December 7, 2022
Ms Marvel Premiere Episodes Review

Ms. Marvel is an amazing new addition to the MCU. I had an absolute blast, it is so much fun! This is a compelling and empowering coming-of-age story with a superhero twist. Iman Vellani is perfect as Kamala Khan.”

After a trip to the Multiverse with Doctor Strange, Ms. Marvel is finally making her debut into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with her own series! Last week, Disney shared with us the first two episodes to give us an idea of what to expect from this series. So, is this another great new entry to the MCU?

Ms. Marvel starts streaming tomorrow on Disney Plus, with one episode every Wednesday.

STORY

Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan in Marvel Studios’ MS. MARVEL, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Ms. Marvel is about Kamala Khan, a Muslim American high school student in New Jersey who is the biggest fan of Captain Marvel. She is a superhero superfan with a big imagination. Though, she does not exactly fit in at school and even at home. At school, she is not the popular type of kid, she only has her best friend Bruno who is another superhero fan, and her other friend Nakia. At home, she also has her own problems with her family. And, on top of that, she does not know what she wants to do after high school. These are all the right ingredients for a captivating coming-of-age story.

But, there is a superhero twist with it as Kamala receives superpowers. So she has to figure out what she can do with her powers while also juggling her school life and personal life. This is both compelling and empowering.

Moreover, having Kamala being a superhero fan, a geek also allows an exploration of the MCU through a different lens. Indeed, we get to see how the Avengers are perceived and what it is like to be a fan of them in that world. This is quite exciting to see. Plus, there are also a lot of pop culture and in-universe references. It is just so easy to relate to Kamala. That geek kid who is passionate about superheroes and loves to tell stories about them, it was me in high school too (add Star Wars to that). And I still am this geek today. Proof is, I am writing a review about this series. I am having the time of my life.

Each Marvel Studios series is different from one another and has its own style. I think that’s what makes them so enthralling. You know that every time you are going to have a different experience. With Ms. Marvel, we are venturing into the coming of age story. And it is so much fun. I had an absolute blast watching these two episodes. This is an amazing new addition to the MCU. Ms. Marvel brings so much positivity and joy. It is always something we need.

On a side note, make sure to watch the credits because episode one includes a mid-credits scene. 

POWER CHANGE

(L-R): Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan and Matt Lintz as Bruno in Marvel Studios’ MS. MARVEL, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

If you have read the comics, you will see that her powers are quite different in the on-screen adaptation. Indeed, in the comics, her Inhuman powers are activated by the Terrigen bomb. She becomes a polymorph – she can stretch, expand, deform … However, in the MCU there are no Inhumans. Thus, there needed to be some changes to the origins of Kamala’s powers. And honestly, they have done something beautiful and powerful with how she gets her powers. And they also changed her actual powers. Her powers from the comics are there in spirit. But, this new set of powers is pretty cool. I love what we have seen so far and there is a lot of potentials. I think it is something that works with this cinematic universe.

So yes, it is different. But it works and that is what matters. Plus, it is not the first time that the MCU changes elements from the comics. And that is normal, they have to adapt.

REPRESENTATION

(L-R): Mohan Kapur as Yusuf, Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan, Saagar Shaikh as Aamir, and Nimra Bucha as Najma in Marvel Studios’ MS. MARVEL. Photo by Daniel McFadden. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Marvel Studios has proven itself to be the leading studio in America in terms of representation. Indeed, in recent years, they have done a lot of work to improve what we see on screen. In 2019, Captain Marvel was the first female superhero movie in the MCU. Moreover, last year we got Eternals which featured a diverse ensemble cast including the first gay superhero in this cinematic universe. And let us not forget, we also got Shang-Chi, which featured their first Asian superhero.

Diversity means a lot to me. It is so important to be able to see yourself on screen. Because you can more easily identify with the characters. Plus, superhero movies/TV series are for everyone. They inspire people. Thus, to do this, you need to represent everyone. Comics have done it for a long time. So, it is great to see the same thing finally happening on screen.

There is still a lot of work to be done in terms of representation but it is all going in the right direction. Ms. Marvel is another big step forward for Marvel Studios. It is the first series that features a Pakistani-American Muslim superhero. So this is going to mean the world to a lot of people. It is not only about her being a Muslim. The story is about this geek kid who finds herself having superpowers. And this kid also happens to be a Muslim. Everyone can see themselves in Kamala.

The series really delves into her family and her religion. It does a great job of representing Pakistani immigrants and Muslims. It all feels so authentic. And that is because representation is not only happening on screen but also behind the cameras. The people behind the scenes make these stories authentic because they share their experiences in these.

CAST

(L-R) Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan and Matt Lintz as Bruno in Marvel Studios’ MS. MARVEL, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Daniel McFadden. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Castings for the MCU have always been on par. And Ms. Marvel is no exception. Indeed, Iman Vellani is perfect as Kamala Khan. She truly embodies who the character is all about. I could not have thought of a better actress to play her. She delivers an heartfelt performance and it is so inspiring. Through her performance, you can feel her passion for the character and the universe. She is as much Kamala on screen as she is behind the cameras.

Furthermore, the rest of the cast is also great. Iman and Matt Lintz have a real natural on-screen chemistry which works well for the friendship of their characters.

SCORE

Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan in Marvel Studios’ MS. MARVEL. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Laura Karpman delivers a good score with that superhero feel you would expect. Moreover, the first two episodes feature several pop songs including ‘Blinding Lights’ by The Weeknd. This fits the coming-of-age style of the series. And the choice of songs also makes you discover different artists you would not have expected to hear in the MCU. This is definitely a good thing.

VERDICT

Ms. Marvel is an amazing new addition to the MCU. I had an absolute blast, it is so much fun! This is a compelling and empowering coming-of-age story with a superhero twist. Iman Vellani is perfect as Kamala Khan, she truly embodies who the character is all about.

 

Ms. Marvel starts streaming tomorrow on Disney Plus.

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