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Hispanic MCU characters X-Men That Need To Be Part Of X-men

we want hispanic mcu characters. 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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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

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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

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

EL GUAPO: Robbie Rodriguez

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We… we don’t talk about El Guapo.

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

Courtesy of Timothy Pollard

On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

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Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

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Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

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Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Luis Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Luis Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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