Kevin Feige Gets Candid About The MCU’s New LGBTQ Hero

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will continue to bring new faces to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Xochitl Gomez’s America Chavez follows in the footsteps of Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop and Simu Liu’s Shang-Chi, a teenager with the unique ability to open stargate gates through alternate dimensions. Gomez’s inclusion in the film as America Chavez has been confirmed since December 2020, and the rookie character has become a prominent player in Multiverse of Madness marketing since.

While Chavez had little dialogue in the trailers, the merchandise for Doctor Strange 2 confirmed that the on-screen character will retain their LGBTQ status from the comics.

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Some international markets have requested the removal of a “barely 12 seconds” reference to Chavez “two moms,” which Disney refused. The move has since been strongly backed by leading man Benedict Cumberbatch, who called on countries that ban Doctor Strange 2 theaters because of LGBTQ themes “out of phase” with where humanity stands, as well as the man behind the MCU machine.

Kevin Feige addresses America Chavez’s sexuality

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The Phase 4 rookie class gains another player this Friday.

Speaking to the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness press conference, Marvel President Kevin Feige detailed the creative process behind Xochitl Gomez’s America Chavez adaptation. Answer a question from Tania Lamb who asked how important it was for Marvel Studios to address Chavez’s LGBTQ+ status in a meaningful way, Feige noted that his team wanted to bring the character to the screen “as honestly as possible.”

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“It’s important, as we always say, that these films present the world as it is, and the world outside your window, as they said in the edit. This aspect of America’s character comes from the comics. We always want to adapt them as well and as sincerely as we can.”

Although her sexuality is an integral part of who she is, Feige pointed out that there was “not a single thing” that defines America Chavez.

“I think when people see the movie, much like in life, it’s not a thing that defines a particular character. As Xochitl said, it’s a 14-year-old girl who discovers this very traumatic element of her life, which isn’t the LGBTQ issue, is the fact that she continues to be tossed around the multiverse multiple times. Being true to that and showing it, and that’s not the subject of the movie, but that’s a big part of the character she becomes in the comics. We wanted to address that.”

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Love is a recurring theme in all Marvel Cinematic Universe projects. Tony Stark and Pepper Potts’ relationship has been ubiquitous since 2008 Iron Man to 2019 Avengers: Endgame. Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter’s long-awaited kitchen dance concludes the climactic Infinity Saga picture. Scarlet Witch’s grief over the loss of her husband is what spawns Wanda Visionthe story.

That said, the MCU is much more than a theme, tone, or trait.

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As Feige mentions, America Chavez is actively involved in the “traumatic element” to be “Bloated in the Multiverse” while simultaneously trying to navigate life as “14 year old girl.” These qualities, among others still unknown, make the future Young Avenger what she is.

Staying true to his portrayal of the page will only benefit Chavez’s creative direction going forward. Every Marvel character is bigger than their sexuality, but their future relationships help define them down the line. Keeping Chavez’s LGBTQ status true to the comics puts her on a path that will allow her to blossom into the Miss America fans that fans know and love from the page.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters Friday, May 6.

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