Today is Cinco de Mayo.
Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican celebration of the Battle of Puebla, in which the Mexican Army, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza, overcame what was perceived to be a superior French force in 1862. It honors the heroes of the battle who overcame great odds to help turn the tide against the French intervention. For our part, here are five of the greatest superheroes of Mexican ancestry.
Spider-Girl (Anya Corazon)
Anya Corazon is the second Spider-Girl. Though she originally went by the name Araña, she took on the Spider-Girl name after a few encounters with Spider-Man, who passed on his uncle's wisdom: with great power comes great responsibility. She's a member of the titular team in Marvel's new comic series Web Warriors.
Ghost Rider (Roberto Reyes)
Robbie Reyes took on the powers of the Ghost Rider in his series All-New Ghost Rider back in 2014. He used his abilities in street races, trying to save up enough to move himself and his crippled brother, Gabriel, out of their violent neighborhood. He's the first Ghost Rider to utilize a car instead of a motorcycle, specifically a 1969 Dodge Charger. He's not yet active in Marvel's all-new, all-Different relaunch, but we'll keep an eye out for him.
Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes)
Jaime Reyes first appeared during DC's Infinite Crisis event, taking the mantle after the death of Ted Kord. Unlike Kord, Reyes utilizes the alien technology of the blue scarab device, which grants him powerful weapons, armor, and abilities. He's been well-represented in other media, making appearances on shows like Young Justice and Smallville, as well as the recent Justice League vs. Teen Titans animated film.
Spider-Man 2099 (Miguel O'Hara)
In the year 2099, Earth still needs heroes-and that's where Miguel O'Hara steps in. Much like his modern predecessor, Miguel is a scientific genius. One of his own experiments grants him his powers, which cause him to eventually see the oppression of the dystopian world. Taking on the Spider-Man name, he fights crime and corruption in both the present and future, hoping his version of reality might never come to be.
Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner)
You may recognize Kyle from my St. Patrick's Day list of the top Irish superheroes, but his ancestry doesn't stop there. Though Kyle is Irish on his mother's side, his father, Aaron Rayner, is actually an undercover CIA Agent. Aaron's true name is Gabriel Velasquez. Kyle is one of the most powerful Lanterns in the universe. He recently held the power of the White Lantern and even restored life to an entire planet.
There are many more Hispanic and Latino superheroes out there, but not all of them are identified with a nation. Whose ancestry would you like to learn more about? Tell us in the comments below, or write an article of your own!