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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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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Update January 21, 2021

A Missouri woman named Emily Hernandez had a court hearing in St. Louis after her involvement in the Capitol riots. Hernandez, 21, is facing several federal charges after participating in the deadly Capitol riot.

Emily Hernandez is facing the music after storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

According to KSDK, Hernandez, who is from Sullivan, Missouri, has been released without bond after her first hearing in St. Louis. She has been ordered to stay in the Eastern District of Missouri until her next court date in Washington. Part of the terms of her release is that she is not allowed to travel to Washington other than for her court date.

During the hearing, she was recorded saying, “I’m sorry, I’m nervous.”

Hernandez is facing the following federal charges: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government business, steal, sell, convey or dispose of anything of value in the United States, disruptive conduct in the Capitol buildings, parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol buildings.

Original: After a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, people immediately started identifying the intruders. Videos have been circulating and people are steadily contacting the FBI to expose them. Instagram page @homegrownterrorists is one of the leading forces in identifying the rioters.

On Jan. 6, people stormed our Capitol building and the American people are demanding justice.

Images of people storming the Capitol building and looting the offices of members of Congress startled people around the world. One of the safest places in the world was overrun by far-right Trump supporters attacking the democratic process. Americans are demanding justice and working together to identify and report as many people to the FBI that were at the Capitol.

The Instagram page is unapologetically encouraging followers to identify people at the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the riot, two of them were police officers. The Instagram page, run anonymously, is encouraging people to share the photos to their stories to increase the reach. The account might not have any legal power, but it is having some success. There has been more than one person identified through the IG page that has led to people losing jobs and being arrested by the FBI.

The account has disappeared multiple times but always comes back.

The mystery person running the account has expressed concern over their safety. The account has been suspended by Instagram after being reported by multiple people. There has even been some talk about them receiving threats of violence via DMs.

The person who runs the account has mentioned it randomly on their stories but with no real detail. According to recent stories, the person behind the account doesn’t want to antagonize the people sending threats.

The owner of the account did say that they have been contacted by Instagram about the account.

A tweet from HomeGrownTerrorists caught Instagram’s attention and the account was reinstated. However, there was a backup account to keep functioning in case the original got deleted. IG and the account owner reached an agreement where they get to keep the main account and the backup account was permanently banned. No questions asked.

If you want to help or be connected to the cause, you can follow this page on Instagram.

There are a lot of people left to identify and the nation’s law enforcement is bracing for more violence. Capitols in all 50 states are on alert for possible attacks and the National Guard is being mobilized in big numbers for the inauguration. We are not out of the woods when it comes to the threats that have been made.

READ: After Last Week’s Riots, A Black Woman Has Been Appointed to U.S. Capitol Police Chief

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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