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5 Latino X-Men That Need To Be Part Of The MCU

Hi! My name is Diego. I’m a big nerd and I have been in love with comic books since I was a little chamaco. What’s my absolute favorite comic book franchise of all time? X-Men! I am the ultimate X-Men stan.

I wear this shirt to work. I’m a professional.

Something about their struggle for acceptance and their fight against prejudice really spoke to me as a queer little Mexican boy.

Pictured: Comic Book Perfection

Just like them, I was trying to make my way in this world. Only, without the laser eyes and the adamantium claws. Also, let’s be real. They were just the best superteam around. The costumes. The powers. The characters. The relationship drama. I live.

Suffice to say I have a deep love for these characters. I love them all. Every single one. Even these guys.

And while I’ve enjoyed (most of) their recent film adaptations, now that Disney has acquired all of the 20th Century Studios properties we’ve got the X-Men’s introduction into the storied Marvel Cinematic Universe to look forward to. I cannot wait for Kevin Feige and the MCU team to show the X-Men the same love they’ve given to all the other Marvel properties.

While we do wait, here’s a few Latino mutants I would love to see get the MCU treatment.

Will Marvel listen to me? Probably not. Will I have a lot of fun writing this list? Definitely yes.

RICTOR: Julio Esteban Richter

Former member of the X-Men junior class, the New Mutants, Mexican mutant Rictor has the ability to generate intense seismic energy, causing earthquakes. He just vibes. Literally. He’s been around the X-Universe forever and was one of my favorite mutants growing up. Seeing a Mexican superhero as a kid was everything for me and I’ve loved watching his evolution.

The evolution of his looks is just goals. Weeerk, Julio!

I even had the 90s Toy Biz action figure that you could wind up so it would feebly shake around the floor in a weird attempt to recreate his earthquake powers.

Just look at this heroic face.

BUT One of his most recent claims to fame occurred when…

He came out and joined the ranks of the X-Universe’s many openly queer characters.

His kiss with longtime companion Shatterstar was a historic moment as Marvel’s first on-panel kiss between two mainstream superhero characters. It’s the kind of kiss you give when you rescue your boo from being possessed by a cyborg from the future. True story. Talk about breaking boundaries.

A younger teen version of Rictor was depicted by Jason Genao in the movie Logan.

But why can’t we have a fully realized X-Man and adult Rictor in the MCU? For real, though. Why? Somebody tell me.

SUNSPOT: Roberto Da Costa

The solar-powered Brazilian mutant of Afro-Latino descent, Roberto Da Costa has been an X-Men mainstay for decades. While once a member of the younger class like Rictor, Roberto has come a long way since his first appearance: evolving as a superhero in his own right with the paramilitary X-Force team, joining the Avengers, creating his own Avengers team, and most recently putting the moves on a murderous intergalactic imperial space princess.

It’s 2020. Shoot. Your. Shot.

While he had a small appearance in X-Men: Days of Future Past where he was brutally dismembered by robots, Sunspot is set for a larger role in the New Mutants film played by Brazilian actor Henry Zaga.

His other mutant power is looking good in polo shirts.

With the merger of Disney and 20th Century Studios is there room for Zaga to reprise the role in an MCU setting? Time will tell.

CECILIA REYES

One of my absolute favorite X-people from that magical late 90s era of X-Men history where we were past the extreme grunge and thigh pouches of the X-Force days, but not quite into the existential rebranding of the early 2000s.

This no-nonsense Puerto Rican badass from the Bronx has a psioplasmic biofield, which is fancy comic book talk for a personal force-field that protects her from any physical threat. She didn’t even want to be a member of the X-Men. Unfortunately, an anti-mutant Sentinel attack sort of blew up her life and her workplace so she kind of had no choice but to join the crew. But she did it her way.

She didn’t wear a special uniform, opting for the standard blue and gold, didn’t take a codename (“That’s Dr. Cecilia Reyes to you, pendejo!”), and generally didn’t take anybody’s crap.

Seen here. Not taking crap from an alien.

She’s set to make her on-screen debut in the upcoming New Mutants film, played by Alice Braga, but here’s hoping Dr. Reyes can also make the transition to the MCU. We need more badass Afro-Latina superheroes on screen. 

SKIN: Angelo Espinosa

He absolutely kills on the basketball court though.

Representing East L.A., Angelo Espinosa was part of a team near and dear to my nostalgia, Generation X, the younger edgier cooler 90s X-team. And Angelo was the wise-cracking skin-stretching heart and soul of the crew. Angelo’s mutation wasn’t a very attractive one (but hey, not all mutants can be Storm, you know?). He had six extra feet of elastic leathery grey skin that he could reshape and stretch for a variety of superhero tricks. Hence the codename. He was tragically killed. But thanks to comic book storytelling he’s back to life. Don’t question the logic. It’s part of the fun.

You might not know it, but Angelo actually did make his on-screen debut in the made for TV movie Generation X, way back in 1996.

This used to be the only X-Men movie we had. Be grateful.
But here’s hoping he gets a more mainstream and big-budget debut as part of the next MCU rollout.

DARWIN: Armando Muñoz

Armando is a mutant with the amazing power to instantaneously evolve and adapt to any situation. His peculiar powers can lead to some pretty dramatic effects.

Back in the day, he joined Professor X’s super-secret second team of X-Men who all died horribly on their first mission.

Like turning into Jell-O.

Darwin was launched into space. His powers turned him into pure energy to survive and he went into kind of a coma, before he was found by the X-Men and his powers once again evolved to grow him a new body from scratch. After that, he still decided to join the team again and take part in all of their modern-day escapades. Talk about a team player.

Now I know what you’re saying. Didn’t Darwin already show up in the X-Men: First Class movie?

He’s been through a LOT.

Yes he did.

But I did not wait this long for the on-screen debut of an Afro-Latino mutant with the coolest powers ever just to have him show up on screen for 20 minutes and get murdered by KEVIN BACON.

Why’d it have to be Bacon, man?

So yeah, I’d like a do-over on Armando’s on screen representation please. MCU, I’m looking at you.

Honorable Mentions

Because while I love all the X-Men, not everybody is cut out for the big screen…

FERAL & THORN: Maria & Lucia Callasantos

They’re sisters, but also cats. And they murdered their parents.

EGG: Fabio Medina

If you think his name is funny, he used to go by Goldballs. Not even lying.

VELOCIDAD: Gabriel Coelho

A teen from Mexico City with time manipulation powers that let him move at relative super speed. But his powers cause him to rapidly age every time he uses them. Bummer.

WRAITH: Hector Rendoza

He’s supposed to have invisibility powers, but so far he can only manage turning his skin invisible. Gross.

EL GUAPO: Robbie Rodriguez

We… we don’t talk about El Guapo.

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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