Ms. Marvel – Episode Three: Destined Review

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

This review is spoiler-free.

I loved last week’s episode of Ms. Marvel, in fact, I am loving this series altogether – and Episode 3 is no different!

After last week’s tantalising stinger, we finally get to learn more about Najma (Nimra Bucha) and her group, and by doing so learn more about Kamala’s powers as a result. I think they do a really good job in explaining things and still leave out some key points that I am sure will be revealed as the series progresses. The story and character progression are really being handled well!

Once again, it is difficult to not fall for Kamala’s (Iman Vellani) charm, but we also get to see her really go through some difficult moments too this week, and Iman has the acting chops to really sell the emotional notes of the episode – and trust me there are plenty of them!

In terms of the action, things are really kicked up a gear this week and Kamala is tested like never before! She more than holds her own however and what they did was used to great effect. We are also treated to a nice little action sequence set to some classic Bon Jovi which just added to charm and fun!

Finally, and while I do want to move away from mentioning it every week at some point, I was once again blown away by the exploration and representation of Muslim culture, both old and new, and it just helps add an extra layer to the series. I promise this will be the last time I bring this subject up – but it’s done so well, that I feel like I have to!

With a slightly more mature tone and theme, Ms. Marvel swaps out the hyper-stylised animation aesthetic with intense drama and powerful emotional moments. The pacing of the show is outstanding as we learn more and more about the true power of Ms. Marvel!

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