Meet the new Ms. Marvel, who goes by the name Kamala Khan. This new hero is a teenager from New Jersey who also happens to be Muslim. She was born of a conversation between editors Steve Wacker and Sana Amanat, the latter being a Muslim-American woman. G. Willow Wilson will write the series, announced Tuesday afternoon by the New York Times. “Anytime you do something like this, it is a bit of a risk. You’re trying to bring the audience on board and they are used to seeing something else in the pages of a comic book,” Wilson told the NYTimes.
Here you find out that like her real-life tumblr following (#CarolCorps), Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers (who used to go by Ms. Marvel) has a devoted fanbase in the Marvel Universe, including Kamala. This young girl will discover she has shape shifting powers, possibly amongst others, and takes the left-behind name of Ms. Marvel as a tribute to her hero.
“Captain Marvel represents an ideal that Kamala pines for,” said Wilson. “She’s strong, beautiful, and doesn’t have any of the baggage of being Pakistani and ‘different.” Amanat clarified that “it’s also sort of like when I was a little girl and wanted to be Tiffani Amber Thiessen”. “I do expect some negativity,” Amanat said, “not only from people who are anti-Muslim, but people who are Muslim and might want the character portrayed in a particular light.”
Wilson said that Kamala being Muslim and a Pakistani-American will not be the only focus of the young hero. The book will be “about the universal experience of all American teenagers, feeling kind of isolated and finding what they are.”
Ms. Marvel #1 will ship in February 2014, but the character will first appear in January’s All-New Marvel NOW! Point One special