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

Comic book superheroes are everywhere. Seriously, anywhere you turn…up high on billboards, in the middle of Times Square, on your IG feed you’re bound to see a masked crusader. And did you know some of these fictional characters fighting for (or against) justice are Latino? No?! Well lucky for you, we’ve compiled this quick, handy primer to get you up to speed.

America Chavez

Chavez, or Miss America, is a LGBTQ Latina with superhuman strength that can fight. She’s also from a different dimension — Utopian Parallel, to be more specific — so it’s nice to know that Latinos exist in parallel universes. Miss America is a member of the Ultimates.

Blue Beetle / Jaime Reyes

A Mexican-American teen from El Paso, Texas, Jaime Reyes became the third Blue Beetle after an alien scarab fused with his body, giving him that kickass exoskeleton. Reyes was inducted into the Teen Titans and was even featured on “Smallville” — yay! —  where he was played by non-Latino Canadian actor Jaren Brandt Bartlett — womp womp.

White Tiger

Of the five White Tigers that have existed, three of them were Latino and they were all related. The OG White Tiger was Hector Ayala, who became Marvel’s first Latino superhero when he was introduced in 1975. After his death, his niece Angela Del Toro took over the role. The latest White Tiger is Ava Ayala, Hector’s youngest sister. As noted on the tweet above, and if we’re lucky, there’s a maybe a chance that we’ll see Angela Del Toro’s version in season 2 of Netflix’s original series, “Jessica Jones.”

Kyle Rayner

You might not know it from his name, but the last Green Lantern (who later became the White Lantern after mastering all seven lantern rings, depicted above) is actually Latino. His father was Aaron Rayner, which was an alias for Mexican-American CIA agent Gabriel Vazquez.

Bane

The supervillain, best known for breaking Batman’s back, was born inside a prison on Santa Prisca. Technically, Santa Prisca is a fictional Latin American island in the Caribbean, but we’re going to claim him as one of our own because 1) he’s a badass (again, he broke Batman’s back) and 2) it’s comic books we’re talking about; nothing is real!

 

Miles Morales

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀{Short Open To} Miles sat on the far side of the table with Kate on his left, Ganke on his right, and in front of him a big, juicy, Thanksgiving Turkey. ⠀⠀⠀⠀"Lets carve this thing, I'm starved!" Mikes said with a joking tone. [Shouldn't we say a few things first?] Kate said. "I guess but….wait…do you hear that." {Miles, it's your phone.} "Oh" Miles checked his phone and got a news alert. There was a bomb planted In the bank. "Crap, sorry….bad language, but I have to go, there is a bomb planted in the bank." [You are not doing this right now……please tell me this is a joke!!!] "Sorry!" And with that Miles ran out of the room and swung into the city streets. He landed on a building and put his suit on. Miles then leaped off the building and landed in front of the Bank. As Miles looked inside the bank, he saw someone there, It was you.

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In 2011, a lot of people were upset that Marvel killed off Peter Parker in “The Ultimate Spider-Man.” Even more people were upset when he was replaced with Miles Morales, an Afro-Latino from New York City. Sorry, folks, but Miles Morales is a badass and is here to stay. Deal with it.

Victor Mancha

Victor Mancha is Donald Trump’s biggest nightmare: the child of supervillain Ultron and Marianella Mancha, an ex-drug mule from Mexico. The half-Mexican cyborg has superhuman strength, is highly intelligent and can manipulate electromagnetic fields. Originally a sleeper agent programmed to destroy the Avengers, Victor became a good guy after watching Ultron kills Marianella before his very eyes. He’s a member of The Runaways.

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