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Marvel Studios’ MS. MARVEL Review | A Superhero Cosmic Adventure

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Say hello to the newest cosmic Super Hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who’s just trying to balance high-school life, family dynamics, and her newfound emerging superpowers.

The new series created exclusively for the streamer, introduces a new, teenage superhero to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One that I find will most certainly be one of Marvel’s most relatable characters. Kamala Khan is a normal, fun kid who’s thrust into a rich new world that throughout the season will take her to exciting places where she’ll ultimately discover truths about her past and family.

Thanks to Disney + Coastal House Media got to watch the first two episodes in advance and each showcase an epic, vibrant story that is stylistically unique and takes us on another cosmic journey through her culture and imagination. Kamala’s adventure begins exclusively June 8th on Disney+ 

Synopsis

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 mega-fan with an oversized imagination—particularly when it comes to Captain Marvel. Yet Kamala feels invisible both at home and at school—that is, until she gets super powers like the heroes she’s always looked up to. Life gets better with superpowers, right? 

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Review

A COMIC BOOK SUPERHERO COME TO LIFE 

As Marvel Comics goes, Kamala is still relatively a new character, as she was first introduced with a cameo appearance in Captain Marvel issue No. 14 in 2013 before getting her own solo series the following year. The origin and multicultural appeal of the character were inspired by real-life experiences of executive producer Sana Amanat who also co-created the first Muslim superhero character with writer G. Willow Wilson, artist Adrian Alphona, Editor Stephen Wacker and Jamie McKelvie. 

Ms. Marvel feels new and fresh but still aligned with the core principles of what Marvel characters have always stood for. Every Avenger, X-Men, and Inhuman were mighty and fantastic but they’re also people that are flawed with vulnerabilities that come across as very relatable to readers and viewers. However Ms. Marvel is so different and unique from all the other heroes, she doesn’t have fancy technology or a suit of armour, she’s just a teenager with a rich culture who proudly hails from Jersey City. Kamala is trying to figure the world out when she’s suddenly imbued with powers. 

In fact, this authenticity stuck a cord globally with fans across the globe as the first issue run sold out and is currently in its seventh run quickly becoming one of Marvel’s top-selling collections.  And while her identity puts a different lens on this Marvel story, she is still so relatable. Marvel which has been around for over eighty years also has characters that are full of comic book history, one of the most important characteristics of Kamala Khan is that she’s the ultimate super-fan of all these Marvel Superheroes, specifically Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel. Danvers is the hero Kamala wants to embody before fully becoming her own. 

Phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe showcases the aftermath of the Infinity Saga and how the Heroes have moved forward after Thanos wiped half of the world’s population for five years only for Tony Stark and the Avengers to bring them back. 

With Disney + Marvel Studios gave familiar characters such as Wanda Maximoff and Loki expanded roles with their own story arcs that integrate with the theatricals. But it’s also been about introducing the next generation of superheroes. 

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Adapting the comics for streaming was the perfect job for Bisha K. Ali, who Marvel went in-house for since she was already working in the writers’ room for Loki and was also a really big fan of the Ms. Marvel comics and was inspired to make a play to get on the project. The series is its own experience but still has the essence and spirit of what the comic portrayed. Many will see themselves represented as the creatives present the South Asian/ Pakistani culture respectfully and showcase the food, music and the relationship between parent and child. And for Ms. Marvel directors Adil and Bilall, Meera Menon and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy share all these unique multicultural aspects of Kamala’s story where something that they all connected to, whilst mixing it with new elements, familiar faces and storylines that go to some unexpected places. 

The great advantage of bringing any Marvel property to life on Disney+ is that it allows the filmmakers the opportunity to tell the story for six hours. This gives us time to visit the many places Kamala Khan’s journey takes her, for example, AvengerCon, but throughout we also get to spend time in the world of her family and friends who are very important to her and to the story. 

Identity also plays a part in telling Kamala Khan’s story as on a cultural level she’s in between two worlds, and cultures and at the same time dealing with her powers whilst also being a teenager. Ms. Marvel is about a young girl’s experience shown through the lens of someone who happens to be South Asian and happens to be Muslim. Kamala is a young woman coming of age and throughout the first two episodes, I’ve seen, showcase her determination and empowerment. 

