SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for All-New Wolverine #33 by Tom Taylor, Ramon Rosanas, Nolan Woodard and Cory Petit, on sale now.
Politics and superheroics go together a lot better than you might expect; it kinda makes sense for someone driven to make the world a better place to set aside their cape and spandex and work within the system to make the world a better place.
In the future of “Old Woman Laura,” we learn that the one-time Wolverine is the head of state for Madripoor, but the big surprise comes in the form of the President of the United States. It turns out, a current teenage hero is one day destined to assume the highest office in the land.
Hail to the Chief
As part of her mission to save her sister Bellona, Laura Kinney breaks into the Oval Office to confront the President of the United States about Bellona’s mysterious disappearance during the Doom World War. Here, we learn that the President in the future of “Old Woman Laura” is none other than Kamala Khan, the current Ms. Marvel. Kamala helps fill in some of the gaps regarding what happened to Bellona during the war and allows her Chief of Staff Maria Hill to accompany the Wolverines to Latveria to take down Doom once and for all.
Kamala as President of the United States makes a lot of sense. She’s smart, resourceful and cares about her community. It’s not hard to imagine that she’d make the jump from superheroics to politics as part of an effort to improve the world. It also helps solidify the world of “Old Woman Laura” as a "Good Future," presenting a President who is both a woman and Muslim as a possibility within our lifetime. In the real world, that might not seem achievable in the near future, but by presenting Kamala as President, All-New Wolverine reminds us that there are thousands of Kamala Khan’s all over the United states, and any of them has the potential to one day become President.
The world of superhero comics has been filled with heroes-turned-politicians over the years; it’s a great way to show how characters we love solve problems when they can’t put on a mask and a cape and punch them away, after all. A few different alternate timelines and futures have shown Captain America and Superman as President of their respective America, for example. Most recently in the pages of The Ultimates, Captain America became President of the United States after a write-in campaign, without officially being on the ballot.
Then there’s Lex Luthor; he became President within the official DC continuity in the early-2000s, and was eventually deposed when he went mad and donned his green-and-purple power armor. Batgirl was notably a Congresswoman for a period in the '70s, after realizing she could do more to help Gotham from Washington D.C. than she could by dressing in a cape and cowl to beat up criminals.
It’ll be interesting to pay attention to G. Willow Wilson’s run on Ms. Marvel going forward to see if Kamala shows an interest in politics. Recent stories have shown her question the efficacy of her life as a superhero and it’s possible this possible future gets folded into the Marvel Universe, depending on what kind of adult Kamala decides she wants to be.
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