Diversity: New Ms. Marvel Is A New Jersey Muslim Girl

November 7, 2013

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Because comic book universes need diversity too, Marvel has announced that the new Ms. Marvel will be a Muslim girl of Pakistani descent living in New Jersey, constantly trying to balance her freedom and shape-shifting superpowers with a demanding, conservative family. Sounds good. Say -- if you could shape-shift right now, what would you be? Because I'd be your computer monitor and you'd be staring at my privates.

According to the press release, the new Ms. Marvel's real name is Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old from Jersey City. "Kamala has all of her opportunities in front her and she is loaded with potential, but her parents' high expectations come with tons of pressure," Marvel describes. "When Kamala suddenly gets powers that give her the opportunity to be just like her idol, Captain Marvel, it challenges the very core of her conservative values."

No word yet how she gets her superpowers, but my guess is drinking unfiltered New Jersey tap water. I'm kidding, you're not getting anything but dysentery that way. Remember the first time you died of dysentery playing Oregon Trail? That's like, a shared human experience. "What's Oregon Trail?" You're dead to me.

Thanks to E V I L A R E S, Christina, Zen, littlepinch and Shane, who hope one day all little children, no matter their race, color, or dietary habits, will be able to play together. Man, I sure hope so (for the sake of my hybrid dino kids).

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