Ms. Marvel, review of the third episode: in the beginning it was …

The review of the third episode of Ms. Marvel, which delves into the main difference between the comic and the adaptation for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Ms. Marvel: a scene

With the review of the third episode of Ms. Marvel let’s move on to the actual weekly cadence (given that in the preview we had had the opportunity to see the first two chapters as a whole), getting into the heart of the mystery surrounding the MCU version of Kamala Khan, the youngest of the new recruits of the franchise House of Ideas. After two introductory episodes that gave Kamala the right space as a human character and avatar of a portion of the Marvel fandom before introducing the paranormal element, we are now in the midst of superhero intrigue intertwined with the daily life of a teenager that never imagined. to be so similar to the figures he admires so much. An intriguing context for what marks the halfway point of the show, arriving at the third episode out of six.

Underground affairs

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Ms. Marvel: A scene from the Disney + series

The previous episode of Ms. Marvel ended with the meeting between Kamala and Najma, a woman who appeared in the visions of the protagonist. With her comes the explanation of the origins of Kamala’s powers: the great-grandmother was part of a race of individuals with superpowers, known as Clandestines (or Djinn, as in Islamic mythology), who years ago were exiled from their native world, a parallel dimension. Each of them has powers that are the expression of an inner essence, the same that slows the aging of its owner, and Najma thinks that Kamala may be able to bring them home through the bracelet she inherited. As she thinks what to do, her vigilante activities begin to attract attention: the agents of Damage Control have begun to search for clues in the mosques, causing tensions within the Muslim community and conflicting opinions on the young superhero.

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From comics to Disney +

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Ms. Marvel: A scene from the Disney + series

Upstream, during the production and promotion, the decision to change the nature of Kamala’s powers had generated a sensation, which in the paper universe has capabilities similar to those of Mr. Fantastic and is of inhuman origin. The second element has been modified to avoid combinations with the TV series dedicated to the Inhumans, waiting for that group to be reintroduced into the MCU in another way, while the first has been slightly altered (in the sense that the powers are of a different type, but with applications partially similar to those of comics) and more intrinsically associated with the cultural context in which the character moves, further deepening the Pakistani and Muslim component of the characterization of our young heroine, an element that has proved fundamental in the series since the first episode, including the relationship with the parents to the subplot on the management of the mosque.

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Ms. Marvel: the protagonist Iman Vellani

And here the franchise’s design for Kamala in the MCU’s future begins to emerge more clearly: although the show now functions as an adventure in itself (and most likely it will until the end, leaving the macrocosmic connections for when she teams up. with Carol Danvers in The Marvels), the notion of the Clandestines – name borrowed from a group of villains – and of their having been exiled from another dimension is inevitably linked, albeit indirectly so as not to complicate life for those it does not follow all the declinations of the MCU, to the question of the Multiverse (coincidentally, the episode debuted the same day that the movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness arrived on Disney +). But for now it is, in fact, almost a footnote, to be put in the drawer for later. Currently there is only one universe, this one, where Kamala is a heroine who represents her own culture (as explained in a special conversation on the subject) but also a figure in which many can recognize themselves regardless of origin, as united by a genuine passion for what happens in the Marvel world.

Conclusions

Arrived at the end of the review of Ms. Marvel 1×03, we reiterate how it is a solid episode that carries forward with criteria and joy the elements introduced previously.

Because we like it

  • Iman Vellani continues to grow as an interpreter.
  • The study on Pakistani culture is very fascinating.
  • The action scenes remain very effective.

What’s wrong

  • Hard and pure fans of the comic might be bothered by some poetic license of the authors of the series.

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