Ms. Marvel is quietly a big shipper of two fan-favorite Marvel romances — and she’s even told the heroes to their faces about it.
Ms. Marvel has been a fan favorite since her debut less than a decade ago, partly due to her status as a fan herself — giving audiences of her comic book appearances and her Marvel Cinematic Universed debut in Ms. Marvel a character to truly identify with.
Ms. Marvel’s status as a fan of superheroes even extends into the world of shipping within the core-Marvel Comics — with the young hero having some very clear views on which heroes should be together in the Marvel Universe.
Long before she was the heroic Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan was just a fan of the superheroes who live and operate in her world. She’s established early on as a frequent visitor to online forums and discussion boards, and is even hinted to have a pretty big library of fan fiction to her name. This plays into her origins (which were tweaked for the MCU), as her comic book incarnation initially reacted to getting shape-shifting powers by subconsciously assuming the form of Captain Marvel, her ultimate role model. This trend continued even as Ms. Marvel met some of her heroes, with Kamala openly revealing some of her fan theories and thoughts directly to them. As with any fan though, this involves some shipping — which comes as a bit of surprise to Spider-Man and Wolverine at various points.
In Ms. Marvel #6 (by G. Willow Wilson and Jacob Wyatt), the young hero encounters Wolverine while chasing down one of her villains, a bird-like clone of Thomas Edison. Immediately, Ms. Marvel reveals she’s a massive fan of the hero — and that she specifically ships him with Storm. Coming during a period where Storm and Wolverine were more romantically entangled following the dissolution of Storm’s relationship with Black Panther, so she wasn’t far off. Notably, Logan is uninterested until she reveals her fanfic about the pair only was the third most upvoted fan fic story in her community — and is incredibly frustrated when he finds out the top one was about Cyclops and Emma Frost.
The Amazing Spider-Man #7 by Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage, and Giuseppe Camuncoli saw Ms. Marvel encounter Spider-Man whole both heroes responded to an attack by Minn-Erva, a Kree villain and frequent foe of Carol Danvers. When Spider-Man catches her after being thrown, he’s surprised to discover she doesn’t really want to geek out over him so much as his brief flirtations with Carol Danvers. She reveals that she thinks Wonder Man and Captain Marvel may be cute together, but Ms. Marvel is really a big Spider-Marvel shipper. Spider-Man notes with some sarcasm that there was a date between them (which came after it was established Carol did have a bit of a crush on the web-slinger).
Ms. Marvel being a shipper is a fun element as a massive fan of the heroes she fights alongside, and it can serve as a bit of commentary on the way fans can get too involved in the lives of the famous people they follow. In All-New All Different Avengers Annual #1 by a host of writers and artists, Kamala got a little taste of her own medicine when she discovered fan fiction had been made about her — including some that teased her as having a romance with Nova and the Miles Morales Spider-Man. She’s completely unaware it’s actually Miles himself who has written that fan-fic. It’s a funny aspect of Kamala’s character that makes her uniquely ideal as an audience surrogate — and a means of commenting on the fan-base directly in-universe.
Brandon Zachary is an Associate Writer with Comic Book Resources and has written for CBR since 2018. He covers breakouts on comics, film, television, video games, and anime. He also conducts industry interviews, is a Rotten Tomatoes certified film critic, and knows SO MUCH about the X-Men. For requests, comments, or to hear his pitch for a third Avatar series that incorporates robots, you can contact him through firstname.lastname@example.org.