New Spider-Man is half-black half-Latino. What, no Asians?


Why are there no Asian superheros?

Marvel has announced a Black-Latino boy will assume the identity of Spider-Man in an alternate universe comic book.

But why couldn’t Spider-Man be Asian, or, better yet, Taiwanese?

There are few well-known Asian superheroes. The most recent was Kato in The Green Hornet, which bombed at the box office.

Asians have traditionally been portrayed as villains such as Fu Manchu characters or dastardly dragon ladies.

Asia’s time in the superhero spotlight is long overdue. What are you waiting for, Marvel?

spiderman New Spider Man is half black half Latino. What, no Asians? (Next Media Animation TV)

  • Paul Kanter

    Asians make natural superheroes for their long Martial Arts and cultural traditions.  They wold beat all American superheores.  As long as Asia has Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Tony Jaa, Zatoichi the Blind Swordman, and many more martial arts and modern day heroes, I do not care if they wear superhero costumes.   

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  • Jamila Boudlali

    Don’t worry, Asians aren’t the only ones who don’t get roles as superheroes. Us Muslims get the lovely role of “terrorist” yayy

  • Fatcamel

    Superheros are the great (last?) white hope. They are supposed to revive the racial supremacy over colored minions (in their dreams, that is). Give them a break and let all Christmas and superheros be white.

  • Someguy

    theres already been an asian spider man ¬.¬

  • krs

    Asian Spiderman still rescues a white chick in your vid. 

  • Martin
  • Martin

    Does Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu count?  His Marvel title ran 120 issues.  That’s ten years.

    Then there’s Jubilee of the X-Men and Karma of the New Mutants.  Psylocke doesn’t count because she only looked Asian but was actually 100% British.

    DC has Katana of the Outsiders and an Asian American Batgirl (Cassandra Cain).

    The was also Dr. Light of Justice League International.

    Then there’s independent comics like Shi and Kabuki.  Oh and I think there have been comics based on Streetfighter and Mortal Combat too.

    The real question is why Asian superheroes are almost always female? 

  • Dfa

    asians unleashed pokemon, yugio and all those other children’s game nonsense on the world, its probably karma.
    but wait Bruce Lee wasn’t a superhero?? he had a great influence on changing the world’s view of Chinese entertainment.

  • Sarah

    Umm, Kabuki by David Mack? Anybody? ALL of the main characters are Asian— hero and villain alike.

  • richard wills

       Most of the anime & manga that I have seen,
    very few of the characters were drawn looking Asian!
    They have a tendency to look rather ganguroi to me.

    And I’m not talking about the translated voices or
    plot lines re-edited to appeal to the primitive, tribal
    superstitions and in-bred cultural mythos of we
    barbarian occidentals.

    Even the storylines set in an Asian local, such as
    Samurai Champloo or Chobits or Oh! Edo Rocket. 
    And thats just off the top of my head.
    I haven’t seen very many different artstyles from
    other Asian producers.

    Except for a wonderfully artistic variation of “The Count
    of Monte Cristo”.  I think Dumas would have been very
    pleased by this version of his classical work.

    I also noticed that often the heroes/heroines are drawn
    with the height and features of occidentals.  Often the
    criminals/prostitutes/victims of criminals are drawn with
    oriental features.  Except for the ringleader/boss/warlord
    drawings combine occidental bulk with very oriental features.

    I f anyone cares to suggest Asian products, drawn with
    Asian characters and an Asian perspective, I would be
    willing to consider changing my opinions.

  • Mitch

    Asians have all the anime superheros so it balances out. :-)

  • jason amherst

    but there have been other Spider-Man spinoffs that feature asians. including:
    Yu Komori (小森ユウ, Komori Yū?) in Spider-Man: The Manga by Ryoichi Ikegami.Takuya Yamashiro (山城拓也, Yamashiro Takuya?) in the Japanese Spider-Man television series, produced by Toei Company.Pavitr Prabhakar in the Indian adaptation of Spider-Man, Spider-Man: India, published by Gotham Entertainment Group.

  • Mikey_700

    Unfortunately, mainstream American society does not want, nor do they care for, Asian super heroes. Sure they enjoy a good kung-fu flick every now and then. With China owning so much U.S. debt, the U.S. has to maintain its own identity without generating too much Asian attention. That’s just my opinion.