Kamala Khan is all set to be a part of Marvel’s blockbuster gaming roster joining superheroes like Iron Man, Hulk and Captain America. Khan is a Muslim-American teenager of Pakistani heritage, who has shape-shifting abilities.
According to BBC, Marvel’s Avengers are assembling again, not for a movie, but for a blockbuster video game. The game’s publisher, Square Enix announced that Marvel Avengers would include Kamala Khan as one of its main playable characters and make her central to the plot.
Kamala Khan was co-created by Marvel editor and director Sana Amanat in 2014. Sana Amanat is a Muslim-American herself, she wanted to create a character young girls of similar background could identify with and look up to.
Maria Afsar, a 25 years old gamer said, “When I saw the announcement she is going to be in the game and of the main characters, I just thought I’ve literally been waiting for something like this for my whole life. I saw nothing like this when I was young.”
Kamala Khan will be featured as Ms Marvel Moniker. Ms Marvel Moniker has been used by several white characters in Marvel comic books since 1976, including Sharon Ventura and Dr Karlo Sofen.
In 2014, readers were introduced to Kamala Khan, a 16-years-old Pakistani-American growing up in Jersey City. She has shapeshifting abilities and she happens to be a fan-girl of the Avengers.
Making history along the way, she became the Marvel’s first Muslims character to lead her own comic books series.