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‘Ms. Marvel’ is a superhero with faith, offering hope in a secularized world

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Father Jonathan Mitchican - published on 06/21/22

The new Disney+ show, 'Ms. Marvel,' introduces young people to a hero who struggles with many of the same things that they do, including matters of faith.

Growing up has never been easy. In some ways, it is harder today than it has ever been. The pressures that modern teenagers face are large and daunting, from the shifting ground of morality to the endless scrutiny created by social media. As Ms. Marvel finally makes her way from the pages of Marvel Comics to television and movie screens, young people will finally see a hero who struggles with many of the same things that they do, including to matters of faith.

In some ways that may seem like an exaggeration. After all, aren’t all comic book heroes meant to be iconic to young people? Moreover, isn’t Spider-Man already giving us a take on the modern teen hero? Well, sure, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man has definitely brought that sensibility to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but in the character of Kamala Khan, played by the immensely talented and instantly likable Iman Vellani, we see important things we haven’t seen before. 

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