“Ms. Marvel”: the lesson that the series left on the heroine Kamala Khan

“Ms.  Marvel”: the lesson that the series left on the heroine Kamala Khan

Kamala Khan, Marvel’s Muslim heroine, starred in her solo series. The final episode aired on July 13. (DisneyPlus)

Throughout its broadcast, Ms Marvel has been questioned for being a very adolescent, historical and even boring series, for the average taste of the fanatical audience of the Cinematic Universe of Marvel. The truth is that the original production of Disney+ which led to kamala khan for the first time at live action it left some learnings about the bad and the good for future narratives set in this fictional context.

The script by Bisha K Ali He allowed himself many liberties from the beginning and the biggest caveat was that the origin of his powers would not be the same as in the comics. I mean, she wouldn’t be an Inhuman, but we know now that’s based on the plan of Marvel Studios to turn it into something else. Although the path chosen was redundant and with an unnecessary excess of characters, it conveyed a key message: family is everything.

The young actress Iman Vellani debuts with her first role for "Ms. Marvel".  (DisneyPlus)
The young actress Iman Vellani debuts with her first role for “Ms. Marvel”. (DisneyPlus)

Iman Vellani performs brilliantly in the role of the teenager of Pakistani originand it’s no surprise since he showed that he knows more about the universe Marvel than his own Kevin Feig. It is because of her that fiction manages to sustain itself in its six-episode season, however, it is not the only one that creates an ideal environment for this story with a youthful tone. matt lintz (Bruno) and Yasmeen Fletcher (Nakia) also convey that vibrant high school spark that was sorely lacking in other rather bland young characters like MJ and Ned in the Spider-Man movies.

It’s in the third episode of Ms Marvel that the direction begins to change to leave New Jersey and arrive at Pakistan, a narrative decision that can be forced and accelerated. The Clandestine reveal to Kamala that she is a descendant of the Djinna race with superhuman abilities that actually exist within Islam under the description of spirits or jinn in the Koran.

Marvel's original series rewrites the origins of the Pakistani heroine.  (DisneyPlus)
Marvel’s original series rewrites the origins of the Pakistani heroine. (DisneyPlus)

The next two chapters show the streets of Karachi in the native country of his mother, Muneeba (played by Zenobia Shroff), and her grandmother, Sana (Samina Ahmad). Here, many scenes take place that seek to connect Kamala with her past, but not all with the same degree of importance and some of very little contribution.. In fact, the two new characters – the Red Daggers – who were introduced at this stage, are as forgettable as the Clandestines who go after the protagonist.

The moment that saves the reason to take the heroine to Pakistan happens when he practically travels back in time to save the beloved nani in his childhood. She was summoned by Aisha (Mehwish Hayat), her great-great-grandmother, to show the little girl the way back to the train amidst the crowds of people preparing to leave India during Partition. The representation of the separation of families is very hard to see, however, destiny was written for Sana and her descendants.

The sixth and final episode, titled "Not Normal", premiered on July 13.  (DisneyPlus)
The sixth and final episode, titled “Not Normal”, premiered on July 13. (DisneyPlus)

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Ms Marvel nothing between cultural references, superheroes, teenage dramas and, above all, the importance of having a family. In the end, kamala khan she is a superhero, but not because of the influence of Captain Marvelbut from his own family. Learning to forgive and listen helps both Kamala and Muneeba strengthen the mother-daughter bond, leaving us with a wonderful moment when Muneeba hands over her official outfit to save the world. While, it is her father, Yusuf (Mohan Kapoor), who gives him a perfect alias by revealing that his name, in fact, means “Marvel”.

Finally, the series chooses to declare the young heroine as a mutant and not an inhuman like her original DNA in the comics. Thanks to Bruno’s discovery, this is the first time that there is a concrete possibility of talking about mutants within this film and television universe. The continuation of this trip will be in the marvelsand we see Carol Danver (Brie Larson) make a perfect appearance – as he has accustomed us to in past post-credit scenes – when he changes places with his future apprentice.

All episodes of Ms Marvel are available to view in the catalog of Disney+.