America Chavez is one of Marvel Comics’ most formidable superheroes.
Again, America Chavez is one of the most formidable superheroes in a universe that includes titans like Thor, Captain Marvel, Hulk, and Iron Man.
Her superhuman strength isn’t the only factor in this success. America has the ability to travel through the Marvel Multiverse, which not only enhances her power but will also serve her well in the MCU. This is something we’ll return to in a moment.
Although she possesses great strength and versatility, America Chavez has yet to achieve the fame of some of the other well-known Marvel superheroes, at least not yet.
America, played by Xochitl Gomez in Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness, will make her MCU debut on May 6 and appears to be a prominent component in the horror-tinged epic. However,
Who is America Chavez?
America Chavez was first established in Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta’s 2011 limited series Vengeance as Miss America, the name of a Marvel Comics hero from the Golden Age. She was a member of a superhero squad with superhuman strength, speed, and flight, and she worked to keep the universe in check.
As the Young Avengers reconvene following the events of The Children’s Crusade, in which they uncovered and freed the Scarlet Witch from a plot by Doctor Doom to corrupt reality, America joins the team.
As a member of the Young Avengers, we learn more about the history of America. To put it another way: America doesn’t come from Earth-616 but from a place called the Utopian Parallel, which exists outside of time and the Marvel Multiverse.
As a child, America’s mothers risked their lives to save the Utopian Parallel from an attack. Once she had ingested some of the Demiurge’s mystical essence into her, America was hurled into the Marvel Multiverse and became a hero.
America’s multiversal nature and the Demiurge’s magical essence give her the capacity to open portals to any reality in the Multiverse.
The origins of the United States of America were recently retconned in the story America Chavez: An American-made film reveals that her mother’s mission is to treat a mysterious ailment known as “Edges Syndrome” that is ravaging the United States.
The so-called Utopian Parallel is actually a specialized medical facility where America is experimented on, resulting in the development of her powers, in this retcon of her origin, which leaves some big unsolved issues about how it matches up with established continuity.
It’s unclear how or if America Chavez will deal with these changes going forward beyond the conclusion of the series in August 2021.
America Chavez in the Marvel Universe
The Demiurge and the Mother, two supernatural forces that directly oppose each other, are at the heart of America Chavez’s relationships with Marvel’s other teenage heroes.
A young Loki tries to convince America that Billy Kaplan/Wiccan needs to be killed in order for her to join the Young Avengers; she rejects him and joins the team anyway. Choosing to protect Billy, America joins forces with the Young Avengers in the fight against Loki’s younger self.
He wanted Wiccan dead because she was about to summon a magical parasite known as the Mother, which devours magic it comes into contact with.
To defend America’s home in the Utopian Parallel, the Demiurge, the protector of Billy’s dead adoptive mother, the Mother assumes her appearance when he casts a spell to bring her back to life.
As the Young Avengers prepare to take on the Mother, Loki enlists their help. In addition to Leah, a young girl who was actually the corporeal manifestation of Loki’s guilt, the Mother has allies of her own.
Finally, the Multiversal forces of the United States help defeat the Mother and save the Demiurge, while Billy Kaplan is shown to be destined to become the Demiurge’s avatar and the Sorcerer Supreme at some point in the future (maybe even sooner than we think).
In light of Wanda’s (if not Loki’s) inclusion as a cast member of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, America Chavez has the potential to serve as the lynchpin that connects all of these divergent characters in this new Disney Plus WandaVision and Loki streaming series.
America Chavez in the MCU
This opens the door to one of the most exciting possibilities for America Chavez’s future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: the possibility of her joining the Young Avengers.
The Young Avengers, as we explained earlier, is where America’s Marvel Universe history has been spent alongside other young heroes, including Hawkeye’s Kate Bishop, Wanda and Vision’s twin sons Billy and Tommy, Cassie Lang from the Ant-Man franchise (who has been recast for an expanded and almost certainly superhero role in 2023’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania), Loki’s Kid Loki variant, and Young Avril.
That doesn’t include Riri Williams/Ironheart and Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel, two teen heroes who are part of Marvel’s other prominent teen team, the Champions, and who are slated for their own MCU Disney Plus series.
America Chavez, on the other hand, plays a number of crucial roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She’s a physical and magical force to be reckoned with, and the Young Avengers could use someone on the order of Thor.
While America Chavez is Marvel’s first openly transgender protagonist, she’s also one of the few LGBTQ lead characters (and the only openly transgender Latina character to have ever headlined a Marvel Comics comic).
Producer Victoria Alonso recently described “America” as “a young Latina who is part of the LGBTQ+ community and has immense power.” “Children are looking for role models who look like them. Being able to recognize oneself and not feel invisible is a significant milestone in the life of a teenager.”
It is possible that America Chavez could be the perfect character to lead the MCU into a phase that is likely dominated by the Multiverse and magic, especially one that relies on the Young Avengers, as Marvel’s current crop of Disney Plus streaming series and the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness suggests.