The American film director and comic book writer Greg Pak tweeted earlier today, Saturday the creation of a Filipina superhero in the Marvel Universe who will be debuting in the upcoming series “War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas.”
ABS-CBN had a chance to speak with the artist Leinil Francis Yu who designed the character and he spilled the beans on the heroine. They call the heroine Wave. This was conceived by Greg Pak and Marvel and Yu came in with the design with their initial notes. The character is from Cebu and her name is tentatively, ‘Pearl Pangan,’ with her powers are water and tech based.”
Yu was ecstatic that her got to be a part of comic book history. “It was great and something I’ve always wanted but had a hard time getting in terms of good timing. It is a good thing this opportunity arose.”
The comic “War of the Realms” will be released this coming May and will introduce Asian heroes to the Marvel Comics universe. In the series, Wave will play a pivotal role in defending Asia from Thor villain, Malekith.
This is not the first time that a Filipino hero was included in the Marvel comics. The Filipino superheroes in American comics were “Stone” and “Grail” who were created by Fil-American writer-artist Whilce Portacio for Image Comics during the late 1990s. Stone brought Filipino folklore creatures to a Western audience while Grail was a member of a super-powered commando team in a book titled, “Wetworks.”
Recently this week, then Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach had the chance to have a one-on-one interview with Captain Marvel’s lead star, Brie Larson who talked about women in general. The film was released last March 9, 2019 which is just in time for the celebration of International Women’s Day.
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