Although it’s not a 100% exclusive fact, the majority of the most popular superheroes that have been depicted on film are either American, played by American actors or based in America – Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Ghost Rider, Hulk, Green Lantern and Ant-Man, for example.
Even characters who aren’t traditionally American have been presented as such – such as Blade, who was born in London in the comic books, but had no British connections in the movies – while the likes of Superman (a Kryptonian alien) is always brought up as an American and Thor (an Asgardian alien) tends to base himself in and, in a sense, “represent” America.
It would be cool to see some characters who are so strongly and unequivocally associated with their country of origin in the comics that they couldn’t possibly be adapted to big screen without being from and/or operating in said country.
With that in mind, here are five categorically non-American superheroes – superheroes that are strongly associated with their own country – that we’d love to see on film…
Sunspot is a Brazilian mutant in Marvel Comics and he is about as stereotypically Brazilian as it’s possible to be! Real name Roberto da Costa, his powers manifested when he was playing in a youth soccer match. His team (the Thunderbolts) were playing against their arch-rivals (the Dynamos) when a fight broke out. Roberto was attacked and, during a vicious beating, he transformed into a being of solid black solar energy.
Via solar absorption, Roberto can now rechannel that energy into possessing superhuman strength, flying, heat and light projection and powerful concussive energy blasts.
He called himself Sunspot and went on to join the likes of the New Mutants and X-Force, with whom he travelled the world and indeed the universe.
A version of the character did actually appear in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but was barely referenced, died immediately and nothing was said about his origins or nationality. A proper movie depiction wouldn’t see his strong Brazilian roots ignored and that would make a very interesting change. There’s also every chance he could appear in the X-Men franchise in the future.