Nico in comic book series 'Runaways'Almost lost in the negative reviews for M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender were the strong concerns expressed about the whitewashing of the characters, i.e. casting Caucasian actors in roles originally portrayed as Asian characters. Shortly thereafter, Marvel announced that it was moving forward with their production of Runaways, Brian K. Vaughan's teens-run-from-their-super-villain-parents comic book series (description lifted from Peter Hall in his Cinematical news roundup).

When the casting call for the movie went out, Racebending noticed that Nico, a character explicitly described as Japanese-American in the series, was not specified as Asian, meaning that Asian-American actresses would be less likely to be considered for the role (as opposed to the specification for lead character Alex, noted as African-American, and the other roles, which did not specify any ethnicity). Did Marvel intend to whitewash Runaways?
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