Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics announced today during New York Comic Con 2019 that the newest playable Super Hero added to the lineup of characters in Marvel’s Avengers is none other than the enthusiastic teenager Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel).
First appearing in Captain Marvel #14 back in August 2013, Kamala quickly became a fan-favorite, leading to her own comic book series in February 2014; where she protects her hometown of Jersey City under the Super Hero guise Ms. Marvel. She was co-created by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, Sana Amanat, and Stephen Wacker.
In Marvel’s Avengers original story, Kamala is a self-avowed Avengers fan, and she will have to use her intellect, optimism and unique abilities to unravel a global conspiracy and reassemble her personal heroes to stop a new secretive organization, Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM), before they unleash one of the greatest threats Earth has ever faced.
Kamala will first be encountered during A-Day, where the Avengers’ joyous celebration quickly turns to chaos and destruction. During the disaster, Kamala is exposed to the mysterious Terrigen Mist and develops extraordinary polymorphic powers, which she keeps a secret for years. Five years later — after the Avengers are blamed for the devastation, disband and all Super Heroes are outlawed — Kamala uncovers a conspiracy and sets out on a quest to reassemble the heroes she believes in and to become the hero she was destined to be.
Players begin the journey as Kamala Khan and will learn the origins of her powers. As the story progresses, Kamala will play an essential role in bringing the Avengers back together, and with each new Super Hero added to their roster, players will have to master all their unique abilities, rebuild and customize the Avengers to face dangerous threats.
“An optimistic fan girl of the Avengers, Kamala Khan is the perfect character for the story we’re telling in Marvel’s Avengers,” said Shaun Escayg, Creative Director and Writer at Crystal Dynamics. “Telling our story of Kamala’s coming-of-age brings a fresh, hopeful perspective to the gameplay experience and her unique abilities as Ms. Marvel make her a character every person can relate to and will want to play. Kamala Khan is one of the unique characters that makes our game stand apart from any Avengers story experienced before.”
“Kamala is an inspired and perfectly fitting choice to join the ranks of, and reassemble, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” said Bill Rosemann, VP of Creative at Marvel Games. “Perhaps more than any other character invented over the past decade, Ms. Marvel has not only charmed the hearts of longtime True Believers, but her unique mix of classic Marvel heroic elements and modern cultural relevancy has resulted in a headline-generating cultural icon.”
“It is a thrill to see Kamala in the Marvel’s Avengers game,” said Sana Amanat, VP of Content and Character Development at Marvel. “Crystal Dynamics has done a marvelous job of crafting a brand-new take on Kamala, while staying true to the spirit of her inspiring character, charismatic persona, and relatable purpose. Fans of the character are in for quite a ride, along with a few surprises, when Marvel’s Avengers makes its debut next year.”
“I think Kamala is a perfect fit for a game like this, since she sees the Marvel world the same way we do as fans and players,” said G. Willow Wilson, co-creator of Ms. Marvel. “Kamala allows us to imagine what we ourselves would do if we suddenly discovered we had superpowers and got to stand alongside our heroes in their time of greatest need.”
Marvel’s Avengers is scheduled to release on May 15, 2020, on PlayStation 4, Xbox, Stadia and PC.