Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is right around the corner and not only will this new movie have an epic multiverse adventure with Doctor Strange, Wong, and Wanda, it will also introduce a new hero to the MCU with America Chavez.
America Chavez was first introduced in Marvel comics in 2011 and is part of the Young Avengers team. Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness will be the character’s big screen debut where she will be played by Xochitl Gomez.
XOCHITL GOMEZ REVEALS WHAT AMERICA CHAVEZ BRINGS TO DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS
The Illuminerdi had the opportunity to participate in the virtual Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness press conference. During the press conference both Xochitl Gomez and Kevin Feige talked about what America Chavez brings not only to Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness, but the MCU as well as the importance of LGBTQ+ representation in these superhero films. Xochitl Gomez explained that part of what her character brings to this film, which is fully of adults, is the perspective of a newer and younger hero.
“One thing that was so important to me was that this is a very adult movie, there’s lots of adults in it. It’s very heavy. And so, I wanted to make sure that America [Chavez] still had that youthfulness and still had that fake it til you make it resilience. But when you’ve got some crazy stuff happening it’s a little hard, but I think one thing that really helps is that she is fourteen which is younger than she was in any of the comics. So, that really helps in writing a new introduction which I think Michael Waldron did beautifully.”
It is interesting that America Chavez is younger in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness than she is in the comics. With the new hero even younger than Spider-Man, it will be interesting to see if this will impact how Doctor Strange approaches helping the new hero. America Chavez will likely bring an exciting new perspective to these veteran Avengers as she tries to figure out her powers.
America Chavez will not only bring a new perspective as a young hero, but she will be expanding Marvel’s LGBTQ+ representation. During the Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness virtual press conference Kevin Feige was asked why he felt it was important to address America Chavez’s LGBTQ+ status in a meaningful way in the new film. Feige talked about how this is not only a part of her character in the comics, but how it is important “that these films represent the world as it is.”
“Well, it’s important, as we always say, that these films represent the world as it is and the world outside your window as they use to say in publishing. And that aspect of America’s character is from the comics so we always want to adapt them as well and as truthfully as we can. And I think when people see the movie much like in life it is not any one thing that defines any one character.
And as Xochitl said, she’s a fourteen-year-old girl figuring out this very traumatic element of her life which is not the LGBT issue it is the fact that she keeps being tossed around the multiverse multiple, multiple times. And being truthful to that and showcasing that, and again that is not what the movie is about, but it is an important part of the character she becomes in the comics. So, we wanted to touch upon that.”
It is exciting to see Marvel incorporate more LGBTQ+ heroes into the MCU and America Chavez is sure to be an excellent addition. Representation is hugely important and to have superheroes for audiences to connect with and look up to is especially important for younger audiences. America Chavez gives audiences a chance to see themselves on the big screen as a hero alongside characters that have become iconic. Hopefully this trend continues not only in the MCU, but media as a whole.
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is primed to be an epic adventure through the multiverse and along with the introduction of America Chavez could prove to be one of the most important Phase Four movies to set up the MCU’s future. It will be fun to see how America interacts with heroes like Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme Wong, and Wanda Maximoff in the new film. She also has a unique power set that could open the door to some exciting possibilities in the MCU.
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness premieres in exclusively in theaters May 6, 2022. Are you excited to meet America Chavez? How do you think she will play into the story of Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness? Are you excited to see more LGBTQ+ representation in the MCU? Leave your thoughts in the comments below or on our social media and check back with The Illuminerdi for more MCU and Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness.