Kamala: Captain America…Iron Man…Captain Marvel?! You speak Urdu?
Captain Marvel: We are faith. We speak languages of beauty and hardship.
Kamala: Okay then. I am totes hallucinating. I must be ultra drunk.
Iron Man: You are seeing what you need to see. You stand at a crossroads.
Captain America: You thought that if you disobeyed your parents–your culture, your religion– your classmates would accept you. What happened instead?
Kamala: They–they laughed at me.
Zoe thought that because I snuck out, it was okay for her to make fun of my family. Like, Kamala’s finally seen the light and kicked the dumb inferior brown people and their rules to the curb.
This is the point of the story where Kamala is the most confused; Captain America, Captain Marvel, and Iron Man approach Kamala amidst the mysterious fog in order to teach her some sort of lesson. Kamala is leaving the party she disobeyed her parents in order to attend at this point of the story. The fact that the superheroes “speak Urdu”, an Indo-Aryan language, is said to be because they are “faith,” meaning they have trust in being a savior to this language full of “hardship.” Kamala may not see her language, culture, and religion as beautiful, but her biggest role models do.
Iron Man tells Kamala that she is “seeing what [she] need[s] to see.” This is important because at this point the readers get this sense that the superheroes come to Kamala in order to open her eyes to the beauty of her culture and religion that she does not see. Kamala envies her white classmates for being white, she feels her own identity is “complicated” and she is embarrassed with all aspects of her culture.
As Captain America comments, Kamala felt that her classmates would “accept” her if she disobeyed her parents, her culture, and religion. It is important to note Captain America’s accusatory expression at this point, he looks disappointed with Kamala and Kamala looks frightened, upset, and embarrassed as she expresses that her classmates were not accepting of her, they instead just laughed at her. Kamala attempted to ditch all aspects that make her who she is in order to be accepted, rather than just embracing who she was, and she is now realizing how much of a failure this was. Her disobeying allowed for Zoe to feel like she could make fun of Kamala’s family and people, seeing as Kamala was so quick to not defend them and to disobey them. Kamala has not fully realized at this point in the comic book. that being embarrassed of her culture, religion, and family allows for others to walk over these things and see them as inferior.