Marvel Studios is on a roll!
From recent releases like Moon Knight and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to upcoming projects like She-Hulk and Thor: Love and Thunder, Marvel fans are getting a pretty steady stream of new content. Marvel’s newest Disney+ original series, Ms. Marvel, premiered its first episode on Wednesday, June 8th, and it’s the MCU like we’ve never seen it before!
Ms. Marvel follows the story of Kamala Khan, a superhero superfan who discovers that she too has superpowers. Her ultimate inspiration is Captain Marvel, but as we see in the first episode, Kamala struggles with balancing her real life with fantasy.
This show is a significant shift in tone for Marvel, and a lot of that has to do with the subject matter. Kamala Khan is the first teenage girl to have an entire Marvel production centered around her, and the series reflects that. It’s reminiscent of teen coming-of-age movies and Disney Channel sitcoms, and it has a unique, fun, and heartfelt tone. The storytelling was creative and fresh, and we loved the animation and drawings that were used in the first episode.
Kamala’s interest in superheroes also gives the show a fun dynamic with its viewership. The MCU has tons of die-hard fans, and for the first time, our protagonist is one of them. Marvel’s fan base has a huge female demographic as well, with many of them being teenagers themselves. Finally, Marvel is making something specifically for them.
Kamala is also Marvel’s first Pakistani-American and Muslim lead. The first episode explored her family dynamics and culture, with the scenes between her and her parents highlighting Kamala’s struggle to honor her family while simultaneously trying to branch out and become her own person. Her powers also come from a bangle that her grandmother sent to her house, and we’re excited to see how Kamala’s culture interacts with her journey as a superhero throughout the rest of the series.
Iman Villani, who plays Kamala Khan, gives an authentic and spunky performance, carrying the show with her humor and brightness. She’s a refreshing new heroine, and we can’t wait to see her interact with more of the MCU in the upcoming Marvels movie.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is 28 movies and 6 shows deep. They have to switch it up if they want fan interest to stay consistent, and Ms. Marvel changes it up in a way that acknowledges, accepts, and celebrates the teen girl experience. We can’t wait to see what’s next for the series!
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