Ms. Marvel is the first Muslim heroine in the Cinematic Universe. Her TV show now streams on Disney Plus and is a gateway to The Marvels!
Ms. Marvel was one of the TV shows I was looking forward to on Disney Plus. The character hasn’t existed as long as many of the others in the Marvel Universe.
Characters like Daredevil, The Punisher, Wanda the Scarlett Witch have an established and rich history and you can write a lot of stories using their comicbooks. But with Ms. Marvel / Kamala Khan, she has only existed for nine years.
Ms. Marvel’s TV show on Disney Plus
Ms Marvel is a television series developed by Marvel and is streaming on Disney Plus. The show consists of six episodes and is part of Marvel’s Phase 4. The tv show serves as a set up for the upcoming movie The Marvels, which is scheduled to be released in 2023.
The TV show follows Kamala Khan, a high school student, who is a big fan of The Avengers and Captain Marvel. After she sneaks out to AvengersCon, where she cosplays as Captain Marvel, the wristband she wears to complete her get-up starts lighting up and Kamala is able to make Hard Light Constructs.
The wristband activating draws the attention of Damage Control, which should really have its’ own TV show and Clandestine. A clandestine Clan that claims ownership of the wristband.
Along with her high school friends and newfound friends from the Red Dagger, Kamala fights Clandestine while being chased by Damage Control. And while she does that, she also learns how to control her powers more and more as she receives training by her best friend Bruno.
The show premiered on June 8 and consists of 6 episodes. The finale aired on July 13, 2022.
The first Muslim heroine
Ms Marvel made her first appearance in 2013 in Captain Marvel issue #14. She was created by editors Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker, writer G. Willow Wilson, and artists Adrian Alphona and Jamie McKelvie. Shortly after her debut, Ms Marvel was given her own comicbook in 2014.
Marvel wanted a muslim heroine and they ordered their creative team to create one. The creative team had carte blanche to create Kamala. Amanat said the following about the creation of Ms Marvel:
“I was telling him Stephen Wacker some crazy anecdote about my childhood, growing up as a Muslim American. He found it hilarious”. The pair then told Wilson about the concept and Wilson became eager to jump aboard the project. Amanat said that the series came from a “desire to explore the Muslim-American diaspora from an authentic perspective”
Since they had carte blanche in creating the character, they first wanted Kamala to be from Michigan. But since most Marvel Heroes have their origins in New York, they opted for New Jersey, which most people consider an extension of New York and call it the sixth burrough.
“A huge aspect of Ms. Marvel is being a ‘second string hero’ in the ‘second string city’ and having to struggle out of the pathos and emotion that can give a person”, explains G. Wilson.
The idea for Kamala Khan is not to get new muslim converts. Instead the comic focusses on having to deal with religious duties and what it means to be a muslim in the modern world. “This is not evangelism. It was really important for me to portray Kamala as someone who is struggling with her faith”, Wilson said.
“Her brother is extremely conservative, her mom is paranoid that she’s going to touch a boy and get pregnant, and her father wants her to concentrate on her studies and become a doctor”, said Amanat.
All the struggles that she undergoes only means that she is human.
Being a huge fan of Captain Marvel, Kamala calls herself Ms Marvel as a tribute to her hero.
Ms. Marvel Muslim controversy
Although a lot of fans, one of them being me, can only applaud Marvel’s next step in diversity and inclusion. The decision to let a Muslim heroine into the world of comics was not well received by everyone.
On a lot of comicbook forums, many people criticized Ms. Marvel for being too much on the nose when they saw her and her family pray in a Mosque for instance or when Islamic norms and values were brought into play. To them, I can only say the following. Read this:
The Founding Father of the Marvel Universe’s words still ring true today and it should not be forgotten that Marvel has always taken on controversial topics. Ranging from the first black superhero, The Black Panther.
The saga of Harry Osborne’s drug addiction, which banned the company from The Comic Code. Inclusion and diversity are the backbone of the Marvel Universe and Ms Marvel forms no exception.
As far as having a religion being presented on the nose goes, we have had numerous comics where we saw churches in the comics and our comicbook heroes pray at altars or ask for advice from a Pastor.
