Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Ms. Marvel - Generation Why

The first episode of Ms. Marvel introduces us to Iman Vellani as plucky Muslim American teenager and Captain Marvel fangirl Kamala Khan. Set in Jersey City, the episode is very much a traditional teenage story with Kamala sneaking out of the house to attend a fan fest with her best friend (Matt Lintz) after being forbidden to go by her more traditional parents (Zenobia Shroff and Mohan Kapur). We don't get much in the way of super-heroing here, although when Kamala adds a very special bracelet to her costume during a Captain Marvel costume contest things get interesting. We should see more exploration of her new powers as the series continues.

Kamala, who is actually an Inhuman in the comics, gets a bit of a rewrite here with the introduction of what certainly seems to be one of Captain Mar-Vell's Quantum Bands/Nega Bands. It's an interesting way to tie in a different bit of Marvel history (although one quite different than the version of the character we saw in Captain Marvel flashbacks). The first episode of the new series is punctuated by the imagination of Kamala given physical form in creative ways in the first live-action Marvel property choosing to take advantage of styles used in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. We get to know Kamala in this first episode, but we still feel a ways off from getting Ms. Marvel or Kamala understanding just what she will do with this new found power (and her parents' disappointment). 

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