Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani) strikes a pose (Photo credit: Marvel Studios)
Hello, Internet! I am back with a recap of Ms. Marvel Episode 2. This show is getting better while still re-treading familiar beats from the Tom Holland Spider-Man movies. It begins on a slow beat to allow the audience to really know Kamala, her friends, and her family and their intriguing mystery involving someone with powers.
Picking up after her powers’ awakened by the mysterious bangle, Episode 2 Crush sees Kamala (Imani Valleni) training and geeking out with her powers with Bruno Carrelli (Matt Lintz) giving her helpful advice and assistance. They, along with Nakia Bahadir (Yasmeen Fletcher) were invited to a party by Zoe Zimmer (Laurel Marsden) to celebrate the fact she was saved by Kamala in the last episode. Kamala meets her crush Kamran (Rish Shah) and begins to do typical teenager things such as spending time with Kamran instead of training her newfound powers, which bothers Bruno.
At the Eid Celebration, Kamala saves a kid after getting distracted by the fact that she’s becoming popular as a superhero, then gets pursued by DODC (Department of Damage Control—Basically the new SHIELD-like organization from Spider-Man Homecoming, Spider-Man No Way Home. It ends with Kamala getting picked up by Kamran who also chauffeurs a woman (Nimra Bucha) Kamala saw in a vision given to her by her mysterious bangle. Turns out that the woman is Kamran’s mom.
Overall, it’s a pretty good episode. We do get to see how Nakia is trying to break gender barriers with how Pakistani women are treated at the mosque. Bruno might have to leave New Jersey to live in California because of his good grades and educational standing therefore leaving his friendship with Kamala behind. And there’s a Kingo reference in this episode, which reminded me of how I didn’t like Eternals because of how much of a college curriculum it was, but it’s at least nice that Ms. Marvel acknowledges Eternals’ place in the MCU timeline. At any rate, I can’t wait to see what the third episode has in store.
*Julian Jones is a University of Alabama at Birmingham graduate with a degree in Sociology and minor in Public Health. When he is not watching films, he is an Assistant to Ashley M Jones, Poet Laureate of the State of Alabama. Let him know what you thought of his review by leaving a comment below!
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