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Ms Marvel: Critics praise Disney's 'joyful' first Muslim superhero story

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Posted: 12/06/22 - 09:06
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Critics have hailed the release of Ms Marvel, Disney's first on-screen Muslim superhero story, as a "joyful" slice of "pop culture history".

The show centres around geeky teenager and Avengers comic book fangirl Kamala Khan, played by Pakistani-Canadian newcomer Iman Vellani.

She struggles to fit in until she gains superpowers, becoming Ms Marvel.

In a five-star review, The Guardian said: "She's funny, charming and effortlessly bats off preconceptions."

The paper's TV critic Lucy Mangan wrote: "Normally, you would fear for a young actor, but Vellani seems so born to the purple [the colour of her powers] that you almost have to shrug and say, as an elder might to a nascent superhero in - oh, I don't know, the MCU [Marvel Cinematic Universe] perhaps - that it is her destiny."

Mangan said the two available episodes of the six-part Disney+ series were "full of charm, wit, warmth, brio and truth".

I Call True: Didn't know what to expect when i watched this with the youngest member of the MDM household but was pleasantly surprised.
We really enjoyed the first episode and am now very much looking forward to seeing how it progresses. Sure there's a little bit of stereotypical "Asian Mum and Dad" in there but it doesn't detract from it and it's done with warmth and love. The effects are also top notch and tbh i enjoyed this two or three times as much as i did Moon Knight which was, for me, a bit of a let down.

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Good to see a bit of a wider representation in Disney
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Not one on my radar but maybe it should be by the sounds of MDM's review?
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I have heard good things about this, but I have fallen soooooo far behind now. Obi Wan, finish Hawkeye and Moonknight.
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LCB for 615 days ago - https://www.letscallbull.com/story/ms-marvel-on-tv--a---bold-move-for-marvel-to-diversify-their-characters---24094