All of the best ‘Ms. Marvel’ quotes

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Warning: The following article contains major spoilers for the first three episodes of Ms. Marvel.

If Marvel fans learned anything on June 8, 2022, it’s that Kamala Khan is here and she’s here to stay.

Ms. Marvel’s arrival on Disney Plus was met with universal acclaim from critics and fans alike, instantly cementing the title character as a force to be reckoned with in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only is Kamala funny, rebellious, and relatable in all the right ways, but her youthful energy and love for all things Marvel has resonated with fans everywhere, many of whom are deeming the show Marvel’s best small-screen offering yet.

Despite some minor issues with the show’s CGI, fans are largely praising Ms. Marvel for its colorful storytelling, exciting MCU tie-ins, and long-awaited focus on Muslim representation. Also impossible to miss throughout the first season is the witty, often hilarious dialogue spoken back and forth between Kamala, her best friend Bruno, and the members of her family. Many of the blink-and-you-miss-them exchanges are played for laughs, but some contain clues about what future episodes might hold.

Here are the most marvelous lines from the show so far, which will be updated each week as new episodes arrive on Disney Plus.

“Sometimes, someone can come out of nowhere and do something amazing.” ⏤ Kamala (episode one)

Kamala says this at the top of the first episode while narrating a fan video she made about Captain Marvel and the Battle of Earth. Like many of her other lines in “Generation Why,” this one is delivered at a brisk clip and might be missed altogether if Kamala’s comic book-esque retelling of the battle distracts you (which is precisely what Marvel wants). Kamala speaks these words in reference to Captain Marvel’s arrival at the battle ⏤ which eagle-eyed fans will remember found her flying straight through Thanos’ ship, destroying it on sight ⏤ but whether or not she realizes it, the line really serves as an introduction to her.

As we’ve learned from other memorable Marvel quotes, the studio is sneaky when it comes to embedding importance in lines that appear to be ordinary. This one acts as a subtle tongue-in-cheek indicator that Kamala will go on to do some amazing things herself by season one’s end, revealing not only her inner goal as a character, but ultimately her destiny. It also happens to carry a bit of irony, given that the most recent videos posted to what we assume is Kamala’s YouTube channel have 13 total views and only two comments, both of which are from her best friends Bruno and Nakia. Kamala’s modest origins are likely to contrast with her (potential) future fame as a superhero.

“This is my fault. This is all my fault. These are my genetics. I mean, I come from a long line of fantasizing, unrealistic daydreamers. My mother was one.” ⏤ Muneeba (episode one)

Moments after Kamala fails her driving test, her mother bemoans how much “trauma” the family car has endured and goes on to blame herself for Kamala’s shortcomings. Kamala should be listening to her mother’s words, but instead looks out the window at a cartoon visualization of Captain Marvel that flies past the car and disappears into New York City. Not only does Marvel poke fun at Muneeba Khan by having Kamala daydream while she talks about being descended from unrealistic daydreamers, but the cartoon cut-out of Captain Marvel is the perfect way to distract the audience from what Muneeba is actually saying.

Muneeba is descended from “a long line of fantasizing, unrealistic daydreamers,” and her mother was one of them. As we find out a few short scenes after these words are spoken, Muneeba’s mother was also in possession of a curious artifact, one with strange properties that Kamala unlocks in the episode’s climax. This quote ⏤ seemingly a throwaway ⏤ actually offers a hint of coming attractions, namely in regards to Kamala’s grandmother (and ultimately, great-grandmother). Not only does Nani have a few secrets up her sleeve, but as we learn over the course of the ensuing episodes, her mother does as well, proving Muneeba’s point that the daydreamers in the family go back more than a few generations.

“Do I have to figure out my whole future before lunch, or is there, like…?” ⏤ Kamala (episode one)

With notes of Hailee Steinfeld, Kamala asks her guidance counselor Mr. Wilson how much time she has to get her life together now that everyone, including him, is telling her that it’s time to start thinking more seriously about her future. Tossing out words like “college admissions,” “SATs,” and “applications,” Mr. Wilson encourages Kamala to stop living in a fantasy and “join reality.” Even though his heart is in the right place ⏤ and who doesn’t love a Mulan recitation? ⏤ it’s clear that Mr. Wilson is yet another parental figure in Kamala’s life who is trying to steer her in the “right” direction despite it not being the one she wants to go in. His attempt to show his support reinforces the world that Kamala lives in, namely one in which dreams are bad and conformity is good, suggesting that the rest of season one will find Kamala actively not conforming to what society expects of her in the name of following her heart instead.

