Taiwanese Animation Sees Diverse Spider-Man, Suggests More Asian Superheroes [Video]
Meme generator N.M.A. TV is back with more cheap CG animated commentary on pop culture developments. While their brand of bizarre humor is usually aimed at depicting lighthearted news such as NBC’s talkshow wars, the injuries of the Spider-Man musical or The Dark Knight Rises, this time around the video actually contains some social commentary. Marvel’s reveal of the half-black, half-Latino Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales has caused the animators to ask, “What, no Asians?” The video points out that Asians have typically been portrayed as villains in American comics and that the recent Green Hornet film did little to advance Kato’s profile in superherodom. Of course, there’s an awkward moment where NMA pits a young Taiwanese Spider-Man against a Chinese flag-clad panda villain, which could be seen as a pretty non-PC way to suggest a more diverse comic universe. See what you think of N.M.A.’s latest short after the jump.From NMA:
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?
NMA certainly isn’t wrong about the indefensible depiction of Asians as stereotypes found in many comics (especially older stories). The relatively recent introduction of characters like Amadeus Cho and Nico Minoru has helped raise the profile of Marvel’s Asian-American characters as fully-formed and exciting heroes, although the publisher’s highest profile characters are largely white.
In a search for Taiwanese or Taiwanese-American Marvel characters, all we could dig up is Dr. Chan Liuchow, a mystic member of the Legion of Night with very few appearances under his belt. So technically NMA is correct in its assertion that Taiwanese people are underrepresented in the super hero sphere, but they might be pleased to know Marvel’s been making strides when it comes to creating well-rounded Asian American heroes. We probably shouldn’t tell them about what DC did to Ryan Choi, though…
See NMA’s argument for more Asian representation in comics below: