‘Ms. Marvel ‘ended up being the best thing at Disney + this year | MarketingwithAnoy

Last week, without much fanfare (or at least not as much as one might hope), this year’s best Marvel show ended its run at Disney +. It contained, of course, a scene in the middle of credits teasing a future filmmaker; the hero saved her community and had a loving moment with his family. All in all, it was the ultimate happy ending.

Ms. Marvel is in many ways the typical comic book origin story: A young child from somewhere in or near New York City gains surprising superhero abilities and must follow their calling, all the while trying to survive his teens. But Kamala Khan’s origins are far more original than that. As a South Asian Muslim girl, she also lives in a world where the authorities monitor her mosque. And her superhero history dates back to 1947, when India gained independence from British rule and the Division divided the area of ​​Pakistan with Muslim majority and India with Hindu majority, causing one of the largest migrations ever.

Marvel has always incorporated real events into its tales of the superhuman. But while Steve Rogers was turned into Captain America to fight in World War II and it Eternal (somewhat ham-fisteded) touched by world-historical atrocities, Kamala Khan’s narrative brings this connection to the past down to earth level. Her grandmother lives in Karachi and as Ms. Marvel shown in sections 4 and 5, was a young girl when her family fled to Pakistan. (As Kamala’s mother, Muneeba, notes, “every family has a partition history, and none of them are good.”) Kamala’s superpowers appear in a way to be rooted in her family’s partition history. The historical perspective gives the show something Marvel programming at Disney + has not had in a while, if ever: a sense of realism.

The show’s portrayal of the partition also puts something on screen that Hollywood has rarely visualized, says Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, an Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker who directed the penultimate episode of the season. They took Kamala to Karachi and back in time to discover the history of her family. Obaid-Chinoy is a self-proclaimed “story nerd” and says she has received messages this month from South Asian families describing conversations about the era they had never had with each other before watching the show. “People lost grandparents, great-grandparents; people have unfinished business with best friends, ”says Obaid-Chinoy. “It came with a great responsibility to create Partition because so many lives were associated with it. When you think of bringing a superhero into the world where there is pain and trauma associated with it, you have to do it in a way. that brings dignity. ”

As the Marvel Cinematic Universe becomes larger and more galactic and multiverse, it differs from humanity in both literal and figurative terms. During Ms. Marvelfirst season, we learn that she is quite a djinn, and it is suggested that she is too a mutant. But thanks in large part to Iman Vellani, the 19-year-old actor who plays Kamala, the character is fully three-dimensional in a way that many superheroes on screen are not. The biggest strength of Kamala’s back story is that it is woven into the series, not grafted on for gravitas.

When the original Ms. Marvel cartoon, created by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, was released in 2014 and was hailed as the first of its kind, specifically the first monthly Marvel series with a Muslim woman as its hero. The Comics Alliance said it might be “the main cartoon”Published the same year. It went on to win a Hugo Award and become a bestseller, not because it was the first on something, but because it was a good story told well. Similarly, Vellani’s Kamala is the first Muslim girl to star in a Marvel show at Disney +. Her show is currently Marvels most critically acclaimed series, also because of its compelling and well-executed history. Kamala Khan has written history again.

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