Why Ms. Marvel Is So Different From The Rest Of The MCU

Kamala Khan’s Disney+ series is completely unlike anything Marvel has done with the MCU thus far. But is this a good thing?

Ms. Marvel The first five episodes prove that Kamala Khan’s Disney+ series is completely unlike anything else the MCU has done. In a way, of course, that’s the goal of every MCU project. Marvel Studios is already committed to delivering something new and unique with every installment of the MCU, which is why it’s so diverse in terms of the backgrounds and directing styles of those it entrusts to his movies and shows.

If the plan was for Disney+ Ms. Marvel show to distance itself from all other MCU material, so the series has certainly achieved that. As the story of a teenager developing superhuman abilities and evolving into a hero, Ms. Marvel certainly doesn’t look like an atypical MCU show on paper, but the way it’s been handled so far proves otherwise. It is not the fascinating mystery that Wanda Vision Where Loki was, nor is, an action-packed thriller in the same vein as The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Where Moon Knight. It contains some humorous elements, but cannot be compared to the comic adventures of Clint Barton and Kate Bishop in Hawk Eye That is.

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Ms. Marvel is very much its own thing and a story that doesn’t try to be like the MCU movies and shows that came before it. Its tone, pacing, subplots, and character arcs all help give Ms. Marvel a special and unique feeling. Here’s what sets him apart so much and whether it’s really a good thing for Kamala Khan’s MCU show.

Ms. Marvel is unlike any other MCU show


Muneeba Khan in Ms. Marvel Episode 1

Much of what leads Ms. Marvel differences is the emphasis on family and identity. Instead of focusing on Kamala’s superhero journey, Ms. Marvel explores other issues one wouldn’t normally expect to see represented in a true MCU episode, such as the mother-daughter drama between Muneeba and Sana, the impact of the 1947 partition in occupied India by the British and the cultural struggles of the show’s key characters. There’s also the issue of Kamala’s search for her own identity and the coming-of-age element of the series. Many of these aspects of Ms. Marvel The story is not directly related to Kamala’s bracelet or her mysterious origin, but they are all integral to the series. Basically, the problems that Ms. Marvel chose to focus on hasn’t been relevant to the rest of the MCU movies and shows.


Ms. Marvel’s Differences Are Big (But Explain Her Difficulties)


Yusuf and Muneeba sitting on the couch in Ms. Marvel

Ms. Marvel decision to make its cultural elements so important to Ms. Marvel was a bold choice and one that certainly worked well for him in terms of the reactions and criticism he received. The critically acclaimed show is already Rotten Tomatoes’ highest-scoring Marvel show. It’s of course an impressive achievement that says a lot about how people enjoyed the series. There’s also the question of the amount of Muslim representation offered by the series, which was considered unprecedented for the MCU and arguably mainstream television as a whole.


The problem, however, is that despite its positive buzz, Ms. Marvel is the least-watched show in the MCU. By being so different, the series has unfortunately limited its audience. As stated above, Ms. Marvel tells stories that go beyond the main plot and Kamala’s superhero struggles. For this reason, Ms. Marvel has been somewhat of a slow burn and not the fast-paced superhero adventure that so many have come to expect from the MCU. For simplicity, Ms. Marvel just doesn’t connect with the same wide range of viewers that past MCU movies and shows have enjoyed in the past. Obviously, his less than ideal audience is a reflection of his unorthodox approach that doesn’t appeal to everyone as much as Marvel would have hoped.


For now, it remains to be seen whether Ms. Marvel underperformance on Disney+ will matter in the long run, or what impact (if any) it will have on subsequent installments. As for Kamala’s future, the numbers are not a worrying sign. Regardless of what happens next, the character will make the jump to movies next year alongside Carol Danvers and Monica Rambeau in Wonders. The exposure it will get on the big screen and the stories it could set up could quite possibly generate enough interest to easily justify a second season of Ms. Marvel on Disney+.

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Ms. Marvel releases new episodes on Wednesdays on Disney+.

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: November 11, 2022
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: February 17, 2023
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
  • Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: July 28, 2023

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