(First Published On June 10th 2022) (Edited On August 27th 2022) The Movie Staring Pakistani-Canadian Muslim Actor Iman Vellani Is The First Superhero Movie Featuring A Muslim As The Main Hero
Critics And Fans Rip Into Disney's New MCU Entry Ms Marvel For Race Swapping
Marvel have unveiled a new six part mini series called Ms Marvel, staring Pakistani-Canadian actor Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan: The MCU's first Muslim superhero.
Critics have called the Disney+ mini series quote: “A joy to watch” and “A step in the right direction for breaking the hatred against Muslims and adding a sense of representation to Muslim girls across the world”.
But others have accused Disney and Marvel of “Race Swapping” Ms Marvel to pander to the woke left in Hollywood and American society, as in previous comics she was white.
This isn't the first time Marvel has faced such criticism.
When Iron Man was released in 2008, comic book fans were shocked to find that S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury was played by African American actor Samuel L Jackson.
Nick Fury in the comics before then was white and had his own movie 10 years earlier where he was played by Knight Rider and Bay Watch star David Hasselhoff in 1998's Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D..
But concerns died down when he preformed well above the critic's and fan's expectations during the later MCU movies, and so the controversy died down.
But the race swap of Ms Marvel has reignited that flame started 14 years ago, as social media was flooded with complaints about the staring.
Marvel and Disney have stated that: “We are aware of the concerns raised by fans and critics over the progress made by starring Pakistani-Canadian actor Iman Vellani, we based this iteration of Kamala Khan on the newer Ms Marvel Comics set in a different universe where Ms Marvel was a Muslim”.
The use of multiple universes to explain different versions of comic heroes and villains isn't anything new, all major comic book publishers have been doing such stories since the 1970s.
Which is why we have Spiderwoman, Batwoman, Soviet Superman, Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy, and many more.
Regardless of the criticisms the mini series has faced, Ms Marvel is slated to rake in millions of viewers.