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Where Are All The Latina Superheroes? 9 Actresses Who’d Make Badass Superhero Characters

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With the recent premiere of “Captain America: Civil War,” superheroes are on everybody’s mind. From Netflix’s “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones,” to ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” to the big screen’s “Batman v Superman” (LOL YIKES), it’s no surprise that superheroes and villains are a huge part of today’s pop culture, reaching people who’ve never before touched a comic book. WE’RE ADDICTED!


With that being said, WHERE ALL THE LATINO CHARACTERS?

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While there’s been a small smattering of Latinos in comic book movies (Michael Peña in “Antman” and Zoe Saldana in “Guardians of the Galaxy), there’s still room for plenty more, especially in starring roles. Plus, can we talk about how many badass Latina actresses there are just waiting to rock the superhero world? Here are nine actress who would totally slay as comic book characters:


1. Aimee Garcia as Ava Ayala, a.k.a. White Tiger

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When Puerto Rican-born college student Hector Ayala made his debut as White Tiger in 1975, he became Marvel’s first-ever Latino superhero. Since then, the White Tiger alter ego has been passed down to both men and women, including Hector’s younger sister, Ava Ayala. We have to say that Aimee Garica, currently starring in “Rush Hour,” is perfect for this role. (And she’s also Puerto Rican. Boricuas unite!)


2. Karla Souza as Anya Corazón, a.k.a. “Spider-Girl”

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Mexican-Chilean actress Karla Souza would be so amazing as the Puerto Rican-Mexican badass Anya Corazón, a.k.a. Spider-Girl. Souza has starred on telenovelas AND is currently on “How To Get Away With Murder,” so you know she has the Shonda Rhimes ass-kicking magic sprinkled on her and knows exactly what it takes to win in a fight against bad guys!


3. Stephanie Beatriz as Catalina Flores, a.k.a. Tarantula

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YAAAS to Stephanie Beatriz! She’s hilarious and obviously knows what it takes to play a super tough, mysterious chick, as we know from “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.She would totally rock the role of DC comic’s former FBI agent antihero, Tarantula.


4. Selena Gomez as Andrea Rojas, a.k.a. Acrata

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OK, we all know Selena is a triple threat — she can act, dance and sing. So it’s only natural that she could play a superhero, which is why I’d love to see her as DC’s Mexican superhero, Acrata. I mean, Acrata has fought alongside Superman himself to save Mexico from an evil sorcerer. MAKE THAT MOVIE!


5. Melissa Fumero as Renee Montoya, a.k.a. The Question

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I gotta give it up for my girl Melissa Fumero. Like Stephanie Beatriz above, she kills it on the regular on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” She’s such a tough badass and would be the perfect person to play The Question, a former detective for the Gotham City Police Department who is also an LGBT character, having had a relationship with none other than Batwoman. All. About. This.


6. Rosa Salazar as America Chavez, a.k.a. Miss America

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There’s something totally awesome about a superhero named “Miss America.” I’m very into it, and I’d love to see “Maze Runner” actress Rosa Salazar take on this role! Not only is she an LGBT character, but she’s part of the Young Avengers and Ultimates.


7. Gabrielle Ruiz as Bonita Juarez, a.k.a. Firebird
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You might recognize Gabrielle Ruiz from The CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” She’s hilarious, gorgeous and could totally pull off playing Marvel’s Firebird, your everyday girl from New Mexico who gains superpowers from a meteorite fragment and is, at one point, captured by aliens. Normal stuff. Also, not to play favorites, but is “Firebird” the coolest superhero name ever??? UM, YES.


8. JoAnna Garcia as Cecilia Cardinale, a.k.a. Poison

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JoAnna Garcia would be perfect in the role of Poison, a fellow flame-haired Cuban. Plus, Poison gained her death-stare powers (from a mysterious being, as you do) while in Florida, and JoAnna is originally from Florida. Basically, this is the role she was born to play!


9. Q’orianka Kilcher as Marisol Guerra, a.k.a. Flourish/Creep

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Q’orianka Kilcher might be most recognizable for playing Pocahontas in Terrence Malick’s “The New World,” but the actress, whose father is of Quechua-Huachipaeri descent, has long been outspoken about Indigenous rights. Basically, she’s a badass, and we want to see her on the big screen much more often. She’d be perfect for the role of Marisol Guerra, a young woman whose powers are closely linked to her emotions, causing her to create either beautiful blossoms (hence her nickname, “Flourish”) or decay (which earned her other nickname, “Creep”) according to her moods.


