A Revolutionary Celebration of Pakistani and Muslim Culture is Offered by Ms. Marvel

A Revolutionary Celebration of Pakistani and Muslim Culture is Offered by Ms. Marvel

Kamala Khan is adamant about attending Avenger Con. The sixteen-year-old Captain Marvel fan wants to dress up as her favorite Avenger for the big conference in the Ms. Marvel series premiere episode, which debuted on Disney+ this week. But her parents have tight requirements. Following their initial opposition, they eventually agree to let her travel and even surprise her with a costume: a baggy green shalwar kameez (traditional Pakistani attire) with Hulk-inspired details, including a protruding eight-pack. Iman Vellani, a Pakistani-Canadian actor, plays Kamala, who is appalled. She says to her parents, “It is very embarrassing.” Her mother reiterates that she will not be permitted to wear a “skimpy” outfit. She is able to wear a shalwar kameez

The struggle between children and their parents as they try to balance expectations to uphold tradition and appear in a certain way will be relatable to many Muslim and Pakistani viewers. The series’ two episodes were directed by two-time Academy Award-winning Pakistani documentarian Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. “There are a lot of children growing up in immigrant communities who are finding it difficult to hold on to what their parents’ beliefs are,” she says. Kamala is relatable in part because of this experience, and the speaker continues.

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Marvel Cinematic Universe

In this fashion, the most recent entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ms. Marvel, effectively immerses viewers in Kamala’s world, specifically the world of an immigrant, Muslim, Pakistani American family residing in Jersey City. It’s significant to see a figure like Kamala in a field where Muslim characters have rarely been portrayed in anything but damaging stereotypes. In 200 movies from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, less than 2% of speaking characters were Muslims, according to a 2021 study from the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California. Although Sooraya Qadir, an X-men member who wears a niqab and was born in Afghanistan, was the first Muslim superhero to appear in the MCU, Kamala is the most fully realized.

A Chance To Identify With A Superhero

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Al-Baab Khan, a project specialist who worked on the Annenberg study, claims that Ms. Marvel gives Muslim girls and women a chance to identify with a superhero. Viewers may feel less alone and distant if they feel connected to a superhero who is going through comparable dynamics, according to the author. Then, Muslim women and girls can feel confident in who they are and, perhaps for the first time, understand. Similar to how Black Panther and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings sparked great interest among Black and Asian audiences, Muslim communities are anticipating the arrival of Ms. Marvel with a similar sense of fervor.

The writers of Ms. Marvel purposefully created a setting that uses its scenes and dialogue to highlight South Asian culture and history. In the parody of their favorite Shahrukh Khan film, Kamala and her classmate Kamran substitute Baazigar for the crowd-pleaser Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Her parents watch television and are listening to the 1960s song “Ko Ko Korina” as they talk about Riz Ahmed’s band, Swet Shop Boys. Even the entertaining and brisk “Peechay Hutt,” a song from Coke Studio Pakistan, a hit among Pakistani youth at home and abroad, is featured in the program.

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Hints In The First Two Ms. Marvel Episodes

The hints in the first two Ms. Marvel episodes suggest that the series would focus on Kamala’s family’s reactions to the horrific 1947 India-Pakistan partition. At the dinner table, Kamala’s mother informs her son’s fiancé that “every Pakistani family has a partition tale.” The British left us in a mess.

Also incorporated into the story is religion. In a quick conversation at their mosque, Kamala and her companion Nakia discuss how the men’s parts are so much better maintained than the women’s sections while performing wudu, a ceremonial cleansing before prayer. The difficulty of finding one’s shoes outdoors after each service is another typical experience that the show alludes to when Nakia laments that she can’t find her Versace shoes

According To Sana Amanat

The show’s realistic portrayal of various Muslims demonstrates that there are numerous ways to observe Islam and accords each one equal weight. According to Sana Amanat, an executive producer on the show and the person who created the comic book character in the first place, Kamala doesn’t cover her hair, but Nakia did and she chose to—but she also cares about fashion. “I do think that Islam is a pluralistic religion. People come in a wide variety. We must be more welcoming of those in our own community

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