The Ms Marvel finale is already here – and sees Kamala and her friends desperately trying to save Kamran from the overzealous Department of Damage Control.
Despite the stumbles of the last two episodes – which really struggled to convincingly justify a sudden trip to Pakistan and a lengthy, if well-handled, flashback – this sixth episode gets us back to Jersey and Kamala’s closer friends and family. It’s a lot more satisfying to be back on home turf, with the more teen-centric drama that the show is built on.
Though we’ve seen Kamala use her powers before, the battle against Damage Control sees her really come into her own, albeit with some great support from her peers, family and even community in the episode’s extended action sequence. It’s really well done and goes a long way to restoring the charm and down to earth tone that seemed to be missing in those last few episodes.
Though the more hyperactive stylistic flourishes seen that gave the show such a unique feel at the start don’t fully return, they’re used in a few sequences here to great effect.
There’s a hint that Kamala may be the key to unlocking a mostly unexplored aspect of the MCU that has long been rumoured to be arriving too, as well as a mid-credits scene that’s a little confusing, but nonetheless essential to see.
On the whole then, despite a couple of shaky episodes and a story that didn’t handle its superheroics as well as the teen coming-of-age drama or its more interesting cultural elements (with both of those aspects being handled very well indeed), Ms Marvel’s first season does enough to establish the hero and give us a charming, diverse cast of excellent characters. Iman Vellani is an effortlessly appealing Kamala – and it’s going to be great to catch up with her again in The Marvels.
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