Ms. Marvel S1 E3 ‘Destined’ review – I see they chose violence

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We are in for it this week, and all I want is more. I still have no clue how this show can get me to laugh and then gasp in the turns it takes. I would also like to state that there has not been such a quick turn of betrayal so fast before, at least not in the MCU (even Loki plays it out longer than this).  

This week on Ms.Marvel, we get to learn a bit more about Kamala’s great grandmother and when she found the bangle. It’s also looking like Kamala is part Jinn and has the power, plus the bangle (the key) to send a group of exiled Jinn back to their home dimension.  

I will say that this week took a very quick turn to an obvious love triangle and violence, anyone else getting some Eternals’ vibe going on (also why have we not heard about people freaking out about a giant head coming out of the Earth yet?!). Anyway, we have these new characters who are all superpowered, looking very youthful for being so ancient, and are up to no good at all. I love Kamala and all, but I think we need to work on some keywords for the thought process. This week’s word is exile, as in as punishment for something bad someone or group of people have done. I know Kamala wants to do good and help people, but she needs to ask more follow up questions. Not just, sure I’ll help you even when I have no clue about any of it (or do you know where my great grandmother is?). 

I’m going to back up just a tad bit and talk about this upcoming love triangle we are seeing on the horizon. Yes, Kamran is cute, very cute. But, let’s talk about Bruno (lol see what I did there?). The adorable best friend, who is okay with and wants to be the sidekick to help Kamala reach her dreams and be who and what she wants to be. A big plus is it really seems he loves hanging out and learning from her family, he even made them tech to help out with anything tech wise in the house (and he sat and explained it too!). So yes, on one hand we have someone new, mysterious, and dangerous. On the other we have the smart, adorable boy next door, and poor Kamala has a lot of choices to make in the coming future and not just about her superhero name.  

Can we also talk about Kamala having her Spider-Man moment? Cause I loved it! When she is lost in what to do, and obsessing over how social media, and her community are making her super hero antics out to be. She gets some amazing advice, “good is not a thing you are, it is what you do”. To me this is a very relatable start for a new young superhero, one who is dealing with school, family, friends, her culture and community and finding how she and her powers fit into it all. And to have this great moment be slipped in halfway through the series is a great way for Kamala to only think about the superhero life in simple terms (without social media fame getting in the way).

We are officially halfway through the Ms. Marvel series and I am not any closer to being ready for the end. With only three episodes left, you can catch up now on Disney+ and watch the newest episodes of Ms. Marvel every Wednesday, well at least for the next three weeks!


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