Sana Amanat is an editor at Marvel Comics. She is the co-creator of Kamala Khan, AKA Ms. Marvel, a reimagining of Captain Marvel who is the first female Muslim superhero with a solo comic series.
Amanat grew up in a family of Pakistani immigrants in New Jersey. She grew up appreciating comics like the X-Men and Calvin and Hobbes with her three brothers, but didn’t see herself having a career in comics. She studied political science in college and tried her hand at magazine journalism. Eventually, she came back to her childhood passion and became a writer for an indie comic book company.
In 2009, Amanat was hired as a content and character developer by Marvel. She co-created Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel, the first solo comic series to feature a Muslim female superhero. The idea of Ms. Marvel started in a conversation between Amanat and her colleague, Steve Wacker. “I was telling him some crazy anecdote about my childhood, growing up as a Muslim-American. He found it hilarious.”
Many aspects of Kamala Khan’s character are based off Amanat’s own life. She is a Pakistani-American teenager who lives in Jersey City. When she discovers she has the ability to shapeshift and stretch her arms and legs, she takes up the mantle Ms. Marvel, following in the footsteps of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel. The Ms. Marvel series was very successful, debuting in October 2014 as the best-selling graphic novel for that month and winning the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story. Amanat even introduced Ms. Marvel to President Obama at a Women’s History Month reception in the White House in 2016.