Marvel may have been criticised for its tardiness in making a movie that headlines a female superhero but the company may other plans that’ll give its diversity credentials a shot in the arm.
Because while Captain Marvel may not be ready for the big screen until 2019 it seems that Marvel bosses have plans for Ms Marvel, the the Pakistani American superhero created by writer G Willow Wilson and artist Adrian Alphona in 2012, who has quickly developed a major fan following a critical buzz. She’s a young Muslim girl who idolises Captain Marvel who then herself develops superpowers after being exposed to the Inhumans’ Terrigen mist. She then decides to use her role model’s old code name.
Talking to CBR.com, Marvel chief creative officer Joe Quesada says, “Our readers are the Johnny Appleseeds… They tell us something is resonating, something is hitting a core, and that’s something we should try to cultivate. Another great example of this: Ms Marvel. If we had put this book out 10 years ago, it probably would never have succeeded. Not only did we find the audience, but we had the right people on the book and we had the right editor on the book, the right creators on the book. And now we have a character that’s very recognisable — very, very quickly. That doesn’t happen a lot.”
He then adds archly, “Who knows where Ms Marvel’s going to end up? You can be sure that, somewhere down the road, she will be a part of the future of Marvel in other media.”
It’d be great to think that Marvel might be considering a major movie fronted by a Muslim character, but to be honest, it’s more likely Ms Marvel will turn up on Netflix (she’d be a great addition to The Defenders) or as a guest in Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD. Or – and here’s a left field suggestion – maybe she could turn up in the new Legion series, as a girl who claims to be a superhero inspired by Captain Marvel, but nobody believes her.