Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Ms. Marvel: Episode 1


1. Generation Why
Pakistani-American teenager Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) is an Avengers superfan, particularly Carol Danvers'. She spends most of her time uploading videos about superheroes on YouTube, but what excites her the most is the first ever AvengersCon, which she must attend at all costs. Her best friend Bruno (Matt Lintz), a science whiz applying to go to Caltech, is supportive and even tweaks her Captain Marvel cosplay costume with some technical enhancements. On the other hand, her parents Muneeba (Zenobia Shroff) and Yusuf (Mohan Kapur) are worried that their daughter is not focusing so much on her future. Kamala sneaks out of the house to attend the convention anyway, despite their disapproval. Putting on an antique bracelet from her grandmother to enhance her costume, she suddenly gets dizzy and starts seeing purple haze, immediately exhibiting powers by shooting energy constructs from her hands. Her little party trick gets the attention of the Department of Damage Control through a viral video online.


Not my cup of tea. Or perhaps this is my way of saying that I am already at that age where teenybopper storylines are no longer appealing because the experience is so two decades ago? If you liked the overall feel of Spiderman: Homecoming, then you will have no problems with Ms. Marvel. High school angst. Bullies. College applications. That pervasive thought that every single issue is a matter of life or death. You know the drill. I also don’t like her power set here. Or maybe it has something to do with how she acquires it. If it’s just that bangle giving you that power, what happens if you lose it, or someone takes it from you? But let’s wait a few more episodes. Who knows, maybe we are not seeing the whole story here. There is no hint of a villain yet, so I have no idea who the big bad will be. How Kamala will figure in the Captain Marvel sequel is yet to be seen. Let’s see if they will connect the final episode with a teaser of sorts for what’s to come. In any case, representation! Khan’s family dynamics share a lot of similarities with those of other Asian cultures. To that, I can defo relate.


“Let's be honest. It's not really the brown girls from Jersey that save the world.” –Kamala Khan

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