By Atiya Riffat
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently dropped hints that the Marvel Cinematic Universe could introduce a Muslim superhero in the future.
In an interview with BBC, Feige said that plans are “in the works” to introduce Pakistani American superhero Ms. Marvel after Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel makes her debut.
“We’re doing ‘Captain Marvel’ right now, ‘Captain Marvel’ is shooting right now with Brie Larson,” he said. “Ms. Marvel, which is another character in the comic books — the Muslim hero who is inspired by Captain Marvel — is definitely sort of in the works. We have plans for that once we introduce Captain Marvel to the world.”
Who is Miss Marvel?
Created by Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker, writer G Willow Wilson and artist Adrian Alphona, the Pakistani-American teen superhero from Jersey City made a splashy comics debut with her own title in 2014 and has gone on to become one of the most popular new Marvel characters today, with her spirited and hilariously awkward character with shape-shifting abilities.
Kamala Khan or Miss Marvel is a 16-year-old teenager who lives with her conservative Pakistani parents and brother in New Jersey.
She writes fan fiction about her favorite superheroes, she hangs out with her best friend at the local convenience store, she struggles to stay awake at school and at the mosque.
She eternally lives in the shadow of her hero Carol Danvers, the glamorous superhero who disapproves of her over-eager copycat/protegee.
A Muslim superhero would add to diversity in the MCU. This year’s “Black Panther” was praised for being a superhero movie with an mostly black cast, and “Captain Marvel” will be the first MCU movie focused solely on a female superhero.
It also teases that the MCU could be moving in a new direction after the fourth “Avengers” movie, and potentially follow a similar path as the comic books in recent years.