READ: Here Are 7 Latino Superheroes (Or Villains) You Should Know

Which Latina actress would you most like to see as a superhero? Mitú wants to know!

This Veracruz Taquería Made Marvel’s Thanos Twerk In Its Hilarious Ad

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This Veracruz Taquería Made Marvel’s Thanos Twerk In Its Hilarious Ad

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If you’ve ever visited Mexico, you know that copyright laws seem pretty lax. There are all kinds of Pokémon, Disney, and Cartoon Network inspired goods from piñatas to costumes in most mercados. The same can be said for tv ads. Takesabroso, a taquería in Veracruz, México, has jumped on the trend and created a stellar ad for their food using Thanos and his unknown twerking skills. Jorge Lajud produced a commercial for the taquería that artfully mashes up a scene of villain Thor from “Avengers: Endgame” and a montage of tacos and other Mexican food. Like any other art form, you have to see it to appreciate it.

The video has gone viral with over 5.5 million views thanks to it being posted on Twitter.

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The commercial starts with a scene we’re all familiar with–the moment Thanos thinks he has all the Infinity Stones and offers a build-up to the moment he wipes out all of mankind. Spoiler: he doesn’t. Thanos says, “Yo soy inevitable,” snaps his fingers, and nothing happens.

Then, instead of the scene cutting to superhero Iron Man, we see Takesabroso owner, Luis Vazquez, dramatically saying, “Yo soy Takesabroso.”

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He snaps his fingers and saves the day with a montage of Takesabroso’s menu items. In the bottom left-hand corner, supervillain Thanos seems to be happy with how terribly his plan failed and is twerking up against the lechón on screen. 

Yup. Thanos is twerking to cumbia.

Fans are here for it. As video rolls on burritos, tacos, and rotating meat, Thanos just keeps on dancing cumbia in the corner. “It’s the twerking thanos that really tied it all together,” commented one fan.

It’s official. Thanos is now Thaños and is clearly invited to every carne asada.

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That little tilde on the “n” goes a very long way in making Thanos a true dancing Latino icon.

Some folks are worried that Takesabroso isn’t going to get away with using Marvel footage.

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Personally, we think Thaños is far more appealing than his evil twin, Thanos. Mexicans have basically responded to this tweet with pure laughter. “Marvel lawyers trying to stop a Mexican restaurant from stealing intellectual property? Good luck,” tweets one fan.

This has prompted a whole other thread about different ways folks have seen Mexican restaurants “give precisely zero f***s.”

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One person seemingly well versed in copyright infringement tweeted their two cents, “Well it’s not illegal the clip used is not long enough to be considered plagiarism and its transformative enough to be fair use but Disney has sued for less and won lol.” 

Disney’s “Avengers: Endgame” was the final installment of the “Avengers” franchise and is the highest-grossing film of all time. The timing of the video is smart given that Disney released “Avengers: Endgame” on Blu-ray and DVD this week.

The rest of Latin America has also chimed in to share ways their countries don’t care about copyright.

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“My fave: Harry Potter y el Orden del Taco,” read one reply. Nope, we’re voting for “Harry Potter y el trompo de pastor” for the win. 

“In Mexico City, we have a place named “Tacos Goku” or also there’s “Tacos Megaman” the copyright is like a joke for them,” one Mexicano tweeted. Another said he ” remembered a tortilleria called “El Thor-tillero” on León, near the bus station (central camionera).”

This isn’t the first time Takesabroso has ventured into hilarious advertisements…

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Takesabroso’s video editor in resident, Jorge Lajud, recast the restaurant owner in a scene from Venom and then had his form be overlayed by a Ricardo Milos dancing. Note the floating images of tacos and burgers floating around him. It’s pretty clear Vazquez is also absolutely delighted by these commercials.

Takesabroso has welcomed the wide response from folks and even dedicated a Facebook post to its fans. “Takesabroso not only seeks to bring flavor to your life, but it also seeks to bring joy to your heart,” Vazquez posted. “This meme is viral, thanks to all.”

The woman responsible for gifting the video to Twitter, which took it viral, is using her platform to promote non-profit RAICES Texas.

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The Refugee Aid Project, commonly known as RAICES, is the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. It’s staffed with 130 attorneys, legal assistants and support staff whose sole job is to offer legal representation to immigrants at risk from America’s current immigration policies. In 2017, they closed 51,000 cases at no cost to the client.

You can donate to RAICES here.

Watch the full video below!

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READ: 20 Hilarious Taqueria Names That’ll Fill Your Tummy With Laughs!

Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie Becomes Marvel’s First Bisexual Superhero And It’s About Damn Time

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Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie Becomes Marvel’s First Bisexual Superhero And It’s About Damn Time

Over the weekend, at Comic-Con in San Diego, our queen Tessa Thompson dropped some huge news about Valkyrie –– the character she plays in the Thor films. Are you ready?

The Marvel Cinematic Universe will get its first LGBTQ superhero in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder

“First of all, as new King  [of Asgard], she needs to find her queen,” Thompson said during a panel at Comic-Con. “So that will be her first order of business. She has some ideas. Keep you posted.”

Thompson alluding to the LGBTQ storyline was met with roaring applause and left many MCU fans wondering about her role as Valkyrie. Marvel president confirmed Thompson’s statement, making Valkyrie the first openly LGBTQ superhero in MCU history. 

“The answer is yes,” Feige told io9 of the LGBTQ character and storyline. “How that impacts the story remains to be seen with that level of representation you’ll see across our films, not in just Thor 4.” 

For diehard MCU fans, this should come as no surprise because the comic books depict Valkyrie as bisexual.

However, the films were notorious for only glossing over this backstory and simply flirting with the fact that Thompson’s Valkyrie is bisexual. 

“In the canon, [Valkyrie] is bisexual. You see her with women and men, so that was my intention in playing her,” Thompson told Variety earlier this year. “Obviously, at the forefront of most of these stories is not typically their romantic life. They have big stakes, like saving the world, so that tends to sort of trump.”

According to Entertainment Weekly, it’s also important to emphasize the fact that Valkyrie is the first “openly” LGBTQ superhero

“The ‘openly’ matters when it comes to visibility. Valkyrie in the comics is bisexual and Thompson has been vocal about that fact on social media. However, when it came to Thor: Ragnarok, a scene was cut in which a woman would’ve been seen sneaking out of Valkyrie’s bedroom and the film, instead, flirted with sexual tension between Valkyrie and Hemsworth’s Thor,” writes Nick Romano for Entertainment Weekly

Aside from Thompson’s Valkyrie becoming MCU’s first openly bisexual superhero, Marvel made other important announcements showing the latest efforts to diversify their films a lot more.

52-year-old Salma Hayek becomes the first Arab and Mexican actress with a main role in the MCU. It was also announced this weekend at Comic-Con that she’s set to star as Ajak in The Eternals. The Lebanese-Mexican actress will star alongside Angelina Jolie talk about a dynamic duo. 

She announced her latest role in the new Marvel film on Instagram, saying: “I’m so excited to join the Marvel family as Ajak, the mother of all Eternals. It used to be the father of all Eternals, but girls… this is OUR time!!!!!” The film is set to release on November 6, 2020.  

Basically, Lena Waithe summed it up for us. “Captain America is black. Thor is a woman. the new Blade got two Oscars. 007 is a black woman. And The Little Mermaid bout to have locs. Shit. Just. Got. Real,” she tweeted. 

In case you missed it, in Avengers: Endgame, Thor passed down the mantle of King of New Asgard to Valkyrie. Now, in Marvel’s Phase Four lineup, we’ll follow her journey as King in Thor: Love and Thunder. The latest Thor installment will also see the return of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster to wield Mjolnir. Although it won’t hit theaters until November 2021, these latest teases and updates are enough to hold us over. 

Of course, Twitter went wild with the news that Thompson becomes the first LGBTQ superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Last year in a profile from Net-a-Porter, published toward the end of Pride Month, Thompson also subtly came out and put rumors to rest surrounding her sexuality. “I can take things for granted because of my family –– it’s so free and you can be anything that you want to be. I’m attracted to men and also to women. If I bring a woman home, [or] a man, we don’t even have to have a discussion.” 

And don’t think for a minute that any of us missed the big MCU switch up.

The new movies are set to be packed with a whole lot of women.

And literally, everyone has an idea of who Valkyrie’s queen will be.

Literally, we’ve been stanning this relationship for too long.

We can’t wait to see Thompson’s Valkyrie also have that type of freedom in the upcoming Thor movie –– especially given the fact that there’s been a lack of LGBTQ representation in comic book movies. 

According to Entertainment Weekly, Joe Russo portrayed the first openly gay character in the MCU with his appearance in Endgame and Zach Barack became the first trans actor to appear in a Marvel movie (Spider-Man: Far From Home). 

It’s about time for this long-overdue representation.

Oh, and who will play Thompson’s queen? We can’t wait to find out. 

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