Cast: Iman Vellani, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh, Laurel Marsden, Azhar Usman, Rish Shah
Series Created by Bisha K. Ali, Based on Marvel Comics
Series Edited by Nona Khodai, Sabrina Plisco, Emma McCleave, Sushila Love
Series Cinematography by Robrecht Heyvaert, Carmen Cabana, Jules O’Loughlin
Series Music by Laura Karpman
Series Directed by Adil & Bilall, Meera Menon, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
OTT Platform: Disney+ Hotstar, Produced by Marvel Studios
Series Episodes: 06
Ms. Marvel is the new web-series from Marvel Cinematic Universe available on Disney Plus Hotstar. Marvel has cut down their episode count to 6 from 9. With short series, we can get more precise and concise stories, at least we can hope for it. Marvel Studios have been very focused on growing their fan base and adding diversity to the mix. Ms. Marvel is based on the comic book character Kamala Khan, who is from South-East Asian origin. This gave the series a new tone to the regular white male and female dominated Super-hero films.
Well, the series brings new tone to the regular Marvel stories but then it doesn’t tell any new story. The origin story appears as generic as any other story from MCU. The series is slight upgrade over very white tone that MCU has been criticised off. But as a story it just keeps rotating the same origin story cliches with the young teenager trying to figure out who her parents are. How she got her powers? While the story is generic, the teenage characters provide humour to the proceedings.
The basic difference between cultures of western people and South Asian people, the merge between two of them and then the love triangle within the space of Kamala Khan being in love with her friends. The kind of story that Ms. Marvel could have been by bringing out the South East Asian ideology and mythology into the core, it happens to just poke at merging both into a teenage movie rather than really bringing out the difference.
Powers of Ms. Marvel too haven’t been completely explored for now. The inconsistent tone effects the story-telling in the starting episodes and it gets into the groove only by the very end. This series is a One-Time Watch for fans and for common audiences, they can give it a try if they have some free time to pass by.
Repetitive Superhero genre
Similar Origin Story
Bottom-line: ONE-TIME WATCH!