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Lesbian Superhero America Chavez Makes Debut in New Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Trailer

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Warning! This post contains some Spider-Man: No Way Home post-credit scene spoilers!

Marvel fans who have already seen the newest Spider-Man movie just got an early glimpse at an iconic lesbian superhero.

In the second post-credit scene of the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, Spider-Man: No Way Home, fans were treated to a trailer for the upcoming Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.

The trailer is packed full of stuff, including the return of characters like Baron Mordo and Scarlet Witch, but what we’re most excited about was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance by the one and only America Chavez.

All we get of America (played by Babysitter's Club actress Xochitl Gomez) is a brief shot where she’s standing next to Dr. Strange, wearing her signature jean jacket, but this is much earlier than we thought we’d get a look at the iconic character’s MCU version.

But that’s not the only glance we’ve gotten at the character. There’s also a new toy from Marvel’s Legends Series line of America, showing what she’ll look like in the film. The costume is simple and comics-accurate: black pants, a gray shirt, and the iconic America jean jacket.

Queer fans of the character were initially excited to know that the lesbian character would be joining the MCU, but that excitement became tempered when we found out the character has been aged down to be played by a fifteen-year-old actress.

Nothing against Gomez, we love her and hope she has a great career, but in the comics, Chavez’s number one character trait is flirting with the other women of the Marvel Universe, and that’s just not something a 15-year-old can do in the same way that a 21-year-old could do.

Other fans were disappointed that the character, who is often depicted as being Afro-Latina in the comics, is being played by a non-Black Mexican-American actress.

Still, we’re excited to see a little more queer representation in the MCU, even if it is very, very little. The previous MCU film before No Way Home, The Eternals, featured the MCU’s first gay superhero, Phastos.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness comes out in theaters May 6, 2022. Spider-Man: No Way Home is now playing in theaters. 

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