At San Diego Comic-Con this year, Marvel announced that Brie Larson would be playing Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but fans of the comics might know Danvers by a different name, Ms. Marvel. Currently, within the Marvel comics, Ms. Marvel is being portrayed through Kamala Khan.
In a recent interview Chief Operating Officer at Marvel, Joe Quesada, explained that it’s really the fans that are helping to build and frame the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Our readers are the Johnny Appleseeds. They tell us something is resonating, something is hitting a core, and that’s something we should try to cultivate. Another great example of this: Ms. Marvel. If we had put this book out ten years ago, it probably would never have succeeded. Not only did we find the audience, but we had the right people on the book and we had the right editor on the book, the right creators on the book. And now we have a character that’s very recognizable — very, very quickly. That doesn’t happen a lot. Who knows where Ms. Marvel’s going to end up. You can be sure that, somewhere down the road, she will be a part of the future of Marvel in other media.”
Before Khan could debut within the cinematic universe, Larson has to become established as Carol Danvers. It is only after Carol becomes known as Captain Marvel that Khan takes on the identity of Ms. Marvel. Khan views Danvers as an idol and a hero to emulate.
Captain Marvel is scheduled to release in theatres March 8, 2019.