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