The Marvelous Ms. Marvel: Kamala Khan’s Evolution

We take a look at the writing styles developed by J. Willow Wilson, Salah El Din Ahmed, and Samira Ahmed.

Enough can not be said about her Kamala Khan. It’s one of the biggest Marvel heroes to debut in the last decade. She is also, the first Pakistani Muslim heroine ever created, not only for the Marvel catalog of intellectual property, but also in existence. For someone who will be a major part of Marvel Phase 4, there isn’t much coverage on Kamala, and there isn’t as much hype spreading around the cultural zeitgeist like your average MCU superhero.

To be fair, Kate Bishop similarly started until her debut in December (although it was a talent with Hailee Steinfeld who really stunned the character). Although it looks a lot like the average MCU and gamer fan, it is admitted that in addition to the Square Enix video game of marvel avengersI really didn’t know anything about the character.

But with the release of the Disney + series later this year, it is planned to be shown in marvels Film, there’s a lot to love about Kamala Khan’s origins, her character and, in fact, just her comic book history. It has a lot of meta multiverse potential due to its love of all of the Marvel franchises (a fan within Marvel itself, which is a great setup for many meta-references and work teams), and in many ways, it’s made He will one day be the face of a new generation of young superheroes in the MCU very soon.

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Created by Sana Amanat, Stephen Walker, Adrian Alfona, J. All by making the hero more culturally modern. to serve as a young heroine, fan, and role model for young people everywhere, sort of what Spider-Man has been doing for generations before her.

After you just read the comics series for me An interview with Samira Ahmed, I Thought it would be better to explain a little bit about the character’s history. Compare the first three series and how the stories have evolved over time.

Play Willow Wilson – Mrs. Marvel Relaunched

The original numbers are from where Kamala began. What I loved the most about G. Willow Wilson’s race was how honest she was as a character. A girl whose authenticity and documentability has been tarnished at the time of her release by novels critical of declining comic book sales, but also, ironically, in the cultural hindsight of Marvel’s grand-brand plan, is highly praised nowadays for her representation in attracting a new and young audience.

What stood out was Willow’s portrayal of Kamala’s Muslim and Pakistani experience. A cultural background often conflicted with teen issues that felt strangely real but also incredibly foreign. The comic begins in the literal sense of the word, about Kamala’s hunger-ridden longings and her inability to eat the flesh of disbelief. Bring pakoras to school for lunch. Feelings of isolation over her faith. There’s a real kind of pariah sentiment here for guys from that cultural background, the kinds of isolated, “unpleasant” sentiments that I think Marvel spent decades representing.

Then there is, of course, the use of Urdu and the fulfilled rituals of the Islamic faith. The close ties between Kamala and her family; With her brother Aamir she feels like a real loser but is meant to be a responsible older brother and Asian parents who have high expectations. It was the way Willow did not stray from Pakistani-American Muslim culture, and thus really stands out.

In Willow’s own words, it was Realism in Diversity, which really caused those early problems. Not in some sense of the photo opportunity we often see in the media (looking at you in the final battle of Avengers: Endgame shown below), but in portraying what it really is as a brown Muslim girl, who grew up in populous and ethnically diverse New Jersey.

I say this… because I am a Filipino American of color who has spent the better part of my life living right by Edison, NJ. One of the most densely populated and ethnically diverse cities in the United States More than 40% of the Asian population, Many of them are of Indian and Pakistani origin. It’s the same town as that actor Cal Penn once criticized journalist Joel Stein About, regarding the journalist’s criticism of how India affected the predominantly white city – named after Now more controversial Thomas Edison However – it became.

It is, as my college mates oddly describe it, an Asian getaway of sorts—which didn’t have the proper feeling of alienation, compared to other states across the United States. Kamala beats in every way those rhythms. Her voice sounds like all those kids she grew up with in New Jersey.

Kamala sees her heroes Iron Man, Captain Marvel, and Captain America speaking Urdu
Captain Marvel’s fan base feels like a true love of the hero. I loved that there was a dream sequence with Captain America, Iron Man, and Mrs. Marvel that felt so ingrained

Although this feels a little isolated for kids of non-minority descent, I think Willow’s balance in finding her audience has also been in establishing Kamala as a huge fan of the Marvel community in general. As fan fiction and Kamala’s true love for the heroes we adore It’s hard to ignore. It was a love that I felt oddly true, and that wasn’t somewhat of a gratuitous breach of all censorship laws, but rather a celebration of Marvel as a whole.

Kalama she likes. A tried and true geek like Peter Parker before her. She’s great at school, loves comic book heroes, and even plays World of Battlecraft. Which was an excellent reference to the popular MMORPG World of Warcraft at the time (which I am also a fan of). The Willow Race has given us a unique voice for someone whose marginalized acting has finally gotten to really shine. All in a related love letter I spoke to Marvel fans.

