Since the launch of Iron Man in 2008, Marvel has built a universe that has scintillatingly enthralled audiences worldwide, including here in Pakistan. Ever since the launch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the god-awful DC Universe (Batman v Superman & Justice League should never have happened), there was this lingering thought I would usually have: would we ever get to see a hero of Pakistani origin embrace the big screen? And now it looks like that might actually be happening.
In an interview with BBC, Marvel president Kevin Feige confirmed a Miss Marvel movie is in the works.
Marvel is planning to do Miss Marvel after Captain Marvel y’all
Muslims. Prepare to finally be represented. pic.twitter.com/SKFofLDmBt
— R O D Y ⚡️ IW SPOILERS (@StaarksHeart) May 12, 2018
I’m sure some of you are wondering: who the heck is Ms. Marvel aka Kamala Khan?
Let me explain. Kamala Khan is a 16-year-old Pakistani-American girl from New Jersey, trying to survive teenage life in America. After a strange turn of events at a high school party, she finds herself empowered with extraordinary gifts aka superhero powers. Add that to the mix of her pre-existing woes, Kamala Khan must figure out who she is. Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman?
Shout out to Sana Amanat, who was the brains behind Ms. Marvel
For those of you that saw Avengers Infinity War, you might remember seeing this at the end of the movie:
This end credit scene is a teaser for the upcoming Captain Marvel movie next year in March, just a month before Avengers 4. So it’s very likely that a Ms. Marvel movie will very much depend on the success of the Captain Marvel movie. Let’s hope that the Ms. Marvel movie gets the green light because we’ve never seen a Muslim superhero of Pakistani origins grace the big screen and even more so interestingly, a woman. A movie like this serves to re-establish the role of Pakistanis as perceived in pop-culture and show them as more than just supporting characters. Furthermore, showing a woman superhero also aids further changing the narrative around female characters in minority communities who don’t get the attention they deserve – especially here in Pakistan where they are often sidelined.
Also, Kamala Khan’s character is unlike any superhero character we’ve seen in cinemas in another way as well because she was introduced in comic books in 2013, while all others we’re familiar with have been around for decades.
So let’s see what happens from here on out. At this point, everything is pure speculation. Maybe Kamala Khan won’t embrace the big screen and might just be part of a larger movie. Or maybe she might get her own Netflix series similar to Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and the Punisher. Or maybe Marvel might decide to be bold and make a movie – they’ve taken a risk with a non-gora lead in Black Panther.
I’m gunning for a feature film because it’s about time honestly. What do you think?
P.S. Ms. Marvel isn’t Captain’s Marvel’s sidekick. And Priyanka Chopra voiced Kamala Khan in a Marvel gaming app which honestly doesn’t make any sense because Kamala Khan is 16 and Priyanka Chopra isn’t…