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One Year After Its Release: Five ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Moments That Touched This Latino Nerd’s Heart

Hi, mitú fam! It’s the content team’s resident comic book nerd and superhero fanatic, Diego. And I’m here to remind you that we just had an incredible anniversary. 

That’s right, it has officially been one year since the culmination of a decade of superhero cinema, dozens of movies, sequels, threequels, characters, villains, quips and the tireless effort of hundreds upon hundreds of production staff… AVENGERS: ENDGAME.

You don’t understand how much this movie meant to me. I grew up on comic books. I was around for all the reboots. The retcons of the reboots. For all the holographic foil variant covers. And of course all of the half-hearted attempts at translating these heroes who I hold so dear in my heart to the big screen. Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe started taking shape the closest we came to seeing the Avengers on screen was that one episode of the Hulk TV show with Thor in it and a Captain America movie where his ears were made of plastic and he just looked tired the whole time.

The thrilling scene where they teamed up to find out where Thor parked his ‘88 Miata.

Have you ever worn a rubber suit outdoors? You’d be tired too

The MCU had consistently delivered. For an entire decade. And this movie still promised to blow everything out of the water. Which was going to be hard to top because in the movie right before this one, they MURDERED HALF OF THE CAST. I had to see this movie.

To underscore how serious this movie is, it came out on my husband’s birthday and I straight up told him “We are going to see this movie for your birthday.” Is he a huge Marvel fan? NOPE.

So, in honor of this Avengers Anniversary, I wanted to countdown the absolute best moments that made this little Latino fanboy’s heart feel all the feelings.

1. The Big Three vs. Thanos

Fair warning that most of these moments come from the end of the film because that was when the hype was the most real. This is one of the final confrontations with Thanos, and the trio that has come to be known affectionately as THE BIG THREE: Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America. After years of drama, infighting and Thanos pulling things behind the scenes, they all came together and this was a fight that DELIVERED.

Just look at this moment: 

Thor Odinson, dual-wielding Stormbreaker and Mjolnir and calling down lightning to charge up Iron Man’s armor for a devastating combo move. I could watch this forever.

2. Cap Wielding Mjolnir

To really understand the gravity of this moment, you have to know a few things about this hammer. Thor’s hammer Mjolnir is enchanted, so that only someone who is “worthy” can wield it. “Worthy” in this case meaning pure of heart and intention. Basically only someone who is inherently good and who would never use the power of the hammer for selfish reasons can even lift the damn thing.

So in a desperate moment in the fight when things look grim. Captain America reaches for the hammer and proves why he is the GOAT. Watching this moment in theaters, when that hammer started to lift off the ground, we all knew what was about to happen. And we all went INSANE.

Not pictured: Me. Crying hysterically.

And Captain America not only lifted Mjolnir. He used it.

He used it like a damn professional.

3. “Avengers Assemble”

A bit more context for this moment. So Thanos had previously killed half of all life in the universe by assembling the magical McGuffin that allowed him to do that. The remaining Avengers had spent most of this movie reassembling said McGuffin to UNDO the killing off of said life. Which they did, right before Thanos blew up their house with his big bad spaceship. So they (and we) weren’t sure if their cosmic CTRL+Z had worked or not. Until this scene. Just when Thanos’s army arrives and things look totally FUBAR, all of the heroes who we watched die just one movie ago started reappearing to save the day.

And then. And THEN. A bit more context. The classic and quintessential catchphrase for the Avengers is when Captain America gathers them with his battle-cry of “Avengers Assemble”. It was a comic book staple of the team. And although they had hinted at it in previous movies, Cap had never said the phrase on screen. EVER. But then, with Thanos and his army looking on with all the heroes reunited.

Omgomgomgomgomg

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

4. The Women of Marvel

So full disclosure, I couldn’t choose just one moment featuring the many badass women of Marvel, so I’m using this spot on the countdown to highlight a few of their key scenes from Avengers: Endgame. Whether it was the moment above when basically ALL of them gathered to help protect the cosmic McGuffin.

Black Widow’s tragic sacrifice on the planet Vormir so that the team could save the universe.

When Scarlet Witch took on Thanos by herself and KICKED HIS ASS (He murdered her robot boyfriend so she was understandably upset).

Or when Captain Marvel one-shotted Thanos’s intergalactic warship all by herself. 

Big shout out to all the women of Marvel: Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Valkyrie, Gamora, Nebula, Pepper Potts, Wasp, Okoye, Scarlet Witch, Mantis, Shuri, Nakia, Ramonda, Aunt May, MJ, even cute little Morgan Stark. 💖

5. “I… AM… IRON MAN.”

This final moment was THE defining moment of ten years of cinematic storytelling. In the face of Thanos regaining the power to end all life in the blink of an eye. Iron Man, the first hero who introduced the MCU all those years ago, makes the ultimate sacrifice, using the cosmic power himself to end Thanos once and for all, at the cost of his life.

Y’all. Y’ALL. I was weeping in the theater after this moment. No shame or any of that machismo BS. I was straight up not ok. 

But these emotional highs and lows are why we love superheroes. We live for the hype. We live for the sheer drama of it all. Thanks to Marvel for delivering us this masterpiece one year ago. I love being a comic book fan. 😭

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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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