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‘Ms. Marvel’ Episode 5 Review: A Starry Path Leads to an Emotionally Satisfying Final Chapter

Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and writer Fatimah Asghar give perhaps the greatest and most well-paced episode ever.

With just two episodes remaining, Ms. Marvel had the apparently unenviable chore of bringing it all to a climax without abandoning the tight character-focused narrative that has been by far the show’s finest component so far. With the lead-in to Episode 5, “Time and Again,” being genuine time travel, with Kamala (Iman Vellani) falling through a hole into Partition-era India, I was worried that this smaller, intimate drama was going to become unmanageably vast. Fortunately, I didn’t have to worry since Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Fatimah Asghar gave possibly the strongest and best-paced episode to yet.

Rather than starting with Kamala, the episode opens with a newsreel-style opener in which a cheerful 1940s narrator explains the fundamentals of Partition and what it means for Indian nationals after the end of British control. The casualness with which he describes the British decision to partition off a piece of the land and establish a separate country for Muslim citizens while leaving the rest of the large nation secular is terrifying, as is the clinical, voyeuristic description of the following bloodshed and rioting.

Fortunately, the viewer is not supposed to understand Partition and what it means for Kamala’s family just via the lens of one British news show. With the newsreel stating that the root of the violence and unrest started five years previously, in 1942, the episode flashes back to that year, when Aisha (Mehwish Hayat) is fleeing a British soldier. She murders him and flees to a tiny town, where she meets Hasan (Fawad Khan), a young man who holds the locals captive with statements of the need to unify across religious boundaries — Hindu, Sikh, Muslim — and fight for their own independence at whatever cost.

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When colonization is discussed in the media, whether from the viewpoint of the colonized or the colonizer, the ones performing the colonizing are often given disproportionate attention. We have a focus on the evil colonizer, whose tactics are more akin to a cartoon villain than the real-life horrors inflicted on most of the world, and then there is the sympathetic one, who really tries to understand the people whose home and way of life have been changed, but ultimately can’t do much about it except maybe help a person or two. Pocahontas from Disney springs to mind, but the pattern is clearly more prevalent than that.

It’s to Ms. Marvel’s credit — and evidence of why it’s so crucial to let individuals create their own tales — that the series doesn’t even attempt. The British troops that arrive to interrupt Hasan’s speech are unnamed. They are mostly faceless since the camera doesn’t stay long enough to get a good look at them. Because they aren’t what is important here. This is entirely Aisha and Hasan’s tale.

Following the encounter with the British, Hasan discovers Aisha napping beneath a tree in his rose garden, definitely on the run. He gives her food and a place to stay, and you’d be forgiven for forgetting this is a Marvel book rather than a romance story as he attempts to figure out who she is. He even tells her at one point that she reminds him of his favorite poetry and starts reciting it for her. He wins her over — who wouldn’t be? — and she eventually reveals him her name.

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Though they’re happy together, ultimately falling in love, marrying, and having a daughter, the ticking clock of Partition serves as a constant reminder of both the stakes and the audience’s knowledge of the sad result for the two of them. The show addresses the rising tensions and the small ways in which their lives have begun to change when a neighbor brings them food from the market, as the villagers — the same villagers who once agreed to put aside religious differences and fight for freedom together — will no longer sell their wares to them because they are a Muslim family. While Aisha is sure that they can make things work, the unexpected appearance of Najma (Nimra Bucha) compels her to reconsider.

Najma is anxious that they return home as quickly as possible, and she need Aisha and the bracelet to do so. Aisha, who seems to be escaping not just the British but also Najma, buys herself some time by claiming she has to fetch the bangle from its hiding spot, then packs what she and Hasan can carry and takes her family to the train station. While she first relies on her husband’s reasoning to explain why they should go, he soon understands there is more going on than she is letting on, and she ultimately gives him a complete explanation. Or as much as she can explain at a congested railway station with the final train to Karachi set to depart. She begs him to keep their daughter Sana safe, hands her the bracelet, and runs in the other way to meet Najma, who fatally stabs her.

