Marvel have a host of TV shows in the works but most of these are aimed at a older audience this is balanced with the Disney XD cartons that are able to appeal to the younger watcher (as well as the young at heart). There does however seem an opportunity for a TV show based around Kamala Khan. For those not in the know she is a teenage girl from Brooklyn with a love of all things superheroic and even likes to write fan fiction, she is also Marvel’s first Muslim character to headline their own book. This mix would seemingly make her an appealing character to a teenage market who are beginning to find their own way in the world, her difficulties are exaggerated but ultimately relatable.
Now thanks to Disney’s acquisition of Marvel there is even a perfect channel format for the show to go out on. The Disney channel is well known for its live shows and a teenage superhero should be able to fit in nicely with their programming. Using Kamala this way instead of keeping her for the movies would hopefully give those too young to see the movies something of their own to follow. It would feel like a stronger message if the show is based within the teenager’s life with the adults being the outsiders a reverse of the usual roles within adult focused movies.
From a business standpoint the introduction of a character to an underrepresented teenage market would hopefully widen the appeal of Marvel and open up the opportunity to bring new readers in. At the same time it will also show the diversity of comics and hopefully give the medium a much needed shot in the arm.
By Paul Fiander
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