Marvel Studios has sent shockwaves through the comic book community with their recent confirmation of the death of Ms Marvel, the iconic Muslim superheroine. The news broke after leaked scans of an upcoming issue of Amazing Spider-Man revealed the heartbreaking conclusion that Kamala Khan, known to fans as Ms Marvel, will make a bold sacrifice to save the entire Marvel Universe.
The highly anticipated issue, set to hit stores on 31st May 2023, is part of a series masterfully crafted by writer Zeb Wells and artist John Romita Jr. However, this decision has received a wave of criticism from fans. Venting their frustrations on social media platforms, enthusiasts expressed their disappointment and disdain for the tragic turn of events.
Many took to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction, stating underlying factors of sexism and racism in the narrative. They exclaimed, "I'm sorry, but I can't fathom any other explanation for this except sexism and racism. Marvel's decision to sideline Kamala Khan during AAPI month by sacrificing her character has enraged Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel fans alike. Marvel has played an astonishing move, indeed."
Such backlash seems to be anticipated as Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American Muslim, won the hearts of readers ever since her introduction in All New Marvel NOW! Point One #1. Her character was crafted by a creative team consisting of Sana Amanat, Stephen Wacker, G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, and Jamie Mckelvie, from which Ms Marvel quickly became a fan favorite, establishing herself as a distinct brand. Her popularity soared to new heights, prompting Marvel Studios to develop a Marvel Cinematic Universe TV series and announce her upcoming appearance in The Marvels, alongside the likes of Brie Larson's Captain Marvel and Teyonah Parris' Monica Rambeau. Undoubtedly, Ms Marvel's trajectory marked her as one of Marvel's most successful characters to date.
Marvel further disclosed that a special one-shot publication titled Fallen Friend: The Death of Ms. Marvel will be released, paying tribute to the indelible legacy of this shining star. An official statement on the Marvel website expressed, "In line with other notable character deaths such as Captain America, Doctor Strange, and the original Captain Marvel, 'Fallen Friend: The Death of Ms. Marvel' will serve as a pivotal chapter in the Marvel mythos. It bids farewell to Ms. Marvel while shedding light on the profound impact her demise will have on the entire roster of Marvel heroes."
As the news of Ms Marvel's heroic sacrifice reverberates throughout the Marvel fanbase, it is clear that this momentous event will forever shape the Marvel Universe.