The first episode of Ms Marvel, directed by Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Meera Menon and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
dropped on 8 June on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar and it traces the origin story of a Pakistani-American teenager Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) who is soon to become (you guessed it!) Ms Marvel.
Kamala, created by Sana Amanat, G. Willow Wilson, and Adrian Alphona, is the first Muslim superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and as it stands.
the first episode (and hopefully the six-episode series) remains committed to reflecting her identity on-screen.
Ms Marvel perfectly captures the essence of many South-Asian or immigrant families especially through the well-intentioned but overbearing parents played by Zenobia Shroff and Mohan Kapur.
I completely get where Kamala is coming from but my heart goes out for her father in the 'Big Hulk-Little Hulk' scene.
South-Asian parents are sometimes portrayed as just being extremely controlling and stifling but Ms Marvel also shows the emotional codependency and generational dissonance that arises within families.
The first episode opens with an animated sequence aided by paper cutouts of the Avengers and Thanos, in an explainer of the Battle of Earth.
This sets the stage for Kamala Khan, who often uses her animated imagination to distract from or escape reality.
Ms Marvel retains the visual spectacle of MCU but imbibes it with the simplicity and desi-style that Kamala’s story requires.