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Ms. Marvel Episode 1 Recap & Review (SPOILERS)

Ms. Marvel feels like it is geared towards younger Marvel fans, but it is still a whole lot of fun. Here’s our Ms. Marvel episode 1 recap and review.

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(L-R): Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan and Matt Lintz as Bruno in Marvel Studios’ MS. MARVEL. Photo by Daniel McFadden. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Ms. Marvel Episode 1 Recap

WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Ms. Marvel episode 1.

The episode starts off with a really fun voiceover by Kamala as she describes the events of Avengers: Endgame from an outsider’s perspective. She notes that this is the finale of her eight part series on the Avengers, the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and it will be focusing on Captain Marvel. Fans of Ms. Marvel will know that she is a big Carol Danvers fan in the comics, so this makes sense that it carries over into the show.

She states that many people think Captain Marvel abandoned the Earth, but she thinks she just needed a break. She mentions that AvengerCon is that weekend, and she will be going dressed as Captain Marvel (obviously). When she uploads her video to YouTube, we see that her channel is called Sloth Baby Productions, and she only has 2 subscribers. 

Kamala then heads out to her driving test and we get a look at her family as she walks through the house. Her father tries to give her some advice, that her mother is not too thrilled about. She fails the test, quite miserably actually. We then see her head to school, where it becomes painfully obvious that she is not very popular. She does have one friend though, Bruno, who greets her with the fact that he is out $10 because he bet  $10 that she would pass her driving test.

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Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan in Marvel Studios’ MS. MARVEL. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

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The friends start talking about AvengerCon, and she says that she still needs to perfect flourish for her Captain Marvel cosplay, and that she is hoping to win the contest. As she is walking with her friends, she is called to the office by Mr. Wilson, the guidance councilor, who tells her he hears that she has had a hectic few weeks.

Her teachers are complaining that she is doodling and staring off into space, and he explains that it is time for her to get really serious about her future since it is her junior year of high school. He gives her a task — to look at herself in the mirror and figure out who she is.

Kamala and her friends plan was for her to drive them to AvengerCon. This is the first one and Bruno tries to tell her that next year will be fine, but Kamala insists the first AvengerCon will never happen again and they need to go. He tells her that she has to ask her mother to drive them, to which Kamala replies that her mom thinks she is a weirdo. On their bike ride home, they discuss what Kamala’s flair could be, which includes mashups like Doctor Strange Marvel, and even Zombie Captain Marvel. As they ride, the walls behind them show the things they are discussing via some awesome and unique animation. 

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Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan in Marvel Studios’ MS. MARVEL. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

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When she gets home, she sees a box filled with items from her grandmother. Her mom says it is because she doesn’t want to die without passing things along. It is in this box that Kamala spots a bangle cuff. She says it is really cool, but her mother takes it away from her. This is very clearly the source of her powers that fans have seen in the trailer. Kamala’s brother, Amir, is tasked with putting the box in the attic while Kamala goes with her mother to run errands for his wedding. What follows is a really fun montage with catchy Arabic music.

At the gown shop her mother gossips with the owner about someone who broke their engagement so she could “galivant around Europe”, to which Kamala says good for her. Meanwhile Bruno is helping Kamala’s father turn his house into a smart home with lights and cameras.

When Kamala and her mother return home, Bruno urges her to ask about AvengerCon before leaving. She gets the nerve to do so, pretty much putting it all on Bruno wanting to go, and her parents tell her absolutely not. They will not allow her to go to a party, especially at night, even though she is 16 and promises to be smart about it. 

Her brother comes to see her while she is moping in her room, and tells her that he will talk to their parents for her. In the morning she learns that he did, and they are going to let her go to AvengerCon. However, her father is going to drive her there and go inside with her for two hours. They also want her to dress as Hulk — and he will be dressed as Hulk too.

She says she won’t wear a the dress her mother made her to AvengerCon and her father can absolutely not go dressed as Hulk because it is “humiliating”. This really hurts her parents feelings and they say if she doesn’t go with her dad, she isn’t going at all. Her mother made the outfit for her, and they don’t want her dressing like the other girls in skimpy outfits.

