I didn’t really like either trailer for Ms. Marvel so it’s a nice surprise that this is my second favorite Marvel show after Wandavision. For the most part I think Ms. Marvel stuck the landing unlike Wandavision but that’s a whole other thing. Ms. Marvel has her problems but at least there are no Ralph Boner jokes to be found.
I also give points to a show that teaches me something while entertaining me!
Kamala, Friends & Family
Iman Vellani is excellent as Kamala Khan that cannot be said enough. For me the best part of the show was her, her family and friends and seeing the culture represented through them. I especially love the use of music throughout.
It’s not as prevalent as the music but I love all things food!
The relationships between the family and friends feel natural all through the series. I feel like it got a little corny actually with her, the mother and the grandmother near to the end. I’m not big on corn 🙂
Kamala’s relationship with her mother (Zenobia Shroff) is probably my favorite part. It does not start out easy as her mother thinks she’s too much of a dreamer. Yet by the end Kamala has her mother’s support. Though she still sent her brother to chaperone Kamala’s heroic showdowns.
I know a lot of people who weren’t happy with her power change. Actually I think they did a good job wrapping it into her history and heritage. I it love when lore, myth and history meet! Nice touch that by calling them djinn** they made Kamala something she was afraid of as a child. But the Clandestine are some typical terrible Marvel villains. Some of the worst.
Part of that I think is shoving it into six episodes. Kamala meets them at the beginning of episode three. They exposit some info about being from another world and needing the bracelet and her to get them home. But Bruno, her scientist bestie, says that might destroy our world. Kamala tells them she needs to find a safer way. Reasonable. So by the end of that episode they are like, die Kamala! Die!
They get picked up by the Department of Damage Control. Escape super fast and chase Kamala to Pakistan where they do some stabbing. We learn Bruno might be a terrible scientist because all it takes to open the portal is hitting the bracelet…
One woman tries to go back and is turned into a skeleton like I was watching Raiders of the Lost Arc. Kamala tells Najma (Nimra Bucha) the hardcore leader that it’s overtaking our world and she’s just like okay, I’ll just go kill myself to. At least that’s the conclusion I came to- I thought at first she was still trying to get home like fuck it.
And her power somehow transfers too hot Kamran (Rish Shah) who is still in Jersey and also my least favorite of everyone on the show in terms of both acting and character.
So the Clandestine… not great and a lot to take in.
The Other Baddies
With the Clandestine gone Kamala now has to save Kamran and her friends from the rampaging racist Department of Damage Control Lady (Alysia Reiner.) The parts of her obvious racism taking over and like invading the mosque without a warrant, treating the people like pariahs were well down but then it descends to her and the DODC attacking teenagers on the street with (what looked to me) like lethal force.
Oh her partner/boss (?) I guess told her not to but that didn’t work. And a little context of the larger picture might have helped. I also can’t help but think again attacking kids in the streets with advanced tech, superheroes or not, it seems like some other heroes might take a bad view of that and want to be helpful. But no…
Two Big Reveals
So Kamala is apparently a mutant. The first acknowledged one in the MCU which kind of made me wonder…
What was the point of the Clandestine? Or is Kamala just everything? Descended from magic people from another dimension? And a mutant? Plus as someone who loves the X-Men more than any other comic group it just feels so blasé. Kamala’s whole response is, “just another label.”
I think I was expecting a bit more of a bang with the first acknowledged mutant. I mean we’re only months away from Wakanda Forever! There’s the movie to do it in.
I did love the part where Kamala and Carol switched places. Though it was so quick in the end credits some people believe this is Kamala’s shape shifting power- they confirmed they switch. Let’s hope Carol was just doing something calm like having breakfast. I would have loved to see her families reaction to Carol and the probability that Kamala is somewhere in space.
But hey I am excited for The Marvels so good job show!
Overall Ms. Marvel was great fun. The shows strong cast and utterly charming lead almost make you overlook the same old Marvel problems.
**I should clarify as the show does that while they are referred to as djinn they are not.