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At the end of last year, in a promotional interview for Eternals, in which Hayek gives life to Ajak, the spiritual leader of the ten superpowers, the interpreter broke down in tears when she recognized the emotion that became this character.
“I saw my dark face in the superhero costume, and when I saw my face I saw your face, I saw my face as a girl, who had to have so much courage to dream big. I saw the faces of all the girls. I realized that a door had opened where I was not alone, but in that suit we all Latinos were together who have waited so long for this moment, “said Hayek through tears in an interview with the program Despierta América, on the network Univision.
It was the first, but not the last, foray by Latinos into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU, for its acronym in English). In addition to their presence, in some cases they have brought Spanish with them, which is increasingly positioned with actors, characters and stories from the Hispanic culture. The Mexican American Xóchitl Gómez and the Guatemalan Óscar Isaac have joined Hayek’s dream.
“Films like Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) and the series Moon Knight They are the dream of my life,” says Argentine filmmaker Victoria Alonso, president of physical production, post-production, animation and special effects at Marvel Studios. She is considered the most powerful Latina in American cinema. For Argentina it is very important “to have someone who tells you ‘I am just like you and I am powerful. I am like this and I am a respected part of the world and essential for any age’ ”.
He also talks about Isaac, the Miami-raised Guatemalan actor who stars in Moon Knight, which is available on Disney+ and is one of the studios’ most popular series, which transformed comic book stories into a global phenomenon.
“This is a very nuanced character…it’s not common in superhero stories. I saw that there was an opportunity to do something very different and have a very creative process, because Kevin Feige (president of Marvel Studios) and the producers who were making this series, we were all collaborators, we talked about everything, the suit, the actors, the dialogue, the scenes, we talked about everything. I was just an actor, but it was part of the creation of the entire series,” Isaac said in a conversation with El Comercio.
“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”
“At the center 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,” she added.
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 Latino characters,” he said.
For this reason, they fill her with pride at the moment she lives MCU and that issues of identity, mental health, and sexual identity and preference be explored that reflect the Latino community, Latin American, and in the “as authentic as possible” way, including language.
*With information from Efe