Name: Sana Amanat, @
As the director of content and character development at Marvel, Sana is tasked with making Marvel’s superheroes bigger, brighter, bolder, and, most important, reflective of the rich audience that idolizes them. As a Pakistani American woman, Amanat has made it her mission to redefine what is possible for women and people of color in an industry dominated by white men.
5 Reasons Sana is Awesome
- Last year, the first issue of Ms. Marvel – a series and character that Amanat co-created with editor Steve Wacker, writer G. Willow Wilson, and artist Adrian Alphona — went into its seventh printing, a rare level of success.
- Earlier this year, Amanat was introduced to National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates — that initial introduction would later develop into a successful deal orchestrated by editor Will Moss, Marvel’s VP of Publishing Tom Brevoort, and Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso to bring Coates to Marvel and write the new Black Panther comic book series.
- Sana is a huge Shonda Rhimes fan – and what Rhimes has done for ABC — create great, diverse work that’s gone on to inspire more diversity in the network’s programming — Amanat is doing for Marvel.
- Amanat’s goal is to determine how Marvel can evolve and make its superheroes more representative and diverse, and then to ensure that it happens. She wants readers to be able to open a comic book, see their tribe, and feel less alone.
- The grand slam of Amanat’s career has been the creation of Ms. Marvel, a.k.a. Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American and Muslim teenage girl whose shape-shifting powers have made her the defender of Jersey City.
Thank you to Vox for the photo and story.