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First Muslim Superhero In MCU

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At long last, Hollywood is planning a blockbuster film in which a Muslim will not be a threat, but instead a kickass heroine.

Marvel is launching its first Muslim superhero with Disney, and she is Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old Pakistani-American known as Ms. Marvel.  

Disney is finally giving its first Muslim superhero some well-deserved time in the spotlight. The character’s first big-screen debut was in a video game fighting alongside the Avengers, released on September 4.  This November, she will make history again by being the first Muslim character to be a lead of a Disney+ show. 

But who is Kamala Khan? 

Kamala Khan is a Pakistani-American teenager, who lives with her parents and older brother in New Jersey. She’s just like any other teenage girl dealing with many insecurities, homework, boys and also being a nerd in high school. But being a Muslim makes it hard for her as she can’t relate to her classmate’s religions and very different upbringing, while her “Desi” parents have a hard time understanding her newfound Americanism. 

Then one night when she crashes a popular kid´s party she faces a strange ambiguous green mist that gives her Ms. Marvel powers: the ability to change size like Ant-Man, stretch like Mr. Fantastic, and take on another person’s likeness. 

Inspired by her favorite superhero, Captain marvel, she decides to help people with her powers.

The character was originally written by G. Willow Wilson and drawn by Adrian Alphona.

According to Wilson, who converted to Islam when she was 20, it was really important that Khan was relatable to other Muslim girls living abroad.

Speaking to the New York Times, Wilson said: “A huge aspect of Ms. Marvel is being a ‘second string hero’ in the ‘second string city’ and having to struggle out of the pathos and emotion that can give a person. This is not evangelism. It was really important for me to portray Kamala as someone who is struggling with her faith.”

Wilson continued, “Her brother is extremely conservative, her mom is paranoid that she’s going to touch a boy and get pregnant, and her father wants her to concentrate on her studies and become a doctor.”

Ms. Marvel is promised to be set in the Marvel Universe and therefore there might be some cameos from Captain, Marvel. It is expected that she will be Khan’s mentor, similar to Tony Stark and Peter Parker’s relationship. 

Series released date still hasn’t been launched nor who will be starring in it but Marvel´s president Kevin Feige revealed that it will be managed by screenwriter and comedian Bisha Ali. Disney has also Pakistani director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, and Meera Menon to be in charge of the character’s first live-action debut on streaming platform Disney Plus.

Those four directors will help head writer Bisha K. Ali in shaping the identity of Kamala Khan. It’s fitting then that her first time appearing on-screen will be thanks to people with a background similar to Kamala.

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