You might think that TV shows and superhero movies have nothing else to offer viewers, but you are wrong.
Kamala Khan is adorable. She is also intimidating, but, above all, charming.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there is little that can be called delightful. Baby Groot, sure, but he only stayed one movie. Peter Parker’s crush on Liz and then MJ, but it’s steeped in the awkwardness of a teenage romance.
However, Kamala (Iman Vellani) is charming. She is the purest bundle of enthusiasm, optimism and charm, but not whimsical, exactly the combination you need if you are tired of superheroes.
Fatigue is a real thing in this genre given the multitude of superhero and anti-superhero titles on screens big and small, but Ms. Marvel it’s an injection of freshness partly because Kamala is a fan of hers.
When the series starts, Kamala, like any other superhero, is a superfan. She has memorabilia hanging on her walls, looks forward to fan conventions, and looks forward to her cosplay costume.
She and her friends talk about heroic deeds and are obsessed with the lives of the MCU’s main characters, including Captain Marvel, after whom she later created her nickname.
Kamala looks like one of the legion of real-life MCU fans who have devoured every single one of the franchise’s films (28+) and TV and streaming series (countless).
Her zeal for the universe is a poignant reminder that for all her flaws and omnipresence – or what she says about Hollywood machinery – there is still something special about this narrative universe that has shaped the dominant popular culture.
It’s the attitude of the character and the “what if?” fantastic scenario of transformation from a fan into one of the superheroes, which gives Ms. Marvel added highlight. Imagine if this happened to you – would you feel burdened with responsibility, or would you just have fun while you can?
Kamala, originally from Jersey City, is a suburban teenager of Pakistani descent. Her life revolves around school, friends and family.
For the mega-franchise, Ms. Marvel has taken a remarkably grounded approach to contextualizing the character in her Muslim community.
There are scenes with Kamala at her mosque, during which she and her friend Nakia (Yasmine Fletcher) lament the pitiful amenities available to women fans compared to men, or how she interacts with all the different “aunts” and ” uncles offering unwanted services. life advice.
The expectations of her immigrant parents are familiar to teenagers of all faiths and professions.
It’s an innovative, quiet, almost stealthy way, especially since the show also mentions the trauma and displacement associated with the partition of India in 1947.
It’s not something you’d expect to see in a Marvel series, its violent legacy stems from a 2022 teenager with superpowers.
None of this is labeled as a meaningful capital S, rather it allows it to be reproduced as a texture in an authentic, lived life. It’s just like that.
You start to understand – quickly – what kind of character Kamal is, where she comes from and what she’ll be capable of, and it’s an exciting development in a crowded MCU.
This is Canadian teen and self-proclaimed MCU fan Vellani’s first role, and it was a wonderful opening. She’s full of charisma and has a natural flair that balances comedy, pathos, and punchiness, making her an absolute delight to watch—and she’s backed up by poignant writing and a dynamic tone that’s closer to Spiderman than it Eternalbut also completely its own thing.
If Vellani is the future of the MCU and she’s already filmed her scenes for Miracles along with Brie Larson and Teyonah Parris, the superhero franchise still has a lot to offer to its many fans. Kamala would agree.
Ms. Marvel is currently streaming on Disney+ with new episodes available on Wednesdays.