After scans of an upcoming comic book issue were leaked online, Marvel confirmed the shocking conclusion – the ending of Amazing Spider-Man #26 will see Kamala Khan, more famously known as Ms Marvel, make a heroic sacrifice to save the entire Marvel Universe.
The issue set to hit stores on May 31 is part of a series currently helmed by writer Zeb Wells and artist John Romita Jr., which fans are now criticizing heavily. Many of them have taken to social media to share their vitriol against this decision. One user @milesbenparker2099 commented on Instagram, “I’m about to stop buying this book for the first time in a decade. This run is horrendous.”
Another user @IsannBeyond posted on Twitter, “I’m sorry but I can’t think of any other explanation for this other than sexism and racism. You decided to fridge Kamala Khan outside of her own book during AAPI month and angered Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel fans even further in the process. An astonishing play, Marvel. Truly.”
Ever since she was first introduced in All New Marvel NOW! Point One #1 – created by Sana Amanat, Stephen Wacker, G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, and Jamie Mckelvie – Pakistani-American Muslim Kamala Khan has been a fan favorite, one that has developed into a brand in her own right. With a Marvel Cinematic Universe TV series and an upcoming appearance in The Marvels alongside Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel and Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau, it is apparent that Ms Marvel is fast becoming a highly successful character for Marvel.
Marvel has also revealed that a special one-shot, Fallen Friend: The Death of Ms. Marvel, will be released to honor the legacy of one of its brightest stars. An announcement on the Marvel website stated, “In the grand comics condition of other notable character deaths such as Captain America, Doctor Strange, and the original Captain Marvel, ‘Fallen Friend: The Death of Ms. Marvel’ will be a crucial chapter in the Marvel mythos and serve as both a farewell for Ms. Marvel and a glimpse of her death’s impact on all of Marvel’s heroes.”
This essential issue will see the return of the “character’s co-creator, G. Willow Wilson; the writer of Ms. Marvel’s last solo series, Saladin Ahmed; and Mark Waid, who not only brought Ms. Marvel onto the Avengers but also wrote her central role in the teen team book CHAMPIONS.”
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