As Marvel Comics has evolved over the years, there has been a steady increase in diversity amongst the various heroes and villains of the multiverse. With Sam Wilson taking the role of Captain America, Northstar and Iceman becoming LGBTQ+ icons, and Captain Marvel leading a new age of powerful female heroes, diversity has become a powerful focus.
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Another way this has been shown is through an increase in Hispanic characters. Newer heroes like America Chavez and Miles Morales have appeared on the big screen since their debut in the comics to further increase their popularity with fans. There are exciting new Hispanic heroes joining the Marvel Universe all the time to join classic heroes like Living Lightning and White Tiger.
Update on August 8, 2022 by Scoot Allan: DC recently came under fire for a series of covers intended to celebrate their Hispanic characters. Unfortunately, they missed the mark and failed to honor the rich history and culture of the characters. Thankfully, Hispanic Marvel characters are featured prominently on teams like the Avengers and the Champions as new heroes are introduced. These Hispanic superheroes have some incredible power sets that rival other strong Marvel characters.
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13 Anya Corazon/Araña
First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy (Vol. 2) #1, by writer Fiona Avery, penciler Mark Brooks, and inkers Jaime Mendoza & Victor Olazaba
The former Spider-Girl Anya Corazon was a gymnast when she first discovered her connection to the Spider Society. She gained incredible abilities and found herself in the middle of a war with the Sisterhood of Wasps. As Araña, she quickly made a name for herself among other heroes and earned her place in Spider-Man's extended family of heroes.
While Araña's powers have changed over the years, she currently retains all of Spider-Man's abilities that she gained from Jackal's virus during the Spider-Island event. She has also started to regain some of her Spider Society abilities that allowed her to generate a powerful exoskeleton. Araña has become a Web Warrior and a defender of the Spider-Verse's Web of Life and Destiny.
12 Maya Lopez/Echo
First Appearance: Daredevil (Vol. 2) #9, by writer David Mack, penciler Joe Quesada, inker Jimmy Palmiotti, colorist Richard Isanove, and letterers Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Maya Lopez is the Hispanic warrior known as Echo. Wilson Fisk raised her after the loss of her father. He sent Maya to get close to Matt Murdock in an attempt to show the lawyer that Fisk was capable of caring for others. However, Maya had also trained hard to become the assassin known as Echo. Echo and Kingpin had a unique relationship in the comics.
Fisk sent her to take out Daredevil, whom she studied with her photographic reflexes. However, things changed when she discovered Matt Murdock's secret identity as Daredevil. She also found out that Fisk was the one who had been responsible for her father's death. She became a hero and even joined the Avengers, though she recently became the new host for the Phoenix Force.
11 Miguel O'Hara/Spider-Man 2099
First Appearance: Spider-Man 2099 (Vol. 1) #1, by writer Peter David, penciler Rick Leonardi, inker Al Williamson, colorist Steve Buccellato, and letterer Rick Parker
A favorite hero amongst fans is Spider-Man 2099, AKA Miguel O’Hara. Miguel grew up to be a brilliant geneticist in 2099, working for Alchemex on recreating the formula that turned Peter Parker into Spider-Man. After suffering an incident much like Peter, he becomes the new Spider-Man.
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Miguel became Spider-Man after his evil boss Tyler Stone got him hooked on a drug called Rapture in an attempt to blackmail him. Miguel spliced his genetics with a spider using his research in order to wipe out the addiction, but it gave him the incredible abilities of a spider. He also developed vicious talons on his fingers and toys, paralytic fangs and organic spinnerets.
10 Roberta da Costa/Sunspot
First Appearance: Marvel Graphic Novel (Vol. 1) #4, by writer Chris Claremont, penciler/inker Bob McLeod, colorist Glynis Wein, and letterer Tom Orzechowski
One of the most powerful members of the X-Men's team of New Mutants is Roberto da Costa, the Brazilian powerhouse known as Sunspot. Roberto was the son of a wealthy businessman who was on the verge of Olympic stardom. However, when racist players on the opposing team attacked him, his powers emerged on the field and his life changed forever.
Bobby can absorb solar energy to supercharge himself with super strength. He generates a powerful black solar form that allows him to fire blasts of powerful energy and fly when he's absorbed enough energy. Sunspot has a long career with the New Mutants, X-Force, and the Hellfire Club. He even used his wealth and power to buy A.I.M. and create his own Avengers Idea Mechanics.
9 Bonita Juarez/Firebird
One of Marvel Comics' most notable and famous Hispanic superheroes is Bonita Juarez, who is better known as Firebird. Born in New Mexico, Bonita is a devout Catholic who gained her powers after coming into contact with an irradiated meteorite. Believing they were a gift from God, Bonita's powers let her generate heat and flames that she could also use to fly.
Bonita gathered a group of heroes in the American Southwest known as the Rangers to battle a villain known as the Corruptor and save Marvel's strongest sidekick, Rick Jones. She later joined the West Coast Avengers before she reunited with the Rangers as the Initiative's sponsored team of heroes in Texas.
8 Ava Ayala/White Tiger
First Appearance: Avengers Academy (Vol. 1) #20, by writer Christos N. Gage, penciler Tom Raney, inker Scott Hanna, colorist Jeremy Cox, and letterer Joe Caramagna
One Hispanic hero who made her debut in one of Marvel's best superhero schools is Ava Ayala. She was the fifth person to don the mantle of the White Tiger. Ava Inherited the tiger amulet that gave her enhanced abilities from her older brother Hector. After Gideon Mace killed the original White Tiger and his family, Ava decided to take on her brother’s role.
