Icon: Filipino Superhero

by Lynda Lorraine

In my Icon Series I highlight prominent and inspirational figures, experts in their fields, sports people and entertainers who are in the public eye that are of Filipino descent to help increase visibility so that future generations of people of Filipino descent have names and faces that they can relate to of their own heritage.

Lynda Lorraine

Wave is not a real life person, but she is a superhero and a Filipina superhero!

War of Realms: New Agents of Atlas introduces Wave, the first Filipino super hero in the Marvel Comics Universe. Wave is portrayed as a powerful young woman wearing a black and green wetsuit adorned with golden armour and green glass like wings and swords.

Comic Odyssey based in Manila, Philippines has the exclusive on this edition and is Wave’s first full cover appearance. It not only features the first Marvel Filipino super hero, but she has also been created by Filipino artists Mico Suayan & Rain Beredo.

WATCH: Nadine Lustre reacts to being inspiration behind Marvel’s first Filipina character.

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I have always been a fan of a good action movie, and my heart lit up when I heard about Wave. This character gives Hollywood a very real possibility of creating a movie version with a Filipino as the central character, increasing positive East Asian and Filipino visibility.

Much of the entertainment industry have been making great progress for visibility and diversity recently with creations such as Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther, which also won Academy Awards. The significance of a comic book heroine that has the global reach of the Marvel publishing giant cannot be understated. Whatever the entertainment medium, the hero is usually someone which has the potential to inspire millions. I believe strongly in the visibility of faces and characters that you can relate to; that is written, created, and/or portrayed by people who have had experiences like yours. These subtleties filter through to the names, stories and characters as a whole. It has the power to empower, to lessen the feelings of ‘other’ in a global media environment that is saturated by the same, albeit familiar white faces, even though we all live in a diverse and multicultural world! It makes dreaming, just a little more possible for people of Filipino descent all over the world.

Now who wants to see the Hollywood action movie version, starring a real life badass Filipina in the starring role? I know I do! Hollywood, do you hear us?

Images © Mico Suayan & Rain Beredo

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