There has arguably never been a better time than the present to be a Hispanic/Latino comic book fan.
These days, Marvel Comics alone has numerous heroes running around their pages that readers from a Hispanic background can admire and feel represented by. Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider, America Chavez/Ms. America and even the biracial Miles Morales/Spider-Man are just a few examples.
However, while this shift is certainly a welcome one, the recent influx of high-profile Hispanic Marvel characters has resulted in an incredibly important forerunner often being overlooked by modern audiences: Miguel O'Hara.
Created by writer Peter David and artist Rick Leonardi, Miguel O'Hara was introduced in 1992 as Spider-Man 2099, a distant successor to Peter Parker who assumes the Spider-Man mantle in a world where most of the heroes we know and love have been forgotten by time.
One of Marvel's first major characters of Hispanic descent, Miguel is undeniably a trailblazer who helped open the door for many other Latino crime fighters. However, this is a bit of a double-edged sword since, as previously mentioned, modern Marvel readers tend to overlook Miguel's significance, effectively turning him into the publisher's unsung hero of Hispanic representation.
This is a shame too, as Miguel is not only one of the most unique and complex Marvel heroes out there, but is also arguably the New York-based publisher's single-most important Hispanic character of all time. Here's a deep dive into exactly why.
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