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Ms. Marvel: the Best or Worst Disney series?

August 17, 2022

Please note: This article contains spoilers. Read with caution.

Ms. Marvel has been the latest series from marvel studios, released on June 8 on the Disney+ streaming platform. Created by Bisha K. Ali and directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, it is based on the comic “Ms. Marvel” by Gerry Conway and John Buscema, which had a total of 6 chapters and the long-awaited participation of Iman Vellani in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This series received many positive reviews due to its fantastic creative visual style, but it was also noted as the MCU series with the least viewing.

A teaser image for MS. Marvel

Credit: Marvel, Disney+

According to Rotten Tomatoes, Ms. Marvel earned a near-perfect 98% rating. What is your opinion? Do you agree or disagree?

Before we deliver our verdict, let's talk a little about it.

Let's start at the beginning:

This time, Marvel Studios tells the story of Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old Muslim teenager, the daughter of Pakistani parents who immigrated to the United States and who now resides in New Jersey. Kamala, besides being brave and dreamy, has a great fondness for superheroes, especially Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel).

One day without even imagining it, Kamala gets some bracelets belonging to her maternal great-grandmother, and when she tries them on she realizes that they have a magic that manages to awaken certain powers in her. This event leads Kamala to experience the various adventures that a true superhero must face.

Among Kamala's powers we can highlight her elongation ability, change shape, alter the size of her body and be able to grow the size of her fists. (Although we do not see any of them executed in the TV series.)

In the first chapter of the series, a little about Kamala's life is revealed, who is teased at her school for being "weird" due to her geek tastes, she has a YouTube channel where she tells superhero stories, but that he only has 2 subscribers and these are her 2 best friends, Bruno and Nakia. We see how Kamala does everything possible to attend the "Avenger Com" event where she wants to participate as a Captain Marvel cosplayer, but to do so she must defy her parents and their rules. It is a very colorful episode with many references, which make the series have a very youthful and fresh style.

In the second chapter, our protagonist decides to train to better understand and control her new powers; we will also meet new characters that will be annexed, such as Kamran and her mother Najima (of which reference is made that they are not human). At first we cannot see their intentions until the third chapter where it is discovered that they are actually from the djinn race and that Kamala possibly also carries these genes because her great-grandmother Aisha was also part of them. Kamran brings about a rapprochement between his mother and Kamala after he learns of Kamala's powers. At first they tell her about her great-grandmother, they tell her the story of the bracelet and how it can take them back to their home, for which they require the help of Kamala.

Kamala exploring her new powers in the show Ms. Marvel

Credit: Marvel

Until episode number 3 everything was going very well, it was then from episode number 4 where a certain controversy originates from this series because it began to take a course that fans did not expect, and all because the plot changes when it is begins to further narrate the history of Kamala's family and her great-grandmother Aisha. All this twist divided the audience between those who asked for more action, and those who were fascinated to learn about the story. Another point that caused controversy among fans was the issue of time travel, since, in previous films, such as "End Game" it was implied that when traveling in the past and making a change, this does not affect the future, but rather creates an alternate reality. In Ms. Marvel we see how Kamala at the time of traveling to the past, altered the future of her great-grandmother, that generated some confusion in the audience. Although many trusted that the series would have a great closure, the truth was that chapter 6 was very much up to a Marvel series.

In this episode we can notice certain details that again raised the hype in the audience such as:

  1. Kamala begins to have the support of her family, even her mother is the one who gives her her emblematic suit.
  2. She is given the name of Ms. Marvel and to make it more sentimental, this nickname comes from her father.
  3. Bruno mentions that, by studying Kamala's DNA, he was able to verify that it contains the mutant gene, and to add more emotion to the matter, the X-men melody plays in the background !! Hinting that Kamala will be part of Marvel's mutants.
  4. Special cameo of the incredible Captain Marvel. Carol Danvers is transported by the bracelet to Kamala's room, causing an exchange between the two and when she sees herself in the place that is covered with drawings, posters and lots of references to her person, she is very surprised... wow Super Moment !!

Do you think this series will bring The Marvels together? For you, did Ms. Marvel get a fair rating or do you think the show deserved less?

About the author: Jesús Ceballos is a Venezuelan writer and social media manager; he is passionate about poetry and writing youth stories that create bonds that his readers love. His favorites from nerd culture include the Lord of the Rings book and movie saga.

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