Colbert Gets Alarmist About The New Ms. Marvel [Video]
Stephen Colbert is a noted Marvel fan. He met Spider-Man that one time, he’s schmoozed with Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada and he’s even got Captain America’s shield on the set of The Colbert Report. But now he’s breaking ranks with the House of Ideas over the new Ms. Marvel, who will be a teenage Muslim named Kamala Khan in a new ongoing series by writer G. Willow Wilson (Cairo) and artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways).
See the video of the faux-ultra conservative pundit’s remarks after the jump.
While it’s totally plausible (and likely) that someone would call Marvel introducing a Muslim character “Sharia creep,” Colbert’s arguments about Muslims not being suitable for superherodom because they’re on the no-fly list and concerns that “anything could be Muslim” because Ms. Marvel will be a shapeshifter do a pretty good job of skewering the idea that anyone could actually be offended by the character.
It will be interesting to see if she ever actually gets into a tussle with Captain America, though. Superheroes have a bad habit of that, but they also tend to shake hands or team up immediately afterward.