Kein Feige Wants to Bring Marvel’s 1st Female Muslim Superhero to the MCU

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After the impact of Avengers: Infinity War, all eyes are certainly on Marvel Studios next big offering.

And, whilst we’ve got Avengers 4, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and Captain Marvel all to look forward to, there’s still plenty more to come that we don’t actually know too much about.

Recently, however, Marvel President Kevin Feige spoke about his intentions to bring another hero to the MCU.

Speaking to the BBC, Feige mentioned how there are plans in the works to bring relatively new hero Ms Marvel – aka, Kamala Khan – to the movies.

Feige mentioned how, whilst the studio is currently working on Captain Marvel, the plans to introduce Ms Marvel to the MCU are steaming along – though, it won’t be until after we get Captain Marvel.

Captain Marvel‘s shooting right now with Brie Larson. Ms Marvel, which is another character in the comic books, the Muslim hero who is inspired by Captain Marvel, is definitely sort of in the works. We have plans for that once we introduce Captain [Marvel].”

Yes, Ms Marvel will provide Marvel with their second chance (after Captain Marvel) to feature a female character in a prominent role. However, it will also provide them with a platform to showcase a Muslim character and actress in a prominent role as well.

So, with two characters both named “Marvel”, they’ll surely be some confusion abound amongst the more casual cinema-goers. However, there’ll perhaps be confusion amongst the more well-informed viewers as well.

In the comic books, Kamala Khan’s powers come from her being a part of the Inhumans. Now, whilst we have had the Inhumans appear within the wider MCU – thanks to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and ABC/Marvel’s Inhumans series – but, due to a couple of (obvious) reasons, there isn’t too much interest in that property right now.

So, the question remains; Will Marvel decide to forego the Inhumans part of Khan’s backstory? It wouldn’t be the first time the studio has muddied the waters of a character’s origins – just look at Ultron and Scarlet Witch’s MCU portrayals.

For anyone wanting to get a fresher course – or even an introduction – to Ms Marvel, she’ll appear in Marvel Rising, a new animated feature produced by Marvel TV, and whilst no official release date has been announced, the series is expected to arrive later in the year.

-James, 21/05/2018

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