asian superhero

Marvel: we can’t make one of our film or show leads Asian. That would be…. against the original source material. That’s also why we can’t make them LGBTQ+.

Power Rangers (2017): hey what’s up. 4/5 of our leads are POC. One is autistic and one is confirmed LGBTQ+. We have the first Asian superhero in a big-budget film, the first autistic superhero in a big/budget film, and the first LGBTQ+ superhero in a big-budget film. None of this was really in the original source material, but representation matters and we specifically casted them with the intention of making a diverse film.

SUPREME GENERATION X

4/12

Hisako Ichiki as “Armor”

Hisako was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. As a child, she excelled in school and was considered by many a prodigy. When not studying, Hisako would be reading and watching any superhero related media. She had big dreams to become a superhero one day and had convinced her parents to allow her to take martial arts lessons. One day she witnessed a mugging and decided to step in to help. She was able to successfully take down most of the muggers using her training but was held at gun point by the remaining thief. The thief fired at Hisako but the stress of the situation triggered her X-Gene granting her a psionic exoskeleton she could contort and manifest at will. She was able to overpower the mugger with her newfound powers.

Soon after this incident, Hisako and her family were approached by Scott Summers to allow Hisako come to the Jean Grey Institute for Higher Learning to begin her high school career, which she gladly accepted. While training under the X-Men she has been able to gain more control of her powers, allowing her to adopt different “suits of armor” with varying colors and uses. For example, her “tank” armor, which she uses the most, is magenta,while her “reaper” armor, is significantly less bulky and has bladed claws, allowing for swift and precise strikes and is cyan.

At the school the students are divided into 3-person squads to train with. Hisako, codename “Armor" is currently in the student squad called the Paragons which is composed of the brightest and strategic of the students. The team is mentored by Instructor Kuan-Yin Xorn and consists of Armor, Billy Maximoff aka Wiccan, and Jeanne-Marie Beaubier aka Aurora. Armor has developed a close friendship with Wiccan and Anole, the three often nerd out and play Dungeons and Dragons with a few of the other students.

Design Notes: I love Armor a lot. I decided, however, that I was really tired of all of the Asian tropes that permeate a lot of Asian characters so I stopped with the whole “ancestors” stuff and the “memory” stuff. Which I realize people may not like, but I dunno, it didn’t sit right with me. I just drew a modified Shadowcat X-Man uniform and I hope thats okay! Haha

Y'all know what I hate???

I hate how people particularly on this site scream and demand representation in action films and everything but when the movie comes out they don’t support it, in 2017 alone we have about 8 POC playing leads in superhero films and no one is trying to acknowledge it! Gal Gadot an Israeli-Jewish woman is playing Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa a biracial Hawaiian man is playing Aquaman, Ray Fisher a black man is playing Cyborg, RJ Cyler a black man played the first autistic superhero in the Power Rangers film that just came out this past Friday, Becky G a Latina woman played the first LGBTQ hero in the Power Rangers film, Ludi Lin played the first Asian superhero to ever hit the big screen, Naomi Scott played the first Indian superhero, Maisie Richardson-Sellers plays a live action Vixen, and there a plenty of others that can be added to this list ,but all those people yelling about wanting representation here are examples of a few and all of these people are leads in their respective films.. Y'all want POC leads here they are watch their films and support them! Show Hollywood that POC as leads can make money in the action and superhero genres as well! I don’t want to see another post complaining about representation until y'all have seen these movies first. Support these actors they have worked hard and deserve support!

Originally posted by blvkvholic

SUPREME GENERATION X

5/12

Billy Maximoff as “Wiccan”

Billy is the son of Supreme Sorceress Scarlet Witch aka Wanda Maximoff and an unknown mage from Sri Lanka. He was raised by Scarlet Witch in New York City and throughout his childhood he was taught basic magic spells and hexes. During his teenage years, Billy came out as gay at his school and was subjected to a lot of bullying. The mixture of his multiracial status and his homosexuality caused a stir with the bigots at his school. When his bullies physically assaulted him, his X-gene activated and Billy developed the mutant ability to generate electric blasts which he was able to ward off the bullies with.

Upon learning of his son’s newfound powers, Wanda decided to begin training him in magic. However, his training was interrupted when Director Nick Fury recruited his mother for the new Avengers team. She then left Billy in the care of the new Jean Grey Institute for Higher Learning where he is now able to better control his mutant powers in addition to his magical powers. Billy is a naturally gifted student and is able to pick up knowledge fast as well as absorb it.

