Marvel Comics has created some of the most iconic superheroes in the world. From Spider-Man to Iron Man, their characters have captured the hearts and imaginations of fans all over the globe.
But the question remains – does Marvel have any Indian superheroes? Let’s take a closer look.
History of Indian Superheroes in Marvel Comics
While Marvel Comics has created many diverse characters over the years, it wasn’t until recently that they began to focus on creating more representation for underrepresented groups. In 2010, Marvel introduced their first Indian superhero, Chandra, in the “Heralds” comic book series.
Chandra was a young woman from Mumbai who had the ability to control light and energy. She worked alongside other female heroes such as She-Hulk and Emma Frost to save the world from an alien invasion.
Since then, Marvel has continued to create more diverse characters, including those with Indian heritage. In 2014, they introduced Kamala Khan, also known as Ms. Marvel. Kamala is a Pakistani-American teenager from Jersey City who gains shape-shifting abilities and takes on the mantle of Ms. Marvel after her hero, Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel), becomes Captain America.
Indian Characters in Avengers
While Chandra and Kamala Khan are not yet part of the Avengers team in the films or TV shows produced by Marvel Studios, there are other characters who represent India within the team.
One such character is Dr. Helen Cho, played by Claudia Kim in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Dr. Cho is a geneticist who helps create Vision by using her knowledge of artificial intelligence and tissue growth.
Another character who represents India is Raj Nigam from “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Raj is an Inhuman who gains the ability to manipulate metal and joins S.’s Secret Warriors team.
While Marvel Comics may not have a large number of Indian superheroes, they have made strides in recent years to create more diverse and inclusive characters. From Chandra to Kamala Khan, these characters provide representation for South Asian communities and showcase the rich history and culture of India.
As Marvel continues to expand their universe, it’s exciting to think about what new characters they may introduce in the future. Who knows – maybe we’ll see an Indian superhero join the Avengers in the near future!