Anti-Muslim adverts on the sides of buses in San Francisco have been defaced with posters of the Pakistani-American teen superhero.
Superheroes don’t really exist, right? They’re fantastical pulpy creations that can crush steel with their bare hands, change shape, or fly. They’re a projection of what can but never will be possible.
Not so with Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teen from Jersey City who is acutely aware of the difference between right and wrong. The image of the fourth ‘Ms. Marvel’ superhero, who first appeared as a comic-book character in 2013, has become an unexpected counterweight to anti-Muslim bus ads that appeared in San Francisco in late January.