A New Superhero is a 16-year-old Pakistani American Girl, Kamala Khan

WASHINGTON, DC: Always at the forefront of subverting pop culture stereotypes, Marvel Comics is re-introducing its classic Ms. Marvel character – only this time, she’s a Pakistani Muslim.


The character traditionally known as Carol Danvers will now be known as Kamala Khan, a Jersey City 16 year-old who lives with her Pakistanti immigrant parents. This makes Ms. Marvel the company’s first-ever Muslim superhero, and follows along with some recent re-imaginings the comic book titan has done with some of its most revered comic book heroes and villains.


In 2011, Marvel rebooted its most popular character, Spider-Man, by changing him from Caucasian Peter Parker to the half African American, half Latino American Miles Morales. The revolutionary change to such an American icon was heralded by many as a sign of America’s evolving cultural and societal landscape. Spider-Man creator Stan Lee also welcomed the re-created character, saying it was important for children of ethnic minorities to have a superhero role model.


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Date added: 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 2:15pm