May 27, 2022 - Economy & Business

Disney+'s "Ms. Marvel" a 1st for Asian superheroes

a young Pakistani girl in front of a mirror in her bedroom which is decorated with Marvel stickers and colorful lights
Iman Vellani as 16-year-old Kamala Khan and "Ms. Marvel." Screenshot: Disney+, Marvel

Reviews are in ahead of the premiere of “Ms. Marvel,” a new show from Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Why it matters: “Ms. Marvel,” the alter ego of a Pakistani-American teen from Jersey City, is the first Muslim superhero from Marvel Studios.

  • Asian representation on screen has often been limited to characters who serve as the punchline or butt of a joke, a study of top 10 grossing films from 2010 to 2019 reveals.

Catch up quick: Marvel Comics introduced 16-year-old Kamala Khan, who idolizes Captain Marvel and writes fan fiction about her and other Avengers, in 2013, then got a solo title a year later.

What critics are saying: The show is "Marvel meets Mean Girls,” that’s exceeded some expectations, with star Iman Vellani and the cast noted as being “charismatic” and “fantastic.”

When to watch: The first episode lands on Disney+ at midnight Wednesday June 8.

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