Ms. Marvel episode 3 keeps the show going as a standout on Disney+ and at this rate, it could end up being the best show on the platform.
Warning: SPOILERS for Ms. Marvel Episode 3.
Ms. Marvel episode 3 is another great episode from the underappreciated series. This episode we really get to understand the powers that Kamala has as well as where they originate from. It is all but confirmed that Marvel won’t be reverting back to her stretchy powers, which will have some fans disappointed, but the lore behind her powers in the series is really cool.
In the previous episode her powers were set up as an ancient power that belonged to her great-grandmother. In the beginning of Ms. Marvel episode 3, viewers learn so much more thanks to a well placed, and explained, backstory. Without getting into too much detail, we are introduced to the Noor Dimension, the Djinn, and the Clandenstines.
This all happens quickly at the start of the episode, but it is clear the Djinn are going to play a big part in Kamala finding out who she really is. We get more of Najma later in the episode, but for now we can focus on the smaller life of Kamala.
What works so well with the Ms. Marvel series as a whole, is the idea of Kamala’s family and her religion. Everything feels impactful, which allows audiences to connect with the story, and with Kamala. Her brother’s wedding is a big part of this episode, but just before that, at the mehndi, we hear Kamala’s family talking about the superhero girl at the Mosque.
Of course they mean Kamala, but they don’t know that. Kamala’s mom specifically mentions that the mother of this girl should be ashamed of herself. That part really hit hard because this entire show thus far has been Kamala finding herself and if this is who she really wants to be, then this forces her to feel out of place and shameful.
The wedding, which has been teased in trailers, was worth the wait. This was an absolutely perfect scene that does a wonderful job of expressing Muslim culture, and allowing for many learning moments for viewers that aren’t familiar. The wedding, along with the Department of Damage Control trying to unlawfully enter the mosque and Nakia standing up for them, make this episode special.
As someone who has had no meaningful representation in superhero media, this episode really hit home for me. The wedding scene was so perfectly executed and I had a huge smile on my face the entire time.
Of course something has to go wrong though, because it can’t be all sunshine and rainbows, but it does in the best way possible. Kamala is forced to pull the fire alarm to protect those she loves when the Djinn show up ready to get some blood on their hands. They don’t care about taking innocent lives, they just want Kamala to help them open a portal back to their realm — that they have been exiled from.
The best part about this part of the episode is that fans finally get more of her powers. The action has been minimal at best up until now, without any real exploration of everything she can do. And yes, she uses her iconic big fist during the fight. She jumps across the room, and takes down multiple goons. The battle sequence is pure fun.
When the dust settles, Najma and her goons get arrested by the DODC. Nakia finds out about Kamala having powers and is deeply hurt that it was kept from her. But in Kamala’s defense, earlier in Ms. Marvel episode 3 Nakia was saying that this new hero was only causing more problems for them. Of course Kamala would not want to come clean after that.
At the very end of the episode Kamala’s grandmother asks her to come visit her, and confesses that she saw the train from Kamala’s visions too.
Overall, Ms. Marvel is a great show so far. We are halfway through already, and this writer has minimal complaints. Fingers crossed it can stick the landing when the time comes.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10
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+.
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