“Sana Amanat, Marvel’s Director of Content and Character Development, can be called a game changer or an inspiration in the comic community, where she’s edited boundary-breaking books likeCaptain Marvel, Daredevil, and most notably Ms. Marvel. Speaking by phone from just outside Los Angeles, where she’s appearing at this year’s Maker’s Conference – a three-day symposium with speakers that include powerful industry leaders like Katie Couric, America Ferrera, and Gloria Steinman – Amanat’s right at home with those who’ve made massive impacts on pop culture.
But if you try to call her a superhero in her own right for being any of those things, she’ll humbly deflect the question. “I never really think of it in those terms,” Amanat tells EW. “But it’s really quite wonderful when I’m at a convention, or just talking to a fans who I’ll meet a comic shop, and I see how they’ve reacted not only to Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel, but also how they’ve become a fan in very recent years of comics and superheroes. So much of what I wanted to do was try to help and make this industry a bit more inclusive.”
“We had a big blueprint of what we wanted to do. We knew we wanted to have a Muslim-American character, we knew we wanted it to be her own solo series,” she says. “The idea was, how do we create a character that wasn’t about that?” The answer? Establish a major theme. “Once Willow and I had defined what we wanted the message to be, about identity and the flip of the Peter Parker paradigm in that saying with great power comes great opportunity, and Kamala deciding who she was going to be when she had an opportunity to be anyone, we had a very strong idea of concept,” Amanat explains…”