Stan Lee’s World of Heroes channel on YouTube is the one stop place for sci-fi and fantasy fans looking for comedy content and pop culture news. The channel features tons of videos related to the hero lifestyle and enthusiast culture. Today, October 28, Black Mast Studios premiered the assassin themed music video for No Hero Now by upcoming artist Vy Nguyen ft. Jason Chu on Stan Lee’s World of Heroes YouTube channel.
Introduced by Stan Lee himself, No Hero Now is written/directed by Jennie Kong (Made By Maggie) and stars Jessika Van (CW’s The Messengers), Jack Yang (A Leading Man), Beth Riesgraf (TNT’s Leverage), Dan Feuerriegel (Starz’s Spartacus), Chelsea Harris (CBS’ The Stalker), Tony Messenger (The Expendables), and more.
No Hero Now tells the story of a young assassin who goes and rescues her sensei from an evil group. When she arrives at the facility where he’s been held captive, she discovers that they have been experimenting on soldiers with some kind of serum. She eventually manages to find him, but not before one of the soldiers uses his new powers on her sensei. With a slight motion, he uses his telekinetic powers and kills her sensei. Having just witnessed someone she cared deeply for die, she confronts the solider and fights him. During their battle, she becomes wounded. All seems to be lost, when, in a moment of clarity, she finds a way to get back up and defeat the soldier.
Kong does a wonderful job of telling a classic tale of overcoming obstacles, but by now you’re probably wondering what this has to do with video games? Well, Kong is a person who is deeply rooted in the gaming industry. Boston Games Examiner recently caught up with Kong and held a mini Q&A with her. Check out what she had to say below.
Boston Games Examiner: Xbox One, PS4, or PC?
Jennie Kong: PlayStation 4
BGE: What game is currently in that system or what was the last game you played on it?
Kong: ‘Until Dawn’ – which really surprised everyone by delivering a solid story and survival horror game. I’m still waiting for the mother-of-all games to release in the shape of ‘The Last Guardian’ though. I don’t think I have anticipated for anything as much as that one.
BGE: You’re a person who is and has been deeply involved with video games. What kind of video games influences did you pull from when you made “No Hero Now”?
Kong: One of my favourite games on the original PlayStation was the first ‘Fear Effect’ by Kronos Digital and Eidos. It had a blend of gangland warfare and the supernatural set against a gritty Hong Kong cyberpunk backdrop. I played that from start to finish without taking much of a break, and I think maybe some of that seeped through my subconscious and into this project. A current-gen version of that franchise could be promising too – I would be open to that.
Visually and tonally I was influenced by a lot of the Japanese action franchises and their aesthetics, such as ‘Metal Gear Solid.’ I think I sent a few screen grabs from MGS for reference to the production design team for sure.
BGE: If you could take any video game to base your next directorial project on, what game would it be? Why?
Kong: I’m working on an upcoming project that probably has the same tone as ‘Limbo,’ but that’s where the comparisons end. Otherwise I think it would be amazing to develop a one-off live-action comedy shorts series based on ‘Team Fortress 2’ – just for the fun of filming the characters (including appropriate gamer cameos), as well as the espionage and carnage that usually ensues in that game.
BGE: Any new projects coming up that you can tell us about?
Kong: I’ve been working on the story and game world with Jenova Chen and the team at thatgamecompany for the studio’s new unannounced game. I love working with the guys there, they’re on another level and really care about the players they make the games for. Otherwise I’m going to take a break and then concentrate on the short films I have in the pipeline, along more music videos plus a feature that I would love to write and direct.
Fans on the West coast will be able to catch the cast and crew of No Hero Now at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend. They’ll be holding a panel on November 1st entitled, “Stan Lee’s World of Heroes Presents…No Hero Now” at 12 PM in room 511ABC.
As a final note, make sure you pay extra attention to the music video to see if you can spot that special cameo. And if you’d prefer the answer now, no worries. Peter Shinkoda from Netflix’s Daredevil makes a special cameo, but we’re not going to tell you exactly where he is.