Ms. Marvel Director Addresses MCU Haters
Marvel Studios Ms. Marvel is a new original series that follows Kamala Khan, a Muslim American teenager growing up in Jersey City. An avid gamer and voracious fan-fiction writer, Kamala is a superhero megafan with an outsized imagination—especially when it comes to Captain Marvel. But Kamala feels like she doesn’t fit in at school, and sometimes even at home—until she gets superpowers like the heroes she’s always looked up to. Life gets better with superpowers, right?
Recently, Ms. Marvel director Meera Menon sat down with us to talk about the series and many other aspects of the show. With Ms. Marvel With a young woman at the helm, there is growing concern that the MCU is becoming too dominant when it comes to promoting female characters. Filmblog asked the Ms. Marvel director about taking on such emotions. More below.
Ms. Marvel Director Interview
The film blog: Some people think the MCU is going to be “M-She-U” and they come with these women, how about liking those commenters?
Meera Menon: Damn it! (laughs) Sorry. can i say No, I’m answering that question. I don’t even know what to say to those people. [The show is] it is not intended to alienate anyone. He’s not trying to be political. It’s not trying to be didactic. It’s trying to tell the story of a young girl… It’s the average American teenager’s life experience. His parents place restrictions on him and he deals with certain culturally specific elements.
At the end of the day, I think everything she goes through is so relatable to anyone whose parents just don’t get it. I don’t really understand if it’s her gender, her ethnicity, her religion, or anything else that makes her different. If anything, it’s still the same. It’s like “we have more in common than anything else.” I think if people actually watch the show, they will see it. But I stand by my first reaction.
What do you think of the Ms. Marvel director’s comments? What do you think of the Ms. Marvel series?
Director: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Meera Menon, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
I write: Bisha K. Ali, AC Bradley, Matthew Chauncey, Adrian Alphona, G. Willow Wilson, Fatimah Asghar,
Will Dunn, Kate Gritmon, Sabir Pirzada, Freddy Syborn, Sana Amanat
Stars: Cast: Iman Vellani, Matt Lintz, Zenobia Shroff, Yasmeen Fletcher, Alysia Reiner, Laurel Marsden,
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