New MS. MARVEL Is A Muslim Teenager From Jersey

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marve 2This February a new Ms. Marvel series will be hitting comic book shops with a brand new character to the Marvel universe. Carol Danvers, once Ms. Marvel but now Captain Marvel, has left a void Kamal Khan is going to fill. Kamal is a teenage Muslim girl from Jersey City, New Jersey. The New York Times revealed the details of the latest series to be announced as part of Marvel NOW! Phase 2.

The new Ms. Marvel will be written by G. Willow Wilson, an author and convert to Islam. The series will see young Kamal learning she has the ability to change shape, which explains the giant hand (but not so much the Hulk-handed hedgehog). Her new found powers and love of Ms. Marvel leads her to take on the code name. Wilson said of the series:

Captain Marvel represents an ideal that Kamala pines for. She’s strong, beautiful and doesn’t have any of the baggage of being Pakistani and ‘different.’

Kamala will face struggles outside her own head, including conflicts close to home. Her brother is extremely conservative. Her mom is paranoid that she’s going to touch a boy and get pregnant. Her father wants her to concentrate on her studies and become a doctor. Next to those challenges, fighting supervillains may be a welcome respite.

You can read the full rundown of the new series from the The Times by clicking here.Introducing a new character and a brand new series is always a challenge, but this may be Marvel‘s most controversial series ever. I mean it’s on thing to have a Muslim, but a hero from Jersey? Going to get a lot of letters on that one. What do you think about the new Ms. Marvel? Will you be checking this one out next year?

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Source : New York Times