Kamala Khan is a charming young lady. She’s terrifying as well, but she’s also adorably cute.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are few things that can be regarded as charming. Sure, there was Baby Groot, but he was only in the first film. Peter Parker has feelings on Liz and later MJ, but youthful romance is difficult.
Iman Vellani’s Kamala, on the other hand, is just charming. She’s an unvarnished bundle of zeal, optimism, and charm, without being twee, which is just what you need if you’ve had enough of superheroes.
Given the slew of superhero and anti-superhero films that have hit theaters big and small, fatigue is a genuine thing in the genre, but Ms Marvel is a breath of fresh air, thanks in part to Kamala’s fandom.
Kamala is like every other superhero superfan as the series begins. She has memorabilia adorning her walls, looks forward to fan events, and can’t wait to put her cosplay outfit together.
She and her companions discuss heroic deeds and obsess over the lives of MCU staples, such as Captain Marvel, from whom she gets her moniker.
Kamala is just like the army of real-life Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fans who have binge-watched all of the franchise’s films (28 to date) as well as its TV and streaming series (countless).
Her in-world zeal is an energizing reminder that, warts and all, there is still something remarkable about this narrative universe that has created dominating popular culture, despite its ubiquity and failings – or what it says about the Hollywood machine.
The relatability of the character, as well as the “what if?” dream scenario of transforming from a fan to one of the superheroes, adds to Ms Marvel’s appeal. If that occurred to you, would you feel burdened by responsibilities or would you just enjoy it while you could?
Kamala, a Pakistani-American teen from Jersey City, is a suburban adolescent. School, friends, and family occupy the majority of her time.
Ms Marvel has taken an unusually genuine effort to situating the heroine inside her Muslim community for a mega-franchise.
There are scenes of Kamala at her mosque, where she and her companion Nakia (Yasmeen Fletcher) bemoan the shabby facilities given to female worshipers in comparison to the men’s, or how she deals with the different “aunties” and “uncles” providing unwelcome life advise.
Her immigrant parents have expectations that kids of many races and backgrounds will recognize.
It’s ground-breaking in a subtle, even sneaky sense, especially when you consider the show’s connections to the anguish and relocation caused by India’s 1947 Partition.
That’s not something you’d expect to see in a Marvel program, especially given the show’s violent history and its connection to a 2022 youngster with superpowers.
None of this is meant to be taken seriously; rather, it’s meant to be experienced as texture in a real-life setting. It’s a fact.
You rapidly learn what type of girl Kamala is, where she comes from, and what she’ll be capable of, and it’s a fascinating development in the teeming Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Vellani is a remarkable find, since she is the first part for Canadian youngster and self-proclaimed MCU enthusiast Vellani. She’s charismatic and has a natural eye for blending humour, sorrow, and ballsiness, making her a joy to watch – and she’s backed up by clever writing and a dynamic tone that’s closer to Spider-Man than Eternals, but yet unique.
If Vellani is the MCU’s future – and she’s already shot her sequences for The Marvels alongside Brie Larson and Teyonah Parris – then the superhero franchise still has a lot to offer its legions of followers. Kamala is one of the few people who agrees with you.