Sana Amanat, co-creator of Ms. Marvel, spoke about bringing the character Kamala Khan from the comics to screen.
Ms. Marvel is an upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe series that explores the character Kamala Khan, a Pakistani American teen who became Ms. Marvel, Slash Film reports. Kamala is to be played by Iman Vellani
Amanat, also the producer of the series, said to Entertainment Weekly that she is happy to introduce Kamala’s story to a larger audience.
“The great part of it for me is the collaboration,” Amanat said to Entertainment Weekly. “I love that so many people now are in Kamala’s life. What’s really wonderful is that she’s truly going into the next stage of growth because of all these amazing people who are bringing their own perspectives.”
Amanat talked about why Kalama’s powers look different from the comics, a topic that caused some controversy from the fans after the teaser was released.
In the comics, Kamala’s power is activated by the Terrigen Mist and allows her to body-morph, according to Epic Stream. However, the trailer for the series shows the powers and origins are from ancient bands, possibly nega-bands.
Amanat said she was aware of the controversy, but said that it was the “right move.”
“Obviously, so much of the show is an adaptation, and we thought it was important to make sure that her powers are linking to larger stories in the Marvel universe,” she said to Entertainment Weekly. “We wanted to make sure there is a little bit more story to tell after this series.”
Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, also spoke about this change that caused some stir between fans.
“We adapt the comics; it’s not an exact translation. Kamala came about in a very specific time within the comic-book continuity,” Feige said according to Epic Stream. “She is now coming into a very specific time within the MCU continuity. And those two things didn’t match.”
In the interview with Entertainment Weekly, Amanat also spoke about how representation through the character of Kamala excited her the most about bringing this series to live action.
“I know how incredibly important it is for people to have this out there, especially for young Muslims and young Pakistanis and Indians and people of color and young women,” she said. “It just affects so many different communities, and that’s what was really exciting for me, just knowing how important this show is and hoping that we get it right.”
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