The Spanish has entered with force in the universe of the superheroes of Marvelwith more and more actors, characters and stories from Hispanic culture such as Mexican-American Xóchitl Gómez and Guatemalan Óscar Isaac, promoted by Argentine filmmaker Victoria Alonso.
films like “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” Y “Moon Knight” are “The dream of my life”Alonso stated.
The president of physical production, post-production, animation and special effects of Marvel Studioswho sent the Hollywood press to study Spanish at the premiere of “Eternals”is considered the most powerful Latina in American cinema.
For Argentina it is very important “to have someone tell you ‘I’m just like you and I’m powerful. I am like this and I am a respected part of the world and essential for any age’”.
The filmmaker refers to characters such as Gómez de América Chávez in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”which premiered last week, with a Mexican superheroine follower of Dr. Stephen Strange, played by benedict cumberbatch.
Also speaking is Isaac, the Miami-raised Guatemalan actor who stars in “Moon Knight”which just ended in Disney+ and it is one of the most popular series from the studios, which transformed comics stories into a worldwide phenomenon.
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Isaac, neither the character of America, nor Gómez herself are the first characters or actors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or MCU as fans call this world of superheroes.
However, they are the first to have such a prominent role and are making history by speaking in Spanish in their productions.
America and Doctor Strange begin the film conversing in Spanish, a language that continues to be heard throughout the film, even with Mexican slang such as “net” Y “guy”.
The penultimate episode of “Moon Knight” ends with Isaac in a field of flowers listening “Beyond the sun”sung by Manuel Bonillaand in the end, the Guatemalan, who is also a producer of the series, went further.
In the comic, the protagonist’s third personality is a New York taxi driver. In the Disney+ version he appears as a limousine driver who only speaks Spanish.
“At the core of this series is identity and I as a Latino from the United States consider it the core of our life experience. The way we mutate according to the dominant culture is a kind of multiple personality”said.
When Isaac, 43, appeared on the iconic show Saturday night Live To promote his series, the first thing he did was say his full name: Oscar Isaac Hernandez Estrada.
“It was very intentional because I want my community to understand that I am just like them. I was even inspired by the mental health crises of one of my uncles for the character of Moon Knight, or Moon Knight as they call him in esp.anol”highlighted the artist, who revealed that in addition to the most obvious, which is Spanish, he left other references to his culture hidden in the series.
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Gómez did not have to make much of an effort to highlight what was Latin about América Chávez. She is Mexican American, she stressed. But the 16-year-old actress is “very aware of the responsibility of representing a Latina teenager, who has two moms and who will eventually present herself as part of the LGBTQIA community”.
It is a position similar to that of Salma Hayekthe pioneer in this incursion of Latinos in the MCU with his character of Ajak in “Eternals”released in 2021, highlighting that “It is very important that Marvel has put a Latin actress in such a strong and essential character in the story”.
The next Latin installment in the MCU is the film “The dead”starring the Puerto Rican artist Benito Martinez Ocasiobetter known as bad bunny. The decision to take him to the movies has caught the attention of comic book experts, as the character only has two comics.
Alonso had already announced that he was coming. “As an Argentine and a member of the LGBTQIA community, I have been looking for these stories for years, not only to put Latino actors, but also Latino characters”he indicated.
For this reason, the moment the MCU is experiencing fills her with pride and the fact that the issues of identity, mental health, and sexual identity and preference are explored, reflecting the Latino and Latin American community, and in the way “as authentic as possible”including the language.
“My hope is that this is received as a small gift from a small group of filmmakers who want to tell great stories in which we celebrate them all”he claimed.
“Largely because this can save lives”he added, recalling that 42% of LGBTQIA people in the United States have considered suicide, as well as one in seven young Latinas.