Is Gina Rodriguez Marvel’s next superhero? The latest bit of chisme from Twitter is that Gina Rodriguez could play Marvel superhero America Chavez, better known as Miss America. The comic book character is a badass Boricua who can fly, has super strength, and is capable of kicking open black holes, which lets her travel through the different dimensions. Did we mention that America Chavez is also openly gay?
A rumor started by Twitter user @winterchildrens sent Gina Rodriguez fans into an excited retweeting spree over the last two weeks.
Why is everyone so excited? Because Marvel has a pretty good track record of bringing comic book characters to life on the big screen. They did a kick-ass job with Black Panther, so there are lots of Miss America fans hoping they can do the same with a Latina superhero.
In this edition of ‘take all my money,’ Luis Nuñez, 24, a graphic designer based in Mazatlán, Sinaloa Mexico has given us the gift of recreating Lotería to incorporate the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe. Moviegoers who fell in love with Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, and Groot get to see the characters in a whole light on Nuñez’s Instagram account (@luis.nunez07).
What started off with one image has ballooned to 18—and Nuñez has no plans to stop until the set is complete with all 54 titles. So far he’s finished 32 illustrations which he plans to unveil on his Instagram account in the weeks to come.
Which begs the question, where’s the link to his Etsy shop so we can buy our own set once it’s complete?
See the cards for yourself below. And if you haven’t seen the movie yet (what kind of fan are you?) prepare for spoilers and inside jokes ahead:
Nuñez kicked off his project with Ironman as el valiente.
Honestly, this is a solid choice here. He is one of the greatest characters in the Marvel universe. What a solid and engaging art project focused on one of the greatest superhero franchises in the world.
Don’t sleep on the details. A second image in the post includes a tighter focus on Tony’s own infinity gauntlet.
Iron Man kicked off the series and if you’ve watched the last installment, you know how the story ends. Tony Stark as el valiente is a fitting tribute.
The hand that undid the Avengers.
The film starts where Thanos left off—in the aftermath of the devastating snap. If you know, you know. And if you don’t know, then you know because everyone is still talking about the movie.
The artist even gave us the answer to Thanos’s devastating hand.
But always a schemer, Iron Man constructs his own infinity gauntlet and outmaneuvers the psychopath.
Thor gets called out on his drinking problem.
The god of lightning had a rough go at the start of the film. He buried his pain with alcohol and had the beer belly to prove it.
Duh, of course Peter Parker is la araña.
Nuñez depicts Spider-Man with his enhanced super suit. He says each image takes him 30-60 minutes to complete.
And who could forget the heart-wrenching moment when Parker begins to crumble and turn to dust?
Clearly, Nuñez doesn’t want you to and provided this twofer when creating la araña.
Only the strongest Avenger can carry the world.
Nuñez is clearly team Hulk when it comes to the argument of who the strongest Avenger is. Thor might have something to say about this.
All the feels with this throwback to Tony’s heart.
He knew this would fit so perfectly within the context of Lotería.
Who better to represent ‘the soldier’ than Captain America.
The second movie in the Captain America canon is called “Winter Soldier.”
Of course, Thanos is the devil.
There’s no one better suited to embody el diablo than the man responsible for killing his daughter and wiping out half of Earth’s population.
When you’re as well-groomed and presentable as Doctor Strange (on teetering on being pretentious) El Catrin is the only card that makes sense.
It’s funny to see how well the Marvel characters fit into la Lotería. Doctor Strange begins with a shot of his fancy clothes and accessories. He never loses his flair for appearances as evident by his high-neck flowing cape.
Black Widow is the obvious choice for the lady card.
The franchise needed more women in it. No secret there.
Guardians of the Galaxy was defined by its soundtrack. Peter Quill wearing his Walkman makes the perfect musico.
Music was Peter Quill. Who could forget the ’60s and the ’70s soundtrack that included Hooked on a Feeling and all his out of tune singing?
Teenage Groot still has some years to go before growing into a tree.
Adult Groot sacrificed himself for the Guardians. When we see him again, he’s a mere sapling but well on his way to growing into a sturdy arbol.