Saladin Ahmed Run – The Marvelous Mrs. Marvel

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It wasn’t easy to follow in Willow’s footsteps, but Saladin Ahmed made an amazing transformation into a hero loved by many people. The second Islamic author to take command of the character, like the Willow Race, had most of Saladin’s respect for their religion. And in 18 issues, I learned so much about the American Muslim experience, Kamala’s love for my lover, and more than ever: I truly gathered a sense of the Pakistani experience in New Jersey. We even got some callbacks to Central Jersey at this (where I’m from).

Culturally, there are tales here such as the rule of no touch before marriage. Even an awkward kiss has been hinted at since the start of the series. Where Willow established the universe, Saladin kind of ran with what was out there and gave him the YA metaphors expected of teen comics in his three-volume run. Issues related to teenage romance, finding one’s identity and, in fact, balancing the circle of friends – during a critical period of growth and self-discovery.

Kamala at this point really comes out on her own. This is why Saladin took the brave step of focusing on the world outside her head. While Willow’s path has mostly kept parents on the sidelines, Saladin starts with Mom and Dad in Danger front and center. She faces not only some common enemies, but the death of her father himself – causing Kamala to grow ever more.

In the first volume of Saladin from Kamala she assures her parents that she is Mrs. Marvel – and with the acceptance of her superhero and ability, comes great responsibility – we see a lot about how the world views her around Kamala. It is a story about facing fate and how we find strength even in the aftermath of tragedy.

It’s a great way to start comedy as fans get more comfortable when they step out of Kamala’s emptiness. The hero, her daughter and even the chosen one, Kamala’s roles seen from outside her point of view create the basis for constructing her outer world. Especially in regards to the Kamala scammers fair, which is highly developed during this race. The invention of the Rubicon, run by Amazon-like CEO Brett — who looks like a turtleneck Steve Jobs — I think wicked fans will love returning to Kamala’s world.

I also think more than anything else, these issues really expand into art styles. Minkyu Jung and Eduard Petrovich Really emphasizing the expansive and exciting nature of its capabilities. It’s awkward, but fun, with the depiction of Hulk-Kamala’s muscles and even the Kamala canopy. All for fun and challenging exploration of her powers.

While Mr. Fantastic has focused on elongation and a curled torso, I always find the Kamala to be a little heavier on gigantic grips and hands. Its awkwardness matches Fantastic seriousness, when to be honest, the extended powers are somewhat ridiculous. On top of that, her big/big appendices make her play with a lot of shortening techniques, which makes her visuals a bit fun, unlike the way Spider-Man plays with his dynamic movement while crossing.

Salahuddin Ahmed ran Kamala definitely designed to be more than a superhero model. It was a huge expansion into her universe that left the audience with a sequential story that could further explore her abilities and con artists. To a large extent, his story in her story emulates the original story of Spider-Man. If that wasn’t enough, introducing Kree’s bizarre suit, and Stormranger suit, reminds us in many ways of spider symbiosis. An entity of self turned into a major enemy. Although I think it fits the world of Kamala.

Samira Ahmed Race – Mrs. Marvel Beyond the Limit

To be fair, we are only two issues in Samira Kamala’s career. But I think Samira has done a good job so far, making use of Willow’s original voice. Kamala is definitely the teenage girl in a YA novel, but honestly, it’s a Generation Z vibe. It almost fits Samira’s career.

In her run so far, there’s this hilarious obsession with early food like Keema Parthas and hot dogs, and with the series taking off in Chicago instead of the usual Jersey City in Kamala. Which I will say, as someone who explored both cities relentlessly while traveling (at least, I know their food scenes well), everything about that food culture was rather wise.

I also enjoyed introducing cousin Razia who co-founded LAMP, the League of American Muslim Professionals, and the focus from the start on women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) aligns well with current iterations of Janet Van Dyne. Because we need more women in science and it’s not often talked about. Samira highlights these issues brilliantly: making the next generation of women visible. What can they do. And what they were vying for a chance to prove.

More than anything else, though, I think we’re preparing ourselves for the Kamala Multiverse. Given all of Kamala’s similarities to Spider-Man, the heroes of the multiverse, just like Into the Spider-Verse are all the rage.

My uncle’s dance. Bollywood Jersey City is notorious for acid raiding in the state. It’s silly. But she works with Aya Kamala. Where the possibility to see the growth of character, by analogy and comparison, over the past eight years really emerges.

Looking at our conversation, I will say that Samira seems like the type who knows how to represent the character narratives well for young Muslim women. Most importantly, she knows that Kamala is fun! The type of hero you want on your team in an awkward and adventurous foodie adventure.

I think she’d do really well with this run.

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