Marvel has recruited Young Adult author Samira Ahmed to work with Runaways artist Andrés Genolet on a new miniseries starring one of their most popular young adult characters, Ms. Marvel.
Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit will run for five issues, starting in September, and will address questions about “the source of her powers and what that means.”
“For kids of color, Muslim kids, there was literally zero representation when I was growing up,” Ahmed told Entertainment Weekly. “Just the fact that Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman was brunette and from someplace outside America was like, ‘Wow, that’s amazing!’ So when Sana and Willow announced Ms. Marvel, I was just so stunned. My heart soars for all the kids who will have Ms. Marvel comics as part of their childhood. For me, what’s cool about her is that she’s a girl like all the other girls. She’s balancing all this stuff: Parental expectations – which I can 100 percent relate to now even in adulthood – plus school, crushes and then this extraordinary side job. I feel so much that that is teen life, where you’re struggling to balance all those things and find your voice and where you fit in.”
So what’s the miniseries about? Here’s the description from Marvel: After an explosion of interdimensional proportions at her cousin’s lab in Chicago, Kamala Khan’s world is turned upside down….and into a Bollywood set?! Ms. Marvel’s powers are on the fritz and time is running out to figure out what exactly is going on.
“Fans that have been there from day one will love to see how we’re playing around with her powers, exploring them, and maybe pushing them,” Ahmed said. “I don’t want to give any spoilers, but there are gonna be some questions that arise about the source of her powers and what that means.”
Kamala Khan received her powers back in 2014 when she, like many other citizens of the Marvel Universe, were exposed to the Terrigen Mists that cause Inhumans to reveal their powers. That, of course, was when the Inhumans were a bigger part of Marvel’s publishing (and movie and TV) initiatives, which all changed after the movie was canceled, the TV show bombed and FOX, which had the rights to the X-Men in films, was bought by Disney. Could a retconn be coming, changing what we know about Ms. Marvel? I guess we’ll find out in September.