The Marvel series Ms. Marvel has wrapped up its run on Disney+ with a very high score on Rotten Tomatoes. Altogether, the show’s six episodes have resulted in a 98% fresh score at the review aggregator website. This number is even higher than when the series premiered its well-received first episode, with the premiere landing a 95% fresh rating. That score had already put the series higher than What If…?’s 94% score to become the highest-rated Marvel series on Disney+, and now it’s just further solidified its lead.
251 reviews from Rotten Tomatoes-approved critics have given Ms. Marvel positive scores while just eight reviews have been negative. The season 1 consensus states, “Ms. Marvel is a genuinely fresh addition to the MCU — both stylistically and substantively — with Iman Vellani ably powering proceedings with her super-sized charisma.”
“The marriage of Islamic customs with South Asian cultural heritage – the music, the clothes, the dancing – is all the more remarkable in how it illustrates that Muslim lives are nowhere as uniform as western film and TV habitually makes them out to be,” Joseph Fahim of Middle East Eye said in his review.
“Ms. Marvel doesn’t reinvent the superhero wheel. Instead, it dips it in gold and bedazzles it with eye-melting visuals,” Inverse’s Eric Francisco adds.
“Sensational stuff, a comic book dream & a brilliant message of tolerance/trust of our fellow world beings,” noted SBGR-FM’s Patrick McDonald, who gave Ms. Marvel a perfect score. “It always seems to be art that makes the statements that we need to be better toward one another, and Ms. Marvel is leading the way.”
Iman Vellani Isn’t Concerned About Bad Reviews
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This is not to say that every reviewer has been kind on Ms. Marvel. The series had also been subjected to review bombing, with many negative reviews hitting the web even prior to the show’s release on Disney+. There have also been a lot of complaints about the series for one reason or another on social media, some of which have been trolls looking to criticize the series without having seen it. In any case, series star Iman Vellani isn’t too worried about the negative things people have been saying.
“I know they’re there,” Vellani recently said, via NME. “It’s something we knew was going to happen going into this. It happened when the comic books came out in 2014. I’m all for constructive criticism as long as people have a legitimate concern or suggestion or something real. Then I care. But all the hatred I’ve seen has no basis, no merit, it’s just purely for the sake of hating – and that’s fine.”
She added, “You’re not gonna impress everyone. We hit our target audience and we hit an entirely new audience that didn’t know they were gonna fall in love with this character – people who have never seen themselves represented in a positive light before.”
All six episodes of Ms. Marvel are streaming on Disney+. For the next step of Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the small screen, fans can watch out for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law to premiere on Aug. 17, 2022.