What does Ms. Marvel mean to the Muslim community? | TV shows

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. GMT:
“It’s not really the brunette girls of Jersey City saving the world.” Where is it? That’s the question Marvel Studios intends to answer with the debut of its latest superhero, Ms. Marvel, which premiered on Disney’s streaming service this month.

The TV show follows the adventures of Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), a Pakistani-American teenager who develops incredible powers and finds herself pursued by supernatural villains, all while struggling with family and religious obligations.

Ms. Marvel has received star-studded reception from critics and viewers who see themselves reflected in Khan and his unapologetic Muslim immigrant family. But it has its critics, with some Muslims saying Khan’s lack of hijab and male best friend Bruno (Matt Lintz) don’t portray Islam in a specific light, or that the characters pander to a Western audience.

However, many praise Marvel’s portrayal of an “ordinary Muslim,” which comes at a time when Hollywood continues to widely portray Muslim characters as targets or perpetrators of violence. Speaking to NPR, Vellani said, “I really think this is going to inspire more Muslims and South Asians to tell their story, because it’s a singular representation of the Muslim experience. And so I don’t think we can represent the two billion Muslims and South Asians, but it’s a start.

In this episode of The Stream, we’ll talk to guests involved with the show about the challenges and joys of doing Ms. Marvel, and what the show means to the Muslim community.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak with:
Travina Springer
Actress, “Tayesha”, Ms. Marvel

Rish Shah, @rishshah
Actor, “Kamran”, Ms. Marvel

Azhar Usman, @azharcomedy
Comedian/actor/screenwriter/producer

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