Friday, January 29, 2016

How About A Caucasian Shang-Chi?

Iron Fist and Shang-Chi
With "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones" having finished their first seasons and "Luke Cage" in production, all eyes are toward Marvel and Netflix’s future in "Iron Fist." The dominant debate concerning the upcoming series, which features a kung-fu superhero, has been the ethnicity of its prospective star.

Should Danny Rand, who wields mystical powers to become the Iron Fist, be Caucasian (as he has been throughout comic books), or Asian? Maybe the question should also include this: if Iron Fist becomes Asian, then Shang-Chi should be Caucasian?

This will definitely rattle the feathers of some pundits and trying hard political correct authorities. The argument of those who wants Danny Rand to be Asian is that it could promote diversity. This is totally a self-serving argument with lots of twisted political undertones.

Would it be such a terrible thing if Danny Rand stayed a white guy and had the Asian Shang-Chi to call a bro and kick ass together? Besides introducing a theme of teamwork that is absent in "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones," an Iron Fist/Shang-Chi series just means more characters to Marvel to sell. Isn’t selling more stuff the point?

It would be fantastic if Marvel follows what it had started years ago and stay true to the original material. If these s0-called 'morality police' and 'political correctness' authority wants to rectify their awkward appropriation inherent to Iron Fist, then they should make their own character and build it from scratch.

Many of those who oppose the campaign to cast an Asian-American actor as Iron Fist say that selecting an Asian American as the martial arts hero of a series would be ultimately regressive.

Albert Ching, managing editor of Comic Book Resources, told NBC News that not everyone will watch the show and understand the context of the character. On the surface, Ching said, it would look like just another Asian American cast as a martial artist.

"As big as these comic book movies and TV shows have become, a lot of people still look at them at one level, and some people don't actually watch or digest the material," Ching said.

"Since it would be the first real major lead superhero in this current wave of very popular and prominent superhero TV shows, it would be a character so closely defined by his martial arts skills. It would be reinforcing the stereotype of what Asian Americans can be in this type of entertainment."

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