Early in her quest to reassemble the team, Kamala tracks down Bruce Banner, who brings her back to the old Avengers HQ, an airship known as the Chimera. Here, we watch as Kamala interacts with Avengers history and learns more about the heroes she admires. She nerds out about Captain America‘s original shield, her first encounter with Thor at an Avengers gift shop, a message from Nick Fury, and the list goes on. Her fangirl tendencies often lead to some truly funny moments — like when Kamala asks Captain America to say “Avengers Assemble” right before the final fight with MODOK and is met with groans from the rest of the team — but they’re also heartwarming.
Kamala is really us, fans who’ve spent years reading Marvel comics and watching the MCU movies. What would we do if we met our favorite comic book heroes in the flesh? But Kamala’s story isn’t just about meeting the Avengers. It’s also about belonging, as she learns more about her own powers and her place in a changed world where regular people need to rise up and be the heroes.
Crystal Dynamics felt it was important to introduce Kamala’s perspective to the Avengers formula in order to explore the Marvel universe and the Avengers in a new way. We’ve already seen how the Avengers assembled in the comics and movies. The video game needed a new way to bring these heroes together while telling a personal story about what it means to be a hero.
“That freshness of having Kamala in there was an imperative to get players synchronized with a new character, in a new way that feels fresh, that feels unique,” Crystal Dynamics head Scot Amos told Den of Geek on a Zoom call. “She’s just becoming an Avenger. So she’s brand new to this world.”
According to Crystal Dynamics, Kamala was always at the center of the story it wanted to tell, and this should come as no surprise. The Pakistani American teenager from Jersey City quickly became a fan-favorite in the comics when she debuted in 2013 in Captain Marvel #14, and as Marvel’s first Muslim superhero, she remains a shining example of inclusion done right in an industry whose characters are so often white and male. Created by Sana Amanat, Stephen Wacker, G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, and Jamie McKelvie, the world’s biggest Captain Marvel fan has been headlining her own series for the last six years and has earned her place in the Marvel pantheon. Alongside Spider-Man’s Miles Morales, Kamala is easily the best Marvel characters introduced in the last decade.