We start the film with a cheeky title sequence that shows the scarab that gives Blue Beetle its powers flying across the cosmos, bouncing off asteroids and planets before arriving on planet Earth at some point roughly a millennia ago. There are even other green and yellow scarabs seen in the background, teasing potential sequel possibilities.
The scarab has been part of humanity’s history forever, influencing technology and even worshipped in Mesoamerican cultures. That sense of history permeates throughout “Blue Beetle,” from the history of the character itself to how the mantle of Blue Beetle passes down from one generation to the next. Not only does Ted Kord play into the story, but even Dan Garrett, too, so the history of Mexican and Latino American resilience impacts Jaime himself in a significant way.
In the present day, we meet Jaime Reyes (Xolo Maridueña) as he arrives home to the fictional Palmera City after studying pre-law at college. But celebration takes a turn when he discovers things are rather bleak at home. His father (Damián Alcázar) recently had a heart attack, his business is failing, and the family will lose their home soon — and they hid all the bad news from him. Unfortunately, Jaime loses the job he desperately needs on his first day by speaking out of turn in front of his boss, who just so happens to be Susan Sarandon’s Victoria Kord, the woman running the company who is taking over the Reyes’ family’s neighborhood and on the hunt for the scarab in order to help create an army of OMACs (One Man Army Corps)
Thankfully, Jaime also meets Jenny (Bruna Marquezine), heir to Kord Industries and a thorn in Victoria’s side. But rather than thank Jamie for sticking up for her when she’s being berated by Victoria and her henchman Carapax (Raoul Max Trujillo) by giving him a job, unfortunately, she gives him the alien scarab and makes the huge mistake of asking a Latino dude to guard a box and not be tempted to look inside.