Each of the directors has brought their own unique vision from diverse backgrounds and a passion of telling authentic stories with real connectable characters. 

INTERNATIONAL CAST

Iman Vellani makes her acting debut as Kamala Khan in Ms. Marvel. She truly is the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and she was born to play the titular character. This is her coming-of-age story that is fun, colourful, and intimate as she struggles with identity and the understanding of her newfound powers. The filmmakers spent many months finding the right teenage actress to play a character who breaks down cultural walls. Iman embodies the character through and through as she’s also a huge super fan of Marvel, she knows the finite details of every character which is exactly like Kamala Khan, it feels very meta and she shows that a little nerdy can have tons of heart. 

In “Ms. Marvel” Kamala Khan is a 16-year-old Pakistani-American girl growing up in Jersey City. She’s a nerd, a gamer who writes fan fiction and most of all a huge fan of the Avengers, particularly Captain Marvel, who is her hero. Kamala spends her time hanging out with her best friends Bruno and Nakia and is close with her family. As Kamala begins to discover her new destiny, it puts a strain on her relationships as she struggles to understand her new reality. 

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In the series, Kamala’s two best friends are Bruno and Nakia played by Matt Lintz and Yasmeen Fletcher. The actors describe their characters’ dynamics.

Bruno and Kamala have grown up together and been best friends since second grade,” says Matt Lintz. “You see that in the first episode in the way he interacts with her family and when they hang out at the Circle Q where he works. Bruno is very loyal to Kamala, especially when she gets her powers, which created a new dynamic between them from just two amazing friends going to school, having fun and being big fans of the Avengers and Captain Marvel. Nakia is such a strong character and breaks a lot of the stereotypes for hijab girls, She’s opinionated and is willing to fight for anything that she believes in.

Throughout Ms. Marvel, Kamala’s family is the anchor in her life and throughout the family household, it’s her father Yusuf (Mohan Kapur) who’s more open to his daughter’s creative aspirations and fascination with Superheroes. Her mother Muneeba (Zenobia Shroff) however definitely has the upper hand in the household as she’s much more conservative and wants her daughter to follow a more traditional path.

While Kamala stretches the boundaries of her family dynamic, her brother Aamir ( Saager Shaikh)is her ally in softening her parents’ traditional values and expectations.

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Verdict

Ms Marvel combines action, drama, humour, and a spectacular soundtrack of music and throughout the episodes, Ms. Marvel becomes a visual treat with its action sequences and the mixture of animation and live-action. This coming of age story included familiar elements of a teenager struggling to figure out a path ahead, her faith and managing her parent’s expectations. This series is shaping up to be another exciting addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and I can’t wait to see what Kamala Khan does next.

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The Acolyte | Official Trailer | Disney +

Star Wars series that takes viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.

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Action, Adventure, Drama

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June 4, 2024

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Leslye Headland

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Dafne Keen, Amandla Stenberg, Jodie Turner-Smith

Plot Summary:

Star Wars series that takes viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.

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Maya’s Story To Echo Through Time

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Vincent D'Onofrio (Wilson Fisk) & Alaqua Cox (Maya Lopez) (Disney)

Here is the review of Marvel Studios’ Echo, now streaming on Disney Plus.

Plot

Marvel Studios presents “Echo,” spotlighting Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox) as she is pursued by Wilson Fisk’s (Vincent D’Onofrio) criminal empire. When the journey brings her home, she must confront her own family and legacy. Streaming January 9 on Disney+ & Hulu. Set your Disney+ profile to TV-MA to stream. All episodes will be available on Hulu until April 9.

Starring: Alaqua Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Chaske Spencer, Graham Greene, Tantoo Cardinal, and Devery Jacobs.

Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez / Echo (Disney)

Review

There is in total 5 episodes and it was available immediately and this is really amazing, allowing us to binge watch the season in 1 sitting. A big part of Echo’s storyline focuses on giving the viewer a glimpse into her ancestral history and her past with the Kingpin of crime.

