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‘Ms. Marvel’ directors respond to the review-bombing that targeted the latest MCU show

  • “Ms. Marvel” directors have responded to the review bombing the Disney Plus series was subjected to after premiering last week.
  • Viewers noticed the show was bombarded with baseless one-star reviews on IMDb, despite receiving praise from critics and Marvel fans.
  • Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah responded to the review-bombing in an interview with Gizmodo, noting how the fandom’s values take from the “good and the bad” in society.

Directors of “Ms. Marvel” Adil El Arbi and Billal Fallah have responded to the review-bombing that targeted the new Disney Plus series shortly after its premiere on June 8.

“Ms. Marvel” follows the story of Kamala Khan, a seemingly ordinary teenage girl from New Jersey who one day finds herself imbued with superpowers. The series brings to screen MCU’s first-ever Muslim and South Asian superhero. 

Disney’s ‘Ms. Marvel,’ featuring MCU’s first Muslim South Asian superhero, gets review bombed

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  • “Ms. Marvel,” the new Disney Plus series featuring the MCU’s first-ever Muslim superhero, was subjected to review bombing on IMDb.
  • The series was flooded with negative reviews, resulting in an overall rating of 6.5 out of 10 shortly after its premiere yesterday.
  • Critics suggest the polarized distribution between the rating scores of one and 10 points can be attributed to review bombing from hostile viewers. 
  • The inconsistency between the crowd-sourced ratings and critics' reviews also suggests something more is going on than viewers simply disliking the new show. 
  • The practice of review bombing has been on the rise in recent years, noticeably with projects showcasing Hollywood’s greater conscientiousness towards representation. 

Disney Plus’ new miniseries “Ms. Marvel,” featuring the MCU’s first-ever Muslim superhero, was subjected to review-bombing on IMDb despite receiving glowing reviews from critics.

Premiering yesterday on Disney’s streaming platform, the series was flooded with negative reviews on IMDb, resulting in an overall rating of 6.5 out of 10 as of this writing, the lowest rating of any MCU show. Over 23 percent of the show’s reviews gave a rating of 1, while 41 percent gave it a 10. Critics suggest this sort of polarized distribution points to review-bombing from hostile viewers.

‘Ms. Marvel’ is a refreshing take on the superhero origin story

  • Kamala Khan’s MCU debut strikes a perfect balance between a superhero origin story and a coming-of-age tale, focusing more heavily on Kamala’s relationships with her friends and family than her newfound powers.
  • “Ms. Marvel” provides an intriguing glimpse into Kamala’s life as a South Asian teenage girl grappling with her identity as an underrepresented minority in America — more so than what a typical MCU show might care to explore.
  • Kamala struggles to situate her identity as a Pakistani American, torn between the pressures from her overbearing parents and her aspirations to become a hero in a country where, as Kamala puts it, “It’s not really the brown girls from Jersey City who save the world.”
  • Visually, “Ms. Marvel” is incredibly stylized and colorful, making use of Kamala’s creative personality to demonstrate her powerful imagination.
  • “Ms. Marvel” will be available to stream on Disney Plus starting on June 8.

Kamala Khan’s MCU debut strikes a perfect balance between a superhero origin story and a coming-of-age tale, focusing more heavily on Kamala’s relationships with her friends and family than her newfound powers.

Every member of the Disney Plus miniseries’ cast is natural and believable in their roles. Iman Vellani’s performance as Pakistani American teenager Kamala Khan perfectly encapsulates the image of a geeky, creative young Avengers fan constantly distracted by fantasies of following in the superpowered footsteps of her idol Captain Marvel.

Photo of ‘Ms. Marvel’ star Iman Vellani dressed up as the hero years before landing the role goes viral

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  • Iman Vellani, who plays the titular character in Disney Plus’ upcoming series “Ms. Marvel,” dressed up as the hero years before landing the role.
  • An image of the younger Vellani was spotted in “A Fan’s Guide to Ms. Marvel,” a short behind-the-scenes look at the series, before being shared across Reddit.
  • Fans expressed excitement over the way Vellani admired her character before taking on the role.
  • “Growing up with little to no representation, I needed that,” Vellani says in the video. “It was basically Marvel Comics saying, ‘Hey, you’re not alone.’”

Iman Vellani of Disney Plus’ “Ms. Marvel” donned the costume of the titular hero long before portraying her on screen in her upcoming acting debut.

The photo of a then-15-year-old Vellani on Halloween was spotted in Disney Plus’ newly released “A Fan’s Guide to Ms. Marvel,” a short behind-the-scenes special for the upcoming series. It was then shared across Reddit, where Marvel fans geeked out that she was also a fan of the character prior to landing the role.

First Muslim superhero Kamala Khan debuts in new trailer for ‘Ms. Marvel’

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  • Marvel has released the official trailer for “Ms. Marvel,” a new series featuring the MCU’s first Muslim superhero.
  • The series will be available to stream on Disney Plus starting June 8.
  • Nineteen-year-old newcomer Iman Vellani stars as the show’s lead Kamala Khan, a nerdy Pakistani American high school student who suddenly finds herself possessing cosmic powers.
  • Viewers may be surprised to see how Kamala’s powers in the trailer differ from the comics.
  • The unveiling of the new trailer has spurred excitement on social media, with many online praising the representation of South Asian and Muslim women on screen.

Marvel Studios has released an official trailer for their upcoming series “Ms. Marvel,” which will bring to screens a Muslim superhero for the first time ever. 

The new series follows Kamala Khan, a nerdy South Asian American teenager from New Jersey who loves playing video games, writing fan-fiction and most of all, daydreaming of superheroes. Her idol, Captain Marvel, later serves as inspiration for her costume design.