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

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!

A New ‘Birds Of Prey’ Trailer Is Finally Giving Us A Glimpse At Rosie Perez’s Character

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A New ‘Birds Of Prey’ Trailer Is Finally Giving Us A Glimpse At Rosie Perez’s Character

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It’s only mid-January and Nuyorican actress Rosie Perez is slated to appear in major roles in two film productions, including as queer detective Renee Montoya in “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” and alongside Anne Hathaway in Netflix’s “The Last Thing He Wanted.” The DC Universe’s most idolized villain, Harley Quinn, stars in the “Suicide Squad” spinoff with an interesting new plot twist. “The Joker and I broke up,” Quinn (played by Margot Robbie) tells viewers as she cuts off her red and blue-dyed pigtails, a relic of her relationship with the Joker. Harley Quinn says it was completely “mutual,” but the premise of the movie seems hinged on creating a group of anti-villains hell-bent on protecting themselves from the consequences of her breakup with the Joker.

The trailer only voices Harley Quinn as she gives her rallying speech to convince three women to join her in her quest. Harley Quinn points to each of her three sidekicks and gives them a reason to join her. 

Detective Renee Montoya has been a touchstone throughout the DC comic world but will be making her cinematic debut in “Birds of Prey.”

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Detective Renee Montoya was originally created for “Batman: The Animated Series” as in-the-know police officer Harvey Bullock’s partner in fighting crime. In a follow-up series, Montoya was promoted to detective, and later revealed to be the daughter of Dominican Republic immigrants. Throughout her character’s arc, she continues to rise in the ranks to become a homicide detective and become far more involved in fighting Gotham City’s unusual crime. At one point, villain Two-Face falls in love with her and attempts to destroy her life in the hopes that she’d reach such low levels that she’d fall for him. To debase her, he outs her as a lesbian to the entire city, frames her for murder, kidnaps her in an effort to make it look like she tried to escape the law, and nearly kills her until Batman saves her.

Still, the damage had been done. Montoya’s religious parents disown her for her queerness. Socially isolated, she falls into a depression and the depths of alcoholism and quits the Gotham City Police Force. In the comic series, she refuses to join the all-female vigilante superhero team “Birds of Prey,” but Hollywood had other plans.

In the upcoming film, the fearsome foursome team together to protect a young girl named Cass from villain Roman Sionis A.K.A. the Black Mask.

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Margot Robbie, the actress who plays Harley Quinn and producer, pitched the idea for the movie to Warner Bros. in 2015 and hired female leadership like Director Cathy Yan and writer Christina Hodson. Cathy Yan will be the first female Asian woman to direct a superhero film. Netflix’s “One Day at a Time,” Justina Machado and Starz’s “Vida,” queer Roberta Colindrez, both auditioned to play Renee Montoya. By October 2018, Rosie Perez was announced as the actress who would bring Renee Montoya to life on the big screen.

In 2015, Perez spoke at The Trevor Project’s live fundraiser event in New York City and self-identified as “quasi-straight” from the podium. “Every human being, whether they want to admit it or not, went through a period of questioning. I know I did,” she said. Her biggest high school crush was a girl named Michelle and she admitted, “all I wanted to do was hump her. And I suppressed the urge and suppressed the urge and suppressed the urge until Michelle one day started humping on me.” She later would say, “I’m not lesbian, gay or whatever — I’m a quasi-straight person — I still went through that period. And I thought I was all alone.” Rosie Perez is currently married to artist Chris Haze.

We haven’t heard a single line from Rosie Perez in any of the trailers but are ready to watch the “quasi-straight” actress hunt down villains in theaters.

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Detective Renee Montoya finds herself as a member of Birds of Prey superhero squad because, in Harley Quinn’s words, she’s “dumb enough to be building a case against” villain the Black Mask. We’re curious to see what point in the comic book character’s journey they’ll place Renee Montoya. Is she recently outed and facing that all too familiar lesbiana Latina burden of homophobic religious parents while saving her city? Or is she at the ex-cop, deep-in-the-disease-of-alcoholism, vigilante stage of her character’s arc? 

Watch the full trailer below!

READ: The Trailer For Harley Quinn’s Spin-Off ‘Birds Of Prey’ Dropped And We’re Loving The Diversity of The All-Female Super Hero Troupe

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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