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Marvel Confirms Plans To Introduce First Muslim Superhero To MCU

by : Tim Horner on : 13 May 2018 11:00
Marvel Comics Muslim Superhero Kamala KhanMarvel Comics Muslim Superhero Kamala KhanJorge Molina/Marvel Comics

Check this out, it’s a story about Marvel and I’m not going to use the infinity word once, because there’s a much more important thing going on than the last film that came out and made an astronomical load of cash.

Turns out, if you produce film after film of entertaining bad-guy whoop-assery on a practically annual basis, you can start making inroads towards changing established norms in the industry. For example the one that says all superheroes are nerdy, middle-class white guys.

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Remember what happened, nerdy middle-class white guys: Black Panther came along and broke the mould.

Oh yeah, and remember, middle-class white guys, how we thought we had sci-fi all covered. What happened there? That’s it. Rey, a woman, showed up in that galaxy far, far away, to fix things, because if you haven’t been paying attention, it’s now 2018 and the world and attached fictional worlds of comics and movies does not belong entirely to middle-class white guys.

At the end of the last film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, half the population went up in smoke, or dust, or something we have to wait until next year to find out exactly what. Spoiler alert: the film’s been out for weeks. Get over yourselves.

The final post-credit scene saw Hollywood’s finest purveyor of the word ‘motherf*cker’, Samuel L Jackson, as SHIELD’s Nick Fury put in a last ditch call to – who we guess, but will have to wait until next year to confirm – Ms Marvel, to help unscrew up the universe Thanos totally screwed up, after getting all those shiny Infinity Stones into his big old mitts and destroying the place.

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Marvel To Introduce First Muslim Superhero To MCUMarvel To Introduce First Muslim Superhero To MCUJeremy Roberts

In a recent interview with the BBC, big daddy of the MCU, Kevin Feige, explained what he’s got up his sleeve in the future of the comic book world, which we now pay more attention to than the real one around us.

He said:

Captain Marvel’s shooting right now with Brie Larson.

Ms. Marvel, which is another character in the comic books, 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.

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Check the interview snippet below:

During a Happy Sad Confused podcast, the Russo brothers spoke out about Captain Marvel’s absence from the latest Avengers film, HypeBeast report.

Joe said:

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We want to save her reveal.

With Anthony adding:

We also wanted to, it was very important to us to commit…we wanted to commit to this ending very hard. We didn’t want to go past the ending very much.

Joe replied:

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We considered not doing any tags. Then we thought maybe it was too brutal. Everything’s about trying to find balance.

Before Anthony concluded:

She will be a part of the MCU at that point. And part of the promise of these movies is that they are a road forward for all the films.

Brie Larson as Captain MarvelBrie Larson as Captain MarvelMarvel Studios

The standalone Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson, is set to hit cinemas on March 8, 2019 – with Brie set to appear in the yet untitled Avengers 4 in May 2019.

This is all relevant because Ms Marvel is a character conceived as a counterpart to Captain Marvel, who has yet to arrive in the MCU in the movie form we know and love.

Ms Marvel started out in the comics as a superhero to gain their powers through Kree technology and connected to the character Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel.

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In the fourth incarnation of Ms Marvel in the comic book world, Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old Pakistani-American girl from New Jersey takes up the mantle.

Kamala’s entrance marks the first time a Muslim character has headlined a comic book series.

Yeah, Kevin might have just said ‘sort of in the works’, but that’s a big enough story in our opinion. After 10 years and 20 films, we’ve got an idea of how this works.

Look forward to seeing you on the screen, Ms Marvel.

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Tim Horner

Tim Horner is a senior sub-editor at UNILAD and not just because he was born in the 1980s. He graduated from University College Falmouth with a BA Journalism degree when the internet still consisted of Ceefax and Teletext and telephones were connected to the land.

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