Miss Marvel “will allow the world to see Muslims differently”

Kamala comes from a Pakistani family who immigrated to the United States and practices the Muslim religion, and arrives at Disney + with the mission of representing the diversity of MCU fans, as explained to us by creator Bisha K Ali and directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall. Fallah. .

The introduction of Kamala Khan into the Marvel universe is not insignificant. In addition to presenting the sidekick of the future Captain Marvel, The Disney + series (which begins this Wednesday) is for the first time based on a Muslim superheroine. With his immigrant parents from Pakistan, balanced between American culture and Muslim culture, Miss Marvel emerges as a new figure that many MCU fans around the world can identify with.

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Like the screenwriter of Miss Marvel herself ! British – also from Pakistan – Bisha K Ali explains that since Kamala had never imagined becoming a superheroine, “I thought I would never be able to write this kind of series one day! It was completely out of reach, reserved for other people. When she gains her powers, Kamala feels like a deceiver. I have a bit of the same syndrome … I’m a second generation immigrant, I’ve always been split between two countries. I’ve always had trouble finding my seat. I’ve always been split between two worlds, two cultures, and I think that’s why I find myself so much in this series. “

The same for Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. The Belgian directors and producers of Miss Marvel tell us they were capable of itidentify very easily with Kamala Khan. Because we are Belgians of Moroccan origin! And as a 16-year-old, we were also looking for our place in this world. Kamala is going through the same kind of identity crisis that we had then. “

This representation of the Muslim community in the MCU then transforms the little kiff Miss Marvel in crucial series. It suddenly becomes the Marvel universe’s pavilion for universality. “Because Marvel is a hyper-dominant franchise in the world “, decrypts Bisha K Ali. “His audience is so large. Suddenly, it must show superheroes from all sorts of external origins. Stories created and told by people who come from these origins! “For the screenwriter, the effort is enormous because it allows us to” simply show these people in a human light. E.g, Miss Marvel allows the world to see Muslims differently. I grew up in a world after 9/11. In 24 hours, everything changed for us. The way people look at me, my family, my loved ones has changed drastically. Of course, I’m not saying that Miss Marvel will solve this. But the series is perhaps part of the solution, by humanizing my Muslim community. At the same time, it is a gift for children like me around the world who will be able to recognize themselves in this character. “

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Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are among them. The duo of filmmakers confirm by entrusting it to us “Many moments in the series repeat our story. Kamala’s father, for example, is very close to mine. He has the same clothes, the same wisdom … And then we were not very popular children in high school, a little clumsy, his head in the movies. continually…”

For them, performing on stage is one revenge Islam is an event with enormous symbolism: “Muslims are already rare on TV or in movies. So there it is a tribute to all the Muslim women in our lives: my sister, my niece, his wife … Above all, in addition to the beautiful symbolic representation, we wanted to create a captivating universal story, about empathy for Kamala , that everyone can recognize themselves in her, even if one is not a Muslim. A bit like everyone manages to project themselves into Peter Parker, this little guy from Queens, we hope that everyone will be able to connect with this girl from New Jersey … “

Miss Marvelin six episodes, can be seen from Wednesday at Disney +.

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