Marvel Comics has rebooted a 1970’s superhero as a 16-year-old Muslim girl.
It is thought to be the first series protagonist who is female and from an Islamic background. In order to reflect the diversity of Marvel’s readers the creators wanted to introduce main character never seen before in it other publications.
The lead character’s name is Kamala Khan, the teenage daughter of Pakistani immigrants who live in Jersey City. Kamala powers enable her to grow and shrink her limbs and body.
Writer G Willow Wilson wanted to create a superhero that young women could relate to.
‘High school was a very vivid time in my life, so I drew heavily on those experiences – impending adulthood, dealing with school, emotionally charged friendships that are such a huge part of being a teenager,’ she said.
‘It’s for all the geek girls out there and everybody else who’s ever looked at life from the fringe.’
Other ethnically diverse characters that have been recently introduced into the comic world include;
DC Comics – Green Lantern with Simon Baz, an Arab-American and Muslim,
DC Comics – Nightrunner, a Muslim hero of Algerian descent from Paris.
Marvel – X-Men series, features a character called Dust, an Afghan woman who can manipulate sand.