At the school the students are divided into 3-person squads to train with. Billy, codename “Wiccan" is currently in the student squad called the Paragons which is composed of the brightest and strategic of the students. The team is mentored by Instructor Kuan-Yin Xorn and consists of Wiccan, Hisako Ichiki aka Armor, and Jeanne-Marie Beaubier aka Aurora. Wiccan has developed a close friendship with Hisako and the two often hangout after school. In addition, he has also been tutoring Colossus in spells as he has shown some affinity for magic.

Design Notes: Hey look! So I decided race bend Billy because south asians are rarely represented in comics. In addition, his outfit is just a weird combo of his two outfits that I liked haha. 

EDIT: So I guess it wasn’t clear but it was brought to my attention that my Billy reboot’s ethnicity is not clear. I decided that instead of Billy being created as a result of Wanda’s reality warping powers, I thought it would be interesting to let her have a biological child, in this case with a Sri Lankan Desi Jew. So his ethnicity in this reboot is a quarter Roma, a quarter Jewish, and half South Asian, and his religion is still Judaism. I realize I did end up reducing the minority ethnicities Billy was before, but I decided that I didn’t want Wanda to be pegged as the “mentally ill” superhero and root Billy’s origin in that, and, coming as someone who is a mix of ethnicities, I thought it would be cool to see a superhero with a similar background. If you think this is offensive then please send me a message and we can discuss and I can edit/change it! Thank you!

cbr.com
15 Amazing Asian Superheroes
Join CBR in celebrating 15 of the coolest Asian heroes in comics!

13. CASSANDRA CAIN

The daughter of two notorious assassins and adopted by Bruce Wayne himself, Cassandra Cain is both a hero and a total badass. Her father David Cain, long-time member of the League of Assassins, conceived her with the purpose of creating the perfect assassin partner for himself, after forcing her mother, Sandra Wu-San, to bear his child. Sandra went on to become Lady Shiva, also one of the world’s deadliest assassins, renowned for killing victims with her bare hands.

Cassandra entered the DC universe in the “No Man’s Land” crossover story line in 1999, where she saves Commissioner Gordon’s life and is given the Batgirl costume with the approval of both Barbara Gordon and Batman. Cassandra also represents an important racial group in that she is of mixed heritage, having both European and Asian blood. Another interesting fact about her is that she’s a martial arts expert despite spending a large portion of her life mute and illiterate. Cassandra has recently taken up a new superhero moniker as Orphan in the pages of “Detective Comics,” by James Tynion IV, Christian Duce and Fernando Blanco, where she recently came into conflict with her estranged mother.

SUPREME GENERATION X

7/12

Betsy Kusanagi as “Psylocke”

Betsy is one of three children of the illustrious Kusanagi family. Her parents immigrated from Japan to Britain and were able to establish a successful technology company. However, while operating on machinery, an explosion took out both Betsy’s parents and the children, though left with a large sum of money, were split up among relatives across the globe.

Betsy was taken in by an aunt who lived in New York City which is where Betsy spent the remainder of her childhood. As she grew up she was offered the best possible education and developed a passion for physics. In addition, she picked up a wide range of martial arts and became quite adept and skilled with swords and knives. One day, Betsy’s X-gene activated granting her telepathy and the unique ability to form external mental energy. She uses this latter power to form psychic daggers which are not able to physically harm others but can disrupt electrical systems and cause intense pain or numbness in humans.

Kavita Rao and Storm were sent to recruit Betsy, but Betsy was kidnapped by a mysterious terrorist organization called Weapon X, who have been capturing telepaths across the globe. Unknown to our heroes, Weapon X has been seeking the perfect telepathic host for the mysterious force called the “Phoenix” who is set to return to Earth soon. However, Ghost Rider and Spider-Woman were able to infiltrate one of Weapon X’s facilities and rescue Betsy and left her in the care of the X-Men at the Jean Grey Institute for Higher Learning.

At the school the students are divided into 3-person squads to train with. Betsy, codename “Psylocke" is currently in the student squad called the Exemplars which is composed of the most cunning and ambitious of the students, specializing in stealth. The team is mentored by Instructor Ororo Munroe and consists of Psylocke, Maxwell Wang aka Quill, and Shiro Yoshida aka Sunfire. Psylocke uses her previous training and the stealth and combat training from Storm to be an outstanding leader for the Exemplars. She has often spars with Sunfire and, due to their ties with Weapon X, she has developed a close friendship to Irma Torres aka “Cuckoo”.

Design Notes: So I did away with Psylocke being a white woman trapped in a Japanese body and just made her Japanese. Psylocke’s costume is also completely based on her Uncanny costume and her scarf is clearly from a Kamen Rider haha. Psylocke is the main character in my  storyline for the first act of Supreme Marvel so she’s a biggie.