So how does Kamala shape up? In the game, she is the ‘lead’ with other Avengers taking supporting roles. Gaming fans who’ve given it a spin say that there are many references to her religious background and even a scene where her father, ‘Abu’ asks her if she’d like to go to the mosque with the rest of the family.
The game begins when Kamala is a teenager and doesn’t yet know that she has powers. She and her father are on their way to San Francisco for an Avengers ‘fan fiction’ competition and it’s here that she meets her future Avengers family for the first time including Thor and Captain America. The day doesn’t end well though as an attack at the event sees her witnessing the superheroes in action in real life for the first time. The game then fasts forward five years where her character is put through her paces as a superhero in her own right, working with the Avengers team on her first big mission, and it concludes with her father giving her permission to join them as an official Avenger.
A feminist character who is led by her faith, Kamala Khan is a new role model for young Muslim girls around the world, and could well see a whole new generation take up gaming. She also provides a positive representation of American Muslim women, and for that, we salute Marvel.
Now then, when does her movie come out? The game is great, but we want to see her on the big screen pronto!
Marvel’s Avengers is available now for Stadia, PC, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.