“And let’s be honest, it’s not really the brown girls from Jersey City who save the world.” ⏤ Kamala (episode one)

Marvel provides another setup line here to show us where Kamala begins her adventure to juxtapose where she’s ultimately going to go as a character. We know from the show’s title that Kamala is going to become a superhero, but in this moment, on the roof with Bruno, Kamala doubts her ability to do anything special with her life. She acknowledges that wanting to dress up as Captain Marvel for AvengerCon is stupid, especially in the eyes of her parents, and that she’s not the first person the masses would think of when they hear the word “hero.” Naturally, Marvel also uses this line to highlight exactly what it’s doing with Ms. Marvel in the first place: giving the Muslim community its very own hero to root for, one who is long overdue and who could very well become one of the best and most popular heroes in the entire MCU. This line illustrates the odds stacked against Kamala and leads us to a follow-up quote that packs a similar punch.

“You’re Kamala Khan. You wanna save the world, then you’re gonna save the world.” ⏤ Bruno (episode one)

Listen, we know we’re not supposed to talk about Bruno, but let’s be real ⏤ we’re gonna talk about this one. In Kamala’s moment of weakness, bestie Bruno doesn’t miss a beat. He tells her exactly who she is and what she’s capable of, proving that he’s the best pal anyone could ever ask for and possibly also interested in being more than just friends with his number one gal pal. Not only does Bruno boost Kamala when she’s at her lowest of lows, but he follows it up by presenting her with a pair of Photon gloves he designed for her to wear with her Captain Marvel costume at AvengerCon. In a single line, Bruno Carrelli proves that he’s one of the only supportive people in Kamala’s life and the kind of best friend she’s going to need as she transitions from ordinary teenager to super-powered hero. (Also, if anyone wants to make #Brumala a thing, we’ll allow it.)

“Who do you want to be in this world, huh? Do you want to be good, like we raised you to be, or do you want to be some, you know, this cosmic head-in-the-clouds person?” ⏤ Muneeba (episode one)

After defying her mother’s wishes and going to AvengerCon with Bruno (and, you know, casually discovering that her grandmother’s bangle has gifted her superhuman powers), Kamala sneaks back into her room and faces her waiting mother’s wrath. Whether or not Muneeba knows the true power of the bangle and/or her mother/grandmother’s potential past lives as power-wielders remains to be seen (though we strongly suspect she does), but one thing is clear: she does not want her daughter following a similar path, even if just with her rebellious spirit. She goes so far as to give Kamala two choices: to be “good” like she was raised to be, or a “cosmic, head-in-the-clouds person.” If Muneeba does know about the bangle’s power (and, by extension, Kamala’s destiny), then this is her last attempt to keep her daughter’s feet on the ground, which leads us to the single-word follow-up that ends the first episode and seals Kamala’s fate.

“Cosmic.” ⏤ Kamala (episode one)

While marveling at her glowing hand, dazzled by her newfound powers, Kamala makes her choice with a single word: “Cosmic.” She decides that she would rather keep her head in the clouds and pursue her new powers (who wouldn’t?!) instead of blindly becoming who and what the rest of the world wants her to be. Her go-to adjective, which she uses several times throughout the first episode, is appropriate given her love for Captain Marvel and fresh acquisition of otherworldly powers, but when used in the context of this scene, it also sets up her character arc for the rest of the season, all but guaranteeing that Kamala will be embracing a new life that could very well take her beyond the bounds of her Earthly existence.

