Introducing Ms. Marvel "Kamala Khan" on Disney +
After a long wait, Marvel has finally released the trailer of its new Disney+ series, “Ms. Marvel.” Since it was announced, the show has created buzz for introducing the first Muslim female superhero. Western cinema has shown Islam and Muslims in the most negative light for a long time. Even the classic Marvel movie “Iron Man” had led the antagonist as Muslim in the first movie. For many people, “Ms. Marvel” is only a start in what can be later transformed into a multiverse of Muslim superheroes.
The trailer did a great job of not revealing much as it only showed glimpses of Kamala Khan (portrayed by Iman Vellani) as an ordinary Muslim girl living her life in New Jersey who somehow has gotten superpowers. Ms. Marvel is primarily a tween show. Significantly, even a platform like Disney is trying to diversify the ethnicity of its protagonists. However, only time will tell if they genuinely got everything about the Muslim community right this time, or it would just be a big letdown.
Ms. Marvel’s Kamala Khan is said to be the first Muslim superhero in a lead role, with a whole TV series dedicated to her. This might be true in Hollywood, but in 2010, another series on YouTube has introduced the first Muslim superhero created by Muslims for the Muslim world, “BURAAQ.” SplitMoonArts created BURAAQ to counter the negative narrative against Muslims that has fueled Islamophobia since the tragic 9/11 event. We are slowly witnessing a trend in the right direction. Hollywood is becoming more inclusive and diversified as they give the spotlight and screen time to minorities. We hope this trend continues and encourages others around the globe to build a universe of Muslim superheroes who fight against the false propaganda that has made Muslims an easy target.
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