weren't, like Josh and Zoe.
  • Sizeshifter: A secondary effect of Kamala's shapeshifting powers. She can either grow or shrink parts of her body or do the same to her entire body, with corresponding mass changes and Super Strength to go with it.
  • Skirt over Slacks: For the first few issues, cover art showed Kamala wearing a "classic" Ms. Marvel outfit, but with pants (and a shirt) underneath the miniskirt, though she hadn't started wearing it in-universe; she eventually did so in issue #5 (it's made from a re-purposed burqini).
  • Slipping a Mickey:
    • Though Kamala wishes for more freedom and independence from her parents, she is still devoutly Muslim and refuses to drink alcohol. When she goes to a party and is offered a drink, she asks if there is any alcohol in it and is assured that it is just orange juice. Once she drinks it, they add "plus some vodka". She promptly does a Spit Take.
    • Loki put a Truth Serum in the punch when he crushed a Valentine's Day dance.
  • So Proud of You: Kamala's mother tells her this when she reveals that she knew for some time that Kamala was the new Ms. Marvel.
    "You're at a difficult age. Your father and I were worried you would get involved wih drugs or with friends who were bad for you. If the worst thing you do is sneak out to help suffering people, then I thank God for having raised a righteous child."
  • Spiritual Successor: The series in many ways feels like a modern day take on Spider-Man, being about a nerdy teenager who suddenly gains superpowers, and the problems that come with that; so much so that Spider-Man himself acknowledges it.. Rather than being a science whiz however, Kamala spends her time writing fanfiction and browsing social media.
  • Spit Take: Kamala's reaction after she is told that the orange juice she drank also had vodka in it.
  • Stealth Insult: Zoe gives the appearance of being very perky and friendly, but uses her "questions" about Islam and Kamala's Pakistani background to make derogatory comments about their culture and traditions. Bruno and Nakia already can see what she's doing and he refers to her as the "concern troll"; only Kamala herself thinks Zoe is genuinely bubbly.
  • Stop Being Stereotypical: Kamala and her friend Nakia (Turkish-American) come from well-assimilated families who want their children to take part in American society. Kamala’s dad wants his son to spend less time praying and find a job, and Nakia’s dad wants her to stop wearing a hijab ("He thinks it is 'a phase'").
  • Stupid Crooks: Bruno's brother Vick tries to rob the Circle Q and winds up robbing Bruno himself when Bruno switches shifts with Chatty Bob. He apparently cannot even unload his gun properly, and accidentally shoots Kamala with a gun that he claims is empty.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: You've a bunch of random Kamala clones running around? Some even giant? This calls for a clone T-Rex! What could possibly go wrong?
  • Super Strength: A Required Secondary Power for some of the shapeshifting that she does.
  • Take a Third Option: A villain tells Kamala that she should "get with the program or get out of the way." Kamala chooses Option C: Get IN the way.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Kamala's class had to analyse an article claiming this. Nakia is outraged that someone can just write off a whole generation like this, and Kamala points out that it's dangerous too as every generation has to solve the problems the previous one created. Kamala later uses the same article as a way to tell The Inventor's brainwashed teens that they are not solving anything by letting themselves get turned into organic batteries.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Kamala lampshades this when she mentions she needs one.
  • They Would Cut You Up: One of Kamala's reasons for not wanting the authorities to see her and her new powers, and why she reveals herself to Bruno.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Loki's "help" on his Valentine's day visit suggest this, but realistically it was probably more, well, Loki being Loki. Also the other characters found it not romantic but very creepy.
  • Tomboyish Name: Michaela "Mike" Miller, who Kamala initially assumes is Bruno's new "bromance".
  • Training Montage: After a disastrous first attempt to rescue Vick from The Inventor's minions, Kamala spends the next day with Bruno testing her absolute limits.
  • Troll:
    • Kamala's friends Nakia and Bruno refer to Zoe as the "concern troll", since she asks questions about Islam and Nakia's Middle Eastern backgrounds so that she can make condescending remarks.
    • Loki, whose sole consistent trait throughout all continuities is his troll-ness.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: After the Incursions, people at Kamala's school have gotten very used to Loki's lightning golems hanging around.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Pretty much every bit of "help" from Loki. He actually genuinely want to help, he is just terrible at it, and a troll.
  • Unwanted Rescue: The Inventor's teenage "hostages" claim that they're a blight on society and a waste of Earth's resources, so they're willingly giving their bodies to become organic batteries for his robots as a way of repenting. Naturally, they're not happy to see Kamala trying to rescue them.
  • Uplifted Animal: The Inhumans' dog, Lockjaw, is sent to watch out for Kamala. He is not exactly people-smart, but he understands spoken English.
  • Use Your Head: Kamala resorts to a super-sized headbutt to stop a robot in issue #8.
  • Valentine's Day Episodes: Issue #12. It's pretty much filler, which can be summed up as: "Loki trolls the cast". Only two plot relevant things happen: First, it becomes obvious that Bruno has unrequited romantic feelings towards Kamala. Second, Loki wards the school which might reduce later property damage caused by superhero battles (as seen in #16).
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Kamala's primary superpower. She has been shown to be able to change the size and shape of her body, the color of her skin and hair, and even the clothing she's wearing. By issue #2, her shapeshifting can even have different parts of her upper body showing different outfits simultaneouslynote , and she's revealed in #2 and #3 to have Super Strength when she's "embiggened" herself or even just her handnote . Issue #5 expands this even further by having Kamala transform into a store mannequin. By #6, she can transform into completely non-humanoid shapes such as a sofa, or flatten herself to be almost as thin as paper (seen in S.H.I.E.L.D. #2).
  • Weaponized Animal: Issue #6 has Crocodiles with Fricking Laser Beams on their heads, along with other gadgets.
  • Wham Episode: Volume 2, issue 11, which is the fallout from Civil War II: Captain Marvel calls Kamala a traitor and severs all ties with her. Bruno wakes up from his coma, but is now permanently disabled. He blames Kamala for what happened and for ignoring her friends, and reveals that he plans to leave New Jersey to go attend school in Wakanda. The issue ends with Kamala trying to convince him not to go, only for Bruno to shun her and say he never wants to see her again.
  • Wham Line: From issue 18:
    Muneeba: Oh, beta... I know.
  • Wild Teen Party: Kamala runs away from a party held “on the waterfront” when she is tricked into drinking alcohol shortly after arriving. She and the other partygoers are exposed to the Terrigen Mist after she leaves.
  • Wolverine Publicity:
    • Wolverine is the first character to guest-star in Kamala's series... though given his history of sidekicking with teenaged girl superheroes it is kinda fitting. Also lampshaded by Kamala.
    Kamala: I totally put you first in my fantasy hero team-up bracket!
    • She also squees over being rescued by Spider-Man, who also has a history of teaming up with newbie supers. She flat out calls it a "Spider-Man team up".
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Kamala gets through to the brainwashed teens by asking for their strengths and pointing out their potential.

Alternative Title(s): Kamala Khan