The Situation As It Is
This week Marvel debuts its newest television series: Iron Fist. While the studio’s other series (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Agents of Shield, and Legion) have all done well, initial reviews look bad for Iron Fist. Accusations of white-washing, cultural appropriation and poor scripting have haunted the new series since production began.
Marvel Television broke new ground with its Netflix series, showing a grittier more down-to-earth take on the superhero genre. Jessica Jones gives audiences a look into the world of PTSD sufferers and Luke Cage gives viewers a socially relevant look into the African-American community. Time will tell if Iron Fist treads new ground in any other areas.
What Can Improve
Marvel has fans of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, religions, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The Studio needs to capitalize on this and seek to make its shows as diverse as its audience is. In the current political climate, we need diversity and inclusion now more than ever. Moreover, we need hope. We need heroes we can believe in and look up to.
The Hero We Need
Kamala Khan, a.k.a Ms Marvel, is the hero we need. Kamala is a Pakistani American teenage girl. Moreover, she is Muslim. Kamala Khan is the hero our country so desperately needs to see. A teenage girl, with all the problems of any other teenage girl, finds herself gifted with amazing powers. Choosing to emulate her hero, Captain Marvel, Kamala takes up the mantle of Ms Marvel in order to do good for her hometown, Jersey City.
Her comic series, brilliantly written by G. Willow Wilson, showcases all the heart and soul of a true hero. Kamala struggles with boys, Islamaphobia, juggling homework and hero work, and all the mundane things teenagers face. She is the hero Marvel needs to focus on. The short film below gives a fantastic glimpse into what a Ms Marvel television series could look like. Kamala Khan is symbol of what we all can be and what we all should strive for. She is simply, a Marvelous hero!