The following contains spoilers for Amazing Spider-Man #15, on sale now from Marvel Comics.
Since making her full debut almost a decade ago, Ms. Marvel has seemingly been everywhere in the Marvel Universe — teaming up with and outgrowing her heroes, surviving space adventures, and even teenage romance. But as she’s become more established, she’s also dealt with more classic Marvel problems — like getting dragged into Spider-Man’s never-ending life of ridiculous danger.
Amazing Spider-Man #15 (by Zeb Wells, Ed McGuinness, Cliff Rathburn, Marcio Menyz, and VC’s Joe Caramagna) expands the scope of Dark Web to also include Ms. Marvel. And this new development will drag Kamala Khan into some Spider-Man and demon infested corners of the Marvel Universe she’s a little less familiar with.
How Ms. Marvel Gets Dragged Into Dark Web
Currently entangling Spider-Man, the X-Men, and Venom into their plans, Madelyne Pryor and Ben Reilly — the Goblin Queen and Chasm respectively — have been causing chaos across New York City. While Dark Web: X-Men highlights the trouble Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Havok, and Magik find themselves in while facing Jean’s clone, Ben’s rampage across New York City in Amazing Spider-Man #15 has a far more personal touch. After hunting down Norman Osborn previously, the issue reveals just how brutally Chasm has become and how he viciously assaulted the former villain before following the rest of his path across New York.
Part of the ritual he’s been assigned to carry out by Madelyne requires numerous mystical items, including the Binding Tome of Bala-Kan. This is right around the time Ms. Marvel arrives on the scene and unfortunately leaves the young hero open to Chasm’s attention. Deciding he needs “guests” for whatever plans he has for Peter, Chasm decides to practice the magic by using the Binding Tome on Ms. Marvel. The ensuing spell ends up teleporting her to the “other place,” dropping her right into the middle of the mystical conflict bleeding out across the Marvel Universe.
How Ms. Marvel Is Expanding Across The Marvel Universe
Ms. Marvel isn’t usually within the direct orbit of Peter Parker. Although recently, the two have become nominal co-workers at Norman Osborn’s company. While the pair have teamed up in the past, Ms. Marvel is far more acquainted with the another Spider-Man, Miles Morales. The two have been friends for a while, and are founding members of the Champions. Usually, Ms. Marvel is more likely to run into the younger Wall-Crawler, but it seems the old Parker Luck might be slightly infectious, as the other young hero is now officially being flung into the Dark Web event. Kamala even picked up her own one-shot tie-in in the form of the upcoming Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #1 (by Sabir Pirzada and Francesco Mortarino).
An event like Dark Web is a wide-ranging event that it can easily drag in plenty of heroes and have some fun with unusual team-ups. Narratively speaking, it is good that the relatively young Ms. Marvel is always broadening her heroing horizons by taking on new threats. Letting her fight against the demons of Limbo might add another level to her expanding experience in the Marvel Universe. Plus, it’ll give the young hero a chance to work alongside her old friend and fellow Champion founder Cyclops again — helping reaffirm Ms. Marvel’s bonds with other corners of the Marvel Universe while more closely aligning her into Spider-Man’s world. It’s a good reminder of how quickly these characters can not only interact, but find new ways to play off of one another.