Not content with giving us a black Spider-man, Marvel has announced that the new Ms. Marvel is a 16 year old Muslim girl, which shakes up the longstanding whiteness of the character.
“According to the press release, the new Ms. Marvel’s real name is Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old from Jersey City. “Kamala has all of her opportunities in front her and she is loaded with potential, but her parents’ high expectations come with tons of pressure,” Marvel describes. “When Kamala suddenly gets powers that give her the opportunity to be just like her idol, Captain Marvel, it challenges the very core of her conservative values.”
So wait, being a superhero challenges her “conservative values”? Does that mean that she’ll give up being a Muslim, or just be less strict with her beliefs? I feel like that’s kind of a can of worms, and I predict a whole bunch of protests the moment she does anything remotely controversial. That said, props to Marvel for being bold enough to do something like this, and I think the industry needs more diverse heroes. I’m tired of good-looking white dudes!
That said, what do you think the fallout of this will be? From both Muslims and non-Muslims?