I had a stressful terrible wonderful weekend (moving is HARD y’all! Even when you are moving to your dream place), so I forgot to put up this post on Sunday. And no one noticed, which makes me think it is still just me and Emily and Emily is too nice to complain.
Chapter 2! Introduction of Kamran!!!!
So many great things about this chapter. We start with Ms Marvel running a training obstacle course, being a superhero in training, and then rushing home to be a Good Daughter. But the two things don’t feel separated from each other. In both cases, she is being the best she can be to please the people she respects. She complains about dressing up and being proper to meet her parents’ old friends, but she still does it.
And then of course, the introduction of the Perfect Guy. This series in general is very respectful of Kamala’s ethnic heritage and all that it means. Her parents want her to have a life similar to their own, want her to maintain her identity and culture, and want to keep her safe. No one is forcing her into anything, but she respects her parents enough to listen to and consider their concerns. So it is understood through out the family that a) her parents are going to be introducing her to a series of nice Pakistani young men, and b) she just has to be polite to them and open minded, no more than that.
When Kamala, age 16, actually finds the Perfect Guy, son of her parents oldest friends, interested in computer games, does well in school, her family is not happy. Nothing wrong with the guy, but Kamala is 16 and they don’t want her to rush into anything. I particularly like how her brother handles things. He insists on chaperoning them and is a bit of a wet blanket, but honestly, he SHOULD do that. If their magical instant connection can’t handle an irritating older brother, it’s not that magical in the first place. The social rules they are following are also just rules of common sense.
And of course, Film Convo!!!! It’s almost too on the nose that they bond over computer games, and Hindi films. The perfect symbols of the second generation American. Connected to both sides of their culture. But at the same time, it’s part of the illusionary “magic”. Is it that they really like each other as people, or is it that they are excited to find someone else with similar interests? It’s a fine line, but there is a difference there.
Then attack, and her brother does the big brother thing because he is so sweet (I thought he would be a one dimensional character when he was first introduced, but he has turned into my favorite person in her family). And finally, the reveal of the LAST thing Kamala and Kamran have in common, both with superpowers. Perfect Guy!!!!
Or is he?