“Yeah, bring her in.” (Episode one mid-credits scene)

Halfway through the end credits, we’re treated to a bonus scene involving two characters we’ve never seen before ⏤ or so we think. Upon closer inspection, we recognize the familiar face of Agent Cleary, a character who last appeared in Spider-Man: No Way Home as a representative of the Department of Damage Control. A woman named Agent Deever shows him the footage from AvengerCon of Kamala using her newfound powers, which Cleary immediately deems worthy of investigation, to the point that he wants Deever to “bring her in.” As far as we can tell, the DODC is on a mission to track down super-powered people, but why? As of episode three, we’re still wondering what exactly this organization is up to, and why.

“So it looks like your power isn’t coming from the bangle. It’s coming from within you. Like the bangle unlocked the superhuman part of you.” ⏤ Bruno (episode two)

For fans who assumed that Kamala’s powers were dependent on the bangle she inherited from her grandmother/great-grandmother, this moment was a bit of a revelation. While Kamala practices using her powers and Bruno runs tests on her energy levels, he determines that the power Kamala exudes is coming from within her, as if the bangle was the key she needed to unlock her inner energy reserves. Perhaps this is why Kamala’s rebellious streak echoes that of her grandmother’s/great-grandmother’s ⏤ it’s been inside her all along, in addition to the powers possessed by at least one and possibly two other women in her family (three if her mother is hiding a secret to end all secrets). Bruno’s realization further highlights the fact that Kamala does not necessarily need to be wearing the bangle at all times in order to use her powers. Likewise, a villain can’t come along and take the bangle away from her, thereby stealing her powers. This is a positive development for our young hero, as it likely means that she can access her abilities at any time without worrying that they can be taken from her (always a plus in a vast multiverse of strange and greedy beings).

“My whole life, I’ve either been too white for some people or too ethnic for others. And it’s been this very uncomfortable, sucky, in-between. So, when I first put this on, I was hoping to shut some people up, but I kinda realized I don’t really need to prove anything to anybody. Like, when I put this on, I feel like me. Like I have a purpose.” ⏤ Nakia (episode two)

In a touching exchange between Nakia and Kamala, Nakia shares her feelings on choosing to don a hijab, the traditional head covering worn by Muslim women, and feeling like she lives in the “in-between” as a young woman caught between two cultures. Not only do her words reveal the journey of self-discovery that she’s been on throughout her life, but they also drop us squarely in the center of the kind of identity-defining moment we don’t often see in the MCU ⏤ or media in general ⏤ at least not from women of color. Taking place in a high school bathroom, the scene reveals authentic truths about what young South Asian women in mixed-race families go through, especially in a sea of white people who spend months teaching their students about ancient Rome and Greece and mere minutes on ancient Persia and Byzantium. In this groundbreaking moment, Nakia reveals her challenges, self-worth, and also the depth of her relationship with Kamala, whom she clearly trusts with her deepest and most personal struggles. Only time will tell if Kamala is able to return the favor with some revelations of her own.

“You wouldn’t rob two young women of that future, would you, Uncle? I mean, come on, this is Kamala and me. Your daughter and basically your other daughter. Women’s suffrage, we fought for this, people died for this. You wouldn’t…you wouldn’t kill our dreams, would you?” ⏤ Nakia (episode two)

As if she wasn’t already groundbreaking enough, Nakia goes full feminist on Kamala’s father in an attempt to secure his vote in the Mosque Board election. When Yusuf explains that he’s planning on voting for his best friend Rasheed, Nakia wastes no time in incinerating his plan by not only reminding him that Kamala is her best friend, but that women have been working and dying to even the playing field for generations. Yusuf might be a man who gets to worship in the frontmost section of the mosque, but he also has a wife and daughter, both of whom are the center of his world. Nakia uses this knowledge to her advantage (much to the dismay of an eavesdropping Rasheed), harpooning her white whale and likely winning his vote in the process. If there are any negotiations that need to be had in future episodes, Kamala and company would be wise to yield the floor to Nakia, who is capable of talking the talk and walking the walk toward a better, more inclusive future for all ⏤ a true superpower if ever there was one.

