Marvel to introduce first Filipina superhero

(Wave Photo from Instagram/@leinilyu)

WITH the release of “Captain Marvel” — the first woman superhero to have its own major film in the film franchise, a  Filipina superhero will be gracing the pages of the Marvel comic book pages.

Just in time for International Women’s Day, comic book writer and filmmaker Greg Pak on March 9 unveiled “Wave” on Twitter, designed and co-created by Filipino comic book artist Leinil Francis Yu.

Though there is not much information about Wave, she was described by Marvel as “a mysterious new Filipino heroine.” She has identifiable Filipino “morena” skin, donning a green and gold costume as well as weapons and will be teaming up with heroes from China named Aero and Sword Master.

Wave will debut in “War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #1,” the first of four “War of the Realms” issues to be released in May.  The story will be set in Asia and will center on the New Agents of Atlas led by Korean-American superhero Amadeus Cho (aka Brawn, previously the Hulk).  Also joining his team (aside from Wave) are Chinese Kung-Fu master Shang-Chi, Korean-American heroine Silk and SHIELD agent Jimmy Woo.

“Thank you so much for the huge response to Wave, Marvel’s new Filipina superhero, who’ll debut in War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #1! Huge thanks to [Leinil Yu], who co-created and designed her,” he posted on Twitter.

In an interview published on Marvel’s website, editor Will Moss said that “War of the Realms” will involve all the heroes from the “Avengers,” “Fantastic Four,” “Wolverine” — pretty much the whole line.  All these superheroes are out to fight Malekith, the king of the dark elves, who is conquering all realms including Midgard or Earth. 

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