Marvel Comics continues to shake up the pages of their publications with diverse characters that intrigue readers.
Currently, their “Age of Ultron” story line has given heroes like Iron Man and Captain America a post-apocolyptic world to deal with. And soon, a previously under-the-radar Latino will play a big role in the aftermath.
Who is this character? He is the half cyborg, half Latino son of ultimate bad guy Ultron, known as Victor Mancha.
“He's one of the most badass robots in the Marvel Universe. He's also the son of Ultron, the genocidal robot genius currently destroying the world in the Age of Ultron event,” Marvel writer Sam Humphries told Fox News Latino. “But he's also got more attitude than you'd expect from a robot. This makes him not just an impact player, but a crucial swing vote.”
Humphries will write a new book for Marvel called “Avengers A.I.,” which consists of a new team of robotic-themed members, including Mancha, who will join the iconic Avengers brand in July.
Mancha was recently featured in a one-shot entitled “Ultron.”
As the robots and artificial intelligences in the Marvel Universe begin to control their own destiny, his experience as a Latino will inform how he responds to that struggle.
- Sam Humphries, "Avengers A.I." Writer
The move is part of Marvel’s recent push to make their creative universe reflect real life. In recent years they've added characters such as Miss America Chavez and the Zapata Brothers.
But according to Marvel, Mancha, who debuted in the Marvel Universe in 2005, will play a huge role in the new Marvel landscape.
“AVENGERS A.I. is about earth's Mightiest Heroes confronting a growing technopocalypse – a growing war between humans and machines. This is a crisis that forces the robotic, synthetic, and artificial characters in the Marvel Universe to make some tough decisions about who they are and where they stand – including Victor,” said Humphries.
Mancha is a genetically created half cyborg, half Latino who was raised by a Latina mother.
Would you expect anything less from the people that gave you the Hulk and Dr. Doom?
The characters’ Latino heritage will factor into the characters outlook and decisions.
“[His ethnicity] informs his character in a very significant way. Victor grew up as a human – not as a robot. He's a Latino who grew up in Los Angeles. Although he came of age in a culturally diverse city, he knows what it feels like to be unfairly excluded from the majority,” said Humphries. “As the robots and artificial intelligences in the Marvel Universe begin to control their own destiny, his experience as a Latino will inform how he responds to that struggle.”