Get to Know the AAPI Super Heroes of Marvel Comics

As AAPI Heritage Month draws to a close, the Asian American and Pacific Islander super heroes (and antiheroes!) of Marvel are certainly gathering strength. Most recently, the title of Iron Fist has been passed down from Danny Rand to Lin Lie in Iron Fist (2022).

Of course, Marvel comics have always been home to popular AAPI characters such as Jubilee and Psylocke of the X-Men. In recent years, the MCU has re-introduced audiences to powerful heroes like Shang-Chi, as well as including fan-favorite supporting characters like Wong and Mantis (though Mantis of the comics is very different). On the page, Daken and Sunfire are claiming important spots in the X-Men lineup and soon, Kamala Khan will be a major force in the MCU with the Disney+ series Ms. Marvel. Beyond these well-known names, however, lies a whole roster of AAPI heroes making a name for themselves.


Wave

Full Name: Pearl Pangan
Powers: Hydrokinesis, granting her control over water and a connection to her upbringing along the coast in Cebu
Affiliations: Agents of Atlas
Major Enemies: Malekith, Sindr
Fan Fact: Wave first worked with the new Agents of Atlas, a team led by Jimmy Woo composed of other new AAPI heroes such as Aero and Luna Snow plus established heroes like Shang-Chi, Silk, and Brawn.


Trinary

Full Name: Shilpa Khatri
Powers: Technopathy (psychic manipulation of any technology within her eyesight)
Affiliations: X-Men, X-Corp
Major Enemies: Indian Mutant Defense Force
Fan Fact: Trinary is a member of the X-Corporation board alongside Monet St. Croix and Angel, and she was also part of the X-Men team that took down Nimrod as Krakoa was being established.


The Wu

Full Name: Alice Gulliver
Powers: Alice inherited a gift for magic from her mother, The August Wu
Affiliations: Scarlet Witch, Doctor Strange
Major Enemies: The Chinese Triads, one of which killed her father, Adam Gulliver
Fan Fact: Though she works as a Hong Kong detective like her father, Alice enhances her guns and gadgets with specialized hexes.


Amadeus Cho

Aliases: Brawn (currently), Mastermind Excello, Totally Awesome Hulk, Chulk
Powers: Genius-level intellect (seventh smartest person in the world) as well as gamma-induced Hulk transformation
Affiliations: Hercules, Hulk, Maddy Cho (twin sister), Mighty Avengers, Champions
Major Enemies: Pythagoras Dupree, Chthon, Intelligencia, the Pantheon
Fan Fact: Amadeus’ hacking skills are so impressive that he once nearly shut down S.H.I.E.L.D., though Hercules convinced him not to do something so villainous.


Silk

Full Name: Cindy Moon
Powers: Superhuman physiology with arachnid-based abilities, such as silk production from fingertips and enhanced Spider-Sense
Affiliations: Spider-Man, The Order of the Web, Agents of Atlas
Major Enemies: Morlun, The Inheritors,
Fan Fact: On Earth-65, the home of Spider-Gwen, Cindy Moon is actually the founder of a terrorist organization called S.I.L.K.


Silver Samurai

Full Name: Keniuchio Harada
Powers: In addition to mastery of the katana and the Bushido discipline, Silver Samurai is a mutant who can channel tachyon energy fields (tachyons are subatomic particles that travel faster than the speed of light)
Affiliations: Mandrill, Big Hero 6, Clan Yashida
Major Enemies: Daredevil, S.H.I.E.L.D., Wolverine
Fan Fact: Silver Samurai shares a complicated history with Wolverine, through not only Mariko Yashida but also the infamous swordsmith Muramasa.


Nico Minoru

Former Alias: Sister Grimm
Powers: Limited magical ability / use of the Staff of One
Affiliations: The Runaways
Major Enemies: The Pride
Fan Fact: While extremely powerful, the Staff of One requires that no two spells share the same incantation, forcing Nico to get creative with the words she uses during battle.


Indra

Full Name: Paras Gavaskar
Powers: Indra’s mutant abilities include an armored exoskeleton and psionic generation of weaponry
Affiliations: Academy X, Northstar, Rogue
Major Enemies: Belasco, S’ym, Children of the Vault
Fan Fact: Unlike his namesake, the Hindu god of war, Indra is a follower of Jainism, a religion of nonviolence — this has led to many internal struggles for Indra as a mutant hero.


The Marvel Multiverse is infinitely vast, so the above heroes aren’t the only AAPI characters around! On the small screen, Daisy Johnson, AKA Quake, made a seismic impact on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. while formidable Colleen Wing appears in both comics and television alongside her partner Misty Knight. And over on Krakoa, there’s always a mutant waiting in the wings for their moment to shine — just ask Shinobi Shaw, Neal Shaara, Mondo, Sway, and Armor.

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