Daredevil’s life revolves around Christianity. Cloak and Dagger often ask for advice from Father Delgado. It never bothered me because it was a part of the character’s identity. Not necessarily mine. I think a lot of viewers and comicbook readers don’t see it that way.
The first mutant of the MCU
A significant difference with the TV show is the origin of Kamala’s powers. In the comics, her powers come from Terrigen Mists. After a night where she is grounded she sneaks out any way to a school party she inhales the Terrigen Mists and gains powers.
Terrigen Mists are from the Inhumans and it was featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Agents of Shield and the TV show The Inhumans. Before it was decided that she would gain her powers from the Mists, the creators first opted for Kamala to be a mutant.
However, in the TV show, Kamala gains her powers from a magical wristband but at the end of the show, it was revealed that Kamala had a rare mutation in her blood.
The first mutant in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been revealed. So the concept of Ms. Marvel being a mutant has now been transferred to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Which is a brilliant move.
Kevin Feige mentioned that mutants would slowly be integrated into the Universe introducing them one by one. I am not sure if we should count the appearance of Professor Xavier in the alternate universe in Doctor Strange Multiverse of Madness.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter Ms Marvel head writer Bisha K. Ali noted the following about Kamala being a mutant:
“What was really important for us and this character’s journey was that this is inherited, and it’s about this matrilineal line both character-wise and power-wise,” Ali said. “And the thing was, but why doesn’t her mother have it? If her mother put on the bangle, would she also be unlocked? If her grandmother put on the bangle, would she also be unlocked? And this solution of, ‘You have a mutation and that’s why you’re the one even within your own family,’ answered that piece.”
Ali continued, “At the beginning, certainly there were whisperings in the writers’ room of like, ‘Man, what if we got to do that? Because it would solve our problem.’ But it seemed so beyond the realm of our reality, even as a bunch of nerds sitting in Marvel’s headquarters,” she said. “[But] I was like, ‘Guys, we’re already a bunch of Pakistanis in one room on the Disney lot — nothing’s impossible.’ And then far down the line, Sana [Amanat] brought it up again, and Sana took it to Kevin [Feige], and Kevin was like, ‘Yeah, OK. That sounds good.‘”
I can only applaud the decision to make Ms. Marvel a mutant. Marvel fans, like myself, have been dying to see the first mutants appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
And when I read about Kevin Feige’s plan to introduce them one by one, I was very happy. The fact that they picked Ms. Marvel is bold and I hope it can expand. Marvel has bought Fox and their rights to the X-men so their database of mutants is vast and you don’t necessarily have to start with the classic team created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee or the teams and mutants introduced by the great Chris Claremont. This means we could see the Power Pack next to Kamala or some of The New Mutants. It just opens up a whole wide range of possibilities that my mind at the moment can’t even fathom.
The last scene of Ms. Marvel has Kamala thrown into a closet and Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel come out and then we see the text: Ms Marvel will return in the Marvels 2023.
The Marvels is a new movie that features all of the characters whose names once had Marvel in them. Monica Rambeau (Wandavision and Agent of S.W.O.R.D.) was once Captain Marvel and changed her name to Photon. Carol Danvers is the current Captain Marvel. And of course, Kamala Khan, who is Ms. Marvel.
The Marvels is the sequel to Captain Marvel (2019) and the Ms. Marvel tv show. And we have Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury to complete the team.
Not much is known about the movie at the moment but we can say that there will be Skrulls who were introduced in the Captain Marvel movie. We will have Hard Light and the Noor Dimension. And Photon whose abilities are still kept under wraps besides the stuff we saw on Wandavision.
The bad news is that the ratings were subpar. So sayeth The Entertainment Strategy Guy (who is quickly becoming a one-stop-shop for streaming data), the first episode of Ms. Marvel earned just 4.2 million households via that week's Nielsen ratings.What did the ending of Ms. Marvel mean? ›
Kamala Khan has finally stepped into her full power. In the season finale of Ms. Marvel, which dropped July 13 on Disney+, the teen superhero is able to draw on her ability to “embiggen” when she needs it most—stretching out her limbs to become a bigger, more powerful version of herself.What is the Review of Ms. Marvel? ›
Marvel: Season 1. November 11, 2022 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review… Vellani is a magnetic force of nature who brings her youthful exuberance to make a splashing debut as Kamala Khan.Are there any Easter eggs in Ms. Marvel? ›
Yes, mutants are now officially part of the MCU. In the biggest of Ms. Marvel's Easter eggs, Bruno checks Kamala's DNA to see if it's possible other members of her family have superpowers, and he discovers something unique about her genes.Why Ms. Marvel rating is low? ›
However, according to the publication, when we dig further into individual statistics, the low score for Ms Marvel is due to user spamming the website with one-star reviews for the show in large numbers.
