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07/22/2013 01:53 pm ET Updated Jul 28, 2014

Comic Con 2013 Latino Highlights Include Zoe Saldana, Benicio Del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron, And More

By Michael Lopez

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Another Comic-Con has come and gone and as per usual, the fanboys reigned supreme. Announcements were made concerning The Avengers, Spider-Man, Superman and more, plus several famous Latinos dropped by for surprise appearances.

The biggest Hispanic newsmakers appeared to be Zoe Saldana and Benicio del Toro. Neither of them were expected to attend, but they popped in for a secret panel about Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

Del Toro seemed to gather the most headlines after confirming that he’ll be playing The Collector in the film. A hugely popular character with the “geek” crowd, Benicio’s Collector is rumored to have cameos both Thor: The Dark World and Avengers 2.

Another Latino making waves at the Con was Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron. His upcoming sci-fi flick, Gravity, stars both George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. It also had the crowd screaming with excitement after Cuaron screened footage of an epic space vehicle scene.

Later in the weekend, Alfonso joined a special TV panel highlighting his fall series Believe. Co-produced by geek god J.J. Abrams, Believe is building a ton of buzz for its mysterious supernatural plot. It also has a pilot directed by Cuaron himself.

Michelle Rodriguez made a highly-touted Comic-Con appearance too, appearing on a special “Women Who Kick Ass” panel. The Fast & Furious star was joined by martial arts queen Maggie Q and The Walking Dead’s Danai Guira for the discussion, which revolved around rising female action stars. Michelle openly discussed info from her upcoming Machete Kills movie and called T2’s Linda Hamilton her big screen hero.

Rodrigo Santoro was also in the mix, promoting next year’s 300 sequel, Rise of an Empire. Rodrigo will be reprising his creepy Xerxes role and told Entertainment Weekly that a lot more CGI will be involved this time out.

“With my character, I had to speak to tennis balls,” he explained. “Xerxes is supposed to be this giant figure, so to accomplish that there are hundreds of special effects.”

Other Latino celebs making the Comic-Con scene included Jimmy Smits, Lana Parrilla and Roberto Orci, who treated fans to his upcoming Sleepy Hollow series. Hispanic artists were very present too, including Spanish Mad cartoonist Sergio Aragones and Teen Titans vet George Perez. It all made for an amazing four days and some big smiles within the Tr3s fanboy community.

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