Ms. Marvel Finale: A Massive Triumph for the Muslims of the West

It comes as no surprise that Ms. Marvel became one of the most talked about Marvel shows recently. Iman Vellani made a strong impact as Kamala in the first five episodes and got everyone invested in her antics as she explored the origins story of her powers and their connection to her family. Becoming the first Muslim superhero to headline her series, Iman Ms. Marvel, ruled the hearts of South-Asian audiences.

Ms. Marvel’s super finale aired on July 13 and fans had been excited to witness where Kamala Khan’s story goes ahead as the series wraps up its first season. The show has turned out to be a huge triumph for Muslims and their actual representation on the international platform.

Representing Muslims & Pakistanis as Normal

Ms. Marvel’s biggest hallmark was the true representation of the huge Muslim communities living in the west. Kamala Khan was depicted as traditional, true to her roots and living life as an American high schooler in New Jersey. The way how she transforms from a normal girl to a superhero came across as organic. The true portrayal of Muslim men who are always labeled as violent – abusive, and women as oppressed was a complete eye opener for western viewers.

 

Pakistani Stars Left a Lasting Impact

The presence of Pakistani actors like Samina Ahmed, Fawad Khan, Nimra Bucha, and Mehwish Hayat gave Ms. Marvel the required flavor. Brownie points to the casting department for casting the right mix of Pakistani actors to woo the international audience. All of this was also possible because of the prominent Pakistani factor. Creator Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and writers like Bisha K Ali, Sana Amanat, Samira Ali and Fatima Asghar were part of the project.

Will there be a Season 2?

The question that has been on everyone’s minds since the last episode aired is, will there be a season 2 for Ms. Marvel? In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, one of the directors El Arbi said “We’ll see what happens with The Marvels, where Iman [Vellani] is there, too. If we can get the chance to explore more of her world and her friends and her family, there are more elements to the story. We can go even further.”

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