The Marvel Cinematic Universe Reimagined With Latino Actors
There is nothing bigger in media right now than the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With 20 movies released, more in production, and over $17.5 billion grossed globally, everybody is talking about Marvel. Thanks to this massive success every actor and actress that has donned the tights in these superhero films has become a household name. Most famously, the first Iron Man film is celebrated for rejuvenating the career of Robert Downy Jr. and making him one of the biggest stars in Hollywood today.
This idea of instant stardom had us thinking, what if the MCU was headed by an entire Latino cast? Not to say that the actors and actresses that are in their positions right now are not perfect for their jobs. But, there is something to be said for the incredible acting chops of Latino actors. So why wouldn’t we have this hypothetical discussion over which actors could fit into the most prominent roles on the planet right now? Here are 11 of our choices:
1. Iron Man
Current actor: Robert Downy Jr.
Credit: The Avengers. Marvel Studios
When the first Iron Man film hit the box office in 2008, it changed the way that we looked at comic book films. A significant part of the film’s success, and nearly every MCU film’s success since is the incredible performance put forth by Robert Downy Jr. The actor had a natural way of bringing the narcissistic playboy, Tony Stark, to life on the big screen.
Latino Recast: Pedro Pascal
Credit: Pedro Pascal Appearing in Game of Thrones / HBO
These are some pretty big shoes to fill – or, in this case, shiny red rocket boots – but, if anyone can do it, then Pedro Pascal is your guy. His bad boy looks work well with the billionaire fashion of Tony Stark. Pascal has also shown us that he has just the right humorous attitude to become the clever face of the MCU.
2. Captain America
Current Actor: Chris Evans
Credit: The Avengers. Marvel Studios
Chris Evans probably faced the biggest challenge of any MCU actor when he was enlisted to bring the ultimate boy scout to life, and have it be believable and entertaining. Somehow the actor has made Captain America, the man out of time, a fan favorite.
Latino Recast: Diego Boneta
Credit: Diego. Digital Image. Ecuavisa. May 13, 2017
Singer and actor Diego Boneta have proved to us that he can do it all. Picking up the shield should be no problem for the powerhouse star of Scream Queens. Although Boneta was born in Mexico, his mother was born in America, and he has dual citizenship so he can fly the stars and stripes proudly.
Current Actor: Chris Hemsworth
Credit: Thor: Ragnarok. Marvel Studios
How do you fill the role of a Norse god that also happens to be one of the mightiest of Avengers? For such a big part, Marvel seemed to have no problem hitting the nail with the hammer by finding Chris Hemsworth. The actor has the right balance of intimidation, sensitivity, and humor, making him a central character in the biggest MCU film to date, Avengers: Infinity War.
Latino Recast: William Levy
Credit: William. Digital Image. Peru.com. September 2, 2017
There is one significant element when casting the God of Thunder: unbelievable good looks. Mix in the ability to act beside the best of them while cracking a few jokes, and William Levy fits the bill. The stunning actor has also shown that he can handle action films after being in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in 2016.
Current Actor: Mark Ruffalo
Credit: Hulk. Marvel Studios.
There was a lot of concern after Edward Norton stepped away from the role of the Hulk before The Avengers was being filmed. Filling the big green feet of a such a celebrated actor is not an easy accomplishment. However, Mark Ruffalo has taken the role for himself and despite not having his own film, is still a major player in the MCU.
Latino Recast: Leonardo Sbaraglia
Credit: Leonardo. Digital Image. Clarin. October 4, 2018.
If you cannot cast Edward Norton or Mark Ruffalo, why not cast a Latino that is the perfect blend of both. Not only does he have the experience and the acting chops, he also happens to look like a mix between both actors. Though the Argentinian actor may not have appeared in an American blockbuster yet, his extensive resume should get him the gig.
5. Black Widow
Current Actress: Scarlet Johansson
Credit: The Avengers. Marvel Studios.
If the MCU has one issue, it is the serious lack of female representation. For a while, there was just one female superhero for the whole franchise. The responsibility of being the only women surrounded by jacked-up super types fell on the shoulders of superstar Scarlet Johansson. The actress not only showed she could handle the action, but she has created onscreen chemistry with nearly all of the big hitters.
Latino Recast: Eva Mendes
Credit: The Spirit. Lionsgate.
When thinking about a strong Latino female actress that can do pretty much anything, one name comes to mind instantly, Eva Mendes. The bombshell can handle any role thrown her way, and she has proven that she can act against some of the biggest names in Hollywood from Will Smith to Mark Wahlberg.
