angel. The Spanish have entered the Marvel superhero universe with force, With more and more actors, characters and stories from Hispanic culture such as Mexican-American Xochital Gómez and Guatemalan Oscar Isaac promoted by Argentine filmmaker Victoria Alonso.
Alonso told Efe, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and “Moon Night” are “the dream of my life”.
The president of physical production, post-production, animation and special effects at Marvel Studios, who sent the Hollywood press to study Spanish at the premiere of “Eternal”, is considered the most powerful Latina in American cinema.
For Argentines, it is very important to “have someone who tells you ‘I am just like you and I am powerful. I am so and I am a respected part of the world and a must-have for any age.
The filmmaker refers to characters such as Gómez de America Chávez in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”, Which premiered last week, featuring the Mexican superhero follower of Dr. Stephen Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Also speaking is Isaac, the Guatemalan actor who grew up in Miami, who starred in “Moon Night,” which recently aired on Disney+ and is one of the most popular series from the studio, which has brought comic book stories to a worldwide audience. turned into an event.
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Neither Isaac, America’s character, nor Gomez himself is the first character or actor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or MCU, as fans call this world a superhero.
However, he is the first to play such a prominent role and is creating history by speaking in Spanish in his productions.
America and Doctor Strange begin the film in Spanish, a language that continues to be heard throughout the film, even with Mexican slang such as “neta” and “gue”.
The final episode of “Moon Night” ends with Isaac listening to “Beyond the Sun” sung by Manuel Bonilla, and finally, Guatemala, who is also the series’ producer, moves on.
In the comic, the third persona of the protagonist is a New York taxi driver. In the Disney+ version, he appears as a limousine driver who only speaks Spanish.
“Identity is at the heart of this series and I consider it to be the core of my life experience as a Latino from the United States. The way we change according to the dominant culture is a sort of multiple personality,” he said. Told Efe.
When 43-year-old Isaac appeared on the iconic Saturday Night Live show to promote his series, he first revealed his full name: Oscar Isaac Hernandez Estrada.
“It was very deliberate because I want my community to understand that I am just like them. I was also inspired by the mental health crisis of one of my uncles for the character of Moon Knight, or Caballero Luna, as they call him in Spanish,” said the artist, who revealed that besides the most obvious thing, he Leaving other references to his culture hidden in the series.
“Dead” from Bad Bunny
Gomez didn’t need much effort to shed light on what America was about Chavez. He is Mexican American, he insisted. But the 16-year-old actress is “very aware of the responsibility of representing a Latina teenager who has two mothers and who will eventually present herself as part of the LGBTQIA community.”
This is similar to the situation of Salma Hayek, who is leading this infiltration of Latinos into the MCU, and with her character Ajak in “Eternal”, released in 2021, noting that “it is very important that Marvel has hired a Latin actress.” Placed like this. A strong and essential character in the story.”
The next Latin installment in the MCU is the film “El Muerto”, starring Puerto Rican artist Benito Martínez Ocasio, better known as the Bad Bunny. The decision to move him to the movies attracted the attention of comics experts, as the character only has two comics.
Alonso had already announced that he was coming. “As an Argentine and member of the LGBTQIA community, I have been looking for these stories for years to feature not only Latino actors, but Latino characters as well,” he said.
That is why the moment the MCU is experiencing fills it with pride and the fact that issues of identity, mental health and sexual identity and preference are being explored that characterize Latino, Latin American, And in a “as authentic as possible” manner, including language.
“My hope is that it is received as a small gift from a small group of filmmakers who want to tell great stories in which we celebrate them all.”
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“Largely because it can save lives,” he said, adding that 42% of LGBTQIA people in the United States have contemplated suicide, as well as one in seven young Latinos.