The Most Powerful Hispanic Marvel Characters, Ranked
The superhero scene of the entertainment business has come a lot way in terms of representation. We see more diversity in casting and characters with each passing project.
Marvel and DC, the two biggest comic books and superhero franchises, are at the forefront of this development. And Marvel, more so than DC, has to take the lead on this one because it has the bigger character universe.
In comics, Marvel has good diversity in representation. However, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that source material is yet to translate into something impressive. And that is especially the case for Hispanic characters.
That being said, progress is being made, slowly but surely. And there are a few superhero characters that are already making their marks in the MCU.
So, here is a list of the Hispanic Marvel Characters that have made their way into the Marvel movies, whether that be in the MCU or the extended universe, ranked according to their strength.
4. Angel Salvadore
Angel Salvadore lands the fifth spot on our VERY SPECIFIC list of strong Hispanic Marvel characters. They featured her in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Salvadore, who worked as a stripper before she was recruited by Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr in the movies, had unique abilities like an insect. She (played by Zoe Kravitz) could fly, courtesy of her insect wings, which she hid by making them appear as if they were tattoos on her back and shoulders.
In addition to this, she could also use her acid saliva to attack enemies. She launched this corrosive substance from her mouth quickly, and they were strong enough to corrode materials.
In The New Mutants, Sunspot (played by Henry Zaga) was sent to the Milbury Hospital after accidentally killing his girlfriend, Mariella. He manifested his heat-related powers and burned her to death.
Henry Zaga, the Brazilian actor playing Sunspot in the New Mutants film (a casting choice which some people are calling whitewashing), is the son of the General Secretary for Bolsonaro’s party Alliance for Brazil, Admar Gonzaga. pic.twitter.com/SinjGjq2aA — Imprison the Dutch farmers at the Hague (@Hezbolsonaro) August 28, 2020
Sunspot has powers of solar energy absorption and solar re-channeling. These give him the ability to take a solar form, enhanced strength and durability, thermokinesis, and fire and heat immunity.
He can throw flames and use his combat skills to defeat opponents.
2. Miles Morales
Now we arrive at Miles Morales, or Spider-Man, who has become many's favorite version of the web-throwing superhero since the release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in 2018.
Morales, in the movie, is a teenager of African-American and Puerto-Rican descent who can speak both Spanish and English fluently. He was bitten by a radioactive spider, thus granting him spider-like abilities.
Due to the bite, he acquired many abilities, like spider physiology — superhuman strength, speed, agility, durability, and wall-crawling. He also got spider-sense, spider camouflage, and venom strike, which is his ability to shock his enemies with an electrical jolt through his hands.
It has to be noted that his web-shooting abilities are courtesy of web-shooters his aunt May designed for him.
1. America Chavez
America Chavez is the latest Hispanic character to be introduced in the MCU and the most powerful of the Hispanic superheroes. She is also the only character in this list to be from the actual MCU and not just having originated under the Marvel name as of this writing.
Chavez (played by Xochitl Gomez) first appeared alongside Doctor Strange and The Scarlet Witch in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and immediately became the Scarlet Witch's target due to her powers.
Wanda Maximoff described Chavez as a "supernatural being," which means she has abilities beyond a normal human or even a normal superhero.
A drawing of the latest of the Hispanic Marvel Characters in the MCU, America Chaves. (Photo: No Artist Here/Instagram)
Chaves has extra-dimensional energy physiology — she can manipulate extra-dimensional energy and has superhuman strength and durability. She can also open portals to alternate universes and can do dimensional travel without puking.
However, the thing that really sets her apart is her uniqueness. She is one of one in the entire multiverse, and her supernatural abilities cannot be absorbed.
She could even become one of the strongest female characters in the MCU if she learns how to control her powers better. Whether she achieves that feat remains to be seen.
Honorable mention: If having amazing humor and screen presence counted as a superpower, Luis from the Ant-Man movies would definitely make this list.