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'Kamala ka hamla'! Marvel comes up with Muslim girl superhero

November 06, 2013 21:34 IST

Marvel comics is reintroducing Ms Marvel but this time she is Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teenage Muslim girl living in New Jersey.

Kamala has closely followed the career of Carol Danvers, who now goes by Captain Marvel, a name she inherited from a male hero.

As Kamala discovers her powers, she takes on the code name Ms Marvel, something that Carol called herself when she began her superhero career, reported New York Times.

Marvel, which originally debuted the character in the 1960s, is planning to bring the new series in February.

Kamala's character was born out of a conversation that Marvel's two editors Sana Amanat and Steve Wacker had.

"I was telling him some crazy anecdote about my childhood, growing up as a Muslim-American. He found it hilarious," Amanat said.

When they shared the idea with G Willow Wilson, a comic book writer and convert to Islam, she agreed to board the series as the author.

Amanat is aware that their new creation may face obstacles in getting accepted.

"I do expect some negativity, not only from people who are anti-Muslim, but people who are Muslim and might want the character portrayed in a particular light," she said.

Like every other superhero, Kamala will be seen balancing her family problems and her superhero career.

"Her brother is extremely conservative. Her mom is paranoid that she's going to touch a boy and get pregnant. Her father wants her to concentrate on her studies and become a doctor," Amanat said.

 

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