Kamala feels awful and goes to meet up with Bruno. She tells her that she knows dressing up as Captain Marvel is dumb, and to face it, the brown girls from Jersey don’t ever save the world. Bruno tells her that if she wants to save the world she can, and will — with the right equipment. He then reveals the photon gloves he made her. Well, pretend photon gloves anyways. 

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(L-R): Mohan Kapur as Yusuf, Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan, Saagar Shaikh as Aamir, and Nimra Bucha as Najma in Marvel Studios’ MS. MARVEL. Photo by Daniel McFadden. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

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Kamala comes up with a plan to get her to Avenger Con. She will sneak out of the house, and Bruno will help be her cover by setting up a smart system that will make it sound like she is in her room. They will have an hour of fun at the convention and participate in the cosplay costume and then head home. She will sneak back into her room before her dad checks on her at 9:22pm for bed.

Bruno suggests that maybe something Pakistani is the right direction to be going in when finding the flair for her costume. This causes Kamala to head to the attic, where she finds that bangle that her grandmother sent. She sneaks out of her house, not as elegantly as her plan, however. Her and Bruno end up getting on the bus, but her bike gets knocked out her hand when the door closes. Nothing is going according to plan, but she does make it to AvengerCon.

When it is time for the Captain Marvel cosplay contest, she sees Zoe from school dressed as her too. This girl used to be her friend, but now has lots of online followers and has changed. Kamala changes in the bathroom, but accidentally leaves the gloves Bruno made her in there. When she gets to the stage, she finally gets the bangle on and it immediately gives her powers. An energy flows up her arm and when she gets on stage, it starts projecting energy but she cannot control it.

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Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan in Marvel Studios’ MS. MARVEL. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

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The crowd cheers — of course — but in the process she accidentally knocks a Giant-Man helmet down which in turn creates a whole ton of chaos. Zoe get knocked over by a giant Thor hammer, but Kamala is able to save her with a blast from the bangle. On the ride back to Kamala’s house, Bruno and her try to figure out what exactly happened. She says she must actually have powers. She sneaks back into her room at 11:11pm, far later than the plan, and her mother is in her room waiting for her. 

She tells her that she does not recognize who she is becoming, and that she needs to decide if she is going to be good, as she was raised, or not. Kamala lays down in her bed, and looks at her hand, which is surrounded in energy.

BONUS: There is an end credit scene of a couple of DODC officers (Department of Damage Control), including Agent Cleary from Spider-Man: No Way Home, looking at a video of Kamala from AvengerCon. At first they joke it is a cosplayer with too much time on their hands, but when they notice her power, they say to bring her in.

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(L-R) Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan and Matt Lintz as Bruno in Marvel Studios’ MS. MARVEL, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Ms. Marvel Episode 1 Review

The first episode of Ms. Marvel is a wonderful introduction to this new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe character. This Kamala Khan is similar to her comic book counterpart, but also very different. She is a fangirl of the Avengers, and of Pakistani decent, however her powers stem from the bangle, and not from within.

The powers are energy based, whereas in the comic books she stretches and changes size. She is not an inhuman, which is her comic book origin, likely because there are no inhumans in the MCU at this time.

The style of this series is very unique. The comic book style drawings and animations that move throughout give it a The Mitchells vs. The Machines sort of vibe, and it is a lot of fun. While it feels like more of a story for younger Marvel fans, there are a few things that will make viewers wonder who it is exactly made for — like the mention of cocaine. 

Overall, this is great introduction to the series. The characters all bring something to the table, and have good on screen chemistry. Ms. Marvel has a lot of representation when it comes to Kamala’s culture, which is appreciated. The use of Arabic words, outfits, decor, food, and even the song during the credits help to really showcase this side of Kamala, and hopefully it continues throughout the season.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Next: Here’s Why The Future Of The MCU Is Bright

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About Ms. Marvel

Marvel Studios’ “Ms. Marvel” is a new, original series that introduces Kamala Khan, a Muslim American teenager growing up in Jersey City. An avid gamer and a voracious fan-fiction scribe, Kamala is a Super Hero megafan with an oversized imagination—particularly when it comes to Captain Marvel. Yet Kamala feels like she doesn’t fit in at school and sometimes even at home—that is, until she gets superpowers like the heroes she’s always looked up to. Life gets better with superpowers, right?

MS. MARVEL is streaming now on Disney+.