Current Actor: Tom Hiddleston
Credit: The Avengers. Marvel Studios.
It takes a pretty impressive actor to be a fan favorite as a villain, and then to come back and be an essential player in further MCU films as a hero and troublemaker. Tom Hiddleston has turned the role of Loki into one of the best parts of an entire franchise. His charisma with Chris Hemsworth is one thing, but the range that the actor has accomplished can only be described as amazing.
Latino Recast: Diego Luna
Credit: Star Wars. Disney.
If Tom Hiddleston proved that the role of Loki takes range, then it will take a powerful Latino actor to take his place. Diego Luna is the only one that could fit the giant horned helmet. From Star Wars to Narcos, to children’s shows, Luna can take any casting call in Hollywood and make it amazing. Though the nice guy would be tough to see as a villain, we believe that he could make it work.
Current Actress: Elizabeth Olsen
Credit: Avengers. Marvel Studios.
The Avengers needed more female representation, and their answer was the little known Scarlet Witch. If you’re not a comic fan, the magical superheroine is not someone you may have heard of before. However, she happens to be one of the most powerful characters in the entirety of the Marvel Universe. Elizabeth Olsen seems to be the perfect budding star that could make a significant impact down the road.
Latino Recast: Bella Thorne
Credit: Bella. Digital Image. People Magazine. Sepetember 4, 2018.
Bella Thorne’s mysterious good looks are perfect for the role of a witch – any witch. Seriously, someone cast her as a witch. She is one of our favorite actresses right now, and if the MCU wouldn’t cast her as the Scarlet Witch, then they should make a role just for her. But, it would be great to see her casting some magic to help save the day.
Current Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch
Credit: Strange. Digital Image. Digital Spy. October 26, 2016
Nobody honestly believed that a movie about a wizard not named Harry Potter would work in the box office. However, between some fantastic special effects and wonderful storytelling, Benedict Cumberbatch brought this powerful mage to life. After seeing him in Avengers: Infinity War and Thor: Ragnorak all fans can say is “more!”
Latino Recast: Rodrigo Santoro
Credit: Rodrigo. Digital Image. Variety. October 9, 2014
Something about the way Rodrigo Santoro looks screams “I can pull off a colorful cape.” One of the best talents to come out of Brazil, Santoro has tackled prominent roles in Westworld, 300, and Ben-Hur. Playing the world’s most powerful wizard should be a piece of cake to the talented actor.
Current Actor: Tom Holland
Credit: Spider-Men Marvel Studios
Out of all the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe expectations were the highest for a new Spider-Man. As one of the most popular superheroes out there, he already had talented actors bring him to life. Fans did not know what to expect when Marvel hired the obscure young actor Tom Holland. But, he is now, debatably the best Spidey to hit the screen.
Latino Recast: Tyler Alvarez
Credit: Instagram @tyleralvarez
We have learned through the many Spider-Man films that there are a few criteria for an actor to play the part. He has to look young, be funny, and be loveable. Tyler Alvarez can wrap a web around all those targets, and swing above expectations. Anyone who has seen Orange is the New Black, would love to see this kid crawl up some walls. Plus, he happens to be from New York City, where else would you want your Peter Parker from?
Current Actor: Paul Rudd
Credit: Ant-Man. Marvel Stuidos
Ant-Man was a surprising smash hit. The idea of a man shrinking to a tiny size is very old school Hollywood, but Marvel managed to make it cool once again. A significant part of Ant Man’s success was the humor that actor Paul Rudd provided. It’s still hard to see how Ant-Man fits into the MCU, but that may be the point.
Latino Recast: Oscar Isaac
Credit: Star Wars. Disney.
Though we really, really wanted to give this role to Michael Pena, who basically asked for his own costume in Ant-Man and The Wasp, we just couldn’t see it working. But, Pena would still make an incredible sidekick to Oscar Isaac who has the acting chops and the humor to make the films as incredible as Rudd has.
Current Actress: Evangeline Lilly
Credit: Ant-Man & The Wasp. Marvel Studios.
She is smart. She is pretty. She is athletic. She is incredible. Evangeline Lilly has made The Wasp one of the coolest female superheroes yet. For such a tiny role, she has managed to make a big impact with fans, and we cannot wait to see more of her.
Latino Recast: Roselyn Sanchez
Credit: Instagram @roselyn_sanchez
If you want to play the Wasp, you need to be tough. Even more tough than other female Avengers Black Widow and Scarlet Witch. So, you are going to need a tough Latino actress that can also look great in a pair of wings. Roselyn Sanchez just looks like she belongs on the screen dressed in tights and kicking butt.