Since the issues of diversity and representation (particularly for the Asian and Asian-American communities) have finally started to take center stage in the entertainment world, Marvel has been at the very center of that discussion. While there has been some controversy surrounding the House of Ideas when it comes to the live-action adaptations of ‘Iron Fist’ and ‘Doctor Strange’, the company is also responsible for the introduction and elevation of characters such as Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel and Amadeus Cho/Totally Awesome Hulk. But on a weekly basis, ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ is constantly spotlighting all types of people in roles that they traditionally haven’t been playing. And while speaking to Chloe Bennet at New York Comic Con, we touched on just how important that is.
When ‘Master of None’ writers and co-creators Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, not only was it a major victory for an amazing Netflix show (that literally everyone needs to watch stat), but it was a triumph for all Asians in film and TV. And when Yang expressed his frustration with Long Duk Dong and similar characters throughout Hollywood history, he shared feelings that many people have had for decades. That’s why so many Asians and Asian-Americans happily posted about the win all over social media following his speech, including Bennet’s very heartfelt Instagram post about her experience in the business. So when we got the chance to talk to the ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ star at New York Comic Con, we touched on how important that win was, her position as a role model, and Marvel’s dedication to giving proper representation to all people on this show. Plus, we get into the ever-increasing amount of action that Daisy Johnson/Quake gets into as the seasons progress:
How do you think the Marvel Cinematic Universe is doing in terms of diversity and representation? Are you glad to see ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ excelling in those areas? And how are you enjoying Chloe Bennet’s evolution from Skye to Daisy to Quake on the current season? Sound off in the comments below.
‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Henry Simmons airs on Tuesdays at 10:00pm on ABC.
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