Ms. Marvel has been in the MCU for just two episodes but she is already making waves especially when it comes to representation and celebration of one’s identity and the director of the series, Meera Menon said, “It's possibly the most powerful thing we can do.”
Warning: This article contains spoilers for Ms. Marvel Episode 2. Read at your own risk!
Kamala Khan in the MCU is such a delight. As she discovers her newfound powers, she also brings into the table something that is entirely different: she celebrates her identity just by being unapologetically herself. More than that, Kamala is proud of her roots and community, and it makes the show one of the best in the franchise.
In a report from CBR.com, during an event, the director of Ms. Marvel Episodes 1 to 3, Meera Menon shared the power of reflection became pivotal in the creation of the series, "I think the power of that reflection, to be able to see yourself in someone who has to then go on a journey to summon their own bravery and sense of self to save the world, not knowing whether or not brown girls from New Jersey are capable of doing that.”
Menon added how empowering the Ms. Marvel series is, “That is everything. It's the whole 'if you can see it, you can be' it thing. So, it's incredibly powerful. It's possibly the most powerful thing we can do."
Menon stresses what makes Ms. Marvel stand out, "I think what's really incredible about this show is that we've been talking a lot about identity, and there's so much celebration happening in the course of these episodes."
Menon also pointed out how much love there is in the show, "In every single episode, there's just so much love and connectivity. I feel like this show is really about a reclamation of your identity."
Ms. Marvel introduces the very first Muslim Pakistani hero in the MCU and with that, the series highlights the cultures of Muslim and South Asians in America where all of it looks so natural and organic when seen on screen because the cast and crew come from the same communities as well, therefore, there is that genuiness in their portrayal.
One of the most moving scenes in the show so far is the conversation between Kamala and Nakia where Kamala asks Nakia how she makes it look easy but Nakia tells her that it isn’t because she is “either too white or too ethnic” and being in between sucks. Nakia reveals to Kamala that when wearing her hijab, she feels herself and doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone.
That moment is so genuine and so heartfelt that it exudes empowerment especially for women who go through the same. It is not everyday that everyone sees these kinds of things and with Ms. Marvel staying true to the perspectives of the show, it truly becomes one of a kind.
Ms. Marvel Episode 3 arrives on June 22, 2022, only on Disney Plus.