Ms. Marvel – Episode Two: Crushed Review

By Ben Wright (@iamzavagno | www.xgeeks.co.uk)

This review is spoiler-free.

After last week’s impressive debut, Ms. Marvel returns, and if you thought last week was great, trust me, you haven’t seen anything yet!

This week, a large part of the story centres around Kamala’s faith and her identity. We explore a lot of the aspects that make up Islam and Muslim culture as a whole. There is both a respectful, yet progressive approach to the story and characters here, something I think that is reflective of the team behind Ms. Marvel. While Kamala is not defined solely by her faith and culture, it still remains a key part of who she is as a person. I was really pleased to explore this side of her and the other characters, not only because it was highly entertaining and enjoyable, but also because its something we haven’t seen in the MCU and we need to continue to ensure the MCU is open and accessible to all and reflective of all those who enjoy it.

The animation elements of the production were more reserved this week, however, they still had their part to play, so just like last week, I am happy with the amount of usage they are getting out of it – it’s the right amount, it adds to the episode and is never distracting – long may this continue! In terms of her powers and abilities, this is executed really well and I think the changes they have made, from the comics, work well for this series.

Iman Vellani (Kamala/Ms. Marvel) is back to being an absolute show-stealer, and her performance once again just confirms that she was born to play this role! I really enjoyed what they did with the new addition Rish Shah (Kamran) and Matt Lintz (Bruno) and I think this is setting up for a nice sub-plot in the series go forwards – similar to the comics. Another who has really impressed me again this week was Zenobia Shroff (Muneeba), I am truly compelled by both her performance and her character’s story – I’m very excited to see how they handle her this as the cracks are starting to show and they should play a vital role in Kamala’s journey.

Finally, and this may be a mini spoiler of sorts, but I am so glad that we have another instance, Turning Red, of periods being normalised in a Disney setting! No song and dance about it, just completely normal and natural. Kudos!

Ms. Marvel is as enjoyable and as charming as ever and if the show continues on this upwards trajectory, it looks set to become one of the best MCU Disney+ shows we’ve seen so far!

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