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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!

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11 Times Gina Rodriguez Was Incredibly Inspiring On Instagram

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11 Times Gina Rodriguez Was Incredibly Inspiring On Instagram

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Let me be real here: I’ve drunk the Kool-Aid, and I am 100% obsessed with Gina Rodriguez. (Seriously, Gina, if you’re reading this, I’m positive we would be best friends. Just throwing that out into the universe!)


The “Jane the Virgin” star is not only an incredibly talented and hilarious actress, she’s also inspirational as hell. I’m talking Oprah-levels of inspirational.

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QUEEN!

In honor of my totally-normal-levels of love for her, here are 11 times Gina was inspirational on Instagram:


1. When she was all about that personal growth.

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Growing, growing…constantly growing.

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YAAAS girl, you grow.


2. When she went beyond her comfort zone and came out braver for having done so.

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Can I channel some of that courage the next time my friends are like, “Let’s take a mirror pic,” and I’m like, “GOD HELP ME”?


3. The time she shared this inspiring story about finding her strength.

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On her history with boxing and how it is a parallel to her acting career: "Taking photos boxing is not as easy as really boxing. My father was a referee for boxing, so I grew up boxing since I was three. I got the scars to prove it! Which I am not proud of because I do not have feminine hands. But strength – inner strength – the idea that you can protect yourself and never have to use it, the idea that it doesn’t matter what size I am, inside is sostrong. Mind over matter is so strong. It’s something you learn in the ring, you can’t give up. To me, it’s interesting, I feel like boxing is very much like acting, except you’re just fighting yourself. You’re not allowing yourself to be defeated, you’re getting up after you’ve been knocked down, and you have to believe that you can win. You have to believe you can win when you get in that ring or else you’re going to get your ass beat. In acting, it’s very similar. To me, it’s always been a nice parallel. I want to be a champ. And there are many champs, I just want to be one of them." Grab a copy for the full interview!

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Refuse to be defeated!


4. Also, when she posted this other boxing picture with this other moving caption.

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*Signs up for boxing lessons.*


5. When she posted this pic with two badass women, and we were all, like, “SQUAD GOALS!”

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Where do we sign up?


6. Every #MondayMotivation post she does.

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#MovementMondays This is Morena Baccarin, she is a Brazilian actress. Born in Rio de Janeiro and later moved to New York City where she was raised. She is known for portraying Inara Serra in the series Firefly. Her most recent role Vanessa in the superhero comedy film Deadpool, and Jessica Brody in the Showtime series Homeland (for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013). You can catch her on television as the role of Dr. Leslie Thompkins in the Fox television series Gotham. She is an outstanding actress, not only in drama but killed it in comedy as Karen Walker in one of my favorite comedic films Spy. Morena, today I celebrate how fantastic your work has brought pride to women everywhere! Keep making us laugh and cry! #MovementMondays

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Every Monday, Gina sheds light on actors and actresses in Hollywood who are people of color. How dope is that?! While Hollywood execs are busy whitewashing, Gina’s over here like, “HELLOOOOOOO.”


7. When she reminded us to live in the moment and enjoy every second.

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Gratitude can be a process.


8. When she was like, “STFU insecurity.”

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Sorry, I’m allergic to something, definitely not crying. NOPE. NEVER. CRYING, ME, WHAT? For real though. Can we all just read this every time we feel shitty about ourselves? Ugh, chills forever. #YouIsEnough


9. When she reminded us to love the skin we’re in.

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So often celebs act like they’re just always confident, but how refreshing is it to hear some honesty?!

10. When she calls her fans (us, me) “warriors,” and we all die.

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Girlfriend is so humble, she’s the mayor of Humbletown, Humbleville, USA.


11. When she was the queen of giving thanks.

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UGH, GINA, HOW YOU SO PERFECT?


Seriously, I bow down to this queen because she is so badass and such an inspiration for Latinas everywhere. Never stop being you, girl.


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Do you have a favorite Gina moment? Share it with us!