Ms. Marvel has underperformed so far compared to other Disney Plus shows, and Episode 3 reinforces the fact that it has nothing to do with the quality of the show. Having this show release on the same day and time as “Obi-Wan Kenobi” was a poor choice by Disney, and the fact that its first episode was a bit of a slow burn did it no favors.
Last episode, the show started to find its footing, and this episode builds off of that foundation. This episode mainly focuses on Kamala’s (Iman Vellani) brother Aamir’s (Saagar Shaikh) wedding, but before that happens, learns of the truth about Kamran (Rich Shah) and his mom, Najma (Nimra Bucha). They’re basically people from another dimension, who have been called Djinn, and apparently Kamala’s grandmother, Aisha, was also one of them. They just want Kamala’s help getting home.
The episode takes a leap too far when Najma and her fellow Djinn get aggressive, attacking Kamala at the wedding. She staves them off until they are apprehended by Damage Control agents (the agency shown in previous episodes who are on to Kamala’s powers).
Kamala, wary of putting her family in further danger, keeps her powers from them, which contrasts directly with the path her brother has chosen — love and family, over that of fear and solitude. Because her parents have been such a large part of this show, I think she’ll let them in om her secret eventually, but that might not come until the season finale. Her mother does know more about her grandmother, and I have a feeling that knowledge will be central to this season’s resolution.
Overall, Episode 3 has more of what made Episode 2 work, and as such is a strong entry in the series, although the sudden animosity of Najma was abrupt and unexplained.
“Ms. Marvel” Season 1: Episode 3 “Destined” gets an 8/10