Posted on May 14, 2018

Marvel Confirms First Muslim Superhero

Andrew Bullock, Daily Mail, May 14, 2018

One character yet to be introduced via the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the Muslim superhero Ms Marvel.

But it seems that now is the time — or at least, it will be soon.

The man behind the movies — producer and President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige — has teased to the BBC that the story writers are gearing up to introduce Ms Marvel in the near future.

Avengers: Infinity War — the current box office smash hit which is predicted to be the biggest global grosser ever for a summer movie release — will be followed by the 20th movie in the franchise, Ant-Man And The Wasp.

It’s thought that a natural byproduct of this film will see the introduction of Ms Marvel.

In the history of the character, Ms Marvel is originally Carol Danvers, who eventually becomes Captain Marvel after the original male version of the character is killed.

Actress Larson takes on the role of Carol Danvers AKA Captain Marvel. The new incarnation of Ms Marvel after her is a 16-year-old Pakistani-American girl from New Jersey named Kamala Khan.

She is in fact the fourth incarnation of Ms Marvel, after the moniker was taken on by Sharon Ventura [before she becomes She-Thing] and then Karla Sofen [a member of the Dark Avengers].

Her powers are typically demonstrated with super-strength, often seen with giant fists.

In 2014, the character was given her own comic book, thus becoming Marvel Comics’ first Muslim character to headline her own series.

The first collected volume of this series, Ms Marvel Volume 1: No Normal, won the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story.

Captain Marvel will hit cinemas in spring 2019 after it was postponed twice thanks to Spirder-Man: Homecoming’s release and the subsequent scheduling of  Ant-Man And The Wasp, which is released later this year.

It’s not clear whether Ms Marvel — as Kamala Khan — will appear in Captain Marvel, but it’s thought that this won’t be the case, given Feige’s recent words on the matter.

Despite confirming her introduction is on the cards soon, he said: ‘Ms Marvel . . . the Muslim hero who is inspired by Captain Marvel, is definitely sort of in the works. We have plans for that once we’ve introduced Captain Marvel to the world.’

Captain Marvel herself is thought to be recruited to clear up the mess that was left at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, when Thanos blew up the Universe.

The standalone Captain Marvel movie will lead the titular character into Avengers 4 [currently still untitled].

It seems that Ms Marvel won’t appear in that film either, as it has been shot already and will air in May 2019.