Marvel Comics recently announced that it would take a hard look at Ms. Marvel and make some healthy, possibly encouraging changes. Do you feel they are making a right step with the character? Or not?
The company announced in a press release today that the new Ms. Marvel will be a superhero of the Islamic faith, marking her as the first-ever Muslim title character from the Marvel Universe. Heck, she’s pretty much the only Muslim superhero published within the mainstream comic industry to ever get her own monthly book.
According to the 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 of 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.”
The “Ms. Marvel” mantle was previously owned by Carol Danvers, a blonde Air Force badass who got fused with Kree genes and developed superpowers. Now, she has become Captain Marvel, but don’t confuse her with the character who died in the ’80s or even the Captain Marvel from DC Comics who everyone just calls Shazam.
Expect the new and improved Ms. Marvel to feature in a special issue in January before her own series begins in February. Do you believe America is really ready for a superhero of this caliber?
Props: New York Times