Move over, Daredevil! There’s a new street-level hero in town. “This Is Us” star Jon Huertas has taken up the three mystical tiger amulets in order to become White Tiger, a Marvel Comics superhero with enhanced strength, speed and stamina. In a short fan film produced and directed by Huertas, Hector Ayala stalks the streets and saves a woman from a gang with ill intent.
A small warning: this video does have its fair share of violence and strong language, so it may not be safe to watch at work.
“As a mainstream actor who happens to be Hispanic, I feel it’s time for someone to develop an adult male comic character,” Huertas told TheWrap, explaining his decision to pursue the film. “It’s time, and in my opinion it’s taken far too long.”
“In today’s current political and social climate, it’s not only time for Hollywood to do a character or story like the ‘White Tiger,’ it’s a responsibility,” he added.
The short film packs in a few nods to the comics, including a good look at Ayala’s tiger amulet, which grants him his super abilities. What’s more, the gangsters refer to the death of Ayala’s family. That particular scene includes a flashback that features a young girl, who would most likely be Ava Ayala; it’s worth noting that, in the comics, Ava goes on to become White Tiger in the wake of her brother Hector’s death.
While Huertas’ fan film isn’t officially part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, White Tiger would fit right in alongside Marvel’s Netflix family of superheroes. Hector’s amulet is mystic in nature and — in fact — hails from K’un-Lun, the same place where Danny Rand trained to become “Iron Fist.” His niece Angela del Toro — who also becomes White Tiger in the comics — was namedropped in “Jessica Jones,” when Jess tried to convince Luke Cage to pursue another private detective. As such, there’s plenty of foundation for White Tiger to arrive on Netflix.
Then there’s the matter of violence. Marvel’s Netflix shows — which include “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage” — have never shied away from brutality or violence. As such, it seems as though Huertas’ vision for the character would gel with Marvel’s other street-level heroes.
Of course, White Tiger isn’t Marvel’s only Hispanic hero. After all, Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez, Joey Gutierrez and Robbie Reyes the Ghost Rider are all superheroes who have appeared on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” However, there’s plenty of room for White Tiger in Marvel’s rapidly expanding cinematic universe.
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