New Marvel Superhero: Muslim Teen Girl
Introducing Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2013 2:49 PM CST
That's the new Ms. Marvel, a character named Kamala Khan.   (Marvel)

(Newser) – A new Marvel superhero coming in February is unique in a few ways: For one thing, the hero is a heroine, and a teenage one at that. For another, she's Muslim-American, reports the New York Times. The comic will center on Kamala Khan, a teen girl in New Jersey who discovers she has the ability to change shapes. Her superhero name will be Ms. Marvel. “I do expect some negativity,” says Sana Amanat, a Marvel editor and Muslim-American herself who helped hatch the idea. "Not only from people who are anti-Muslim, but people who are Muslim and might want the character portrayed in a particular light.”

The storyline will address the challenges Kamala faces not only fighting crime but growing up in Jersey among her Pakistani family—including a mom worried about boys, a dad pressuring her to be a doctor, and a conservative brother. It all sounds great, writes Rob Bricken at i09. "Hopefully the new Ms. Marvel will survive not only the haters, but the sales necessary to survive."

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Nov 6, 2013 1:34 PM CST
Uh, this isn't a new character. They're just changing the current form of a long standing character. Ms. Marvel has been a super hero since the 60s.
Nov 6, 2013 12:28 PM CST
Oh, c'mon! Wearing a headscarf does not make a female a Muslim. The headscarf (hijab) is worn for modesty, as the Prophet wrote that a woman's hair (and body) is too exotic to be seen by unrelated men. try reading Surah 24:31 of the Quran Having this "superhero" wearing a miniskirt and revealing tights totally negates the idea of modesty by letting all men see the entire body as if it were nude. That's fine, I wear tights too, but I don't try to claim I'm religious while violating the basic tenets of a faith... Anyone who believes this "superhero" is Muslim because of a scarf would make all catholic nuns superheros too. Modesty is the entire package, not a smorgasbord where you pick which parts you personally like to follow, based on what is in style currently.
Nov 6, 2013 10:32 AM CST
least make her look some what muslim.