Clint Barton, complete with his f*ckboi haircut, is El Apache.
Hawkeye might not be Native American, but with a bow and arrow in hand, he has an eerie resemblance to the original image of el apache.
El Gorrito gets a massive metal make-over.
No frill bonnet to be seen here. El Gorrito has redesigned to include Thor’s comic book version of his helmet, which makes a brief cameo during Ragnarok.
Groot’s home gets a shout-out.
Baby Groot was a fan favorite. It’s only right he make an appearance in the flower pot card.
Why Red Skull was the keeper of the Soul Stone still feels like a mystery but at least it makes sense here.
The skull with crossbones has been swapped out for the Hydra symbol with Red Skull sitting at its center.
Falcon may fit the pajaro card perfectly at the start of Endgame…
…But by the end of it, he’s received a major upgrade. We might be looking at the new face of the Captain America canon here folks.
Only royalty wears a crown…
…So it’s appropriate for King T’Challa’s Black Panther to take la corona.
Keep an eye Nuñez’s Instagram account (@luis.nunez07) for the remaining 36 illustrations.
Even though depression, anxiety, and mental health are becoming more publicly discussed, there is a stigma attached to it. It’s still seen as a weakness instead of a disease. Mental wellness is not regarded in the same way physical wellness is. It isn’t discussed at home or at schools — making the important topic all but taboo. That’s why it is so important that we talk publicly about our struggles with mental health.
It’s with that in mind that “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez opened up about her own experiences.
Rodriguez has been open about her personal experience with her mental health in the past.
In 2017, in fact, she posted about her journey with anxiety in a very candid Instagram post.
She has now opened up even further in an emotional sitdown with NBC’s Kate Snow during the recent Kennedy Forum.
The actress explained:
“I think I started dealing with depression around sixteen. I started dealing with the idea of…everything is going to be better when I’m gone. Life will be easier. All the woes will be away, all the problems. Then I wouldn’t have to fail or succeed, right? Then all this surmounting pressure would go away.”
The pressure Rodriguez refers to includes the difficult time she had while filming the final season of “Jane the Virgin.”
According to the star, she began suffering from panic-induced, debilitating anxiety attacks while on set.
“There was a point where I couldn’t, I couldn’t push through every single time anymore,” Rodriguez shared with Snow. “And I’m one of those human beings…I’m just like, ‘I’ll handle it later. I’ll deal with it later. I’ll figure it out later. I just have to do this now.’ All the while dealing with this, you know, your silent little dragon in your head.”
Rodriguez went on to explain that this struggle caused her to stop production on the series for the first time ever.
“I had a really tumultuous season, she confessed. “I was unafraid for the first time to be like, ‘I can’t.'”
That courage motivated Rodriguez to get the help she needed and to take the time to prioritize herself. It’s a milestone that anyone who fights against their mental illness would recognize. We can only imagine the pressure Rodriguez faced in the midst of a busy production schedule.
Her ability to speak openly about mental health is motivated by the girls and women who look up to her.
“I can’t just tell them to go out and make their dreams come true and then to ignore everything else,” Rodriguez explained.
The actress has long been a mentor in the fields of art, body positivity, immigration rights, and feminism. In 2016, Rodriguez launched the We Will Foundation to promote young artists through education and scholarships. In 2018, she worked with P&G to start the Always Campaign to benefit Feeding America.
This candid conversation is another example of her commitment to being the sort of mentor the world needs most.
Poor mental health is often a side effect of other illnesses; which is the case with Rodriguez.
Anxiety and depression are complications of her Hashimoto’s Disease. Rodriguez shared in a 2017 SELF interview that the medicine she takes for her thyroid causes heart palpitations. This disrupted rhythm sometimes triggers panic attacks.
The illness has forced the actress to reassess herself and become more self-aware. After adjusting her medication, she noticed improvements.
Still, Rodriguez had to face the bigger issue of her underlined mental health. That self-awareness has helped her and hopefully, her experience can help others struggling with the same issues.
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