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Here’s How ‘Marvel’s Runaways’ Does Diversity Right In The Superhero Comic Universe

While we’re all anxiously waiting for Hulu to renew ‘Marvel’s Runaways’ for Season 3, let’s recap all the behind-the-scenes reasons we love the show. Marvel’s Universe is ever expanding and ever more representing minorities and women in lead roles. Hulu ordered the show’s creation in August 2016, and the second season was released only a month ago.

This group of superheroes happens to find itself in Marvel Universe’s Los Angeles, specifically Griffith Park, after the teens all run away from their murderous parents’ homes. What we know from the actors themselves is that things are much more light-hearted behind the scenes.

‘Marvel’s Runaways’ is the youngest team of superheroes in Marvel’s Universe.

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The characters are all teenagers, and the youngest, Molly Hernandez, played by Allegra Acosta, even celebrates her quince while on the run. Acosta only just turned 16 years old herself.

They’re the first mostly female superhero group on TV or film.

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Two-thirds of the runaways are female, and they come from a much wider range of ethnic backgrounds than most other Marvel leagues. That said, all the characters are from high-end Brentwood.

Two of the actresses are Latina poderosas.

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On the show, Allegra Acosta (left) and Ariela Barer (right) play sisters, though adopted. Interestingly, Ariela Barer’s character isn’t Latina.

Ariela Barer is Jewish-Mexican.

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You might recognize her as Goth Carmen from “One Day at a Time,” and in “Marvel’s Runaways,” she plays a character closer to her true self: a feminist overcoming anxiety problems. Oh, and she also telepathically connects with a genetically engineered pet dinosaur.

No selfies are allowed on set without Ariela Barer.

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Caption: “When she don’t know how to stop lovin on you… Also! Very important fact: @arielabarer never likes seeing me take a selfie alone, so every “selfie” I have of me on my phone has her right up in it… and I mean, EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.”

Barer and her IRL BFF used to have matching purple hair.

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They even tried to start a feminist club at their school, so Barer felt very capable to play the part of Gert Stein. Barer told Brief Take that it’s actually helpful “to have things like the wig and the glasses to help me remove myself at the end of the day,” to remove herself from character.

Allegra Acosta is Tejana through and through.

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Her parents immigrated from Chihuahua, Mexico, and introduced Acosta to the love of acting with “Annie.” She was just 4 years old and she locked them in the room to give her very own solo performance. She fell in love.

Her family actually moved to Los Angeles so she could follow her dreams.

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Acosta was just 8 years old when she begged her parents to take her to a showcase in Los Angeles. She performed Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and one agency told her they’d take her on if she moved. Six months later, her family uprooted and moved to Los Angeles. Solid move.

Rhenzy Feliz is Dominicano and proud of it.

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His character isn’t explicitly Latino either, but Feliz’ was born in The Bronx to a 21-year-old single mom. The tight-knit family moved around Florida because she didn’t want to raise him in the cold. ????

The bromance is very real.

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I mean, look at this professional photography. According to Ginny Gardner, the two are obsessed with each other.

Caption: “Big brother.”

The Latinos in the show have superhuman strength.

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Guest actor Jan Luis Castellanos played a role in helping Molly Hernandez feel like she has a real community, both in superhero capability and in heritage.

All the actors had to create playlists for their characters.

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The directors told them to create playlists, and you can actually listen to the actor’s choices. It was all meant to get them into character.

“Marvel’s Runaways” is on Hulu because of “Handmaid’s Tale.”

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TV lead Jeph Loeb did tell Polygon, “The fact that as we’re coming around the clubhouse turn with ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ erupting and becoming part of the culture is huge.” Loeb wanted something new.

Carolina is Marvel Universe’s first openly gay character.

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At first, the jock was going after her and we were all here to watch her turn him down. When these two started shipping, the internet exploded.

Spoiler: the actress didn’t know her character was part alien until the rest of us did.

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The actors don’t know what’s going to happen until they sit down for the table reading. Apparently, they all have their own conspiracy theories.

16. Lyrica Okano was super sick with food poisoning during this scene.

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Just hours before this scene was filmed, Okano was being treated by paramedics before being on set by 5 a.m. She literally threw up between scenes.

Neither of these two are gay IRL.

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Though Ariela Barer has come out as gay on Twitter. As far as we know, her character only has eyes for Chase.

The Pride ceremonies are filmed in a super old mausoleum.

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The whole basement is a crypt of bodies that had been there since 1910-1930. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the actor who plays Victor Stein kept trying to freak his colleagues out by saying, “‘You know, dust is actually 99 percent human skin. We all know that. Just guess where this dust is coming from.’ But it was beautiful. We were a little freaked out by how many dead people were around us.”

The actors are all committed to representing a “bigger part of ourselves.”

