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A. Lee Martinez’s blog.

The Real World and Iron Fist

I don’t have anything specifically against Iron Fist, but we need to talk about race and characters and expectations. Iron Fist is as good a place to start as any.   As always, we need to draw a distinction between the real world (i.e. the world where people created this character and his universe) and […]
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Fixing Iron Fist

If I was going to attempt to fix Iron Fist (something no one has asked me to do), I’d have started by changing Danny Rand into an Asian American, who crash landed with his family in the Himalayas, learned kung fu, and came back to America to fight evil ninjas.   At the very least, […]
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Thoughts on Kong: Skull Island and the Kaiju Genre

I think it’s safe to say that I’m a pretty big B movie fan. This is the legacy of being a sci fi / fantasy fan. It’s easy to forget in this day where the sci fi blockbuster has become a staple of Summer cinema, but there was a time when science fiction and fantasy […]
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The Mary Sue Myth

Is it too late to talk about Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Am I culturally irrelevant? Eh, whatever. Let’s do it. This isn’t really about Star Wars anyway. One of the complaints aimed at the film is that Rey is “A Mary Sue”. As proof, it’s pointed out that she’s an incredibly competent character nearly […]
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