Ms. Marvel

The bright and colorful Disney+ series about Captain Marvel’s biggest fan.

“Ms. Marvel” is a warm up for the upcoming “Captain Marvel” sequel “The Marvels,” telling the story of a young Pakistani-American teenager living in Jersey City who is a big fan of Captain Marvel, and finds an ancient gauntlet that gives her special powers.

The show gives newcomer Iman Vellani a chance to shine as that teenager named Kamala Khan, whose traditional parents won’t give her permission to go to Avenger Con. She and her genius best friend Bruno Carrelli (Matt Lintz) manage to sneak out for the event with her intents on winning the Captain Marvel cosplay contest. Her chances increase when she sees what that gauntlet can do, which includes harnessing cosmic energy and creating constructs. That’s when she decides to put her new powers to the test.

I was given a 2-episode screener of “Ms. Marvel,” but I was able to see some spunk inside the young Captain Marvel fan, levitated by Vellani, and it looks bright and colorful. We’ve never had a Marvel show or movie with a Pakistani theme, and it manages to combine the humor and action with the traditional beliefs. I mean, it’s a start, and a damn good one.

The supporting cast doesn’t have any familiar faces (at least not yet), but it also consists of Yasmeen Fletcher as Kamala’s close friend, Zenobia Shroff and Mohan Kapur as her parents, Saagar Shaikh as her older brother who’s engaged to be married, and Rish Shah as her crush. We’ll see more characters coming up soon, but for now, these are the ones I can jot down.

We’re in the early stages of what’s the deal with that gauntlet, but all we know so far is that it was mailed by her grandmother, and the original owner of that has brought shame on her family. Of course, she would. But we won’t know why until we see more episodes on Disney+.

Two episodes of “‘Ms. Marvel” are directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (better known as Adil and Bilall), who both pushed Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s characters to new limits in “Bad Boys For Life.” They open up the show, created by Bisha K. Ali, with some energy and cultures. I mean not all the jokes are funny, but you’re still enjoying its versatility. I’m still eager to see how this show will transcend into “The Marvels.” And plus, I’m still curious about what the big deal is with that gauntlet and her family, and why there would be shame brought upon them.

“Ms. Marvel” is full of new faces, who are able to expand their horizons and push themselves further. It’s crucial that you watch this show before you see that upcoming movie. You need to know what you’re getting yourself into, but then again, we have enjoyed “What If?,” “Loki,” “WandaVision,” “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” and “Hawkeye.” So, I trust MCU fans.

Sorry if this is a short review, but I can’t spoil anything else.

Rating: 3 out of 4.

Premieres on Disney+ Tomorrow

Categories: Action, Adventure, comedy, Fantasy, Sci Fi

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