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With the potential for an all-female Black Panther spin-off, we could be seeing another huge diversity push from the Marvel Comic Universe.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige did a BBC interview recently where he was asked about Ms. Marvel, whose alter-ego is a young Muslim woman by the name of Kamala Khan.

Captain Marvel‘s shooting right now with Brie Lawson,” Feige said in the interview. “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’ve introduced Captain Marvel to the world.”

The clip has gone viral on Twitter, eliciting excited responses from Marvel fans everywhere.

Khan is a Pakistani American teen from New Jersey. She didn’t make her debut until Captain Marvel #14, so we could potentially wait a while until we see her put her shapeshifting abilities to work — especially since Captain Marvel doesn’t come to theaters until March 8, 2019.

There are many people who are fan casting actress Priyanka Chopra to play the superhero, but many Marvel fans are making opposing arguments to this casting. Not only is Chopra too old to play the teenage character, but many are saying that the role deserves to be played by a young breakout actress who identifies as Muslim and Pakistani like Khan.

To have this level of representation for these intersections (Muslim, Pakistani, and female) would be incredible for not just the Marvel Comic Universe, but young girls everywhere. Marvel has already seen how people can show up and out for progressive, diverse storylines with the success of Black Panther. If they can get this character’s dynamic storyline down, it can prove to be an amazing feat for the comic book world.

 

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