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Kamala Khan + Possitive experiences about her culture/religion

This is so important, in my opinion. Because it’d be very easy for Marvel to have a Muslim character rebelling against a traditionalist culture and just putting it as retrograde or closed off… but instead we see Kamala slowly learning the balance between who she wants to be and what she believes in… and we get to see how her believes have shaped her into the hero she now is.

allergiesandadventure said:

Are there any Asian-American Marvel heroines??

YES - quite a few! The only one who has her own ongoing is Ms. Marvel, though Jubilee is currently a member of the core team in Brian Wood’s X-Men, and Nico Minoru and Jennifer Takeda are in Avengers Undercover. There have even been a few Asian-American WOC in Marvel films and television.

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Kamala Khan ("Ms. Marvel") is a Pakistani-American girl living in New Jersey. She is an Inhuman, as we discover when she gains her superpowers after being exposed to the Terrigen mists from Black Bolt’s terrigen bomb. She has shapeshifting powers. 

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Hisako Ichiki (“Armor”) was born in Japan. Currently an X-Man, she makes regular appearances in Wolverine and the X-Men. She can project a psionic suit of armor around herself.

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Nico Minoru (“Sister Grimm”) is Japanese-American. She has magical powers (in the vein of Doctor Strange or Magik) that she channels through her staff. She is a main cast member of Avengers Undercover.

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Melinda May is presumably of Chinese descent like her actress, Ming-na Wen.She is a badass ex-SHIELD agent in the TV show, Agents of SHIELD.

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Skye is played by Chloe Bennett, a biracial Chinese-American woman. Skye herself is something of an enigma - her parents have not been revealed (and may not even be human - check out the Agents of SHIELD finale) - though basically she is a super-hacker and ex-SHIELD agent on the AoS TV show. 

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Blink is not Asian in the comics (Clarice Ferguson is from the Bahamas) - but in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past film, she is portrayed by Fan Bingbing, a Chinese actress. Blink is a mutant with the ability to teleport, and also to form weapons out of the energy that she manifests her portals out of. 

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Yukio is Japanese. She is an adventurer who is proficient in martial arts and several different weapons. She appears as an ally of Logan in the recent film, The Wolverine, played by Rila Fukushima.In the comics she was also an ally of Wolverine and is currently recovering from a wound from Deathstrike that left her in a wheelchair.

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Jubilation Lee(“Jubilee”) is Chinese-American. She was a mutant but was depowered on M-Day. These days she is a vampire and has all the powers of one (such as super strength, turning into mists) but also all the weaknesses. She is a main team member of Brian Wood’s X-Men. She is portrayed by Katrina Florece in a cameo in the X-Men film.

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Karima Shapandar (formerly “Omega Sentinel”) is Indian. She was originally a police officer who was transformed into the Omega sentinel, an advanced type of Sentinel. Recently she was possessed by Arkea, Sublime’s sister. After purging Arkea from her body Karima returned to be a normal human.

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Noriko Ashida (“Surge”) was born in Japan, though she was discovered living homeless in New York City. She is a mutant with the power of electrokinesis. The gauntlet she wears helps her to control the force of her electric blasts. She was an important character in both New Mutants and New X-Men. She does not currently appear in any current ongoings as a main character.

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Sooraya Qadir (“Dust”) is Afghani. She is a mutant with the ability to transform herself into sand. Unlike Sandman, she usually manifests as an airborne sandstorm. She mostly appeared in New X-Men and Young X-Men, and does not appear in any regular ongoings. 

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Monica Chang is the chief of SHIELD’s AI division and a member of Avengers AI. Based on her last name is likely Chinese-American though this hasn’t been confirmed. In the Ultimates universe, Monica Chang goes by the codename “Black Widow” and was an Avenger.

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Colleen Wing is at least 1/4 Japanese on her mother’s side, and was herself raised in Japan by her grandfather for awhile. 

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Melati Kusuma (“Komodo”) is an Indonesian-American who was introduced during the Avengers: Initiative. She transformed in a lizard-like being after Dr. Connors allowed her to experiment with his serum in an attempt to grow her legs back. She retains herself while transformed and can de-transform at will. She has not appeared in Marvel comics for a few years now. 

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And, thanks to damnversXi’an Coy Manh (“Karma”)is a Vietnamese-American mutant. She basically has the power to possess other people’s minds at will and control them, though there are negative consequences for both her and her subject if she does this for too long. She last appeared in Astonishing X-Men as a main cast member though she only appears sporadically nowadays.

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It is also worth noting that there is an entire Marvel team of Japanese youths called Big Hero 6 - a book that is being adapted into a Disney-Marvel animated feature. The women on that team include Leiko Tanaka (“GoGo Tomago”) (who can transform into energy and move at high speeds), and Aiko Miyazaki (“Honey Lemon”), who has a purse with access to a different dimension. They have not appeared in comics for quite some time though I predict that they will at least get a one-shot when the new animated feature arrives.

