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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.

3. Thor

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.

4. Hulk

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.

Read: READ: We Took ‘Game Of Thrones’ And Replaced That Cast With All Latino Actors

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.

6. Loki

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.

Scarlet Witch

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.

Doctor Strange

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.

Spider-Man

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?

Ant-Man

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.

The Wasp

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.

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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

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.

El Charro Negro
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.

El Charro Negro
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.

El Charro Negro
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

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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