Ms. Marvel: Co-creator talks about the Muslim, female superhero

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Kamala Khan is Marvel’s newest superhero.
Credit: Marvel

Meet the new Ms. Marvel: She can morph her body, but she has to be home by 9 p.m. if she wants to stay on her strict Muslim parents’ good side.

The 16-year-old character Kamala Khan is a Pakistani-American teenager who lives in Jersey City and as she struggles to fight her curfew, she also struggles to understand her new powers. Khan is a big fan of Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers and the original Ms. Marvel, and she discovers her own superpowers that will make her the next Ms. Marvel.

Co-creator G. Willow Wilson is also Muslim, and she explained to Marvel that while Khan is still an ordinary American teen who doesn’t cover her hair, she still juggles with pleasing her parents and defending her religion. As Wilson puts it, “Kamala is her own primary obstacle,” meaning that Khan must accept her own identity and reconcile her friends and family as she grows up.

Wilson told Marvel, “Islam is both an essential part of her identity and something she struggles mightily with. She’s not a poster girl for the religion, or some kind of token minority. She does not cover her hair – most American Muslim women don’t — and she’s going through a rebellious phase. She wants to go to parties and stay out past 9 p.m. and feel normal. Yet at the same time, she feels the need to defend her family and their beliefs.”

Editor Sana Amanat added that the book doesn’t try to preach about Islam or religion in general; Khan’s be more of a coming-of-age story.


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