Michael Barbieri cast in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' as character based on Ganke Lee.
More whitewashing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? 14-year-old actor Michael Barbieri has been cast in Marvel's upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming as one of Peter Parker's best friends. The part appears to be based on a character named Ganke Lee… who is Asian American in the comic books.
Are you really doing this again, Marvel? After all the negative press around the casting of a very white, you're-not-fooling-anybody Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One in Doctor Strange, the studio appears to be doubling down on whitewashing the MCU's supporting characters of Asian descent.
Man, forget Asian superheroes — we can't barely even see Asians as supporting characters in this universe.