Kamala Khan, a young Muslim American with superpowers, was co-created by Sana Amanat, Director of Content and Character Development at Marvel to global acclaim. "We talk about Islam a lot, in politics and religion, but we don't talk about Muslims and their lives," she tells Vision at the 2017 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
"I looked out into the world and I didn't see any images of myself," says Sana Amanat, Director of Content & Character Development at Marvel Comics. Following a difficult childhood as "the only brown person in my classroom" in a politically tumultuous New Jersey, US, Sana Amanat created Ms Marvel, the first female, Muslim superhero.
This story of Kamala Khan, a young Muslim American who develops superpowers, generated an immediate worldwide response, sparking global conversations about diversity and race in the media. With Ms Marvel most recently being selected to join the elite Avengers team, Amanat discusses how her childhood shaped the superhero's story.
The 2017 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature takes place from 3-11 March. For more on the festival visit www.emirateslitfest.com