Marvel’s First Official Chinese Superheroes Introduced
While Marvel’s Deadpool, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War are currently dominating the theaters around the world currently, they are taking their comic division to the global stage.
Marvel has teamed up with one of China’s biggest online comic platforms, NetEase Comics, and has released their first official Marvel Chinese superheroes, specially developed for Chinese audiences.
Although Marvel has generally featured Chinese characters in supporting roles or as bad characters, now, Marvel has brought two new heroes Lin Lie and Aero. While Lin Lie is a boy who fights evil using his powerful ancient sword (above), Aero is a woman who is capable of controlling air currents (below).
Back in the 1970s, Marvel bought the rights for Sax Rohmer’s “Fu Manchu” series in which they introduced Shang-Chi, a Chinese master of Kung Fu and previously unknown son of Fu Manchu. The character had his own series which ran from the mid-70s to the early 80s.
According to Marvel Editor-in-chief CB Cebulski, the collaboration between Marvel and NetEase inclined majorly on writers and artists from China with the purpose that the new stories would be based on Chinese culture and mythology, set in the modern world.
Although, at present, this graphic novel will be available in Chinese only, however, the collaboration hints about an expanded Marvel Universe for fans in both China and US. Well, it will be interesting to see if we witness an expanded Marvel Universe.