Marvel TV/movie rumors are abundant these days, and White Tiger, a martial arts master found in the 70s run of the Deadly Hands of Kung Fu comic series, may find his way into a Marvel movie or TV show. A report by Screen Geek via their sources indicated there will be an adaptation with key character Hector Ayala as White Tiger. Back then, the series was developed during the kung fu movie craze.
There was no mention of White Tiger going the way of a TV or movie adaptation, but since Iron Fist, a slew of brawlers, hand-to-hand combat experts, and martial artists are found on Netflix and in Hell’s Kitchen, it would make sense for the character to appear on the small screen.
It was only last week that Screen Geek reported the New Warriors line-up for the Marvel adaptation, which will feature Squirrel Girl, Justice, Speedball, Ms. Marvel, Night Thrasher, and Rage.
That being said, Marvel seemingly isn’t holding out on ushering in lesser-known comic book characters.
“Marvel is developing an adaptation of Deadly Hands of Kung Fu (with a different title), an ensemble piece that will feature the Hector Ayala incarnation of the White Tiger as a key role.”
Who Are The Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu?
As mentioned, this series ran in the 70s during the same time martial arts movies were prominent.
The interesting feature of some of these comic books had been the interviews with martial arts instructors or even chats with stars of martial arts movies. Earlier, comics had self-help instructions for basic moves in the craft, and they even go for a nice penny on eBay if they are in pretty good condition.
The characters featured were Shang-Chi, Iron Fist, and White Tiger. There were also Sons of the Tiger, where three men were linked by amulets, with the White Tiger being heir to those amulets. Enter the lady masters of martial arts Colleen Wing and Misty Knight, characters derived from the Iron Fist series.
Does anyone have a feeling that these ladies may find their way to the Netflix’s Iron Fist series starring Finn Jones?
Pilots For Netflix Rumored, Including White Tiger
Back in August, four Netflix pilot episodes wrapped up filming, according to sources of Bleeding Cool. White Tiger was specifically mentioned but had been told the actor chosen was female. Further research indicated the female version goes by the name of Angela Del Toro, niece to the original White Tiger, Hector Ayala.
The folks over at ComicBookCast2’s YouTube channel even gave a clip of a rundown of the current and upcoming Netflix ensemble of the Hell’s Kitchen heroes. This led to the rumors of White Tiger and three other series being pitched to Netflix.
“White Tiger is in fact one of four recently shot small, five to 10 minute pilots that is being pitched to Netflix for a potential TV series.”
Later, an update at Bleeding Cool featured a tweet by Heroic Hollywood’s Umberto Gonzalez.
According to the tweet, someone may not share the same view on last month’s rumors even being valid.
Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu Made A Comeback
In early 2014, Entourage producer Mike Benson brought back Shang-Chi in a four-issue series of Deadly Hands of Kung Fu. He partnered with Malaysian artist Tan Eng Huat to bring it all to life. Benson has touted it to be a mix of martial arts and Jason Bourne elements, according to Newsarama.
“Deadly Hands of Kung Fu is going to be a combination of the old 70’s title, which really was heavy on Bruce Lee, David Carradine and all those great Sunday afternoon Shaw Brother films mixed with a heavy helping of the Bourne films.”
There could be a surge in more martial arts comic books-turned-Marvel TV adaptations. How do you think White Tiger will fare if joined up with Iron Fist, Shang-Chi, and other characters from Deadly Hands of Kung Fu?
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