Plans are ‘in the works’ to add Muslim superhero Ms. Marvel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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  • Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told BBC that plans to introduce Muslim superhero Ms. Marvel are “in the works.”
  • Feige said Ms. Marvel could be introduced after Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson, makes her debut.
  • In the comics, Ms. Marvel is a teenage Pakistani American named Kamala Khan.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently dropped hints that the Marvel Cinematic Universe could introduce a Muslim superhero in the future.

In an interview with BBC, Feige said that plans are “in the works” to introduce Pakistani American superhero Ms. Marvel after Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel makes her debut.

“We’re doing ‘Captain Marvel’ right now, ‘Captain Marvel’ is shooting right now with Brie Larson,” he said. “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 to the world.”

The version of Ms. Marvel that Feige is referring to is Kamala Khan, a teenage Muslim superhero introduced in Marvel Comics in 2013. Carol Danvers, Larson’s character in next year’s “Captain Marvel” movie, used to be known as Ms. Marvel in the comics. Once Danvers dons the title of Captain Marvel, Khan begins to go by Ms. Marvel.

Khan has made a big impact in Marvel Comics in recent years, as the company introduced younger, diverse versions of its classic characters. She starred in her own award-winning series and briefly joined the Avengers.

A Muslim superhero would add to diversity in the MCU. This year’s “Black Panther” was praised for being a superhero movie with an mostly black cast, and “Captain Marvel” will be the first MCU movie focused solely on a female superhero.

It also teases that the MCU could be moving in a new direction after the fourth “Avengers” movie, and potentially follow a similar path as the comic books in recent years.

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