Finally, the moment everyone was waiting for … a new Disney Plus series Mrs. Marvel brings an animated intro with the kind assistance of Marvel super fan Kamala Khan, establishing her love for superheroes and Captain Marvel in particular. This is new The Marvel cinematic universe the hero happens a lot in her life, but things are about to get complicated for this teenage dreamer when she suddenly develops space superpowers …

IN the first of six episodes of the show is available on Disney ‘s streaming service now, with more to follow every Wednesday through July 13th. Let’s dive into an in-depth summary of Episode 1, including the arches of the characters, Marvel’s Easter eggs and the scene after the credits (and lots of SPOILERS!)

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Marvel Stan

The first thing we learn about Kamala (played by Iman Velani) is that she is a big fan of MCU superheroes. Under the name Sloth Baby, this teenager from New Jersey even created a 10-part animated series about Captain Marvel, which teaches us that someone can come out of nowhere and do something amazing (by hitting Thanos in the face).

The premiere episode focuses on Kamala’s efforts to go to an AvengerCon fan event. As something of a fictional version of the MCU loom, Kamala gives Marvel a chance to turn the lens back to fans. The show celebrates the passion and creativity of fans like Kamala, but there are some hints of the dark side of the fandom.

Among Kamala’s proposals on Youtube are a video titled “Bitten by a radioactive feminist?” – a fine reference to the many misogyny and racist sentences that appear on YouTube. And while the show clearly identifies Zoe as a possible antagonist, Kamala and Bruno are guilty of keeping a door against their glamorous classmate when they spot her on AvengerCon. Who can say that Zoe’s fandom is less authentic just because it has a lot more followers?

Still, at least Kamala saves Zoe’s life, even if it’s her fault that Zoe was hit by Thor’s hammer in the first place.

Cosmic forces

In the show, Ms. Marvel’s powers allow her to fire a strange crystal light from her hands, strong enough to decapitate the Ant Man before shattering. When its power first manifests, it turns into an upside-down realm of shadowy shapes with purple glowing eyes.

This is different from her strengths in comics, where she has the strength to stretch and distort her body. The show nods to her ability to bend and expand with the giant glowing hand that reaches out and catches Zoe as she falls.

Iman Velani plays Kamala Khan.

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The source of its power is also different. In the comics, Kamala gained her superpowers from the Terrigen Mists exhibition, which awakened her dormant inhuman powers. The non-humans appeared on the screen – theirs silent leader Black boltplayed by Anson Mount, appeared Dr. Strange in the multiverse of madness – but Inhumans TV show was a rare MCU error. So the new Disney Plus show is perfecting both Kamala’s strengths and their source to fit the MCU’s aesthetics and storylines.

The great thing about Kamala’s adjusted forces is that they come from a family heirloom. Mysterious objects often appear in stories about the origin of the superhero, but the key thing is that Kamala did not just come across this powerful object: it is explicitly related to its origin and heritage.

Bara Hulk and Choti Hulk

One of the many ways Ms. Marvel feels fresh is presenting a young Muslim girl on screen. The series presents a rounded, nuanced image of a Pakistani American family. Kamala, while at odds over her role in her family and culture, is not a one-dimensional hero struggling with oppression, and her powerful mother is more than a stereotype.

The show depicts the micro-aggressions that black people face every day, such as teachers who carelessly pronounce Kamala’s name, as well as social pressure on young people like aunts who disapprove of gossip about women who choose not to marry or even communicate. with people outside their culture.

“We are the first show to show religion, the balance between school and life,” said Pakistani Canadian star Velani. The guardian. “I was in a very diverse school and it is so important to show a child to immigrant parents who are proud of their culture, do not neglect it and do not feel the need to separate from religion, family or their culture to become their own. own person. “

For CNR’s Abrar Al-Heeti, Ms. Marvel is part of a long-overdue movement, far from decades of portraying Muslim heroes as terrorists and bad boys.

“In recent years, more and more shows have included authentic performances,” she wrote in a study of Ms. Marvel’s cultural significance, such as Hulu’s Ramy and NBC’s Transplant. But Ms. Marvel takes this to the next level by introducing the world to a young, ambitious superhero whose strongest characteristic will undoubtedly be her ability to break stereotypes and show how teenage struggles can be connected, regardless of our background. “

After all, the eternal power of the superhero myth isn’t just about smashing the city between dudes in tights: secret identities, great powers, and great responsibilities inspires young people of all generations.

Come on Bengals!

Kamala, Bruno and Nakia visit the Coles Academic High School, established in 1979. The school board lists several writers and artists who have played an important role in the creation of the Marvel comics since her debut in 2013. They include the people who created Mr. Marvel. Marvel: writer G. Willow Wilson, editor Stephen Walker, artists Adrian Alfona and Jamie McKelvey, as well as artists Ian Herring, Nico Leon, Takeshi Miyazawa and writer Joe Caramagna.

Strangely, there is no mention of Sana Amanat, the Pakistani American editor of Marvel, who is also the creator of Ms. Marvel. However, she is the executive producer of the show.

Wilson is also mentioned in school Mulan– I quote Orienteering Adviser Mr Wilson, whose initials appear to be GWW.

Scene after credits

At the end of the episode, we see some US Treasury Department agents, Cleary and Diver. You may recognize Cleary as one of the agents questioning Peter Parker Spider-Man: No way homeplayed by Arian Moaed from Heritage and Anna’s Invention. Dever is played by Alicia Rainer from Orange is the new black.

It’s annoying that this isn’t really a bonus or a joke, but a literal presentation of some of the main characters. Anyone who turns off the show when the title comes out will have no idea who these important people are when they appear in the next episode. That’s not what the scenes after credits are for!

When is the next episode?

New installments are broadcast every Wednesday. Episode 2 airs on June 15. Here’s the full release schedule for the rest of the series.

Random thoughts

  • Kamala’s notes include a list of Captain Marvel’s observations (Tokyo, sandy beaches, a dark alley and an arena?)
  • Scott Lang, also known as The ant man, has a podcast called Big Me Little Me. He is also on a romantic holiday in Paris waspobviously.
  • The ingenious inventor Bruno built his own Alexa-style home automation system called Zuzu. Ideal for updating the old trick of Ferris Buhler, which keeps parents away from the bedrooms.
  • Let’s take some time to evaluate this great shot in the wizard’s office, where one shot turns into two cameras moving in different directions.
  • IN guardians of the galaxy they’re obviously as well known as any home superhero, which seems a little strange. How does everyone on Earth know about this ragged gang of space travelers? It is possible that they became famous after helping to defeat Thanos The Avengers: End of the game.
  • In fact, you need to check your mirrors more than every 15 seconds. And definitely stop the stop signs, guys, come on.

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