At this moment, the two realities collide, and Kamala travels back in time. She comes just in time to see Aisha’s death and panics, assuming that her great-grandmother was the one who ultimately reunited Sana with her father. But, as I predicted last week, the famed “trail of stars” that lead Sana home was all along Kamala. With her mission accomplished and her grandma safe, Kamala returns to the present day in what seems to be a matter of seconds, saving the viewers from an episode-long fight to return Kamala to the current day.

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She comes just as the Veil that separates her world from the ClanDestines’ opens, and she kills the first of Najma’s companions who attempts to get through. Najma is blinded by her ambition to get home and thinks she will survive the passage. When Kamala’s pleadings for assistance fail, she appeals to Najma’s feeling of family, pleading with her not to abandon her son Kamran (Rish Shah). Instead, Najma sacrifices herself to seal the Veil, then passes her power to her son at the last minute. The talents emerge quickly in him, and the episode concludes with him going to Bruno (Matt Lintz) for assistance.

It’s unclear where the series will go for the conclusion next week. The Veil has closed, Najma is gone, and Kamala’s mother Muneeba (Zenobia Shroff) has discovered that her daughter is the “Light Girl” heroine they saw in New Jersey. However, the fact that Ms. Marvel seems to be building to a conclusion that will be more of a wind-down than a succession of confrontations and explosions is nothing short of a relief. As previously said, Kamala and her family and community have always been the show’s stronger points. It’s the focus on who she is despite the heroic background, rather than it being the only thing that draws you in.

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Not to mention the episode’s strong focus on love and understanding. The narrative often returns to a line of poetry read by Hasan, “What you seek is seeking you,” and its meaning manifests itself in a number of ways. It may be literal at times, such as when Sana and Hasan are seeking for each other at the railway station. However, towards the conclusion of the episode, when Kamala and Muneeba have a wonderful mother-daughter bonding moment, it’s evident that both of them were looking for the type of understanding that was being asked from them.

Naturally, with the finale of a superhero series coming up next week, I’m not expecting 45 minutes of hugs and conversation — especially since the final shot is of the Circle Q where Bruno works exploding — but if this is any indication, I’m hoping that the finale will both resolve the outstanding conflict and give plenty of time for all the character moments we’ve come to love. In addition, Kamala has spent the previous two episodes creating her famous Ms. Marvel outfit. Let’s hope she puts it together like an Avenger next week.

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All information you need to know about Deadpool

If you’ve been on the Internet lately, you’ve definitely noticed some peculiar advertising for a superhero film starring Ryan Reynolds. Funny, but Ryan Reynol’d’ attractive face 90% of the movie time was hidden.

Why Deadpool always wear a mask? Why is the hip-hop music so strange and off-key? Why so much profanity? Because, ladies and gentlemen, this is Deadpool, a superhero who takes great pleasure in the bizarre.

We’re here to fill you in on the latest Marvel Comics superhero movie, which will be distributed by 20th Century Fox. Hold on to your chimichangas because this is going to be a wild journey.

Deadpool: Who is he?

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Deadpool, actual name Wade Wilson, is an aggressive mercenary with a strong background in martial arts and swordplay. He was given fast healing abilities through the Weapon X program, effectively rendering him immortal.

Deadpool’s entire body appears to be extensively scarred since his cancerous cells regenerate just as quickly as his regular cells due to the fact that he was diagnosed with cancer at the time of the Weapon X experiment (and possibly wreaking havoc on his brain chemistry). The whole face mask is the result. And the power to sarcastically leave while being beheaded.

Fun Fact: Deadpool enjoys chimichangas a lot.

What connection does Deadpool have to the X-Men?

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Deadpool originally joined the New Mutants, a group of young X-Men, as a supervillain, but over time, he evolved into an antihero who fought alongside Wolverine, the X-Men, and even a few Avengers.

Before acquiring his regenerative abilities, Wade Wilson, a chatty mercenary, appeared as Deadpool on the big screen. Reynolds portrayed him in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and even though the film wasn’t that great and fans bemoaned the muting of the infamously nicknamed “Merc with a Mouth,Reynolds made enough of an impression in both of those and in the leaked Deadpool test footage that the studio wanted him for a second go-round.

