Ms Marvel: Bringing South Asian Music to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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In case you missed it, the Marvel Cinematic Universe now has its first on-screen Muslim superhero: 16-year-old Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel.

Played by newcomer Iman Vellani, Kamala Khan is an aspiring artist working on superhero fan fiction, who becomes a superhero herself when she finds a magical bracelet that allows her to harness energy cosmic. (Interestingly, it appears she is able to channel Partition’s trauma and the spirit of her great-grandmother, who disappeared at the time, through the bracelet.)

The first episode of this long-awaited series was released this week and it is already winning hearts everywhere. Not only does he provide much-needed representation on screen and in the superhero genre, Mrs. Wonder brings Kamala’s South Asian heritage to the fore.

From SP Balasubramaniam, AR Rahman and Ahmed Rushdi to Ishq Bector, Raja Kumari and Ritviz, there are plenty of South Asian artists on the Mrs. Wonder soundtrack and it looks like audiences couldn’t be happier.

As if that weren’t enough, the series’ initial reviews were largely positive, praising the portrayal of South Asian Americans and Vellani’s acting debut in particular.

Some of the other songs to watch (and listen to) Mrs. Wonder is “Rozi”, rapped entirely in Urdu by Pakistani hip-hop artist Eva B and “Disco Gully” by Angus Campbell, Kully Bhamra and Ishq Bector (of 2008’s “Aye Hip Hopper” fame). And this is only the first episode!

Mrs. Wonder airing weekly on Disney+. Will you agree?

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Lyle L. Maltby