Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Panther may have defined the current state of Marvel, but they have no claim to its future. The future belongs to Ms. Marvel.
Written by G. Willow Wilson and mostly illustrated by Adrian Alphona, Ms. Marvel follows protagonist Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teen living in New Jersey. She enjoys everything that ordinary American teens do, up until the Terrigen Mist is unleashed on the world (see 2013’s Infinity). The mist awakens Kamala’s Inhuman genes, which dramatically changes her path in life.
Due to its contemporary themes and how down to earth and relatable Kamala is, Wilson’s 2014 to 2019 run on Ms. Marvel is a resounding success. In fact, the debut issue of this run sold a staggering 75,280 in 2014 and the trade paperbacks have sold over 500,000 as of 2018.
If you’re looking for a preview of the future of the MCU, Ms. Marvel is it.