Whereas Latina characters aren’t solely new to Marvel — see: Ava Ayala aka White Tiger and Anya Corazon aka Spider-Lady — they’re nonetheless a part of an underrepresented section of society, one thing of which each Aimee Garcia and Melissa Fumero are properly conscious. When requested about working with such an all-star solid on “Marvel’s MODOK,” Fumero was fast to level out her bond with Garcia. “I’ve identified Aimee now for just a few years and it was so enjoyable to have one other Latina there to geek out with and be like, ‘Oh my god, are you able to imagine that is taking place?!'” Fumero says. “As a result of there is not a ton of Latinas within the Marvel Universe, so we had been each actually enthusiastic about originating two characters that had been Latina. Plus, we’re mates, so it was simply enjoyable.”
In the meantime, Garcia calls her character Jodie a “trailblazer,” not simply because she’s a Latina within the Marvel Universe but additionally as a result of she breaks the mould of the standard spouse and mom in animated sitcoms. “I felt very honored to originate a Latina character within the Marvel Universe,” Garcia says, including, “I had by no means seen an animated spouse like her, the place she has her personal arc — she goes from housewife to supervillain [and is a] three-dimensional every-woman. She’s a mother, she’s a spouse, she’s an unbiased profession lady, and he or she’s additionally married to a supervillain. However she’s not simply saying, ‘Sure honey, no matter you need, you are able to do no matter you need.’ She discovered her independence later in life, which we by no means see, and clearly it bothers egomaniac MODOK.”
The primary season of “Marvel’s MODOK” is now streaming on Hulu.