Maya develops as a strong character in this story more than the Maya we met in the Hawkeye series. Alaqua Cox really delivers an exceptional performance. As always Vincent D’Onofrio plays his heart out as Wilson Fisk, the notorious Kingpin who has been dominating our screen since the Daredevil TV Series on Netflix back in the day. We get a few surprises, even though short pieces, but it is still appreciated and I will not spoil those surprises in the hope that you will go and watch the episodes later and experience the same level of joy I experienced.

A lot of effort was done with regards to the language options. Choctaw was added as a language option on Disney Plus. I read that some of the cast learned American Sign Language (ASL) in order to communicate with Alaqua on set and this really warms my heart. A lot of research was done on the Choctaw nation and was incorporated as part of Maya’s storyline.

Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez / Echo (Disney)

Some of the less positive notes are the series was rated as meant for mature audiences only. However, the action scenes were little and not as brutal as expected if compared with the likes of the Daredevil series. Maya’s powers was also changed slightly from the comic books but it takes a positive turn closer to the end. Really looking forward to the part Maya / Echo will play later on as I feel she portrays the part of a hero very well.

I highly encourage watching the original Netflix series’ Daredevil and Hawkeye to get the background of some of the key characters in this story. I highly encourage subscribing to Marvel Unlimited to read up about Maya Lopez / Echo, Wilson Fisk / Kingpin or any of your favorite Marvel characters.

There is a mid-credits scene that you don’t want to miss, but no post-credits scene. The mid-credits feel familiar to the comic book direction.

I rate this series a 3.5 out of 5. Maya’s story will echo through the cinematic universe, as a story of bravery and strength. Sometimes all you need is a healing hand, a key theme from Marvel Studios’ Echo. I’m looking forward to more of Maya on the screen.

Watch all 5 episodes on Disney Plus now!

Echo Official Trailer (Marvel Entertainment)

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Doctor Who: The Giggle, A Wildly Satisfying Finale That Teases A Promising Future

Russel T. Davies’ Whoniverse-reshaping finale is a thrilling, heartwarming, chilling, and satisfying hour of telly, that never eases up.

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As brilliantly put by beloved Doctor Who companion Donna Noble, “That was completely nuts!” The final episode of the three 60th anniversary specials, “The Giggle” may just well be the most bonkers, yet impeccable piece of Doctor Who TV… ever. Where last weeks special “Wild Blue Yonder” saw writer Russell T. Davies deliver a masterful episode in restrained storytelling, “The Giggle” is the showrunner unleashed. Throwing epic musical numbers, eerie moments of horror, impactful social commentary, and a divisive yet satisfying final 20 minutes result in an unrelenting hour of telly, and perhaps the best episode of Doctor Who ever.

Kicking off with John Logie Baird’s invention of the television in 1925 as well as introducing audiences to “Stooky Bill” – a real puppet who could put Annabelle to shame – “The Giggle” quickly picks up where “Wild Blue Yonder” left off. In the midst of world wide carnage, the Doctor (David Tenant) and Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) must search for answers as to why planes are falling out of the sky, and human beings are busy beating each other up on the streets, leading the two to the celestial Toymaker (Neil Patrick Harris), one of the most powerful beings in the universe.

Still from “The Giggle” (BBC Studios)

Russell T. Davies is never one to shy away from delivering a script oozing with his rightful fury at current social climates. Take previous episodes like “Midnight” “The Long Game” and “Turn Left” for example all offering impactful stories with themes of human nature, the power of media, and anti-immigration prejudice respectively. Here, Russell T. Davies satirically imitates anti-vaxers, anti-maskers, conspiracy theories, and government empathy brilliantly. Some of it may be a little on the nose – such as a hilarious and obvious dig at Boris Johnson – but it more or less works in favour of poignant, and well-crafted satire.

“The Giggle’s” mad cap, and unprecedented energy is only more apparent through the episodes many tonal shifts. Under the guise of another property, this constant tonal shift would have felt jarring. But in “The Giggle” the episode pivots in-and-out of horror, comedy, musical, and drama effortlessly, adding to episodes manic and unpredictable nature.

