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This article contains spoilers for Ms. Marvel episode four
Ms. Marvel has already met with broad approval from the South Asian diaspora. Aside from the simple portrayal of having a Pakistani-American superhero in Kamala Khan, the series delved into his family life, religion, and second-generation immigrant experience in America.
This week’s episode takes a trip to Pakistan to visit Kamala’s grandmother and, perhaps more so than previous episodes, it’s absolutely jam-packed with little nods that prove the show’s creators know Culture. Right now, Twitter is lighting up with fans spotting specific moments from the latest episode:
A fan recognizes the passengers ignoring the flight attendant’s protests and getting up to collect their luggage before the plane landed:
Another fan points out the precision of the scenography of Kamala’s grandmother’s house:
In addition to petty shots in Karachi street scenes and true-to-life slang:
Others love seeing pani puri on screen (Kamala is wrong; this stuff is delicious):
In addition to eating biryani from a bag:
Ugh, great, now we’re hungry.
We are now at four episodes Ms. Marvel, and the series doesn’t seem to lose quality or lag like other Marvel TV shows. Final plans indicate that at least part of the fifth episode will be some time travel bullshit set during the score (I wonder who’s going to supply the stars to drive her grandma to the train…), so expect to even more fun little flourishes to come.
It is clear that for South Asian audiences, Ms. Marvel is knocking it out of the park, so let’s hope it continues on that exact trajectory.
Ms. Marvel airs Wednesdays on Disney Plus.