The trailer for Infinity War dropped today. It was dope as heck and I recommend watching it over and over. It’s a 10/10 trailer in my book, but that’s not what we’re here to talk about today. Today we’re going to talk about superheroes. We’re going to talk specifically about Hispanic and Latino/Latina/Latinx superheroes. Given that I’m a huge geek and someone who likes representation and seeing people like me on TV and in movies this will be a lot of fun. If before we dive into a conversation about Hispanic superheroes you want to see the Infinity War trailer look no further fam because I got you.
Disney’s Coco Changed The Game:
Coco is a game changer. It just is. Coco shows the power of creating inventive, fantastical stories revolving around Hispanic culture, traditions, and beliefs. It shows that the Latino marketplace in the United States and Canada and the global marketplace has a craving for masterful stories centering Hispanic characters and that this can turn a massive profit if it’s done correctly. Acknowledging this reality is something that Marvel and D.C. would both be wise to do and to take into account while planning their next movies, especially for Marvel since the first part of the Infinity War is now less than a year away and the first trailer has been leaked. To truly cement how remarkable Coco’s success has been let me remind readers that Coco has earned a whopping 157.5% million dollars in the course of its run with it earning more worldwide than it did in the USA, specifically a total of 75.2 million in the US and a total of 82.3 million outside of the US. It finished number one in China’s box offices earning 18.2 million making it the second highest ever Disney or Pixar animated release there behind Zootopia. It has dominated Mexico’s box office, surpassing any movie in Mexico including The Avengers. Coco is a testament to the unbelievable power of Hispanic and Latin American box-offices.
Marvel and D.C. both have big ambitions for their cinematic universes. Those ambitions have resulted in the creation of stunning movies and vibrant universes that are ripe for telling all sorts of stories. And in one of those stories, (which is, unfortunately, a fairly disliked movie overall despite it being a movie I personally found quite entertaining, although not a good movie in and of itself) one of the best characters is a Mexican anti-hero, Suicide Squad’s El Diablo. D.C. is one step ahead of Marvel when it comes to making use of neat Hispanic characters in their fiction to tell remarkable and profitable stories. But I don’t want to spend a lot of time talking about Suicide Squad because I feel that they did El Diablo a disservice in killing him off that way and hope he makes a comeback at some point in the future.
What Latinx Superheroes D.C. and Marvel Could Bring To Life On The Big Screen:
1: White Tiger
One of the oldest Hispanic superheroes is the original White Tiger, Hector Alaya is only a few years younger (in terms of when the comics were created) than the Black Panther. The White Tiger is a name used by various superheroes, but the first was Hector who was a Puerto Rican martial artist who used mystical tiger amulets to transform into a caped-crusader and skilled fighter. He worked alongside Spider-Man and Daredevil as well as the Sons of the Tiger and fought against numerous heroes and villains including the Lightmaster, the Masked Marauder, The Hand, and would fight using the amulets for much of his life before trying to leave that life behind. When he next donned the amulets he would be accused of murder, found guilty, flee, and die in the process. Soon afterward his innocence would be proven.
The current White Tiger is Ayala’s little sister Ava Ayala, who could also be brought to life. Hector appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man show and is killed, in this show Ava is Hector’s daughter and becomes the next White Tiger. If I had to suggest anyone play White Tiger I’d want it to be J.W. Cortes for Hector Ayala, and for Ava Ayala Jenna Ortega or Soni Bringas.
This Mexican superhero is a Latina with powers related to flames, heat, and she can fly. Her compatriots are The Rangers, and some of her other friends are Hank Pym, Hawkeye, Mockingbird, Moon Knight, Thor, and Captian America while her enemies are The Corruptor, Dominus, and The Collector. She has not appeared in any TV shows or movies. Bonita Juarez’s story begins in New Mexico who comes across a radioactive meteorite fragment, whose radiation alters her DNA and gives her powers, which she believes to be a gift from God.
If Eiza Gonzalez ever wanted to be a superhero, maybe she should try to be Firebird? I’d love to see how she portrays one of the more famous Latina superheroes out there!
3: Kyle Rayner Green & (temporarily) Blue Lantern
Kyle Rayner is a Hispanic Green Lantern and is a high ranking member of the Green Lantern Corps. When the Corps was destroyed he was given the last Power Ring and would eventually become the third highest member of the hierarchy of the Green Lantern Corps after its initial destruction and eventual reconstruction at the hands of an insane and grief-stricken Hal Jordan. Kyle plays a major role in defeating the insane Hal (who was possessed by Parallax) and his adventures include meeting The Flash, Superboy, Wonder Girl, Sentinel, Captain Marvel, and Wonder Woman. He has fought a variety of powerful beings like Major Force, Kryb, and more and even used the power of hope in the form of the Blue Lantern rings (which are the rings I would use if given a chance to use real Lantern rings, personally).
Carlotta Rivera is a former model from Spain who was kidnapped by The Dominators an alien race who subjected her and others to experiments and had metahuman powers awakened within them. Her power can generate anti-gravity fields and she is part of the Blasters hero team, made up of herself and others who survived the process by which their powers awakened at the hands of their captors. They fought against the Dominators and escaped the starship Starlag. Her superhero name is Jolt.
I think Andrea Navedo would make a neat superhero and I’d like to see her as Jolt.
Some heroes have appeared on TV with Marcos Diaz/Eclipse being played by Sean Teale in Gifted and Elena Rodriguez being played by Natalia Cordova-Buckley in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
If you want to see me do an equivalent post for villains let me know! It’d be nice to see some Hispanic superheroes right? I know I’d love that and I bet at least some of my readers would as well! If you learned about new heroes today please let me know because I enjoy adding things to your knowledge.