Season 1 Episode 1
Kamala Khan attends Avengercon only to discover that she herself might have superpowers.
Kamala Khan is shown being the obvious Captain Marvel fan that she is with her online presence seemingly dedicated to Carol Danvers and her exploits. We also get to see her being a regular teenager facing rites of passage like failing a driving test. What I really enjoy about the opening few minutes of the episode is how casual and relatable they are. I’m also really enjoying the visual style and the humor.
There is a great Easter egg in the beginning of the episode that honors the creative team behind Kamala in the comics including G. Willow Wilson and Takeshi Miyazawa. The visual style of the episode is really good. There are some moments that remind me of the closing credits of the MCU Spider-Man movies and that’s not a bad thing. It allows for some great activity in the background of scenes that showcase some great imagery.
Kamala’s interpersonal relationships are entertaining. Her relationship to her parents is fun to see and I like how she asserts herself in small, but respectful ways to show that she is her own person. The scene where she attempts to convince her parents to let her attend Avengercon is fun because you can see how each parent is trying to deal with Kamala getting older and not only how they see her, but how they react to her.
Kamala decides to enlist her friend Bruno to help her sneak out of the house to attend Avengercon and the unveiling of her plan is a fun and energetic sequence that I hope stays a part of the series going forward. Kamala arrives at Avengercon and I love that one of her school rivals is also part of the competition. The reveal of her powers was a little goofy, but it was fun.
The first episode of Ms. Marvel is a fun, entertaining and visually interesting experience. The story is universal teenage angst and discovery and all of its themes are both relatable and unique to the character. It was a fun episode that hopefully showcases a series that will remain true to itself and not try too hard to connect to the bigger Marvel Cinematic Universe.