Recently Marvel announced on Twitter that Danny Rand, the character long associated with the mantel of the hero Iron Fist, will no longer be the hero that he once was when in the recent Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon story where he gave up his powers to save the world.
Iron Fist No More. February 2022. pic.twitter.com/HmwX4neauB— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 28, 2021
But now Marvel announced that a new welder of the power of the Iron Fist will be coming in 2022 in a 5 issue mini-series. The power of the dragon will live on in this new hero.
The series will be written by Alyssa Wong, and drawn by Michael YG. The character’s outfit was designed by artist Jim Cheung.
Wong stated: “It’s an incredible honor to introduce a new Iron Fist to the Marvel Universe. I’m excited to delve into the comic’s rich mythos and build on it. What does it mean for someone to take up the mantle of the Iron Fist right now, today? As a newcomer, how does one interact with legacy, and how does one honor it while forging a new path? I’m so stoked to work with artist Michael YG, colorist Jay Ramos, and the rest of the incredible team on this book. And writing this character, who views things through fresh eyes, feels very special to me.“
Michael YG said: “Working for Marvel is a dream come true, yet it was beyond any dream to be trusted to carry the legacy of Iron Fist. It is such an exciting new direction, I can’t wait for you to read all about it because I’m giving nothing less than my best efforts.“
The new hero doesn’t have a name yet, but he appears to be of Chinese decent. This isn’t the fist time Marvel has changed a character in this manner. Marvel’s Champions from 2016 – 2019 is a good example.
Not that long ago during the Iron Fist Netflix series starring Finn Jones, “certain people” complained that Iron Fist should be played by an Asian actor when the original character from the comics, Danny Rand, was Caucasian and blonde. A similar situation happened with the ninja Snake Eyes from G.I. Joe. Both characters were Caucasian blonde men who trained in eastern fighting styles and bettered their skills in combat. Each had their reason, but their skills were used for the better of mankind.
Martial Arts Actor and Instructor Bruce Lee literally fought to train non-Chinese students due to the old masters refusing to allow him to train non-Chinese students. He then worked with people such as Steve McQueen, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Roman Polanski, James Coburn, Sharon Tate and many more. He fought to push boundaries and make martial arts training inclusive, no matter where you come from or your heritage. If a 6-foot tall talking turtle can be called a Ninja without any backlash then a blonde man doing Kung Fu isn’t such a bad thing. Not to mention this change feels a bit redundant due to already having Shang-Chi.
The book is set to release early next year.
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