Kamala Khan's co-creator G. Willow Wilson will step away from writing Ms. Marvel in 2019, with writer Saladin Ahmed and artist Minkyu Jung launching a new volume of the series titled The Magnificent Ms. Marvel, according to Entertainment Weekly.
“I started having this conversation with Sana about the possibility of bringing someone else on about a year ago,” Wilson explained of her decision to leave the title she's written for over 50 issues across multiple volumes. “We had planned up through the end of this year, which would take me to five years on the book. This was coming out of a project we originally anticipated would only have about 10 issues, and I will leave having written 60. It just seems so incredible that this character, who was just going to be a fun project for both of us loosely influenced by Sana’s own experiences growing up, had become a cultural phenomenon that was going to outlive us both. Given that was true, I really wanted to be cognizant of the fact that superheroes thrive with a multiplicity of voices telling their stories. I wanted to leave on a high note.”
As for what Ahmed has planned for Kamala's "Magnificent" new series, the writer says he and artist Jung plan to "level up" Kamala's position as a superhero in the Marvel Universe.
“Without giving too much away, there’s going to be big-canvas Marvel scope happening in this book, while still maintaining that intimate tone that people have loved about it,” Ahmed explained. “I think that Kamala’s earned her superlative. She’s been around for a few years and she’s been magnificent. We kind of wanted to announce that this was her leveling up — as she would probably put it. I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised by the change of tone in the art. All of the artists who have worked on Ms. Marvel have been stellar, so it’s not that anything needs changing, but there’s a different tone as we go into this new number one, and the art reflects that. It’s not ‘gritty Ms. Marvel,’ but it’s darker and more atmospheric.”
But it's not just about bringing bigger and bolder superheroics to Ms. Marvel for Ahmed, as the writer explained. It's about the legacy of Ms. Marvel as a character, and what it means to be trusted to take over for her co-creator.
“I think she’s really the face of everything that’s new and fresh and exciting and ‘21st century’ at Marvel, and with superheroes in general. To be given stewardship of that is a big deal to me," said Ahmed. “It’s always thrilling being given responsibility over a beloved character. It’s particularly meaningful for me to be taking over from Willow. She’s an incredible writer, and she’s a friend. I’ve only been in comics for a couple years, I come from fiction and poetry and stuff like that, and Willow has been one of the folks who’s helped me figure out this whole craft and business. She’s my sister, and it’s very cool to be taking the baton from her. There’s something meaningful there.”
Interestingly, the title is similar to the name of Amazon's popular series The Marvelous Ms. Maisel, about a woman who finds unexpected success as a raunchy comedian.
The Magnificent Ms. Marvel will launch in 2019.