Marvel Planning To Bring Its First Muslim Superhero To The Big Screen

Jena Greene | Reporter

Marvel Comics caused a stir in 2013 when they introduced their first Muslim superhero, and now it looks like her character might be preparing for a role on the big screen.

Kamala Khan, perhaps better known as Ms. Marvel, is portrayed in recent comic books as a Pakistani teenager living in New Jersey. Her superpower is shapeshifting, although she probably does a pretty bang-up job of giving readers a lesson in political correctness, too.

But the creative masterminds behind Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) are planning to bring Ms. Marvel to movie theaters in the near future.

“We have plans for that once we’ve introduced Captain Marvel to the world,” said “Avengers: Infinity War” producer Kevin Feige to BBC on Monday.

“Captain Marvel’s shooting right now with Brie Larson,” Feige then told the Independent. “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.”

Captain Marvel, whose female lead will be played by Brie Larson, is due out in 2019. This could mean we may see a Ms. Marvel following its release shortly thereafter.

Culturally diverse superhero movies have done well in recent months; Marvel’s “Black Panther,” which features an all-black cast, proved to be a box office smash. It raked in a whopping $202,003,951 on opening weekend and has been hailed as a welcome change from the perceived conventional superheroes like Iron Man and Captain America.

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