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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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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

Photo courtesy Forward Latino

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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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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