The huge success of Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther has sparked discussion around Marvel Studios’ efforts to introduce more diversity among its superheroes. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige realizes the huge responsibility placed on their shoulders as both a film production house and a pioneer of superhero filmmaking. To that end, there has been speculation on whether Marvel will go as far as introduce the Muslim superhero Kamala Khan who is an active part of Captain Marvel comics. His words at 2018’s Produced By event pretty much confirm it to be so.
Feige commented that being able to introduce Kamala Khan and bring her into the foray was one of the reasons why they had to get Captain Marvel out there first. This should give the Muslim community a superhero to look up to, just as the black community got their’s with Coogler’s epic outing earlier this February. In the comics, Kamala Khan becomes the next Ms. Marvel after original Ms. Marvel herself Carol Danvers ends up donning the mantle of Captain Marvel when an air-accident infuses her DNA with that of the alien Kree Mar-Vell.
We wanted to get Captain Marvel out there first so that there is something for a young Muslim girl to get inspired by
Should Marvel be able to pull it off, it would open the doors to all sorts of possibilities. Before you know it, the next batch of Avengers could include a Muslim, an Asian, a French and an African hero battling alien species together. And it could very well be directed by a female, which was one of the other issues Feige fielded at the conference, when asked about female directors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Admittedly, while Marvel hasn’t had a great track record with diversifying the gender of its directors, Feige promises to change things on that front with the next few Marvel films.
I cannot promise that all 20 Marvel movies will have female directors but a heck of a lot of them will.
All in all, great news for fans of the MCU and movies in general. The MCU is about to get a whole lot more diverse. Let us know how you feel about these bits in the comments below.
Captain Marvel will release in theaters on March 8, 2018.