Many mainstream news outlets are incorrectly reporting that Marvel is rebooting the 1970s superhero Ms. Marvel as the first female Muslim superhero. Their news source must be Loki.
First off, she’s not the first female Muslim superhero, not even for Marvel. That distinction goes to X-Men’s Dust. Second, Ms. Marvel never went away (for long). In fact, she currently has her own book Captain Marvel. Finally, Marvel isn’t rebooting Ms. Marvel AKA Captain Carol Danvers. They’re replacing her with a 16-year-old Pakistani girl named Kamala Khan.
Danvers is currently suffering from a brain lesion that has affected her powers and memory. She confides her condition to a young girl in Captain Marvel #17. The girl tries to help remind her of who she is by reading a self-made comic that explains how Captain Marvel has inspired others. Meanwhile, Kamala is seen putting a picture of Captain Marvel on the wall, then flexing her superhuman muscles. Unlike Danvers whose powers are energy based, Kamala is a shapeshifter capable of growing in size. It’s unknown whether she actually has any connection to Danvers, who received her powers from the original Captain Marvel. Kamala will assume the name Ms. Marvel in January to followed with a regular series launching in February by writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Adrian Alphona.
“I wanted Ms. Marvel to be true-to-life, something real people could relate to, particularly young women,” said Wilson, who is a convert to Islam. “High school was a very vivid time in my life, so I drew heavily on those experiences — impending adulthood, dealing with school, emotionally charged friendships that are such a huge part of being a teenager. It’s for all the geek girls out there and everybody else who’s ever looked at life from the fringe.”