Many of us who were following the casting of Marvel's upcoming Iron Fist Netflix series were disappointed when news broke that some white dude named Finn Jones would play the title role of Danny Rand.
Inspired by this thoughtful plea by Keith Chow of The Nerds of Color, over the last two years a vocal fan movement had swelled and rallied around the possibility of an Asian American Iron Fist. While Danny Rand has traditionally been depicted as white in the comic books, there is no legitimate reason why he had to be played by a white actor. This could have been an interesting opportunity to cast an Asian American actor in the lead role, and complicate and reclaim some of the more problematic, orientalist elements of the character's mythos.
It was a nice thought. But alas, Danny Rand will be white and it's business as usual. Some people had some gripes about that. And of course, some people had gripes about the people with gripes.
Comic book creator Joshua Luna, best known for his work as a co-creator and writer of such books as Ultra, Girls and The Sword with his brother Jonathan Luna, recently posted a funny comic offering his take on the Iron Fist casting. Imagine, if you will, an alternate dimension...
"We always see Asians. Why can't we have one white superhero?" said no one ever. Indeed, this scenario truly takes place in an alternate dimension.