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With so many superheroes making their way to the big screen this summer, including Zack Snyder's Superman in Man of Steel, we decided to highlight a few Latin superheroes that have been entertaining us in comic books for many years. Here's what we found:
Firebird – Bonita Juarez
Firebird first appeared in Incredible Hulk vol. 2 in 1981. Bonita Juarez was born in Taos, New Mexico. She got her powers after making contact with a radioactive meteorite and radiation altered her DNA, giving her the power to fly and generate flames and heat. Needless to say she's got a hot temper. Juarez believed her powers came from a legendary firebird so she assumed its name and used it as inspiration for her costume. Firebird was once a member of the the Avengers.
Green Lantern – Kyle Rayner
Kyle Rayner became the new Green Lantern after Hal Jordan turned into a super villain and attempted to destroy the universe. Rayner first appeared in Green Lantern vol. 3 in 1994 and as it turns out Rayner's father was a Chicano CIA agent named Gabriel Vasquez. Rayner was also known as Ion. Unlike other Green Lanterns, Rayner uses his artistic skills to make elaborate constructs that appeared to be real.
Spider-Man – Miles Morales
Miles Morales is a teenager from Brooklyn, the son of an African-American father and a Puerto Rican mother. Morales became the second Spider-Man in the Ultimate Marvel continuity after the death of Peter Parker in the 2011 storyline "Death of Spider-Man.” He got his powers after being bitten by a genetically engineered spider. Apprehensive at first, Morales finally embraces his powers and rocks a black outfit with red webbing and a red spider logo. According to the comics he's trained by Captain America. Morales replaced Parker as Spider-Man only in Ultimate Marvel comics; Peter Parker continues to be Spider-Man in the main Marvel Universe until the events of The Amazing Spider-Man. According to Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, the character of Miles Morales was inspired by President Barack Obama. Morales is not the first Latino Spider-Man -- Miguel O'Hara, who played Spider-Man 2099, holds that title.
Spider Girl – Anya Sofia Corazon
Formerly known as Araña, Spider-Girl is the alter ego of Anya Corazon in the Marvel Comics Universe. She's of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent, also from Brooklyn, and got her powers through a spider-shaped tattoo. Her powers include having the strength of three tons, speed, reflexes/reactions, agility, coordination, balance and endurance. She speaks Spanglish and struggles to keep a balance between her studies and social life, similar to the storyline in Ultimate Spider-Man. Spider-Girl is considered Marvel's first Hispanic superhero.
White Tiger – Hector Ayala
The White Tiger was reprised by many Marvel Comics characters. The first was Hector Ayala of Puerto Rican descent. He first appeared in the early 1970s and fought alongside Daredevil and Spider-Man. He could transform into the superhuman White Tiger through the power of the Jade Tiger amulets, which are later handed down to his niece Angela del Toro, becoming the fourth fictional characters to use the name White Tiger. The White Tiger is known as "the most daring martial arts hero of them all".
Miss USA Finalist Embrace the Gatsby Era
Miss USA will be airing live from Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on Sunday, June 16 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. In celebration of the beauty pageant we put together a glam-shot photo book featuring all 51 candidates as Gatsby girls. Take a look!
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