Marvel’s latest Disney Plus series Ms Marvel has only just released its first episode. Focusing on teenager Kamala Kahn, the series is another entry in Marvel’s Young Avengers set-up arc.
In its first episode, Ms Marvel has already shown an energy that’s sorely lacking from other Disney Plus entries. Inspired by the likes of Scott Pilgrim vs The World, the series’ first 40 minutes were a gorgeous comic-book homage. Nevertheless, the same sad crowd as usual has taken to review bombing the new show.
Ms Marvel is “too woke”
Mere hours after the series released on Disney Plus, negative reviews piled in by the hundreds. While the show did have support from fans, most reviews were either 5 stars or 1 star ratings.
As expected, most of Ms Marvel’s negative reviews came from the same sad, moany voices as usual. Those decrying “woke propaganda” because a series dares to be about anyone other than a straight, white boy. Even when a story is about a white man, the same crowd crawls out of the woodwork to complain about a black supporting character. Case in point: Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Amid the hundreds of negative reviews, the same sentiment can be seen numerous times. The same tired complaints about “diversity” and “wokeism” rear their ugly heads from internet commenters who can’t allow non-white Marvel fans to have just one show for them.
“I don't understand why they can't just make a show that is not a complete attempt at forced diversity,” one comment said, despite the fact that the character has been around for almost a decade in the comics.
Another commenter claimed: “Marvel would be better off if they quit pushing the all new all woke characters and stories that no one likes and go back to basics.” However, Marvel’s “woke” content appears to be doing very well.
“It will melt your brain with woke garbage,” another said. “Marvel is producing this cringe woke trash now?” asked another. “Being woke is not content. Super woke and beyond foolish,” according to one random guy. “Woke mess,” claims another.
One commenter begged that the “woke till you choke nature has to end” because “the general fan base deserves better”. Seemingly a business expert, the commenter even claimed that Disney “needs to stop focusing on being so cringingly inclusive” before claiming Ms Marvel actress Iman Vellani was “on par with Amber Heard” and that everyone should “#boycottMsMarvel”.
If you can’t deal with one Pakistani girl, you’re the problem
Ms Marvel is a step forward for Marvel in terms of diversity, that’s irrefutable. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 14-year history, this is the first time a non-white female has had her own story, and it’s only the fourth female-led story from Marvel.
Think about that: 28 movies, 6 TV shows and a smattering of short videos and skits and Ms Marvel is the first time a non-white female has her own story. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is stretches deep into the cosmos, through multiverses, and this is the first time.
The first two phases of the MCU were strictly about straight white men. Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man. Phase Three had one Black-led movie, Black Panther, and one female-led movie, Captain Marvel. There are 28 Marvel movies out right now.
Marvel creating a single series about a Pakistani girl isn’t the problem. If you have an issue with it, you’re the problem. If you froth at the mouth because Marvel has the gall to give young brown girls a show that speaks to them, maybe see a therapist! You obviously have some issues you need to talk out.
Ms Marvel isn’t a perfect show, no Marvel show has been. For as great as WandaVision, Loki and Hawkeye were, they still had issues. But Ms Marvel has only just started. Yes, her powers are different, and that’s very disappointing, but it’s currently one of the most artistic and creative shows Marvel has released.
So, step away from your keyboard, calm down, and just enjoy the ride. Or don’t and shut uup.