‘MS. Marvel’ roots its dueling conspiracies in the family

Warning: This summary contains spoilers from Mrs Miracle episode 3

After seven shows, the MCU’s lineup of Disney+ shows tends to have some structural familiarity with them, for better or for worse: they tend to do a lot of the heavy lifting, both in terms of emotion and exposure , saving for the penultimate episode, making what came before seem like pastime. Mrs MiracleNow halfway through his six episodes, he has much more to reveal, but his characters’ emotional lineage remains strong as the personal and the supernatural collide.

On several occasions, the various characters in Kamala Khan’s (Iman Vellani) life emphasize the importance of being able to lean on one’s family and community in the face of fear and isolation. Her older brother Aamir (Saagar Shaikh), who is stressed about how little money is in his bank account just before his wedding to Tyesha (Travina Springer), is informed by his father Yusuf (Mohan Kapur) that he is brave because he chose love over fear. “You are brave, my son. Because you chose family. And those who choose to have family are never alone.” Sharing how hard it was for her and Yusuf after moving to America, Muneeba (Zenobia Shroff) tells Kamala how important the community she was in found at her local mosque. This community is such a lifeline that it’s not at all a burden for an aunt to travel 28 hours on four connections just to get to Aamir’s wedding.

While Kamala has Bruno (Matt Lintz) on her side, her abilities isolate her from the community she loves. She almost reveals to Nakia (Yasmeen Fletcher) that she has powers, but Nakia’s outlet via the Department of Damage Control (DODC) showing up at the Masjid to search for “Night Light” – and how the DODC expected the Masjid monitors itself – stops them. Even Bruno, who promises to help her if he can, steps back a bit after saying he wants to go to Caltech.

On paper, a character who refuses to open up despite everyone around her insisting she’s safe can be a frustrating story to play out because it happens over and over again. It’s easy for Kamala to see why she wouldn’t. She sees her community’s reaction to her masked personality and hears that whoever Night Light’s mother is should be ashamed. Vellani’s expressiveness shows the conflict on Kamala’s face. If she revealed herself to her family and friends who are facing investigations into her, would she be ostracized? Can it be good if it keeps causing so many problems? Are her powers actually more of a curse?

Asking for advice, Sheikh Abdullah (Laith Nakli) says she is looking at it the wrong way while looping Mrs Miracle‘s most famous comic lines (and perhaps the thesis of Kamala Khan as a character). “You’re not good, Kamala. It’s a thing you do.”

Her attempt to do good this time doesn’t quite go according to plan. The episode is accompanied by Kamala’s past, with the chill flashing back to British-occupied India in 1942 when her great-grandmother Aisha (Mehwish Hayat) gets her hands on the bracelet at a temple that the British missed in their previous looting attempts . She and her cohorts appear to need two bracelets to reach their destination, but incoming British soldiers prevent them from finding the second bracelet. Aisha’s friend Najma (Nimra Bucha), whom we met at the end of episode 2 as Kamran’s (Rish Shah) mother, tells her to run.

Decades later, Najma and the rest of the crew, who looked only slightly older than they did in the flashback, passed the story on to Kamala. The logic behind how that was possible pops up in our heads just before Kamala — always the superhero fangirl — asks her herself. Najma reveals that she, her friends, and Kamran are known as the Clandestines (also known by a number of other names, most commonly Djinn), a group of powered beings from another dimension and able to tap into Noor, or Light; One of the advantages is that they don’t age as quickly as humans. More importantly, they have been banished from their dimension to ours (where they are unable to use their full abilities) and need Kamala’s help to bring them home.

Bruno’s attempt to explore interdimensional travel (including an article by Dr. Erik Selvig of the Thor movies) doesn’t bring good news: It’s very dangerous, and research even understates how dangerous it is. Kamran is understanding when Kamala asks for more time, but Najma is tired of waiting; She doesn’t even allow Kamala to survive a wedding.

The centerpiece of Episode 3 is Aamir and Tyesha’s wedding and reception, a colorful and infectious show full of decadent food, gossip (Bruno is very popular with the aunts), a Bon Jovi cover band called Brown Jovi, and Bollywood dances that meet almost every character on the dance floor and sit down eternal‘ Try to be ashamed. It’s almost a shame that Najma and the other clandestines break up the party to force Kamala to help them; With just a little warning from Kamran, Kamala sets off the fire alarm to get everyone out of harm’s way. It’s a decent combat sequence, but it also shows us another of Kamala’s powers: she can absorb energy when hit, which she can then convert into a powerful punch.

By the end of the episode, Kamala is more isolated than ever. Najma’s group is eventually neutralized by the DODC, but her family believes she ruined Aamir’s wedding by setting the fire alarm and being associated with the group. Nakia now knows what Kamala can do, but she’s angry that Kamala kept it from her all along. And a phone call from Sana (Samina Ahmad) begging Kamala and Muneeba to travel to Karachi, Pakistan immediately, will only further distance her from many of the people she loves.

*Initial publication: June 22, 2022 at 4:38 pm CDT

Michelle Jaworsky

Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and television/film critic at the Daily Dot. Covering entertainment, geek culture and pop culture, she has covered everything from the Sundance Film Festival, NYFF and Tribeca to New York Comic Con and Con of Thrones. She lives in Brooklyn.

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