Going off of last episode alone, I wasn’t sold on the “Ms. Marvel” show. It just had to set up too much and didn’t quite find its voice.
Episode 2, however starts to ooze with style and creativity, and does more to establish Kamala Khan’s (Iman Vellani) world of Jersey City by giving us a peek into her life as an American Muslim. While Episode 1 focused more on her family dynamic, in this one we get to see her mosque and even her local community’s celebration of Eid. We also learn that there is a stark divide as to how woman and men are prioritized in the mosque, which leads Kamala’s friend, Nakia Bahadir (Yasmeen Fletcher), to run for the mosque board. We also get introduced to some of the different cliques in the mosque briefly, who will be important for Nakia to get elected.
Kamala also trains with Bruno (Matt Lintz) to get a better handle of her powers, and she even saves someone this episode, but it only brings more unwanted attention from the agency we met last episode. She also gets a brief love interest in a senior named Kamran (Rish Shah), who rescues him from the agents, and who knows more about her powers.
The show starts to feel like it’s comfortable being itself, and I’m starting to get into it. Tonally it shares a lot with Tom Holland’s “Spider-Man” movies — it’s a show about Gen. Z in high school — and as such, it won’t appeal to all Marvel fans, like the “Moon Knight”/”Daredevil” crowd. It’s a show about Gen. Z clearly made for Gen. Z.
But it’s starting to find its footing, and I’m interested to see where it goes. This definitely should have released with Episode 1, because there wasn’t a lot to last episode, and it’s much harder to drop this show after this one.
“Ms. Marvel” Season 1: Episode 2 “Crushed” gets a 7/10