Ava later joined the Heroes for Hire team that eventually became the Mighty Avengers during the Infinity event. During the events of Inhumanity, Ava discovered she was able to combine her power with the new Power Man, Victor Alvarez. They were able to defeat the multiversal threat named Shuma-Gorath with their combined White Tiger Chi.
7 Miguel Santos/Lightning
Originally taking on the name of Living Lightning, Miguel Santos was a Hispanic young hero who was turned into a powerful electrical form. As Living Lightning, he had to wear a containment suit to return to his human form. He can travel almost instantaneously across the planet as an electrical current. He can also fire devastating bolts of electricity and manipulate them in various other ways.
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Santos initially walked a villainous path after a series of manipulations, but he soon reformed as a member of the West Coast Avengers. He simplified his name to Lightning during Avengers: No Surrender after being confused with the villain Living Laser one too many times.
6 Sam Alexander/Nova
First Appearance: Marvel Point One (Vol. 1) #1, by writer Jeph Loeb, penciler Ed McGuinness, inker Dexter Vines, colorist Morry Hollowell, and letterer Albert Deschesne
Sam Alexander is the youngest hero to become Nova, and it might surprise some fans to learn that he is partly Hispanic. Sam is a young man from Arizona whose father was a Nova Centurion. Sam inherited his father’s helmet, and he gained the full power of the Nova Corps.
He used the power to respect the heroes who came before him while also protecting Earth and the universe. Sam quickly impressed the Avengers and joined the team before he became a founding member of the Champions alongside other young heroes like Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man.
5 Víctor Álvarez/Power Man
First Appearance: Shadowland: Power Man (Vol. 1) #1, by writer Fred Van Lente, penciler Mahmud Asrar, inker Scott Hanna, colorist Bruno Hang, and letterer Dave Sharpe
The newest hero to use the name of Power Man is Víctor Álvarez, who is of Hispanic descent. Victor is the son of the one-time villain Shades and his power to absorb the chi of others around him to become super strong developed after Bullseye blew up a building holding Victor and his father.
While Shades passed on, Álvarez survived and dedicated his life to becoming a hero. He reluctantly helped Luke Cage and Iron Fist fight Daredevil during the events of Shadowland. He eventually went on to partner up with Ava Ayala and other heroes while continuing his training with Iron Fist.
4 Miles Morales/Spider-Man
First Appearance: Ultimate Fallout (Vol. 1) #4, by writer Brian Michael Bendis, Jonathan Hickman & Nick Spencer, penciler/inkers Sara Pichelli, Salvador Larroca & Clayton Crain, colorists Justin Ponsor, Frank D'Armata & Clayton Crain, and letterers Cory Petit & Clayton Cowles
Originating from the Ultimate universe, Miles Morales took over the role of Spider-Man shortly after the loss of the Ultimate Peter Parker. Morales gained spider powers after yet another genetically-enhanced spider bit him. He also gained the ability to turn invisible and fire a devastating "venom blast" of bio-electric energy.
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Miles joined the mainstream Marvel universe after the Secret Wars event brought about the death and rebirth of the multiverse. He became a hero in the 616 Universe and earned the respect of the original Peter Parker. Miles has joined teams like the Avengers and the Champions and played an integral role in the ongoing war with the Inheritors in Spider-Verse and Spider-Geddon.
3 Julio Richter/Rictor
First Appearance: X-Factor (Vol. 1) #17, by writer Louise Simonson, penciler Walter Simonson, inker Bob Wiacek, colorist Petra Scotese, and letterer Joe Rosen
The mutant known as Rictor was a teen runaway who was taken in by the Vanisher's Fallen Angels, though he eventually became an X-Factor recruit. Julio Richter became a close ally of the New Mutants and ultimately joined the team when Cable militarized the young mutants into his X-Force. He became one of the most powerful members of Excalibur when he joined the team on Krakoa.
Rictor has incredibly powerful seismic abilities that he can manipulate in various ways. He can shake up the ground beneath his feet or send seismic shock waves at his enemy to rattle them up as well. His enhanced Druidish powers provided him a deeper connection to the planet, which expanded his control to plant life and molten lava as well.
2 America Chavez/Miss America
First Appearance: Vengeance (Vol. 1) #1, by writer Joe Casey, penciler/inker Nick Dragotta, colorist Brad Simpson and letterer Rus Wooton
One of the most powerful new Hispanic heroes in the Marvel universe is America Chavez, who also goes by Miss America. What makes America Chavez so unique is that her superhero mothers raised her outside of time and reality in the Utopian Parallel. She gained some of her power by absorbing the energy of a powerful magical being known as the Demiurge.
After her mothers sacrificed themselves to save Utopia from destruction, America ran away from home to become a hero across the multiverse. She has enhanced speed, strength, durability, and the ability to fly. However, she can also kick open holes into other realities that allow her to travel the multiverse and weaponize other dimensions.
1 Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider
First Appearance: All-New Ghost Rider (Vol. 1) #1, by writer Felipe Smith, penciler/inker Tradd Moore, colorists Nelson Daniel & Val Staples, and letterer Joe Caramagna
The most powerful Hispanic hero of the Marvel Universe is Robbie Reyes. He is the latest in a long line of Ghost Riders. Reyes was a mechanic raising his disabled brother Gabe in East Los Angeles. He entered a street race to gain money so he could get away from his gang-infested neighborhood. Unfortunately, a gang gunned Reyes down during the race.
A demon revived Reyes as the All-New Ghost Rider. He gained the ability to generate and manipulate hellfire that transformed him into the metal-skulled hero with a fiery Hell charger. Ghost Rider has since joined one of the strongest rosters of the Avengers as he continues to prove he is one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel universe.
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