What makes Spider-Man one of the greatest superheroes in the MCU is his relatability. Both SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING and FAR FROM HOME were better high school romance stories than actual Marvel movies. And that’s why I loved them so much. Peter Parker is just a kid dealing with the usual teenage drama while also carrying the world’s weight on his shoulders.
With MS. MARVEL, it’s amazing the world’s weight doesn’t crush a series that is the most diverse yet from Marvel. And this comes right after the Egyptian representation in MOON KNIGHT. Ms. Marvel’s story is coupled with the Muslim religion, Pakistani heritage, and some toe-tapping Bollywood music. Yet, it’s also the most relatable and easily accessible Marvel series to date.
And that relatability is due to break-out star Iman Vellani. She IS Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel. From the musical moment with her singing “Be My Little Baby” to her imperfect clumsiness while training via a Spider-man-like montage, it’s both endearing and relatable. Of course, we ALL want to be superheroes, but not all of us are as coordinated as Peter Parker. And this is personified for Ms. Marvel during her first rescue, which I dare not spoil.
In the words of the New Jersey Prince, I’m “Livin’ on a Prayer” that Kevin Feige and the producing team know what they’re doing. If MS. MARVEL sticks the landing it has the potential to become the best MCU TV series to date.
It’s available on Disney+.