[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ith each generation, from the very first Superman comic to the multi-million dollar Avengers franchise of today, the rise in popularity of superheroes has taken over pop-culture and media. One can say that heroes are a representation of who we want to be, while villains are analogies of the struggles we face day to day. However, many racial and cultural minorities feel a lack of representation in this world of white, male heroes – which is why Marvel’s latest superhero is a pleasant surprise.
Kamala Khan, Marvel’s newest creation, is a Pakistani-American Muslim teenager better known as superhero Ms. Marvel by the citizens of New Jersey, where she fights for justice. Kamala goes through many ordeals that Muslim teenagers face, as well as taking on the responsibilities of a superhero. In a notable scene, when contemplating whether she should save the girl who has bullied her, she says “there’s this ayah from the Quran that my dad always quotes when he sees bad things on TV. A fire, or a flood or a bombing. Whoever kills one person, it is as if he has killed all of mankind…and whoever saves one person, it is as if he has saved all of mankind.” The story of Kamala Khan is one you should definitely follow, and maybe one day we’ll see the female, Muslim hero on the big screen alongside Spider-man, Iron man and Captain America. Download the issue on marvel.com or on the official Marvel app to read the exciting story of Ms. Marvel.