Since the creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (UCM) with Iron Man (2008), one of the most recurring demands in Latin America by avid followers of the world’s greatest heroes was the low presence of actors from the region to play an important role in the company headed by Kevin Feige.
Now, after almost 15 years after having gone through different phases in the UCM and with the arrival of the Multiverse, the actors who have embodied the most powerful heroes in the world have been expanding to all the continents of the earth, to such an extent that One of the areas that has managed to penetrate Marvel the most has been those of Latin America.
This 2022 represented an addition to the Marvel productions of people from Latin America, such have been the cases of Oscar Isaac, Tenoch Huerta, Mabel Cadena, Xochitl Gomez, Gael García Bernal and several other actors who appeared for the first time at the UCM .
Oscar Isaac played ‘Moon Knight‘
The iconic actor who served as a watershed for the arrival of several more during this Phase 4 was undoubtedly Oscar Isaac who gave life and, most likely, will continue to play Moon Knight in the successful series presented on Disney+.
The interpreter of Guatemalan-American origin embodied one of the new heroes brought to the present by Marvel Studios which has a triple personality made up of Steven Grant, Marc Spector and Jack Lockley being the avatar of the god, Konshu.
This is not the first time that Hernández Estrada lends himself to a role within Marvel Studios, because before Disney acquired the iconic comic book company. Isaac brought Apocalypse to life in the 20th Century Fox production of X-Men: Apocalypse. Additionally, Isaac voiced Miguel O’Hara / Spider-Man 2099 in the Sony Pictures Studios production Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Tenoch Huerta as ‘Namor’
One of the appearances that caused the most skepticism among the avid fans of Marvel Studios was that of the Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta who, without being aware of it, became one of the faces of the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever film added the talent of several nationals such as Mabel Cadena as Namora, as well as the acting acumen of Letitia Wright as Shuri, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kani , Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams/ Ironheart and Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross.
In Marvel comics, Namor is the first mutant and he really is an antihero who little by little earns his place with the most powerful heroes, he has become part of the group of The Illuminati along with Reed Richards, Iron Man, Captain America , Doctor Strange and Charles Xavier.
It should be noted that the version seen on big screens of Namor embodied by Tenoch Huerta had great changes in his narrative arc, because instead of being the ruler of Atlantis, he reigned over the lands of Talocan, a city inspired by Mesoamerican cultures.
Mabel Cadena as ‘Namora’ and Josué Maychi as ‘Attuma’
One of the Mexicans who will possibly continue hand in hand with Marvel Studios in future projects will be the Mexican Mabel Cadena who, like Tenoch Huerta, managed to win the love of comic book fans for her incarnation as Namora.
Mitzi Mabel was one of the Latinas who managed to become one more heroine of the UCM, just like Salma Hayek did in 2021 in Eternals, which is why her role in the future within the Marvel narrative framework will be of vital importance to ensure the security and secrecy of Talocan.
Mabel within the tape presented herself as an avid follower of Namor (Tenoch); however, and like Cadena, in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever she was shown the character of the Atlantean Warlord, Attuma embodied by the actor Josué Maychi born in Chencoh, Campeche.
Maychi is known for his work in Malinche as Cuauhtémoc and in Hernán as Potonchán and, despite the fact that Attuma in the Marvel comics is a staunch rival of Namor, in the film directed by Ryan Coogler he was shown as an ally of the Submarinero .
Gael Garcia Bernal as ‘Jack Russell’
One of the appearances that most surprised Marvel fans was that of the renowned Mexican actor, Gael García Bernal, who joined the UCM in the Halloween special where they introduced the character of Jack Russell who has the ability to transform into a werewolf.
The inclusion of Bernal monopolized the covers of the whole world, since in the special the gap was lit so that the monsters could appear in the future within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Kevin Feige announced in a past interview with IGN.
“We’re introducing a world that will ultimately be very important to the future of the MCU. We wanted to explore completely new characters and completely new sides of the MCU with this unusual, fun and terrifying twist on the supernatural,” he stated.
Xochitl Gomez as ‘America Chavez’
Although she is not totally Latin American, she does have direct Mexican ancestry from her parents, so Xochitl Gomez became one of the future faces of the UCM after her appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness alongside Benedict Cumberbatch (Steven Strange). , Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff) and Benedict Wong (Wong).
The young woman of Mexican descent managed to win the affection of Marvel fans, as her character will be of vital importance for the chronological development of Phase 5 that will begin in 2023 with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania in February 2023.
América Chávez has the ability to cross time lines and multiversal borders that will be part of the UCM narrative development with the arrival of Kang: El Conquistador (Jonathan Majors) who will be the new great antagonist in the now Multiverse.