As it is always seen that superheroes appeared in colorful costumes and every time you see a white man underneath, but this time Marvel comics has something exciting and differentiated to offer. It is expected that in February, Marvel comic will commence a series of lead character “Kamal KHAN” who is not an average teenage Muslim girl but also possess superpowers to fight with the bad boys and stereotypes.
Kamala lives in New Jersey and juggles the identity crisis that’s often part-and-parcel of growing up Muslim American; her shape-shifting is of a literal sort. Her code name is Ms. Marvel. This superhero will not be created by and plant explosion, or an irritated spider but her genesis began more ordinarily
Kamala Khan is the brainchild of Marvel editors Sana Amanat and Steve Wacker, who concocted the character together after Amanat entertained Wacker with anecdotes from her Muslim-American childhood. When author G. Willow Wilson heard about the project, she was eager to jump on board as the series’ writer, particularly as she’s written a graphic novel before, 2008’s "Cairo."
G. Willow Wilson said in a press release, “ I wanted that the character of kamala khan should be open to what she wants , she must be true to life and not fictitious but something real with whom people can relate themselves, especially women.
The High school was a very intense time in my life, it was a time when I had many experiences impending adulthood, dealing with school, emotionally charged friendships that are such a huge part of being a teenager.” Willow went on to say, “It’s for all the geek girls out there, and everybody else who have ever looked at life from the fringe.”
When asked that How will audiences react? “He articulated that I do expect some negativity and pessimism,” Amanat said, “not only the anti-Muslims but Muslims can might want the character portrayed in a certain light.” It was always noted that the cultural diversity in comics is often successful, but considering that people are variety seeker and they are open to accept the new characters this initiative is taken.
However, Khan won’t be the merely a superhero challenging traditional stereotypes and gender norms. The Times reports that Marvel’s other titles with female or minority leads include an X-Men series highlighting women, and the "Mighty Avengers" series which has many nonwhite faces.
This is not the first time that marvel is introducing a Muslim character it has also introduced niqab-clad Sooraya Qadir, code-named "Dust," as part of the X-Men universe in 2002. In 2011, when Marvel announced that Miles Morales, a black Hispanic teenager, would take on the alter ego of Spider-Man as part of an alternative take on the character, there was uproar by those who thought that Peter Parker, white and angst-ridden, had been replaced. (He wasn’t. Miles is part of a separate series that offers fresh takes on Marvel characters.).
Last summers, the first cartoon series produced in Pakistan introduced a new superhero called the Burka Avenger, a girl fighting against misogyny and corruption in her society. Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa has even dreamed up a whole universe featuring mainly Muslim superheroes called, "The 99," which banded together with The Justice League in 2010 for a six-issue crossover miniseries.
As for Kamala, Ms. Wilson said the series was “about the universal experience of all American teenagers, feeling kind of isolated and finding what they are.” Though here, she adds, that happens “through the lens of being a Muslim-American” with superpowers.
Now Marvel comics has stepped up with a brand new superhero series - Kamala Khan, with the code named MS Marvel.