White Tiger was the first Puerto Rican superhero in the history of comics, as well as Marvel’s first hero of Hispanic descent. While there is no film in the works, “This is Us” actor Jon Huertas took it upon himself to create a short film based on his favorite Marvel character.
Shared by The Wrap, the “White Tiger” short, produced by Huertas production company WestSide Stories, stars the actor as the superhero who saves an acquaintance from a group of thugs.
For those unfamiliar with White Tiger, whose real name is Hector Ayala, the character was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and created by Bill Mantlo and George Pérez. Ayala could transform into the superhuman White Tiger through the power of the Jade Tiger amulets and fought alongside Spider-Man, Iron Fist, and Daredevil. His powers included enhanced strength, reflexes and martial arts abilities.
“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 the publication. “It’s time, and in my opinion it’s taken far too long.”
Among the notable Latinos previously cast in superhero films include Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse in the latest “X-Men” movie, Jessica Alba as Susan Storm in “Fantastic Four,” Jay Hernandez as El Diable in “Suicide Squad,” Zoe Saldana as Gamora in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and Michael Peña as Ant-Man’s sidekick and best friend Luis.
“The White Tiger belongs to Marvel, so I can only take it so far, but I wanted to at least do a fan film or proof of concept based on my favorite Marvel character and the one I’ve always related to the most,” Huertas added. “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.”
Check out the video below.