This article contains spoilers for A.X.E: Judgment Day #4

The ever-popular hero Ms. Marvel shares a weakness with Spider-Man- but while he is trapped and burdened by it, she transforms it into her biggest strength. Kamala Khan is a relatively recent addition to the Marvel Universe, and her powers and origin story are quite unique within the world of both the comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now in A.X.E: Judgment Day #4, Marvel finally confirms that Ms. Marvel not only overcomes her greatest weakness, but weaponizes it.


In current Marvel continuity, the war between the X-Men and the Eternals threatens to engulf the entire planet. The Eternals have attacked the X-Men island of Krakoa, and the mutants are prepared to defend it with their lives. The resulting battle prompts Iron Man to awaken the Progenitor Celestial - and this plan quickly gets out of control when the Celestial decide to judge every human, mutant and Eternal on the Earth. If found lacking as a group, the Celestial will destroy the planet and everyone on it.

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In A.X.E: Judgment Day #4, written by Keiron Gillen with art by Valerio Schiti, the Celestial continues to judge heroes and villains alike. It judges Luke Cage, Thor, and various humans it has observed during the crossover. It also judges Ms. Marvel by taking the form of Carol Danvers - and Captain Marvel is Ms. Marvel's personal hero. "I appear before Kamala Khan as Captain Marvel, offering her and her family a chance to leave the planet, escape together and join the secret higher league of Marvel heroes." Reacting quickly, Ms. Marvel attacks "Captain Marvel", asking the visage what it has done with the real Carol. Satisfied, the Celestial passes Kamala and vanishes.

Much like other young heroes, Kamala Khan has tremendous doubts about her own abilities. Even her own origin story gave her Captain Marvel's own costume before she made her own, representing how small she felt when compared to her own hero. But Kamala's doubt here - realizing that she would never be a member of the so-called "higher" Marvel heroes - is also her strength, as she realizes this Carol Danvers is an imposter. Peter Parker is often crippled by doubt and regret, and occasionally goes through long periods of time giving up being Spider-Man entirely before resuming his heroic deeds.

It is worth noting that Ms. Marvel has largely taken Spider-Man's place as the identifiable young hero who balances their real life with being a superhero. New heroes often have doubts or second thoughts about their place in the world, and while this is something Kamala Khan has felt, she has never let it best her. Spider-Man is often weighed down with doubt and especially guilt, but Ms. Marvel overcomes it and takes charge of her emotions every time.