After the show was hit with a review bomb from toxic fans, Taika Waititi is sharing his thoughts on Ms. Marvel. Waititi previously made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut with Thor: Ragnarok, in which he directed and co-starred as the Kronan gladiator Korg, scoring rave reviews for reinventing the Chris Hemsworth character and infusing unique humor to the franchise. Waititi would reprise his role of Korg for Avengers: Endgame and is now gearing up to return for Thor: Love and Thunder this week.
Iman Vellani leads the Ms. Marvel cast as Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teenager obsessed with superheroes, namely Captain Marvel, who comes into possession of a magical bangle granting her the power to harness cosmic energy. Having premiered this past June, the MCU series has received largely favorable reviews from critics for Vellani's performance, its brighter tone and fast-paced direction, though has seen some backlash and review bombing from the toxic side of the MCU fanbase. As the show nears its close, one MCU vet is showing their love for Ms. Marvel.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
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While speaking with IndieWire ahead of Thor: Love and Thunder, Taika Waititi opened up about the MCU's recent representation efforts. The filmmaker directed his praise towards Ms. Marvel after the MCU show's review bomb, expressing his love for the show's exploration of its titular heroine's Muslim heritage. See what Waititi said below:
"The best thing I’ve seen is 'Ms. Marvel.' It’s incredible the way they’ve done it. It’s not like, 'Oh, she happens to be Muslim' and you never see any of that. It’s all that side of her life, the entire thing."
Ms. Marvel saw a major review bombing upon its premiere for a variety of reasons ranging from the change in Kamala's power origins from Inhuman genes to a magical bangle and its Muslim representation, which toxic audiences have criticized as being "woke." The Muslim community have praised the series for its reflection of their culture and Pakistani people, with iconic activist Malala Yousafzai even penning an emotional letter celebrating its depiction of a "Pakistani immigrant family" and thanking both Marvel and its titular heroine. Critics, too, have praised the Ms. Marvel show for not shying away from exploring Kamala's heritage and for its inclusive casting.
Vellani herself recently responded to the Ms. Marvel review bombing and backlash, shaking off the hate directed towards the MCU show and calling it a series for "real Marvel fans." The division over the series has, unfortunately, seen it struggle in the ratings, becoming the least-watched MCU Disney+ show as it competes with both Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Boys season 3. With critics remaining largely positive on the series and Waititi now giving it a glowing review, one can hope more eyes turn towards Ms. Marvel in the lead up to its June 13 finale.