Marvel Comics' newest superhero is a Muslim girl.
A new version of Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan is a teenage girl with Pakistani parents who lives in New Jersey, according to the New York Times, who calls her "a multicultural and modern re-imagining of a heroine for the comic-book company that brought to the world the likes of Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and Captain America."
The Khan character, who is 16, reflects Marvel's desire to capture a diverse new audience, with a protagonist exploring not only being a teenager, but also living with a foreign-born family in a different culture. Her superpowers will include shape-shifting her arms, legs and body, the U.K.'s The Telegraph reported.
"I wanted Ms. Marvel to be true-to-life, something real people could relate to, particularly young women," the comic's writer, G. Willow Wilson, told The Telegraph. "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 a good thing some of us didn't have super powers as teenagers, or the world would be a very different place now.
"It's for all the geek girls out there and everybody else who's ever looked at life from the fringe," Wilson said.