EF: Absolutely. For a very, very long time. You know, you hear this a lot from POC pop culture-lovers. You know, we love all the heroes — Indiana Jones, Luke Skywalker. But like, it was hard to relate to those characters because they often don't look like us. And there is something to be said about seeing a version of yourself that you can kind of idealize for yourself. Sure, I'm never going to be a magical kung fu master, but if I grew up with a character like Shang-Chi, I could imagine for myself, Oh, I could do whatever it is I want to set my mind to. And that's a very powerful message. And it's important that people of all stripes grow up seeing those images.
So, yes, you know, growing up when I was a kid, I had very few comic book heroes I could look up to. I mean, obviously, every kid loves Spider-Man, and the reason is: Because of that mask, you could imagine yourself a little more easily than anyone else. Before that, though, I think the one superhero I imbued so much passion into was Adam from Power Rangers. He was the Asian Black Ranger, one of the few examples of like a heroic Asian lead and an a superhero thing. But other than that, I grew up with very little. I didn't discover martial arts movies until much later when I was a teenager, but even then, they're not superheroes — they're just awesome dudes. But as far as like crime fighters and saving the world, you know, that was very hard to get for a long, long time. And then but now now we have an embarrassment of riches. We have Shang-Chi, we had Snake Eyes earlier, and there's going to be more in the way.