5 Latin/Hispanic comic book heroes that deserve live-action treatment

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Credit: Warner Bros. Animation for Justice League vs. Teen Titans (2016) — Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle (Jake T. Austin)

In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, it’s time we take a look at some great Latin/Hispanic comic book characters that deserve a movie or series.

There’s no question that comic book movies are becoming more diverse. The comic book movie genre continues to grow so too does representation for many ethnicities and nationalities as depicted throughout the comics. However, there’s a lack of Latin/Hispanic representation. Not to say there aren’t any.

Shows like Doom Patrol, The Gifted, Daredevil, Agents of SHIELD, and Arrow feature heroes of Latin/Hispanic descent. Hulu almost gave us a Ghost Riders series centered on Robbie Reyes. Unfortunately, the series met its demise just months after Hulu made the announcement. And there’s even the rumored Miss America series headed to Disney Plus.

Movies such as the original Suicide Squad introduced El Diablo, while Birds of Prey will feature Renee Montoya. There’s also The New Mutants, which will give fans a live-action version of Sunspot (if it’s ever released). However, it doesn’t feel like there are enough Latin/Hispanic heroes within movies or television series.

The comics are filled with heroes of Latin/Hispanic descent. So n honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ll look at some of the comic book heroes we want to see featured in live-action projects.

5. Victor Mancha

Victor Mancha isn’t the most widely known Marvel hero, but he does have quite the following. It’s why hardcore comic fans have campaigned for Victor to join Hulu’s Runaways since the end of the first season.

In the comics, the cyborg-born character had one mission — destroy the Avengers. Why? Because the evil that birthed him made him that way. At NYCC, Marvel debuted the trailer for Runaways’ third season, and there was no sign of Victor.

Still, if all goes well, there’s hope that he could debut in a possible fourth season. Making an appearance isn’t enough for a character like Victor. Although his story involves the Runaways, he deserves to be the focal point.

Victor’s story reads like that of a sleeper agent — a teenage cyborg with superpowers and hatred for superheroes programmed into him. Unbeknownst to the kid, Ultron created him with the sole purpose of infiltrating and destroying the Avengers from within.

Telling a story from the perspective of a child destined to be the villain is intriguing. Imagine watching this kid unknowingly hurting super-powered people; even working with heroes to track down this murderous being.

His innocence makes him a sympathetic character, even if he is beating down the Runaways. One way to make this happen is to give him a miniseries on Disney Plus.

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