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Fourteen-year-old Allegra Acosta sat down with Stylecaster and had this to say about Latina stereotypes in the industry: “I’m not saying that there isn’t poverty where I’m from or in Mexico. What I’m saying is that they made my race seem like we didn’t work hard and we were always on the side of the street. I didn’t like that. We have to be responsible and represent a bigger part of ourselves.”

Plus, Barer & Feliz seem to be pretty tight with Isabella Gomez.

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Caption: “Slowly turning into an amorphous blob w the one I love most ????????”

Feliz sat next to Gomez during the Season 3 release of One Day at a Time, and Goth Carmen (Ariela Barer) and Isabella Gomez are as close in real life as they are on the show.

READ: Queer Latinas Have A Very Relatable Character In ODAAT’s Elena Alvarez

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Sasha Calle Is Officially The DC Universe’s First-Ever Latina Supergirl

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Sasha Calle Is Officially The DC Universe’s First-Ever Latina Supergirl

The DC Universe just got a heck of a lot more Brown.

This week, it was announced that 25-year-old actress Sasha Calle is poised to be the franchise’s newest superstar. Known for portraying Lola Rosales on “The Young and the Restless,” the actress will take on the role of Supergirl in the DC film franchise.

Her first appearance as Supergirl expected to debut in the upcoming movie “The Flash.”

Calle, who is of Colombian heritage, is set to become the first Latina ever to play the role of Supergirl.

Calle earned her first breakout role in 2018 after being cast in the long-running CBS daytime drama “The Young & The Restless” as a food truck owner and the youngest sister of brothers in the midst of a toxic rivalry.

Calle earned a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Young Performer in a Drama Series category last year for her part in the series.

“On behalf of everyone at ‘The Young and the Restless,’ we’d like to congratulate Sasha Calle on making history and being chosen to play the first Latina Supergirl,” the daytime drama’s executive producer Anthony Morina and co-executive producer/head writer Josh Griffith shared in a statement. “The role of Supergirl is a perfect fit for someone of Sasha’s immense talent, and we wish her all the best as she takes on this groundbreaking role.”

According to Deadline, Calle beat out 425 actresses for the part of Supergirl.

Andy Muschietti director of The Flash gave Calle the good news about her role over Zoom.

“Can I freak out for a second?” Calle asked before announcing the news to someone offscreen. “I got it,” she said to the person off-camera while doing a dance in her chair. Turning back to Muschietti, Calle admitted “I’m probably not going to stop crying all day.”

Calle shared the moment to her Instagram admitting she was still processing the big news.

“A Latina superhero?!” Calle wrote of the news in Spanish. “On what planet?! Well, on this planet! What joy and what pride.” Thanking her mom, Calle wrote, “I adore you with everything I have. You are an example of a superhero.”

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Salma Hayek Speaks Out About Filming The Sex Scene In ‘Desperado’ Calls It Traumatic

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Salma Hayek Speaks Out About Filming The Sex Scene In ‘Desperado’ Calls It Traumatic

Salma Hayek is not putting her efforts of the #MeToo movement behind her. In fact, her most recent disclosure about her experience filming the 1995 movie Desperado proves she has yet to lose momentum. While the graphic film grossed $25.4 million in the United States box office and received rave reviews, Hayek says it wasn’t all great.

During a recent appearance on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, Hayek opened up about her breakout role.


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Speaking about her experience Hayek explained that she had not known at the time that she did not know she had been signedup to film a sex scene with costar Antonio Banderas.

“So, when we were going to start shooting, I started to sob, ‘I don’t know that I can do it. I’m afraid,'” Hayek said in the interview with Shepard. “One of the things I was afraid of was Antonio — he was an absolute gentleman and so nice, and we’re still super close friends — but he was very free. It scared me that for him, it was like nothing. I started crying, and he was like, ‘Oh my God. You’re making me feel terrible.’ And I was so embarrassed that I was crying.”

Speaking more about the experience, Hayek underlined that Banderas and director Robert Rodriguez tried their best to make her feel comfortable on set. She also added that she felt as if Rodriguez “never put pressure” on her.

Still, Hayek says that the experience was traumatic.

“I was not letting go of the towel,” Hayek explained. “They would try to make me laugh. I would take it off for two seconds and start crying again. But we got through it. We did the best with what we could do at the time.”

“When you’re not you, then you can do it. But I keep thinking of my father and my brother,” she went onto explain. “And are they going to see it? And are they going to get teased? Guys don’t have that. Your father will be, ‘Yeah! That’s my son!'”

Hayek and Banderas have remained friends since filming and they have gone on to star in five other projects.


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In fact, just last year, Hayek presented Banderas with an award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Banderas was honored for his role in Pain & Glory with the International Star Award.

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