It may have something to do with the fact that Patty Jenkins was initially supposed to direct The Dark World, much to Portman's excitement. However, the director then parted ways with Marvel Studios due to creative differences, which reportedly left the star feeling “deeply unhappy”.Why did Kamala turn into Carol? ›
In Ms. Marvel #2, Kamala Khan briefly transforms into Carol Danvers after obtaining superpowers for the first time. Kamala gets her wish, just not in the way she thought. Emerging from Terrigenesis, Kamala finds her body has transformed to resemble Carol Danvers in her old black and gold costume.Why did Kamala name herself Ms. Marvel? ›
She's strong, beautiful and doesn't have any of the baggage of being Pakistani and 'different'". "Khan is a big comic book fan and after she discovers her superhuman power – being a polymorph and able to lengthen her arms and legs and change her shape – she takes on the name of Ms. Marvel", Amanat said.Why does Kamala call herself Ms. Marvel? ›
In the comics, the Ms. Marvel name and iconography was something that already existed, because Carol Danvers was Ms. Marvel before she became Captain Marvel. So in the comics, Kamala just took over the name of a hero she admired.Why did Ms. Marvel get review bombed? ›
Fans have review-bombed the show for its representation of a Muslim protagonist, and it being 'childish'. Marvel's latest offering Ms Marvel has been creating a buzz for all the good reasons and bad.
Ms. Marvel marks an important first for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For the first time since the MCU began, the newest hero to join the franchise is a fan of the Avengers — just like us! If Kamala Khan lived in the real world, she'd probably have every single Marvel movie on Blu-ray.Why did Ms. Marvel get bombed review? ›
As the franchise welcomes more POC characters, and prioritises representation for religious, ethnic, sexual and other minorities, a section of fans has found reason to complain. Chloe Zhao's Eternals also received negative response from many fans for similar reasons.Is Ms. Marvel and Shang Chi related? ›
The surprising Shang-Chi connection
Effectively, many fan theories about Ms. Marvel's bangles being connected to Shang-Chi's Ten Rings were right all along. The specifics, such as where all these objects came from and what they're actually meant for, are unclear, but the bangles and rings are somehow related.
Marvel Featured a Major Avenger. In the post-credits scene of Ms. Marvel's finale, Brie Larson's Carol Danvers made an appearance, but in an unexpected fashion.What race is Ms. Marvel? ›
Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, is a Muslim Pakistani-American teenager from New Jersey. She possess latent Inhuman lineage activated by the Terrigen Bomb. When she was exposed to the Terrigen Mist she became a polymorph with the ability to stretch her body in almost any way imaginable.Is Miss Marvel a flop? ›
Now, as Ms. Marvel season one came to an end, its rating on Rotten Tomatoes has become record-breaking for the MCU. The Iman Vellani starrer clocked in 98% critics rating, becoming the highest in the entire history of Marvel. However, its audience ratings were a little lower, 80%.What do Pakistanis think of Ms. Marvel? ›
Many say they like Ms. Marvel because it breaks stereotypes about how Pakistani women are portrayed on the screen. "We usually see only one type of woman being shown on TV [in Pakistan] – the battered woman, the damsel in distress," says Islamabad-based pop culture writer, Zoya Rehman.Did Ms. Marvel get good reviews? ›
Critics Consensus: Ms. Marvel is a genuinely fresh addition to the MCU -- both stylistically and substantively -- with Iman Vellani ably powering proceedings with her super-sized charisma.Is Thor being replaced by Natalie Portman? ›
Natalie Portman is not replacing Chris Hemsworth as Thor.Why did Disney take over Marvel? ›
Why did Marvel sell to Disney? In 2009, The New York Times reported that Marvel had trouble financing some of its major movies and meeting a requirement to raise a third of its budget by selling off overseas distribution rights.
