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Ms. Marvel returns as Muslim teen

Ms. Marvel, the 1960s-era comic book heroine who inspired a generation of teenage girls as a crime-fighting former U.S. Air Force officer in an impossibly tight costume, is making a comeback. But in the iconic character’s next incarnation, she will look very different. The role of the previously blonde, blue-eyed Ms. Marvel will be filled by a Muslim teen, Kamala Khan.
Khan, a 16-year-old high school student who lives in Jersey City with her Pakistani immigrant parents, can grow and shrink parts of her body and shape shift into other forms, The Associated Press reported.
But her real power might reside in helping teach the American public about what it means to grow up as a Muslim girl in the United States, activists said. Khan is the first Muslim lead character in a Marvel comic series.

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Ms. Marvel’s editor Sana Amanat told The Associated Press the series reflects the struggles of an ordinary teenager from a “desire to explore the Muslim-American diaspora from an authentic perspective.” 
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Fakhraie says she was encouraged by the portrayal of Khan as a teenage girl with ordinary problems, who isn’t exoticized or represented as somehow different. “It’s stuff that a lot of Americans deal with,” she said. “Everyone has their problems, and they’re just going to portray them as problems, not as Muslim problems.”
Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso told The AP, “Kamala is not unlike Peter Parker," she said. "She’s a 16-year-old girl from the suburbs who is trying to figure out who she is and trying to forge an identity when she suddenly bestows great power and learns the great responsibility that comes with it."

defcock:

aljazeeraamerica:

Ms. Marvel returns as Muslim teen

Ms. Marvel, the 1960s-era comic book heroine who inspired a generation of teenage girls as a crime-fighting former U.S. Air Force officer in an impossibly tight costume, is making a comeback. But in the iconic character’s next incarnation, she will look very different. The role of the previously blonde, blue-eyed Ms. Marvel will be filled by a Muslim teen, Kamala Khan.

Khan, a 16-year-old high school student who lives in Jersey City with her Pakistani immigrant parents, can grow and shrink parts of her body and shape shift into other forms, The Associated Press reported.

But her real power might reside in helping teach the American public about what it means to grow up as a Muslim girl in the United States, activists said. Khan is the first Muslim lead character in a Marvel comic series.

Read more

Photo: Marvel Comics/AP

more from the article, bold mine:

Ms. Marvel’s editor Sana Amanat told The Associated Press the series reflects the struggles of an ordinary teenager from a “desire to explore the Muslim-American diaspora from an authentic perspective.” 

[..]

Fakhraie says she was encouraged by the portrayal of Khan as a teenage girl with ordinary problems, who isn’t exoticized or represented as somehow different. “It’s stuff that a lot of Americans deal with,” she said. “Everyone has their problems, and they’re just going to portray them as problems, not as Muslim problems.

Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso told The AP, “Kamala is not unlike Peter Parker," she said. "She’s a 16-year-old girl from the suburbs who is trying to figure out who she is and trying to forge an identity when she suddenly bestows great power and learns the great responsibility that comes with it."

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I wanna begin saying a story about my son. I have a four-year old son who loves superheroes from Spider-Man to Iron Man to Batman. He’s got all the costumes. One day he looks at me and says ‘Dad, I want to be light-skinned so I could be Spider-Man. Spider-Man has light skin.’ That was sort of a shock. This is why I am excited to be a part of the Marvel Universe, so I could be hopefully provide that diversity in the role of the superhero.

Djimon Hounsou on his role in Guardians of the Galaxy (via stankface)

i’m actually fucking crying right now

people really don’t understand what a lack of representation can do to people

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But tell me again why representation is unimportant? 

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Marvel Comics’ Wolverine reveals love for and kisses demigod Hercules

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Wolverine and Hercules revealed their love in the latest issue of X-Treme X-Men (Image: Tumblr)
Wolverine and Hercules revealed their love in the latest issue of X-Treme X-Men (Image: Tumblr)
 
Marvel Comics character Wolverine is the latest character to come out as gay, as he and demigod Hercules announce their love for one another in the latest issue of the comic. The Marvel comic, X-Treme X-Men, has featured for some time suggestions of a romance between a version of Wolverine, real name James Howlett, who comes from an alternate universe, and the pansexual demigod, Hercules. In issue number 10, the pair reveal their love for one another and engage in a gay kiss.

Marvel Comics character Wolverine is the latest character to come out as gay, as he and demigod Hercules announce their love for one another in the latest issue of the comic.”

It bothers me a bit that if a man is in love with another man people automatically assume he’s gay. Ever heard of bisexuals? I mean this man has offspring and has been with women, isn’t that the more likely scenario here?

I do appreciate the LG(bt) visibility in comic books nowadays but you know… There’s four letters in that. LGBT. Lesbian, gay, bi, trans.

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