This review contains full spoilers for episode two of Ms. Marvel, now available to view on Disney+. To remind yourself of where we left off, check out our Ms. Marvel Series Premiere Review.
Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) has a lot on her plate in the second episode of Ms. Marvel.
Her to-do list includes superpowers training, investigating a long-buried family secret, developing a romantic crush,
and helping best friend Nakia (Yasmeen Fletcher) with her mosque board election ambition.
The latest addition to the MCU’s TV slate started strong, and “Crushed” doesn’t disappoint as it fleshes out relationships, adds new mysteries to the mix, and maintains the vibrant aesthetic established in the premiere.
Ms. Marvel taps into familiar coming-of-age and superhero tropes with its training montage, yet it also delivers a fresh take on this genre crossover.
Showrunner Bisha K. Ali fleshes out the Muslim Pakastani American community while exploring Kamala’s gifts, how the public sees the hero they call “Night Light,”
and swirling adolescent emotions. Let’s just say Kamala has more to contend with than the average teen, and this hasn’t even factored in the role the United States Department of Damage Control will play as the series progresses.
Is Kamran (Rish Shah) too good to be true? The new British senior is setting several hearts aflutter, including the besotted Kamala.
By the end of the episode, it becomes clear Kamran’s transfer to this high school is not a coincidence, and his mother is connected to the larger story.