During an online discussion this weekend set up by the #SaveDaredevil campaign, Peter Shinkoda, who played Hand leader Nobu on Daredevil’s first two seasons on Netflix, said that much of his character’s story and development was sidelined because then-Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb thought “nobody cares about Chinese people and Asian people.”Loeb, who was released last fall when Marvel TV was officially absorbed into Marvel Studios, after Kevin Feige’s promotion to Chief Creative Officer for Marvel, apparently nixed plans to focus more on Nobu and expand upon his relationship with Wai Ching Ho’s Madame Gao.

Shinkoda said “Jeph Loeb told the writer’s room not to write for Nobu and Gao. This was reiterated many times by many of the writers and showrunners that ‘Nobody cares about Chinese people and Asian people. There were three previous Marvel movies — a trilogy called Blade — where Wesley Snipes kills 200 Asians each movie. Nobody gives a s***. So don’t write about Nobu and Gao.’ And they were forced to put their storylines down and drop it.”

You can watch the full #SaveDaredevil session here. Shinkoda’s comments begin around the 10:00 mark…Last month it was revealed that Marvel Studios won’t have to wait much longer until Daredevil can rejoin the MCU as the #SaveDaredevil movement calculated that only six months remain until the rights to Daredevil transfer from Netflix back to Marvel.

Due to the nature of the contract between Netflix and Marvel, Marvel isn’t able to use characters like Daredevil, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones until two years after the cancellation of their respective shows. Netflix canceled Daredevil in late November 2018, meaning Marvel will regain the rights to the character in November 2020.

Shinkoda also recalled on Twitter how he and Madame Gao actress Wai Ching Ho weren’t invited to the Season 2 premiere of Daredevil:

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