Parents' Guide to

Ms. Marvel

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Thrilling teen superhero show is vibrant and relatable.

TV Disney+ Drama 2022
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 13+

Episode 4 is not PG appropriate

It's worth noting that episode 4 (as of writing this, the latest one) features notably more violence than past episodes and makes the PG rating of this show highly questionable. The episode features multiple people being stabbed with knives. While there is no visible blood, it's clear one character being stabbed in the back dies and falls of a balcony. The body is seen hitting the ground. Episodes 1-3 seemed suitable for kids around 10, but I would not show this episode to anyone under 13 at the very least.
age 5+

Great cultural understanding.

Great to see girls being geeks! And being heroes while doing it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (34 ):

A hero's journey that brings blazing new color to familiar story beats, this thrilling drama rests easily on the capable shoulders of actress Iman Vellani. Kamala's problems could have been exported from any teen movie: classmates who think she's a weird loser if they notice her at all, parents who just don't understand, teachers who wish she'd stop doodling and daydreaming. Somewhere, sometime, Kamala hopes, there might be something special inside her, but as she tells her BFF Bruno, "Let's face it, it's not really the brown girls from Jersey City who are saving the world." Ms. Marvel's great triumph is not only that it proceeds to show us just that, but also that Kamala feels like a fully realized character in a fleshed-out world, not a flat token.

This is partially because the Khans' heritage is woven through their whole world: It's in the foods they eat, the mingled English and Urdu they speak, the market where Kamala and Muneeba go to buy items for Aamir's wedding -- and in the traumatic family history during Partition that Kamala's elders don't speak of, but that comes to the forefront anyway. Authenticity extends to the soundtrack, with songs from Pakistan's rapper Eva B and vintage Pakistani films. But even more than that, Kamala feels real, with her oversized emotions, the push-pull to her relationship with her parents, and the dawning delight (quickly followed by misgivings) she experiences upon discovering her own powers. Similar stories have been told about superheroes, but Ms. Marvel paints in Kamala Khan's story in hues too vivid to ignore.

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