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After 57 years, Marvel Comics’ Iron Fist has an Asian alter ego thanks to writer Alyssa Wong

Iron Fist, a Marvel Comics hero inspired by Hollywood martial arts films from the ‘70s, will finally feature a character of Asian descent as the titular hero in an upcoming comic series.  

Flaming fist bump: Award-winning writer Alyssa Wong is building upon the Iron Fist mythos by introducing a new hero to “take up the mantle and powers of Iron Fist” in a five-issue limited series in 2022, a Marvel press release revealed. 

‘Shang-Chi’ Will Be Important, But Far From Enough

Throughout my childhood, I wanted to play a superhero. I went through that same process many young, Asian, aspiring actors do; I researched what was possible for me. I googled “Asian superheroes” and found little to nothing.

The search leads one to mostly side characters or less-than-impressive villains. Many of them would sport Fu Manchus, or do things with dragons; cool, but awfully typical, and not representative of Asians and Asian Americans that I knew. I wanted to be the Flash, or Nightwing — someone who, at the very least, had a more broad market appeal than simply being a bastion of typified Asian iconography.

Marvel Exec Jeph Loeb Promotes ‘Iron Fist’ Wearing a Karate Uniform at SD Comic-Con

To add to the list of many questionable decisions surrounding the Netflix show “Iron Fist,” Marvel executive producer Jeph Loeb chose to grace the series’ panel at San Diego Comic-Con last week wearing a Karate uniform.

The former comic book writer, who now serves as one of the executive producers in everyone’s least favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) television series, has since come under fire for his tone-deaf attire.

Finn Jones Finally Gets Martial Arts Training For ‘Iron Fist’ Season 2

After playing a super-powered martial artist for two seasons (one in “Iron Fist” and another in the “Defenders”), Finn Jones is finally getting around to actually training in martial arts for the second season of “Iron Fist”, Netflix’ worst reviewed Marvel show ever.

The development was announced via a Twitter fan account for the British actor. Should this get everyone pumped for a new adventure featuring Danny Rand?

Bad Reviews For ‘Marvel’s The Defenders’ Are Blaming Iron Fist

Marvel’s “The Defenders” won’t be on our Netflix queue for a couple more weeks, but early reviews are rolling in and some people are pointing at Iron Fist as the major flaw in the miniseries.

Four of New York City’s superheroes — Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) — join forces to take down an organization fronted by Alexandra, played by Sigourney Weaver (aka Ripley in “Alien”), who USA Today points out as one of the few highlights of the show.

Iron Fist Was Already Under Fire For Cultural Appropriation in 1974

While many have been criticizing Netflix for casting Finn Jones, a Caucasian actor, in the lead role for Marvel’s “Iron Fist”, there are those who are defending the choice since the character has always been portrayed as white even in the original comics anyway.

The reasoning was that nobody thought there was any issue about it back when the Iron Fist comic first came out in the 1970s. Created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane in 1974, Iron Fist/Danny Rand was just one among a number of comic characters inspired by the early 70s passion for martial arts movies. But if this was fine then, why should we be complaining now?  

‘Iron Fist’ Lead Actress Reacts to Comic Co-Creator Using the Word ‘Oriental’

The co-creator of the “Iron Fist” comic, Roy Thomas, used a racial slur in describing people of Asian descent that has irked the main Asian star of the Netflix adaptation.

Jessica Henwick, the lead actress on Netflix’s “Iron Fist”,  took an issue of the word “Oriental” which Thomas used to refer a person’s race in an interview with Inverse.

Why Iron Fist And Its Co-Creator Are Both Racist Trash

Editor’s Note: Ranier Maningding is a copywriter and mastermind behind the social justice page “The Love Life of an Asian Guy“. The opinions expressed in this piece are solely his own.

On a scale from Rob Schneider to Bruce Lee, Netflix’s “Iron Fist” has received an endless flurry of piss-poor reviews, making it the “Deuce Bigalow” of the Marvel Universe. Marvel fanboys, however, seem to “love” the show despite its reverse-treasure trove of horrible screenwriting and Finn Jones’ “I trained martial arts at the dojo of Ronald Mcdonald.”

‘Iron Fist’ Star Blames Donald Trump for Terrible Reviews

Finn Jones, the actor who plays the primary protagonist Danny Rand in Netflix’s latest Marvel series “Iron Fist”, has a theory for why his latest show is far from impressive to fans everywhere.

“Iron Fist” opened to generally poor reviews with many calling it easily the weakest of Netflix’s Marvel shows so far, which includes “Daredevil”, “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage”.

White Actor From ‘Iron Fist’ Briefly Rage Quits Twitter After ‘Whitesplaining’ Asian Representation

A somewhat heated discussion between an Iron Fist fan and Finn Jones, the actor who plays the superhero character for Netflix’s upcoming series, erupted on Twitter last Sunday. 

“Iron Fist” has first stirred controversy for missing the opportunity to cast an Asian actor in the role rather than rehash a tired narrative. The exchange, which revolved around the topic, eventually ended with Jones temporarily deactivating his Twitter account.