Director: Meera Menon
Writer: Kate Gritmon
Starring: Iman Vellani, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh, Laurel Marsden, Azhar Usman
The second episode of Ms. Marvel shows Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) getting to grips with the powers that she discovered at the end of the first episode, and at the same time keeping them a secret from her classmates and family.
Everything about this show is completely charming and immediately engaging. There’s a visual flair that feels like it’s stepped right out of a comic book, and it simply looks perfect. Also, Kamala’s family is presented in a really realistic and relatable way, with some really strong writing for the characters. Both sides of the show, the family drama and the superhero story, work really well and we’re just beginning to see how interwoven they are.
The first episode left a lot of questions with what Kamala’s powers are and where they came from, but there’s not a whole lot of answers here. Instead, we get to see more of what she’s capable of, but the answers are only just getting uncovered. To do so, Kamala is also going into her own family’s history, which is slowly being revealed.
After finding out that she has powers, Kamala returns to her life at school with a much more confidence. Her entrance to the school halls is repeated from the first episode but this time around Kamala moves around with much more ease, she’s not scared to push past the people leaning on her locker or speak to the people around her. She’s much more present and people take notice of her, at least until she finds Zoe (Laurel Marsden) bragging about what happened at AvengerCon. At home, the repercussions of Kamala sneaking out is still felt, with her mum not fully trusting her but at the same time letting her go out to a friend’s house.
There’s also some interesting friendship dynamics between Kamala and her best friend Bruno (Matt Lintz). In the previous episode they were seen as almost inseparable, but with the appearance of Kamran (Rish Shah), who Kamala instantly has a crush on, Bruno is side-lined even though he’s having to make important life decisions for himself. You can see the friendship starting to strain, and will probably have a bigger impact later, especially after the teasing cliffhanger ending to this episode.
Ms. Marvel perfectly balances a coming-of-age story with a more typical MCU story. Seeing Kamala navigate growing up is just as entertaining as watching her learn about her superpowers, and it looks like both of those strands are interwoven with a lot of secrets to be uncovered in future episodes. Filled with stylish comic-book flair, Ms. Marvel is easily one of the best superhero TV shows of recent years.
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