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The Marvel Cinematic Universe Reimagined With Latino Actors

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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.

El Paso Widower Who Invited Everyone To His Wife’s Funeral Donates Thousands Of Flowers To Honor All 22 Victims Of The El Paso Massacre

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El Paso Widower Who Invited Everyone To His Wife’s Funeral Donates Thousands Of Flowers To Honor All 22 Victims Of The El Paso Massacre

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It’s been a little over two weeks since a terrorist upended lives when he attacked an El Paso Walmart, killing 22 people. Since then, there has been an outpouring of grief and pain but along with it a community banding together amid an outpouring of support. 

Over the weekend, that cycle of grief and support continued as many of the remaining victims were finally laid to rest. 

One El Paso funeral home director put together the ultimate send off for all 22 victims, organizing a caravan of hearses that convened at the makeshift memorial. 

Twenty-two hearses carried flowers to the makeshift memorial outside Walmart.

Perches, who organized the funeral for an El Paso widower who made headlines when he invited the entire city to his wife’s service, reached out to other area funeral homes to organize 22 hearses — one for each person killed — to deliver flowers to the makeshift memorial at Walmart, which has become a place to mourn and remember. One final procession.

On Sunday, the hearses left La Paz and followed a police escort for the five mile procession to the memorial.

There were so many flowers at La Paz that it took nearly an hour for about 100 volunteers to load the hearses.

The flowers were donated from the El Paso widower made famous when he invited the entire city to his wife’s funeral.

There were 22 hearses, representing the 22 victims of the shooting, that carried more than 1,000 floral arrangements sent by people around the world for Margie Reckard’s funeral service and burial — which were held on Friday night and Saturday.

Salvador Perches told local ABC affiliate KVIA, “I spoke with (Reckard’s) husband about the idea, and he felt this would be a fitting tribute to his wife and to the other victims,” Perches said. “Contact was then made to all of the other participating funeral homes and all of them agreed that this can serve as a gesture of unity and a sense of closure for all of the funerals that happened from this tragedy.”

People who saw the caravan pass by took to social media to share their emotions.

Cars stopped in both directions as the 22 hearses passed. People captured the moment on cell phones. Some held small American flags and removed their hats.

“I just got chills,” Sunset Funeral Homes Director Christopher Lujan told CNN in an interview. “Seeing 22 hearses is just unbelievable.”

The hearses unloaded the flowers at the makeshift memorial site outside the Walmart where the attack took place.

The makeshift memorial at Walmart sprang up a day after the shooting. People have gathered to pray and sing amid the candles, rosaries and white crosses with handwritten names of the dead.

Funeral directors invited mourners at the memorial site to unload the arrangements. They took the flowers and arranged them around the crosses. “Everybody wanted to participate in one way or another,” said Gomez, who runs the social services non-profit Operation H.O.P.E., in an interview with CNN.

The Statue Of Liberty Gets Arrested By ICE In A New Las Vegas Mural That Speaks To Our Inhumane Immigration Policies

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The Statue Of Liberty Gets Arrested By ICE In A New Las Vegas Mural That Speaks To Our Inhumane Immigration Policies

A mural showing the Statue of Liberty being handcuffed by immigration enforcement officers has been unveiled in Las Vegas, amid rancour and anger over Donald Trump’sharsh immigration policies.

The mural, titled “Chained Migration,” was unveiled late last month in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mural by Izaac Zevalking / Photo by Jesse Hudson

Since then, it has caused a lot of dialogue between those who support it and those who don’t. 

The mural is a 20×50 art installation that depicts the Statue of Liberty handcuffed and bet over the hood of an ICE patrol car. It was created by Izaac Zevalking, also known as Recycled Propaganda, a political artist that aims to create art influenced by history and current events. Zevalking himself is an immigrant from the UK. Zevalking is using the Statue of Liberty, who is considered a beacon of hope for immigrants, to demonstrate how the harmful rhetoric used against them is harming the American Dream.

In an interview with KTNV Las Vegas, Zevalking explains that the goal of the mural is to create a conversation about immigration in the United States. “I want people just to think about the issue. Wherever that thought leaves you. Wherever that conversation with someone else leaves you. I think it needs to be discussed more in human terms.”

Although some came to the internet to praise Zevalking for his mural, others were quick to disagree with his artwork. 

This Twitter user used the infamous MS13 gang as her reasoning for this mural being shameful. Her comment imitates the language that Trump uses in his statements referring to those who migrate into the United States. She plays into the stereotype that all people who are immigrating to the U.S are dangerous gang members. 

Some on Twitter were quick to claim they’d happily paint it over.

In the replies, a Twitter user suggested they paint over the mural in protest. 

However, Recycled Propaganda clapped back, suggesting that if it gets painted over they keep on bringing it back.

The art piece could not have been more timely given the recent comments made by Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

After being asked in an interview with NPR if the words of Emma Lazarus are part of the American ethos, Cuccinelli replied, adding a line to the poem, “They certainly are – give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.” 

The original reads as, “Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”

Recently, the Trump administration decided to make it more difficult for immigrants to obtain a Green Card if they receive government aid, such as food stamps or Medicaid. Cuccinelli is a big defender of this policy, so it is not surprising that these comments about Lazarus’ sonnet were made. 

When immigrants are being discussed in politics, it is usually done so in ways that strips them of their humanity.

When folks migrate to the United States, it is often done so out of desperation and necessity. Immigrants come with nothing but a backpack filled with the essentials. They come to work low-paying jobs and because of their status, it is difficult for them to get the assistance they need for issues like healthcare and food assistance. To ask immigrants to come to the United States and to be self-sufficient only treat them with very little dignity is unfair.

When describing this policy, Cuccinelli uses words like a burden when describing immigrants who need public assistance. After his initial remarks about the poem, Cuccinelli said on CNN that the poem was originally referring to Europeans who migrated to the United States. 

The artist, who is an immigrant from the UK points out that America is a very different place for white immigrants.

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“I personally wasn’t born in America. I was born in the UK and I don’t ever feel attacked as an immigrant and I think that’s cause my skin is white,” Zevalking says. 

There is a stark difference between the ways European immigrants and Latin American immigrants are treated in the United States and Zevalking is tapping into that notion with his mural, “Chained Migration.” He is acknowledging his privilege as a European immigrant and using it to shed light on how criminalizing it is for non-white immigrants living in the United States.

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