Ms Marvel starring Iman Vellani released on Disney+Hotstar on June 8. And here’s what the Janta’s had to say about the show!
With Phase 4 of the MCU, we get yet another character from the comics and a rather important one brought to life by the Marvel Studios. Ms Marvel aka Kamala Khan, the first South East Asian superhero of the MCU. The lead role which is helmed by the talented Iman Vellani, portrays the story of a Pakistani-American teenage girl who loves to be in her own imaginary world of superheroes especially her all time favorite and role model, Captain Marvel. But little does she know that her legacy also includes some serious superpower backstory leading to her becoming a superhero in present time by wearing her great grandmother’s bangle. Since then it’s only been a journey of saving people, fighting evil Clandestines, figuring out her history, and embracing her roots. All while of course also being an awkward teenager whose tackling her love life, negotiating deadlines with her mom and making memories with her two bestfriends.
The show has been an ultimate benchmark for representation for so many South East Asians around the world. Never would’ve any of us ever even dreamed of the Marvel credits rolling with Indian and Pakistani songs playing in the background, or watching a superhero wear a dupatta, kurti, and speak our language. The show also dives into the partition era and reflects on how so many are still living with that trauma. We get to see an abundance of familiar faces playing supporting characters in this show. Starting with Kamala’s strict yet supportive parents, Muneeba and Yusuf Khan played by Zenobia Shroff and Mohan Kapoor. Kamala’s elder brother Aamir played by Saagar Shaikh and Samina Ahmed who plays her doting grandmother, Sana. Nimra Bucha as Najma, antagonist of the show and leader of the Clandestines, and her son Kamran played by Rishi Shah who Kamala has a major crush on. Yasmeen Fletcher and Matt Lintz play her two best friends, Nakia and Bruno, who’ve been her rock throughout the show. But the couple who totally stole the show for everyone were Kamala’s great grandparents, Aisha and Hasan played by Mehwish Hayat and Fawad Khan. We also get to see an impactful cameo by Farhan Akhtar who plays Waleed, leader of the Red Daggers and the one who tells Kamala about the true nature of the Clandestines.
Overall, Ms Marvel is a rollercoaster of plot twists, heroic moments that’ll give you goosebumps, and emotional scenes that might bring tears to your eyes. From the mind-blowing season finale which has left us on a major cliffhanger to South East Asian representation, the Janta liked Ms Marvel for all that it had to offer!
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