Kamala Khan has a lot going on in Disney+'s Ms. Marvel. She’s got superpowers that have been activated by a pair of bangles formerly owned by a mysteriously estranged relative, she has to figure out how to be both a superhero and a dutiful daughter to her parents, and she has to deal with all the regular teenage drama that comes along with high school, like keeping quiet while popular girl Zoe gets all the attention from Kamala secretly saving her. On top of all that, she has a major crush on Kamran, a new kid at her school.
Kamala first meets Kamran at the school cafeteria, where she sees Zoe invite him to her party. After she convinces Bruno and Nakia to tag along, they all hang out at the pool party, which quickly gets shut down by the cops. Before any of them get caught, Kamran whisks them away in his car, and he and Kamala finally get to hang out and bond over their surprising shared interest in Bollywood.
Sounds like the start of a great teenage love story right? It could be. But Kamran has an air of mystery around him. After Kamala dons her superhero garb to save a kid, Damage Control chases her down, and who’s already waiting as the perfect getaway car? That’s right: Kamran, along with his mother. There may be more to Kamala’s crush than meets the eye.
So, who is Kamaran? Is he from the Ms. Marvel comics? And what role could his character play in the rest of the season? Scroll down to learn more.
Who Is Kamran in the Ms. Marvel Comics?
We first meet Kamran in Ms. Marvel Vol. 3. In the comics, his parents are old friends of Kamala’s parents, which is how the two teens come to know each other. The night Kamran and his family move back to Jersey City after years away is the same night a mysterious mist (called the Terrigen Mist) falls over the city and activates both his and Kamala’s Inhuman powers.
When Kamala uses her powers to fight the villain Kaboom, Kamran witnesses her change and reveals he also has powers; he can store and emit biokinetic energy, which can shock people or explode objects. But rather than become a vigilante superhero like Kamala, Kamran is recruited by Lineage, an Inhuman crime boss. Despite his efforts to recruit Kamala, Kamran realizes she wants to protect humans, rather than harm them. He quickly becomes an enemy to Kamala and Bruno, and at one point even kidnaps Kamala’s brother, Aamir.
Who Plays Kamran in Ms. Marvel?
Kamran is played by Rish Shah in the Disney+ television adaptation of the comics. Shah is an up-and-coming actor whose most recent and well-known role before Ms. Marvel was as Ravi in Netflix's To All the Boys: Always and Forever.
Speaking with ScreenRant, the actor said he was overjoyed to hear he got the part of Kamran in the show. “[I was in] London, and my team were in LA,” he says. “They woke me up, and I was screaming with joy; woke everybody in my family up. My mom cried down the phone to my team, thanking them for making this happen for me. Then I just celebrated with all my closest people; everyone close to me at.”
We’ll have to see if Kamran’s villain arc is anything like his comic counterpart's in future episodes of Ms. Marvel. Check out our release schedule so you don’t miss a thing.