At New York Comic Con 2019 the folks behind Marvel’s Avengers, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics, have unveiled Kamala Khan a.k.a. Ms. Marvel as a playable character. It doesn’t appear to be a bit part either as this rising star is going to be doing everything in her power to reassemble the Avengers!
Kamala Khan only debuted in the comics in 2013 (Captain Marvel #14), but the following year the enthusiastic teenager was front and centre in her very own comic series, defending the citizens of Jersey City as Ms. Marvel. As a self-avowed Avengers fan in Marvel’s Avengers, Kamala must combine her intellect, optimism, and unique abilities to succeed in a rather difficult task; that of unraveling a global conspiracy and reassembling her actual heroes. There’s no time to waste as she attempts to stop a new secretive organization, Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM), before they unleash one of the greatest threats Earth has ever faced. No pressure then.
Our first encounter though will be seeing a young Kamala during A-Day, where Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk, and Thor are unveiling a hi-tech Avengers Headquarters in San Francisco. Unfortunately, the celebration turns deadly when a catastrophic accident results in massive devastation. Kamala is exposed to the mysterious Terrigen Mist and then finds herself developing extraordinary polymorphic powers, which she subsequently hides for years. Blamed for the tragic events, the Avengers disband. Moving forward five years to a time when all Super Heroes are outlawed and the world is in peril, Kamala uncovers a shocking conspiracy. Thus, she embarks on a quest to reassemble the heroes and to become the hero she was destined to be.
“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.”
Players will begin their journey as Kamala Khan and learn the origins of her rather extraordinary powers. As the story expands, Kamala plays an essential role in bringing the Avengers back together. As each Super Hero is added to the roster, players must master all of their unique abilities, rebuild and customise the Avengers team to face increasingly growing threats only the Avengers together can defeat.
“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.”
“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 set for release of Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Stadia, and PC on 15th May, 2020. Are you excited for Ms. Marvel’s inclusion?