Hollywood does it again: gay Asian character in X-Men franchise replaced with white straight one


Via a series of Instagram posts, Josh Boone, the director of the upcoming X-Men spin-off film New Mutants, has unveiled what will is likely be the film's lineup of young adult superheroes: Dani Moonstar, Cannonball, Sunspot, Wolfsbane and Magik. The first four are from the original lineup of the team in the comics. Conspicuously missing? Karma, aka Xi'an Coy Manh, the fifth member from that particular team and its leader. Perhaps uncoincidentally, she's Vietnamese, and she also happens to be one of the first major lesbian character in superhero comics. She has been replaced by Magik, the sister of Colossus, who joined the New Mutants comics later in its run.

If the actual movie cast stays like this, it will be extremely disappointing. We just had a GLAAD report come out this week that showed the major studios rarely put LGBT characters in its films, with LGBT women being rarer still, and non-white LGBT characters rarest of all. Karma would've been a groundbreaking character yet again in a whole new medium, and let a whole bunch of people who rarely get to see themselves represented on screen finally get a scrap of acknowledgement.

Source, artwork by me after 20 mins in Photoshop