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Ms. Marvel Pitch Meeting | Screen Rant

The latest episode of Screen Rant‘s Pitch Meeting series is setting its cosmic sights on Ms. Marvel. The Disney+ series marked the Marvel Cinematic Universe debut of Kamala Khan, a Captain Marvel-obsessed Pakistani-American teenager who gains cosmic-harnessing abilities from a magical bangle with ties to her ancestors. As she tries to get a handle on her newfound powers and find her place as a hero in Jersey City, Kamala also grapples with the Clandestines, a group of Djinns exiled from their home dimension known as the Noor who seek to use her bangle to get back their, which may in turn destroy the world.

Iman Vellani led the cast of Ms. Marvel as the titular heroine alongside Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh, Laurel Marsden, Azhar Usman, Rish Shah and Alysia Reiner. Loki alum Bish K. Ali served as head writer of the MCU show with Bad Boys for Life duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah leading its directing team. Premiering on Disney+ in June, Ms. Marvel scored near-universal acclaim from critics for its vibrant energy, stylish direction, positive depiction of Pakistani and Muslim cultures and Vellani’s charismatic performance.

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On the heels of the show coming to a close, Screen Rant‘s Pitch Meeting has returned with an episode centered on Ms. Marvel. The video humorously points out some of the show’s flaws, including the multiple love interests for the titular heroine, the incompetency of the Department of Damage Control and the decision to release it in direct competition with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Check out the new Pitch Meeting below:

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Though critics were mostly favorable towards the series, Ms. Marvel did endure a string of review bombings throughout its run, memorably scoring one-star reviews on IMDb from users complaining about everything from the change to Kamala’s powers to the lighter tone and some more toxic complaints of the show being “woke.” In spite of the initial review bombing, to which Vellani shut down and defended the show as being for real Marvel fans, audience reception to Ms. Marvel grew generally more positive as the series went on, currently sitting at an 81 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While Ms. Marvel‘s Pitch Meeting episode may point out some of the show’s glaring flaws, namely its oft-convenient storytelling, the consistent positive reception seems to indicate critics and audiences alike were largely willing to forgive these issues.

One of the biggest issues the show faced, as pointed out in the new Pitch Meeting video, was Disney+’s decision to release Ms. Marvel in direct competition with Obi-Wan Kenobi, a program generally considered more anticipated amongst audiences for Ewan McGregor’s return as the Jedi. The former show would launch as the least-watched MCU series, while the latter would surpass both The Mandalorian‘s season 2 premiere and The Book of Boba Fett‘s premiere. Though cinematographer Jules O’Loughlin recently shared having heard no talks of Ms. Marvel season 2, those who fell in love with the character can look forward to her return in The Marvels.

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