Marvel Universe is more empowered than ever, bringing in more women and diverse characters to the world of Avengers. When we bid goodbye to our favourite on-screen Avengers last year, we never thought that soon we will get to see a Pakistani-American teenager giving competition to seasoned heroes like Iron Man, Hulk, and Captain America. Marvel has now introduced its first Muslim superhero – Kamala Khan – who is all set to appear in video games. All these heroes will be featured together in the video game published by Square Enix, a Japanese video game developer company.
In 2014, Kamala Khan was co-created by Marvel editor and director Sana Amanat, who belongs to a Muslim-American heritage as well. Sana said that she wanted young Muslim girls to have a superhero of similar background, that they could look up to, reported BBC.
Sixteen-year-old Kamala Khan features as Ms Marvel in the blockbuster Marvel comics and she boasts shape-shifting powers. She is the latest character announced by the game’s publisher. And, she is also added as the central character in the plot, reported BBC.
What You Should Know
- Marvel’s new video gaming superhero, Kamala Khan is Marvel’s first Muslim superhero.
- She is also the central character in the plot who will fight beside Iron Man, Hulk and Captain America.
- She features as Ms Marvel and has shape-shifting powers.
“I think it’s absolutely insane that Kamala is in one of the biggest Marvel games that we’ve done,” Sana Amanat expressed. “The fact that she’s the entry point character in this game makes so much sense. People from all backgrounds can relate to her,” she added.
Marvel comics with a sense of diversity
With the inclusion of the Studios’ first female-fronted film — Captain Marvel –- Marvel is openly sketching out women and LGBTQIA+ characters in a more diverse way – both in terms of new and current characters. Studios President Kevin Feige had earlier said to Screen Rant, “I think we’re getting to the point soon where we have so many great female characters that those are just our heroes as opposed to when are they all female, all male. It’s just the Marvel heroes, more than half of which will be women.”
Avengers: Infinity War was all about the male counterparts taking over the universe, instrumented by the MCU. But again characters like Scarlet Witch and Black Widow stood out so it’s definitely clear that women are becoming more and more prominent in the Marvel universe – be in the movies or games.
Speaking to The Playlist, Feige had opened up about this step, indicating that fans will be exploring some LGBTQIA+ themes in the near-future. Feige said that the LGBTQIA+ characters will be “both ones you’ve seen and ones you haven’t seen”.
He then had revealed that starting from Tessa Thompson’s declaration that Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok was bisexual, to including many such characters in Superhero movies, this is the new revolution in a male-dominated superhero world.
Now, we cannot wait for Khan to make history.
Feature Image Credit: BBC