Keeping on theme with last weeks unnerving episode, “The Giggle” is surprisingly steeped in horror. Especially for those who suffer from pupaphobia, the fear of puppets. Whether its the imagery of that “gosh darn” creepy doll, Stooky Bill, or the Toymakers endless gothic labryinth, “The Giggle” is another terrifying episode of Doctor Who, proving once again that this sci-fi show isn’t for children. No scene is scarier perhaps than the haunting scene with Stooky Bill’s wife, Stooky Sue, who’s found crying in the corner of a dark room, before creeping towards Donna chanting a horrifying rhyme. But its all played for laughs when Donna nonchalantly beats the puppet senseless.

Still from “The Giggle” (BBC Studios)

Elsewhere, Neil Patrick Harris’ Toymaker who stole the show. His multi-faceted, and multi-accented villain proves to be the deadliest enemy the Doctor has ever faced, as well as perhaps the most entertaining. Harris’ intoxicating performance enthuses the Toymaker with fear, intelligence, and a playfulness unlike any villain we have seen before. His celestial abilities are terrifying and unparalleled, making the Master – the Doctors nemesis/best friend – look like an amateur. Through the subtle yet deeply fascinating line, “I made a jigsaw out of your history” – explaining, teasing and disregarding the recent messy Whoniverse canon with ease – the Toymaker becomes much more of a threat. Lets not forget the unexpectedly brilliant “Spice Up Your Life” musical number where the Toymaker effortlessly turns soldiers into balloons, once again proving his celestial power.

Bringing back David Tennant – the most popular actor to ever take on the role – was perhaps Davies’ wisest decision upon returning, and reviving the show. Tennant’s return doesn’t just provide a great headline for the show that would drive its viewers back after an incredibly messy past few years, but also offers a heartwarming vulnerability to a character who hasn’t stopped running, fighting, and caring for nearly two decades. The Doctor has never taken a second to grieve, or stop running. He’s lost innumerable companions, and was responsible for destroying half the universe with the Flux. A messy piece of Doctor Who canon which has now been beautifully woven into the Doctor’s character thanks to Russel T. Davies.

Davies delves into the characters vulnerability, and insecurities forcing the Doctor to question his being, and ability to save others. The line “I’m all sonic, and TARDIS, and Time lord, take that away, what am I?” is an incredibly powerful piece of character development, made all the more impactful through Tennant’s performance. The Doctor has always put himself above others, but “The Giggle”, more specifically Donna, encourages the Doctor to stop trying to sacrifice himself for others, and to instead take a second to care for himself.

With Tennant returning to the role, audiences will instantly have that connection to this version of the Doctor, making his vulnerability much more heart-wrenching, and his ending much more satisfying.

Tate was equally fantastic as she has been through all three specials. Her confident, and hilarious performance continues to prove why Donna Noble is one of the best ever Doctor Who companions, and her chemistry with Tennant is deeply infectious.

Still from “The Giggle” (BBC Studios)

The episode carried a lot of emotional stakes way before the title music kicked in, what with the episode forcing viewers to sit through another David Tennant regeneration. However, what was supposed to be an emotional finale, resulted in an unprecedented and incredibly exciting final 20 minutes. Davies introduced possibly the most divisive aspect of the show… well ever. We are of course talking about, Bi-generation. The idea that instead of changing faces, the Doctor instead becomes two Doctor’s. A current Doctor, and a new Doctor. This not only served as a great way to introduce Ncuti Gatwa, who instantly proved himself as an extraordinary Doctor, but also gives the 14th Doctor a satisfying arc that finally lets him rest.

Bi-generation is a fantastic concept for now, but in the future, this idea could lose all the emotional weight a regeneration used to harbour. Saying goodbye to a current incarnation of the Doctor was never easy. But, if Bi-generation is a continued element then no regeneration will be as impactful or emotional as it once was. For now, it was perfect.

All in all, “The Giggle” – and collectively all three specials – are some of the best work Doctor Who has ever put out. The final special of the 60th celebrations served as a satisfying and emotional goodbye to the modern era of Doctor Who and an exciting tease at the franchises future. It’s an undoubtedly bonkers satire, that blends horror, musical, comedy, and drama elements together to create the best and most heart-warming Doctor Who episode ever. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us Whovians.

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