The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been becoming more and more diverse over the years. They've introduced characters like Black Panther last year in Captain America: Civil War, and are introducing Captain Marvel next year in Avengers: Infinity War, who will be the first female superhero in the MCU to receive her own solo movie. Producer Kevin Feige has even admitted he is planning to make an LGBT superhero hit the big screen in "the not-so distant future."
Despite these moves in diversity, the Marvel movies are still rather far behind the comics, who have done a fantastic job of diversifying their characters. They've made Sam Wilson, an African American veteran, into Captain America, and introduced Riri Williams, a new, female, African-American "Iron Man," among other characters. These, along with plenty of other LGTBQ and minority superheroes, mean that Marvel Comics is still a way in front of the MCU in terms of diversity.
With the contracts of their biggest stars soon coming to an end, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will have to introduce new characters, and it's a safe bet that many of these characters will add some much-needed diversity to the current ensemble. Fox's X-Men Universe will likely be facing a similar situation — we know that Hugh Jackman is looking to retire, and he successor will likely be X-23, a female Wolverine clone we'll meet in Logan.
Both the MCU & X-Men Universe have yet to introduce any Muslim characters, despite there being a great selection to choose from in the comics. Introducing popular Muslim characters from the comics would help to solidify the diversity of both franchises while still not "forcing it," considering that they would still be using the source material.
Here are 4 Muslim superheroes we need to see in a Marvel movie.
1. Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel
Kamala Khan is quite possibly the most famous superhero on this list, as she is a current member of the Avengers. She is a Pakistani-American with Inhuman heritage, giving her numerous Inhuman abilities. The most prominent and well-known of her abilities is her being able to stretch or deform her body, much like Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four.
In addition, she has a fast healing factor, the ability to mimic other people or objects (much like Mystique), and she also emits a yellow glow whenever she is morphing her body. Overall, she is an incredibly talented superhero who could add a lot to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
2. Monet St. Croix / Penance / M
Monet St. Croix [previously known as Penance, currently known as M] is a mutant who eventually joined the X-Men. While this means she cannot show up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it does not mean she cannot appear in the X-Men franchise. She is such a unique character, it would be a shame if the films ignored her forever.
Monet was born to royalty in Bosnia, and she eventually began to realize she had mutant abilities. Her brother, Marius, was an even stronger mutant who could travel between dimensions. For several years, Marius held Monet captive as his slave, whom he would feed off of, until she was eventually freed. Her anger and scars left from her years as a slave are what fuel her in her later adventures. She has incredible abilities, including flight, telekinesis, and telepathy, but her tragic backstory, laced with PTSD, is what makes her a truly interesting character. If Jessica Jones can succeed with a similar story arc, then so can M.
3. Sooraya Qadir / Dust
Like M, Dust is another Marvel superhero who is a member of the X-Men, thus cannot appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, she can still appear if FOX makes it so. Sooray Qadir was a slave in Afghanistan, until Wolverine and a few other X-Men found her and rescued her.
Dust's main power is the ability to turn herself into sand, which she can then blast outwards in a massive, deadly explosion When in her sand form, Dust is also resistant to telepathy and magic, making her a key tool for the X-Men. Over the years, Dust has become a rather prominent member of the X-Men team, joining in on some of their biggest adventures like Decimation and World War Hulk.
4. Josiah al hajj Saddiq / Justice
Josiah is the genetically engineered son of Isaiah Bradley, the Captain America that succeeded Steve Rogers after he was declared dead during WWII. Josiah was the 38th attempt at recreating a super soldier, using the sperm of Bradley, and was raised away from his biological "parents."
Before he became the superhero Justice, Josiah served in the Vietnam War, but became a mercenary after discovering his Super Soldier heritage. Eventually, Josiah discovered Islam and became a Minister. Now a devoted Muslim, Josiah became Justice, taking to the streets as his new religion would not let him turn a blind eye to crime. Unlike most superheroes, Justice's religion is what motivated him to be a hero, making him a unique character I would love to see appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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While many worry about diversity being "forced," adding in these characters could be very fitting. All of them were well-defined in the Mainstream Marvel comics, and all of them have incredible stories. Characters like Kamala Khan and Dust are not only great characters that could add a lot to the Marvel films, but ignoring them because of their religion would be a shame as they are such prominent characters. I would not want to miss the opportunity to see the stories of any of these superheroes on screen.
Do you want to see a Muslim superhero in a Marvel movie?
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