We’ll have our review of Marvel’s Avengers up over the next few days, but before that we wanted to get some perspective on the representation the campaign brings from someone who really knows the Marvel universe.
When it comes to superheroes, for the majority of people the immediate characters that always come to mind are the classics such as Superman, Iron Man, Captain America and the like. Sadly it’s rare that a superhero who isn’t a straight white male will ever be mentioned. However, the team at Crystal Dynamics decided that they’re going to flip the script when it comes to Marvel’s Avengers. Despite this being an Avengers game, not a single one of them is truly the lead in the campaign. The hero of this story is Kamala Khan, a.k.a Ms Marvel, the first Muslim American-Pakistani hero in the Marvel universe – making this game pretty huge for Muslims around the world, including myself.
Representation is something that people of colour and folks from different faiths have been wanting in video games for as long as I can remember. It’s something that we’ve started to slowly see an increase of in recent years with the likes of Overwatch adding Ana Amari, an Egyptian character who wears a hijab, and even Call of Duty: Modern Warfare attempted to break away from its stereotypical representation of Arabs and Muslims by letting you play an Arab soldier called Farrah in the singleplayer campaign.