Third episode of ‘Ms. Marvel’ and server is quite enjoying the adventures of the pakistani heroine. It is also true that I am already a big fan of both the comic and the teen series/comedy genre. And, one more week we continue to unravel what the Disney + series offers us.
By the way, from here on, spoilers for ‘Destined’, episode 1×03 of ‘Ms. Marvel’.
After the rescue in extremis of the previous episode, the first ten minutes of this one are full of substance. On the one hand we have the flashback that takes us to British-occupied Indiato a kind of ruined temple (and with what looks like the symbols of the ten rings), where a group of people including Najma (Nimra Bucha) and Aisha (Mehwish Hayat), recover a bracelet from a severed blue arm.
The identity of the deceased is not revealed to us and, although we can point out that he is probably a kree (which fits with the mythology of Captain Marvel and her number 1 fan), I would not put my hand in the fire at all, since it would not be the first time that Marvel has played with expectations.
ClanDestine, djinns and dances
Back in the present, Najma reveals to Kamala (Iman Vellani), that they are immortal beings from another dimension known as the Clandestinos. What’s more, they are djinn, the mythological creatures of the Middle East, and they need the power of the bracelet (and the Noor she has) to return to her world.
Immediately this revelation (and the name given) leads us to ‘ClanDestine’, the fantastic cult comic by Alan Davis that presented a family of immortals (the Destine) whose origin, precisely, lay in the relationship between Adam of Ravencroft and the djinn Elalyth back in the twelfth century.
All this comes at a bit of a bad time, since Aamir’s wedding celebrations arrive (Saagar Sheikh) and Tyesha (Travina Springer) and it’s time to be with the family. It won’t be easy as Damage Control is hot on the trail of the Nightlight and Kamala will be seen going viral with her performance the other day.
And, how could it be otherwise, we have a wedding and that means that there will be tragedy as a good trope (and more of the comics) that it is. Kamala’s request to need time to help the djinn (especially when she found out that she would need gigantic energy) does not sit well with the clan.
But, as far as this third act of the episode comes, we have a a little party in the purest bollywoodian style, with dances and choreographies. A moment that will soon be interrupted by the arrival of Kamran (Rish Shah), who warns that his family is on the way and that there will be victims.
After the fight and corner sequence, the sight of a train serves a bit of deus ex machina so that Damage Control just arrives and stops the villains from the show while Kamala can safely escape.
Next stop: Karachi
However, the problems are not over for the apprentice heroine: at home they have many questions that she refuses to answer. The episode ends by warning us of the fate that awaits us. The grandmother calls saying that she also had that vision and Kamala must go to Pakistan, to Karachi. What awaits us there we will see in the next episode.
For now, ‘Ms. Marvel’ continues to have many unknowns regarding the real origin of the bracelet, especially that we now know that there must be another one out there. Will we find out what became of the missing great-grandmother?are the powers cosmic/kree or from another dimension?