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Iron Fist, Marvel, and the Virtue of Canon

Iron Fist, Marvel, and the Virtue of Canon

Today, Marvel’s Iron Fist premieres on Netflix. By all accounts, the series is Marvel TV’s first critical failure, earning bad reviews for trite and plodding storylines and a lead actor described variously as wooden and lacking charisma. Since long before the show garnered critical vituperation, it’s been the subject of heated debate over the source material’s Orientalism and c...
Mulan, the hero of China, and white male centrality

Mulan, the hero of China, and white male centrality

Today AngryAsianMan posted An Open Letter to the Creators of Disney’s Live-Action Feature Film ‘The Legend of Mulan’ from an anonymous reader concerned about the direction the of the live action Mulan movie currently being produced by Disney. The writer of the letter had read through The Legend of Mulan spec script by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin and was “deeply dist...
Super Asian America! at San Diego Comic-Con 2015

Super Asian America! at San Diego Comic-Con 2015

On July 12th, 2015, Racebending.com hosted our 5th annual panel at San Diego Comic-Con. This year’s panel was a huge hit, featuring some of today’s most talented creators and performers in popular culture! Check out our sizzle reel, full panel video, transcript, and highlights below! SUPER ASIAN AMERICA! Whether on screen, on the page, behind the scenes, or on the web, this panel mode...
Hollywood’s “Strange” Erasure of Asian Characters

Hollywood’s “Strange” Erasure of Asian Characters

Marvel’s Ancient One This post was originally published at Reappropriate.co. A mere week after I wrote a post swearing off of sharing fan news, the fandom insidiously pulled me back in. This week, rumours began circulating that Tilda Swinton was in casting negotiations for Marvel’s upcoming Dr. Strange film starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role. Swinton is being considered for the...
On Marvel, Mandarin, and Marginalization

On Marvel, Mandarin, and Marginalization

At ComicCon 2012, Marvel Studios announced that Sir Ben Kingsley will be playing a version of The Mandarin, Tony Stark’s traditional yellow peril arch-nemesis, in Iron Man 3. The announcement was a sudden about-turn from previous statements the Iron Man directors have made about the Fu Manchu-inspired villain. “There are certain fears and certain strengths the character evokes that a...
ComicCon 2012:  Creating Spaces for Diverse Characters and Representations!

ComicCon 2012: Creating Spaces for Diverse Characters and Representations!

ComicCon 2012 begins next Wednesday on July 11th, 2012! This year, Racebending.com will host our second annual diversity panel first thing Thursday morning. We’re honored to have the opportunity to again present at ComicCon. Be sure to check out Racebending.com: Creating Spaces for Diverse Characters and Representations in room 23ABC! On Saturday and Sunday night, Racebending.com will al...
Introducing the new Spider-man

Introducing the new Spider-man

Spider-man fans need not fret: Peter Parker is still alive, still Spider-man, and still fighting crime in the regular Marvel universe. But in the Ultimate Spider-Man, Peter Parker died in Issue 160 and a new character named Miles Morales made his debut as Spider-man on August 3, 2012. Miles Morales is half-black half-Hispanic– a decision made by Marvel Comics over a year ago and “long...
Marvel Responds to Runaways Casting Concerns

Marvel Responds to Runaways Casting Concerns

Marvel Studios has responded to Racebending.com and the Asian American community’s concerns about the casting of an Asian American actress to portray the character Nico Minoru in Runaways (2012). A statement Racebending.com received on Thursday, August 26th read: “Thank you for reaching out regarding your concerns over Marvel’s recent casting notice for THE RUNAWAYS. We appreci...
“Runaways” Movie Casting Breakdown

“Runaways” Movie Casting Breakdown

The casting breakdown for Marvel’s “Runaways” movie was released today. You can view the official casting website here and articles about the casting here and here. The Runaways crew is pretty diverse as comic book teams go, at various points in the story there’s African American and Japanese American team leaders, a girl who has a BMI above 20, a Latino Catholic, and lesb...
Media Monday: Amadeus Cho

Media Monday: Amadeus Cho

Korean American Amadeus Cho made his 2006 Marvel Comic debut in issue #15 volume 2 of Amazing Fantasy and has quickly become a fan favorite and a pivotal character in The Hulk, The Incredible Hercules book and the recent World War Hulk storyline. The boy genius, also known as Mastermind Excello, is the creation of renowned Korean American writer Greg Pak and Japanese Canadian artist Takeshi M...
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