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Marvel's Chinese superheroes set for US debut in 2019

(Chinadaily.com.cn)    15:22, July 17, 2018

Doctor Strange will show up as a mentor to coach Lin Lie the key to rise as a hero in Sword Master, one of Marvel's first two Chinese superhero comic series. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Marvel's first Chinese superheroes will debut in the United States in Spring next year.

The announcement came at the recent China International Comics Games Expo in Shanghai, where Marvel also announced that digital and paper copies would also be released.

One of the characters, Sword Master centers on Lin Lie, a young student who finds an ancient artifact that gives him incredible powers, but who unwittingly unleashes an ancient evil tied to his own family's past, according to Marvel.

As for Aero, the story is about Lei Ling, a successful architect who one day awakens to find that she possesses the ability to control air currents, but is forced to make difficult choices about her own fate and future.

Sword Master (left) and Aero, the first ever Chinese superhero comic series created by Marvel. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The comics mark Marvel's first major foray into China. And the team comprises cartoonists Gui Ji, Keng as well as scriptwriters Shui Zhu and Zhou Liefen.

"Our cast of international characters has expanded, and everyone from the Avengers to the X-Men are having adventures across every corner of the planet. Including China," says C.B. Cebulski, eitor in chief of Marvel Comics.

"However, for our stories to feel truly local and authentic, Marvel knew we had to hire writers and artists in the countries we were telling these stories about. To let them create characters based on their cultures, that would reflect the world outside their windows," adds Cebulski.

C.B. Cebulski, eitor in chief of Marvel Comics (fifth from left) take a photo with Chinese creators behind the two Chinese superhero comic series. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Meanwhile, Sword Master and Aero -- the first two Marvel comic series featuring larger-than-life heroes in China -- were released on the website of NetEase, one of China's leading internet companies, in May.

Fan Shaoqing, the general manager of NetEase Literature and Comic, the main arm of NetEase, hopes the comics will influence the youngsters across the world and help Chinese cartoonists to go abroad.

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