Carol Danvers' romantic history is notable in that her first love interest was Captain Marvel himself. From her first appearance, Carol was smitten with Mar-Vell but acted cold to his alter-ego, Doctor Walter Lawson.What is Kamala Khan's weakness? ›
Weaknesses: EMPs weaken her elasticity, excessive use of her healing factor can weaken her powers along with leaving her tired and hungry.Does Kamala need the bangle? ›
Prior to Episode 3, one essential bit of information we learned, courtesy of child genius Bruno (Matt Lintz), is that the bangle wasn't the source of Kamala's powers but rather triggering some innate ability. This makes sense since the series is going to painstaking lengths to establish Kamala's family history.How old is Ms. Marvel supposed to be? ›
Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel: A 16-year-old Pakistani-American high school student from Jersey City. Khan is an aspiring artist, avid gamer, and writes superhero fan fiction about heroes such as Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel.Does Kamala have a love interest? ›
Marvel, Crushed, things got a whole lot more mysterious and at the centre of it all is Kamala's love interest, Kamran. He appears early on in the episode as the two bump into each other when Kamala is doing her whole Spider-Man equivalent, post-powers walk through school, which was pretty funny.Was Ms. Marvel originally black? ›
Monica Rambeau, a Black female superhero, is the first person to ever use the “Captain Marvel” moniker. Monica Rambeau's character was created in 1982 by writer Roger Stern and illustrator John Romita, Jr., who noted that Monica's looks were originally modeled after Pam Grier.Does Kamala have crush on Bruno? ›
In case you didn't pick up on it, Bruno Carrelli absolutely has a crush on Kamala Khan. And something that is obvious to everyone, even without the heart, fire, and 100 emojis, is that Kamala Khan has a huge crush on the new boy in school, Kamran. Marvel Studios' Ms. Marvel has got a love triangle on its hands.Why is Ms. Marvel so powerful? ›
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, is an impulsive United States Air Force pilot exposed to the energy of the Tesseract (which housed the Space Stone) while unknowingly amid an inter-universe war. The explosion gave her powerful superhuman powers and abilities.What disorder does Ms. Marvel have? ›
Marvel represents new demographic in Disney+ series. Maladaptive Daydreaming is a condition where a person regularly experiences intense and highly distracting daydreams. This isn't dissimilar to those with inattentive ADHD who have vibrant imaginations.
Marvel is reportedly the least-watched MCU series on Disney+. Based on the popular comic book character of the same name, Ms.Is Ms. Marvel flop or hit? ›
When the show started, it was hit by a wave of 1-star reviews and dismissed as “cringe.” However, the show recovered and went from being the lowest-rated Marvel Cinematic Universe series to top of the list.Why are people mad about Ms. Marvel? ›
Many fans believed Ms. Marvel's abilities were tweaked to avoid clashing with Mr. Fantastic's stretching powers, a theory that spiked in popularity following Reed Richard's appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.Should I watch Dr Strange or Ms. Marvel first? ›
Marvel's first official canonical TV series definitely deserves a binge watch before "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness." And that's because, one, Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda Maximoff is a prominent player in the new movie -- and, two, because "WandaVision" helps sets the stage for "Multiverse of Madness."Should adults watch Ms. Marvel? ›
Disney+ Ms Marvel Age Rating: What Ages Can Really Watch This One? Ms Marvel on Disney+ is rated TV-14. It was originally given a PG rating, but the current Disney+ website shows TV-14 for the series. So far, it is absolutely the most kid-friendly of the Marvel shows on Disney+.What is the target audience of Ms. Marvel? ›
She just so happens to be Muslim and Pakistani." Since Kamala is only 16, Ms. Marvel as a whole feels targeted for the tween and teenage audience, which is another departure from the rest of the MCU which showcases much more mature content for older audiences.Is Ms. Marvel controversial? ›
In 2013, when Marvel announced that they were reimagining the comic book character of Ms Marvel – originally a blonde superpowered military hero – as a Muslim Pakistani-US teenager called Kamala Khan, it was considered a controversial and risky proposition.Does Ms. Marvel have a weakness? ›
She is susceptible to brainwashing, mental manipulation and possession, so characters like Dr. Strange and Scarlet Witch have an easier time overpowering her. In addition, she suffers from memory loss in the comics, where her powers, thoughts and memories were taken by Rogue.Why did they change Ms. Marvel's powers in the MCU? ›
She can walk on air, create a magical fist (similar to her comic book fist), and create a shield. Talking to The Direct, co-creator of Kamala Khan and Ms. Marvel TV producer Sana Amanat says the change actually came down to how they wanted to tell the story, not any likeness to Mister Fantastic.Is Najma a villain? ›
Najma is one of the two main antagonists (alongside Sadie Deever) of the 2022 Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero Disney+ series Ms. Marvel. She is a Djinn and the leader of the Clan Destines. She is also the mother of Kamran.
