‘Iron Fist’ Actor Deletes Twitter After Sparking Debate About Diversity And Representation

For those who aren’t as deep into the nerd space as others, Netflix is preparing to release a new Marvel series later this month based on the character of Iron Fist. According to the source material, Iron Fist is about a young man named Danny Rand who travels to a fictional Asian country, learns their sacred martial arts and somehow becomes the best at them, then comes back to the United States to fight evil and corruption.

So, what’s the problem here? Well, Danny Rand is white and that doesn’t sit well with a lot of fans.

Marvel’s Luke Cage Gets Renewed For Season 2

It’s not a surprise to anyone who watched it – at least, it shouldn’t be – but Marvel’s Luke Cage has been renewed for a second season to air on Netflix.

The first season was critically acclaimed and basically broke Netflix when it first aired, so its renewal was surely a lock. But getting official word is still worth celebrating because weirder things have happened in the world of entertainment. 

Roxane Gay Becomes Marvel’s First Ever Black Female Comic Book Writer

Roxane Gay will be the first ever black female writer for Marvel Comics. Yeah, we know, it’s 2016 and wild that it’s taken this long. But we’re going to focus on celebrating the long overdue achievement.

Gay will be teaming up with Ta-Nehisi Coates for a separate story in Marvel’s current Black Panther run. It will specifically focus on Ayo and Aneka, two lovers and former members of the Dora Milaje, the Black Panther’s personal all-female security detail, according to The New York Times.

A Black Girl Named Riri Williams Will Be The Next Iron Man

Comic book publishers have been playing some serious catch-up after decades of characters that were mostly white men filled their pages. The latest step towards a better, more representative future falls in the middle of Iron Man’s storyline.

According to a TIME exclusive interview with Bendis, a black girl named Riri Williams will be holding down the mantle that Tony Stark will leave behind once Marvel’s current Civil War II storyline is done. Williams was created by Brian Michael Bendis, who’s credited with helping create Miles Morales and Jessica Jones, and is a 15-year-old MIT student who reverse-engineered an Iron Man suit out of stolen school supplies. Of course, this gets her on Tony Stark’s radar. 

‘Captain America: Civil War’ Felt Like More Of The Same With A Little Blackness On Top

By: Angelica Bastien

With Captain America: Civil War the clockwork-like efficiency of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is on full display. Nearly a decade after it was kicked off with Iron Man (2008), Marvel has perfected its formula which mixes a blend of humor, light pathos, and bright-eyed optimism. The problem is the cracks in this methodology are beginning to show and these films desperately need to start coloring outside of the lines.

In Civil War, the strengths of the MCU brand—reliance on quips, increasingly smooth easily commodified storytelling, exceeding lightness—feel like weaknesses. As the superhero genre continues to balloon Marvel’s desire to tell the same types of stories with the same types of characters is proving to be increasingly rote.

‘Queen of Katwe’ Trailer and ‘Black Panther’ Casting Puts Lupita Nyong’o In the Spotlight

By: Angelica Bastien

After winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the 2013 film 12 Years A Slave Lupita Nyong’o’s film career didn’t catapult in the ways fans expected. But it looks like she’s coming back into the spotlight with the release of the Queen of Katwe trailer and news of her potential casting in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Michael B. Jordan Reportedly Cast In Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’

After it was announced that Ryan Coogler would be directing Marvel’s Black Panther film many hoped that the stars would align and find a way to get his close friend Michael B. Jordan somewhere in the project. According to the Root, fans of Coogler, Jordan and T’Challa will be getting their wish and the band’s getting back together.

A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad Will Be Co-Scoring Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ Series

Marvel’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones series’ have both proven to be huge successes for both the comic book company and Netflix, who plays them on its streaming service. Next up to help round out “The Defenders” stable will be Luke Cage, the bulletproof, super-strength wielding resident of Harlem who’s already appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

While the introduction of the Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War has fans of black comic book characters fainting from anticipation, Luke Cage’s Netflix show will help make it a two-sided effort on the smaller screen. But now fans have something else to get excited about. It’s been announced that A Tribe Called Quest will be scoring the series. 

Ta-Nehisi Coates Previews Highly Anticipated ‘Black Panther’ Comic Book

April 6 will surely be a holiday for black nerds as the first issue of Marvel’s latest run of Black Panther, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, will be released to the public. Like a dream come true, the best black comic book character ever will be in the care of a highly esteemed writer on black identity in the modern era.