What’s up with Deadpool?

With an eerie similarity to the DC Comics villain Deathstroke in terms of both outfit and abilities, Deadpool made his debut in The New Mutants comics in 1991. He was co-created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld, and his name, Wade Wilson, is a play on Deathstroke’s true name, Slade Wilson.

Since his debut in the 1990s, Deadpool has quickly developed a devoted fan base among comic book readers and convention goers. Seriously, during conventions, everyone is dressed as Deadpool. Why? Because he breaks the fourth wall and is a humorous parody of well-known superheroes.

Deadpool frequently brings up the fact that he is in a comic book, much to the amusement of his readers and the consternation of his fellow comic book characters. The whole thing is turned into a meta-commentary joke as he even leans into his similarities to every other comic book character, including Deadshot, Deathstroke, and a loose version of Spider-Man.

Should You Read Any Deadpool Comics?

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Short answer is Yes, Yes, Yes! You should try these one:

  • Deadpool, Volume The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (2013) features a humorous character team-up with Captain America and Wolverine as well as a Deadpool origin story.
  • X-Force Uncanny Vol. 1 (2011–2012): The mercenary’s first significant team-up and a more somber side (along with a costume change).
  • No partnership is better than that of the rambunctious and talkative Deadpool and the mute and stern part-cyborg Cable from the 2004 film Cable & Deadpool.
  • Joe Kelly’s Deadpool (1997–1999) is widely regarded as the archetypal version of the antihero and served as the start of the comic book character’s comedy career.
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Blade lost it’s director

Almost everyone is aware of what is going on with Warner Brother’s Flash movie. The movie had other issues before Ezra Miller’s weird string of detentions and accusations, though. The Flash was changing directors as quickly as Jay Garrick vibrating through solid objects before their current PR disaster with the movie’s leading man. In hindsight, The Flash’s director departure was the first sign that the movie was in trouble.

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We are a little concerned because of the current news regarding the Blade movie. The entrance of Blade in the Marvel universe has been eagerly anticipated by fans of the franchise, along with the appearances of Deadpool, Wolverine, and Daredevil. Blade from 1998 was the first film to provide Marvel as a corporation the boost it needed before Iron Man became the MCU’s success trigger. In any case, the director in charge of bringing a vision of Blade to the MCU has made the decision to leave the project two months before filming is set to begin.

Variety has reported that Bassam Tariq is no longer the “Blade” director for Marvel Studios.

Tariq’s resignation is unexpected because filming on Marvel’s next film about the renowned comic book vampire slayer was supposed to start in November. Along with Delroy Lindo and Aaron Pierre in supporting roles, Mahershala Ali will play the lead in the movie. According to those with direct knowledge of the matter, Tariq will continue to be involved in “Blade” as an executive producer even if he will no longer be the director.

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Marvel studios wanted Tiger Shorff to play SpiderMan

Tiger Shroff, an actor, claimed that when he applied for the Spider-Man part, he pitched Marvel with the idea that they could save a lot of money on the visual effects because he could perform many of the stunts themselves in front of the camera. He also stated that he aspires to be a global superstar like Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee because there hasn’t been one in a long time, especially in the action field.

The actor discussed his desire to work in Hollywood during an interview with Connect FM Canada, adding that he had had some promising chats about it. He claimed to have had the privilege of meeting several illustrious locals, and they all seemed to be pretty interested in what he does. There hasn’t been a crossover action hero since Jackie Chan.

Tiger Shorff had previously mentioned going to Hollywood auditions for projects, but during this conversation he revealed for the first time that one of those projects was Spider-Man. He claimed that after sending them his audition tapes for Spider-Man, they were incredibly impressed. The actor from Student of the Year 2 pitched them on how he could have performed many of the stunts personally, just like Spider-Man, saving them a lot of money on the visual effects. I came very, very close to taking part in that.

The actor’s subsequent film appearance will be in Ganapath.

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