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Marvelous Multilingualism: Exploring Hispanic Superheroes

Diversity and inclusion have gained importance, even in the arena of comic book heroes. The fantastic and colorful universes of both Marvel and DC comics are populated with heroes and heroines who proudly boast Hispanic heritage. Here are the some of the most popular superhéroes who can take down villains fluently in both English and Spanish.


  1. Miles Morales/Spiderman

Miles is just your average kid from Brooklyn, New York, until he finds himself taking over as Spiderman after the death of Peter Parker. His character is of African American and Puerto Rican descent, which is why audiences around the world relate to him as he struggles and triumphs in his search to fit in as both a biracial teen and a superhero.


  1. Ava Ayala/White Tiger

Another Marvel character who knows the angst of being a teenager with super abilities is Ava Ayala, aka White Tiger. Ava is the most recent member of the Ayala family to inherit the mysterious Tiger Amulet, which gives her the phenomenal power of becoming White Tiger. Ava’s connection to her father and grandfather, who were also once White Tiger, is central to her character, highlighting the cultural importance of family.


  1. Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle

Blue Beetle, like other enduring superheroes in the DC universe, is a legacy character—meaning multiple individuals have taken on the role over the years. Perhaps the most popular iteration is the latest Blue Beetle: Jaime Reyes. He’s a Mexican American teenager from El Paso, Texas who discovers the alien scarab that gives him a powerful suit of armor. Jaime uses his new powers to fight crime and protect his community.


  1. Nayeli Constant/Aztek

In 2011, Nayelia Constant became Aztek when she accepted the Aztek helmet that chose her. Originally a man named Dr. Curt Falconer, Aztek the superhero is in almost constant battle against the dark god Tezcatlipoca. Nayelia continues this mission while also joining the other members of the Justice League to defeat other infamous evildoers like Lex Luthor.


  1. America Chavez/Miss America

One of the most powerful Marvel heroines is America Chavez, who is known as Miss America. Raised by her superhero mothers, America leaves the Utopian Parallel after tragedy strikes her family to use her powers for good across the multiverse. Not only does she boast incredible speed and strength, Miss America can also fly and kick open holes to travel through dimensions. With her awesome abilities, America personifies resilience and determination to stand up for justice.


By Kelli Drummer-Avendano




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