What precisely is happening with Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel proper now? She not too long ago died a excessive profile (and controversial) dying within the pages of Wonderful Spider-Man #26. And as of X-Males: The Hellfire Gala 2023 #1, she’s formally been resurrected as a mutant, one thing that was foreshadowed by Marvel Comics weeks prematurely.
Now the deed is finished, the adjustments to Ms. Marvel have been made, and Kamala Khan is about to begin transferring on from her resurrection, with August 2’s X-Males #25 by author Gerry Duggan, artist Stefano Caselli, colorist Marte Gracia, and letter Clayton Cowles setting the stage for the subsequent chapter of her life – and including some issues to her dying and return.
So what’s all of it about? How did she turn into a mutant? And what’s subsequent for Kamala Khan?
Ms. Marvel was resurrected on Krakoa simply earlier than the 2023 Hellfire Gala, an annual social gathering on Krakoa that welcomes people and others from across the Marvel Universe to the often insular island. Earlier than the social gathering, Charles Xavier explains to Kamala that she was in a position to be resurrected on Krakoa due to her latent X-gene (the genetic element that provides mutants their distinctive powers), confessing that he has recognized that she’s secretly a mutant for a while.
Xavier explains that she can also be an Inhuman, making her heritage one-of-a-kind. However as a result of Kamala underwent terrigenesis (the method by which Inhumans acquire their powers), her X-gene by no means truly manifested her powers.
Consequently, Kamala’s mutant powers have but to be unlocked, and are nonetheless absolutely unknown. Xavier explains that there are lots of mutants whose powers have not manifested, however Kamala’s distinctive Inhuman/mutant nature means there could also be particular circumstances to her awakening as a mutant – particularly since different mutants are harmed and even killed by publicity to the Terrigen Mists which activate terrigenesis.
Xavier urges Kamala to make her id as a mutant recognized on the Hellfire Gala, however she declines, stating that she’s not able to course of that a part of her life but following her surprising resurrection.
Following her departure from Krakoa, the island is destroyed and the world’s mutant inhabitants almost worn out in an assault by anti-mutant villain group Orchis, leaving Kamala as one of many few mutants nonetheless free and undetected, partially due to her anonymity and her undeveloped X-gene.
Within the aftermath, Emma Frost returns Kamala house to her mother and father, who nonetheless consider their daughter to be lifeless, utilizing her appreciable psychic skills to erase the reminiscence of her dying from these closest to her.
Whereas this does enable her to return house with out complication, it additionally begs the query of whether or not there’s a lot of a bigger level to the thought of her dying than merely revealing her secret X-gene – and whether or not that reveal might have been made with out killing Kamala solely to instantly carry her again with a bit extra of a connection to her MCU counterpart.
With Kamala now house, Emma urges her to maintain her mutant nature hidden as she beforehand supposed to. However Kamala refuses, stating that her new compatriots want her assist as Ms. Marvel greater than ever, and that she can’t in good conscience disguise that she is a mutant whereas mutants are being persecuted.
This units the stage for Kamala’s upcoming starring function in her Ms. Marvel: The New Mutant restricted sequence. It additionally doubtlessly units the stage for some type of massive reveal round her mutant skills that would one way or the other result in the redemption and return of Krakoa, which appears to be closely foreshadowed.
Ms. Marvel: The New Mutant #1, which is co-written by Kamala Khan MCU actor Iman Vellani, goes on sale August 30.
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