Directors: Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah
Writers: Will Dunn, A.C. Bradley, and Matthew Chauncey
Starring: Iman Vellani, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh, Laurel Marsden, Azhar Usman, Rish Shah
Ms. Marvel wraps up its first season with an action packed episode that closes up the origin story nicely, while also laying the groundwork for the Captain Marvel sequel, The Marvels. With how interconnected the TV series and the movies are becoming a bit of a mess to keep track or what’s going on in the MCU. Regardless, this was a really solid episode of Ms. Marvel.
After the events of last week’s episode, Kamala (Iman Vellani) is back in Jersey and her mother is now aware of her powers. Damage Control are out searching for Kamran (Rish Shah) after the explosion and are stopping at nothing to find him. Kamala is late to hear about what’s happened while she’s away, but with a new costume, she’s helping her friends in no time.
The whole episode absolutely flies past, with some solid action and character development. Kamran has to decide his own fate, after what happened to his mother in episode five, while Kamala also has to face her family now that her mother knows her secret. Thankfully, the series avoids following clichés and her family are proud of the good she’s doing while also in shock. It’s refreshing.
Most of the action takes place at the school, with the main group defending themselves against Damage Control. Even though there’s a lot a stake. the show keeps its light-hearted tone, with there being no real risk to any main characters. It’s fun and energetic, but the comic-book style is really missing from the first couple of episodes.
There’s a central theme about being yourself and only you can decide if you’re a hero or not, which works pretty nicely with the coming-of-age storytelling the series has given us so far. Every character gets a moment to shine, and they’re all such great characters that it really works. After spending six episodes with them, we’re completely invested by this point.
The series finale also loosely sets up The Marvels, especially with its post-credit scene. Unless the film does some catching-up, those who haven’t seen this series will probably feel like they’re missing out. Hopefully the film is able to blend the two characters together, as Kamala’s story has been great so far and it would be a shame for it not to live up to the series.
No Normal is a fairly standard finale to a superhero show, with a big stand-off, characters making life-altering decisions. While it’s doing nothing unique, it’s still a solid finale and entertaining right the way through.
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