It is common knowledge that behind every television show and series there is a show runner and a show creator that, together with the writers, directors, and actors, create the shows that everyone comes to love. However, this analogy can also extend to books and comic books, as behind every wonderful character, and every amazing comic book series, is a group of talented artists and editors who come together to bring stories on to the printed page, and on top of that, there is another person whose vision creates characters and stories that a particular book’s artists end up getting excited about. Within MARVEL, this person is none other than Sana Amanat, who has gone to help create and reboot two iconic characters, and who recently spoke with the staff of Vox for an interesting and in depth interview. Read on to learn more about this story, and to learn more about Sana Amanat.
Fans of MARVEL comic books and of the podcast “Women of MARVEL” will no doubt find the name of Sana Amanat familiar.
Aside from being on the podcast, Amanat, has edited iconic books such as “Captain Marvel,” “Hawkeye” and “Ms. Marvel,” and is currently the director of content and character for the company, which means that she is able to collaborate with the best and brightest at MARVEL, and help create, reinvigorate and reboot characters, which have all been successes.
She has become so successful that Vox, who recently sat down to have an interview with her, called her the “Shonda Rhimes of MARVEL comics.”
This title isn’t surprising at all, given that she was the one who created one of MARVEL’s now most loved and breakout new characters- Kamala Khan, or “Ms. Marvel,” the very first Pakistani-American superheroine.
Aside from this, alongside with writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, and artist Dexter Soy, Amanat helped reboot the character of “Captain Marvel’s” Carol Danvers, who was welcomed whole heartedly by MARVEL fans.
All in all, Amanat has managed to shake things up a little bit at MARVEL by helping them become more diverse and to help put superheroines back in the spotlight.
In the interview, Amanat also talked about the difficulties of being in an industry that was male dominated, and talked about how she was lucky to find a mentor, MacKenzie Cadenhead, who helped push her to become the person that MARVEL needed- a fact that she also told Rookie Mag, in an interview earlier this year.
According to Amanat, comics is now being ushered into an era where superheroines can go toe to toe with their male counterparts, and are warmly welcomed by the comics community, which were seen in how receptive audiences were of Carol Danvers and of the new female Thor. In fact, this has allowed MARVEL to come up with books, that are female driven.
According to Comic Book Resources’ report on the New York Comic Con “Women of Marvel” panel, MARVEL will be churning out around seventeen or eighteen new post-“Secret Wars” books that will be female driven, such as “Squirrel Girl,” “A-Force,” “Gamora,” “Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat,” and more.
Thanks to Amanat, MARVEL has achieved heights that no one thought would be possible, that females, both behind the scenes, and on the printed page would soar the same heights as their male counterparts have done in the past.
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