Not Your Asian Ninja: How the Marvel Cinematic Universe Keeps Failing Asian Americans

I think this post on The Nerds of Color is well worth the read. The concerns brought up here, I think, aren’t just valid, but also is a good lesson into story writing/world creation. I don’t believe he is calling Team Daredevil bad or lazy. But they did make some easy choices that leads to a weaker story and a weaker product.

For my part, I thought Daredevil season 1 was measurably stronger than season 2. Part of the issue of season 2 is how much stuff they were trying squeeze into it. With the Punisher and the Hand/Caste thing it really felt like season 2 and 2A.

The Nerds of Color

Originally posted at The Daily Beast

I liked Daredevil Season 2 a lot. I didn’t like it quite as much as Season 1, but it was always going to be impossible to find someone to live up to Vincent D’Onofrio’s take on Wilson Fisk (who still effortlessly steals the few scenes he gets this season). But the writing and the acting for Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, is compelling as hell, enough to spark a lively debate about the appeal of vigilante justice and gun violence in American culture.

The tangled, messy web of corruption behind the death of the Punisher’s family, the complicity of the state and the media in creating him, his turnaround in becoming a criminal defendant in the Trial of the Century, and the moral ambiguity of Castle’s past as a soldier who exposes the American public’s hypocrisy by bringing the brutal logic of the overseas…

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