A large seal of the Ten Rings' symbol is seen somewhere in India, hiding what appears to be the twin of Kamala's empowering bangle. The ClanDestines – exiles from a dimension known as Noor and the source of the Djinn stories in the MCU – seek the bangle during the British occupation in 1942.How are Dr Strange and Shang-Chi related? ›
Doctor Strange's character Wong, played by Benedict Wong, appears in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, so there is a connection between the two movies. Simu Liu has denied the rumours of his Shang Chi being in Benedict Cumberbatch's upcoming Doctor Strange film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.Why does Kamala call her dad Abu? ›
In Urdu, the lingua franca of Pakistan, the word "Abu" means "father". The idea of Yusuf grounding Kamala until she is 30 years old is blatantly illogical, as he would not be legally able to ground her past the age of 18. It is safe to assume that he was being metaphorical.Why is Captain Marvel not Ms. Marvel? ›
In the comics, Kamala first appears in a storyline with Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel's civilian identity, but is seen as a voiceless character in the background. Before she becomes Captain Marvel, Danvers' initial superhero moniker is Ms. Marvel, and not long after Kamala's first appearance, she becomes the new Ms.How old is Kamala Khan? ›
Khan first appeared in Captain Marvel #14 (August 2013) and is a 16-year-old Pakistani-American from Jersey City, New Jersey, who idolizes Carol Danvers.
The character is the original Captain Marvel in the comic book created by Stan Lee. The key difference: Comic book Mar-Vell is a male while movie Mar-Vell is female. According to directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the gender swap happened “very late” into development.Who is Ms. Marvel a fan of? ›
MARVEL #1) It's a well-known fact that Kamala loves the Avengers, but from the super-group, she absolutely adores Captain America, Captain Marvel, and Iron Man (although Captain Marvel is her top pick).Does Ms. Marvel have a kid? ›
Before Carol Danvers was robbed of her powers and memories by Rogue, she gave birth to her own sexual assaulter, a son of Immortus named Marcus.Is Ms. Marvel flop in India? ›
Ms Marvel being review-bombed on IMDb, rating plummets to 6.6/10 | Entertainment News,The Indian Express.How are Muslims reacting to Ms. Marvel? ›
Many Muslims say they see themselves on screen in a new light in 'Ms. Marvel' The show, released last week, marks a major milestone for the Muslim community, as it features the first Muslim superhero to lead a title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Kamala is half-djinn and half-human. She lives in this world but her ancestors are from another universe. She never derides her South Asian roots, but she feels like an outsider in Karachi.Why does Kamala Khan not wear a hijab? ›
'For us that's what we want to tell. We're telling one kind of story and she happens to be South Asian, a Muslim from Jersey and she does not wear a hijab but she does go to the mosque, she does pray. So I think it's a different way of expressing her culture and religious identity. 'Which movie of MCU is flop? ›
13/14 Captain America: The First Avenger (2011): $370 Million. No matter what the Marvel fans think about Steve Rogers and his often no-nonsense character, the MCU wouldn't be what it is without Captain America. Yet, box-office considered, Captain America's first solo adventure also seems to be the weakest one.Why is Miss Marvel Pakistani? ›
Kamala Khan (played by the vivacious Iman Vellani), a Pakistani Muslim born in America, discovers that a bangle, a family heirloom passed on from her great-grandmother, gives her cosmic powers. For an Indian expat like me, watching Kamala live her life in America was like seeing your experiences parroted on the screen.