Marvel TV's Jeph Loeb Reportedly Forced Daredevil Writers to Nix Asian Storylines

He added “But all that backstory was dropped, and the writers that told me they were reluctant to do it because they were so stoked about the storyline, but they were prevented. So I had to concoct this other storyline and then rock that material that I was given. Regretfully, I didn’t get to ever explore that.”

Fictional supervillain organization The Hand first appeared in Daredevil volume 1 #174 and were worked into Netflix’s series during the well-received first season as intermediaries between central villains Alexandra and Wilson Fisk, but Hand leader Nobu is soon revealed to be focusing on a potential game-changing weapon, called Black Sky. After his plans to bring Black Sky into New York go awry, he is seemingly burned alive by Matt Murdoch (Charlie Cox) in an empty warehouse, however, he is resurrected by The Hand in season 2 before finally being beheaded by Matt’s mentor Stick (Scott Glenn).

Marvel’s Daredevil was canceled by Netflix in November of 2018 after Disney announced plans for its own streaming service, Disney+. Loeb’s eventual exit from his Marvel Television post was floated later in 2019, as Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige became Chief Creative Officer.

Since leaving Daredevil, Shinkoda has appeared in Shane Black’s The Predator and Roland Emmerich’s Midway, and has fielded further small screen roles in The Terror and The Man in the High Castle at Amazon, where he played Kazu Hirano.

At the time of writing, neither Loeb, Marvel or Netflix have addressed Shinkoda’s comments.


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