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Thanks to javi150190

Jennifer Takeda (“Hazmat”) is a Japanese American mutant who can produce radiation using her own body. She now appears in Avengers Undercover.

Thanks to reservoircat:

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Faiza Hussain (“Excalibur”) is a Pakistani-British superhero with the power to manipulate the human body for the purposes of healing. Originally a doctor, Faiza gained her powers when blasted by a Skrull machine during Secret Invasion. Now she is a superhero allied with Captain Britain and the British super team MI-13. She does not appear in any ongoings and most recently appeared as a guest star in Wolverine

Thanks, fyeahlilbit3point0:

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Radiance is the upcoming hero to be introduced in All-New Invaders - and she is a legacy heroine, meaning that she has inherited her mantle from previous heroines. The original (center) is Gwendolyne Sabuki, a Japanese-American girl who gains superpowers in an accident in Invaders #26 in the 70s. She and her father were kidnapped from a Japanese internment camp to work for the Axis. When her father’s machine blew up, she and her father gained superpowers - Gwendolyne gained the power to generate golden force beams from her hands and took the name Golden Woman - she presumably died of old age. She eventually had a daughter, Ameiko Sabuki, who took the name Goldfire and appeared in some Thunderbolts comics in the early 2000s. Now, presumably Ameiko’s daughter is Radiance.

Thanks, 10-days-with-superhumans:

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Mantis is a half-Vietnamese/half-German woman and veritable superhero powerhouse with a variety of powers ranging from telepathy, enhanced strength and speed, to pyrokinesis. Mantis has had a crazy history in the Marvel U that is rough to sum up in a few sentences - basically know that she is a cosmic character who was predestined to become the “Celestial Madonna” meaning that she would be the mother of a Celestial Messiah- a supremely powerful and important being in the Universe. Mantis even traveled, canonically, to the DC universe and Eclipse universe and has a few adventures there. Mantis does not appear in any ongoings and last appeared as a guest in Guardians of the Galaxy. Her most recent ongoing appearance was in Thanos Imperative with GoTG.  

Thanks, ebondandy

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And finally we have Ren Kimura, an Inhuman woman who joined the short-lived Fearless Defenders series. Judging from her last name, Ren Kimura is a Japanese-American woman with the power to create metallic-razor ribbons from the tips of her fingers. Before becoming a superhero, Ren Kimura was a dancer. She has not appeared in any comics since Fearless Defenders was cancelled.

There are probably some other women I forgot. - I left off Psylocke for body-swapping ick factor reasons, and I left out villainesses/love interests to keep it just heroes! 

We know Kamala Khan is popular, but what does a sixth printing really mean?

Kamala Khan has enraptured the world as many times as she’s saved it. Now, the plucky Pakistani-American teen who made history as the new Ms Marvel, comics’ first ever lead Muslim superhero, is getting a rare sixth printing—and heralding a new era of diversity in comics.

Although the world of comics occupies an increasingly large part of the pop cultural domain—last year the industry did about $800 million in sales—the number of people who actually buy comics is relatively small. Most comics only average about 3,000 copies per printing; with Kamala now on her sixth printing, she’s headed towards a whopping 20,000 print copies sold. 

Still, to put things in perspective, sixth printings are major milestones in the world of comics. Spider-Man Issue #583, the one with President Obama on the cover, only made it to a fifth printing despite making international headlines. Kamala now joins an elite lineup of bestselling comics that have performed beyond all expectations.

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So, a little story.

At the company where I’m doing my internship, I’ve taken to drawing superheroes every day on the whiteboard of my cubicle. My co-intern, who sits right across from me, thought it was a fun idea, but never seemed to particularly care about the characters themselves.

Until I drew Kamala Khan, the new Ms. Marvel. Suddenly she started asking me all about who she was, what her powers were, what her story was… I told her I’d bring in some comics about her so she could check it out. This photo is of her reading Ms. Marvel #4 (the only issue I had on me at the time), which she told me was the very first comic book she’d ever held in her hands before. And she really enjoyed it!

She asked me about other heroes, so I told her about Miles Morales/Spider-Man and she sounded really interested in him too. She explicitly told me, “I really like seeing a lot of more diverse, ethnic characters.”

In the weeks since, she’s asked me for more heroes and more comics. I’ve given her all the Ms. Marvel and Ultimate Spider-Man and Blue Beetle comics I could gather, and now she’s always asking me for more details on the characters I draw every morning. Sometimes I turn around and see her googling superheroes at her desk to read more about them.

Let me remind you: this is someone who had zero interest in superheroes, and zero desire to learn more about them—and now she is eagerly reading and seeking out new material. All because of characters like Kamala Khan and Miles Morales.

I’ve got about five weeks left of work here. Let’s see how many more comics I can get her interested in during that time!

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