“Kamala, I’ve been waiting a very long time to meet you.” ⏤ Najma (episode two)

Episode two ends in rather shocking fashion, with Kamala fleeing from a band of DODC agents after they try to arrest her. She uses her powers to run up some Hard-Lit steps above them, but is knocked off course by an enemy blast that sends her toppling over the agents’ car. At that exact moment, another car pulls up revealing Kamran at the wheel, and when he encourages Kamala to get inside, she doesn’t miss a beat. Once in the car, however, she realizes that she and Kamran are not alone. A mysterious woman in the back seat tells Kamala that she has been waiting “a very long time” to meet her, and the dum dum dum music leaves us on a total cliffhanger. Who is this woman? Why has she been appearing in Kamala’s visions? Is she good or evil, and what does she want? The epic nature of the episode’s endpoint leads us to believe that her identity is of utmost importance to the series, and, as episode three proves, the fact that she’s been waiting so long to meet Kamala is a significant plot point that leads to revelations about ClanDestines, Djinn, and the Noor Dimension.

“Good is not a thing you are, Kamala. It is a thing you do.” ⏤ Sheikh Abdullah (episode three)

Episode three finds Kamala struggling with how to convince the masses that her superhero alter ego is good and not evil, as well as whether or not to tell her family about her newfound powers and superheroic calling. While sitting outside of a celebration for her brother and future sister-in-law, Kamala asks her sheikh what he thinks about their new “masked neighbor.” Sheikh Abdullah reminds her that the mysterious hero saved the boy who was about to fall from a high-up minaret in episode two, prompting Kamala to ask him how the hero can prove to everyone that she’s good. The sheikh replies by saying what can essentially be taken as the theme of the series thus far: “Good is not a thing you are, Kamala. It is a thing you do.” Kamala then unboxes a gift that Bruno brought by earlier ⏤ a blue mask with gold markings made especially for her ⏤ her smile thereafter all but confirming that she will attempt to do good in her life instead of trying to prove that she’s good, a distinction that will hopefully show onlookers and members of the Muslim community that Night Light ⏤ ahem, the soon-to-be-named Ms. Marvel ⏤ is a positive influence in their lives and the very hero they’ve been waiting for.

Honorable mentions

Of course there are going to be some quotes along the way worthy of recognition for making us laugh, think, and quite simply marvel at the brilliance of our new favorite show. We fully expect this list to grow as more episodes of Ms. Marvel are released, but for now, here are a few other moments we enjoyed from the first three episodes.

  • “Oh Kamala, my Kamala, the road is a long and winding one, so never fully stop at stop signs.” ⏤ Yusuf to Kamala (episode one)
  • “Bismallah.” “Bless you.” ⏤ Kamala and her driving instructor (episode one)
  • “You do trust me, right?” “No, I don’t trust you.” “Of course she does.” “No, I don’t.” ⏤ Kamala and her parents (episode one)
  • “Dream bigger, Bruno!” ⏤ Kamala to Bruno (episode one)
  • “I saved you.” “Only because you almost killed me first.” ⏤ Kamala and Bruno (episode two)
  • “No Snapchatting in the masjid!” ⏤ Female parishioner (episode two)
  • “We spent six weeks on ancient Rome and ancient Greece but six minutes on ancient Persia and Byzantium. History, written by the oppressors. That’s all I’m gonna say.” ⏤ Nakia (episode two)
  • “You know that part in the movie where someone comes in to the main character and they say, ‘You’re going to be a Jedi?’ Or, ‘You want to answer phones of a demanding but impossibly chic magazine editor?’ Well, that’s this moment. That is happening to you right now. You’re the lead character. I’m Meryl Streep.” ⏤ Mr. Wilson to Bruno (episode two)
  • “Who taught you to drive? Bowser?” ⏤ Kamran to Kamala (episode two)
  • “That’s why we moved to America, right? So that our children could be anything that they wanted to be, yeah?” “Almost anything.” ⏤ Yusuf and Muneeba (episode two)
  • “Yo! It’s Night Light!” ⏤ Male civilian (episode two)
  • “I’m a Djinn.” “And tonic?” ⏤ Kamala and Bruno (episode three)
  • “You are brave, my son. Because you have chosen family. Mashallah. And the man who chooses family is never alone.” ⏤ Yusuf to Aamir (episode three)
  • “Absolutely not.” ⏤ Female kitchen worker, upon seeing an incoming thug punch a coworker (episode three)

This article will be updated with more quotes from season one of Ms. Marvel as new episodes become available.