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New Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Trailer Finally Shows Lesbian Hero In Action

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Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is finally starting to really kick into gear! Especially since we now have the first full, official trailer for the highly-anticipated Doctor Strange sequel The Multiverse of Madness!

Premiering during the Super Bowl over the weekend, the two-minute spot was jam-packed with so much MCU goodness, but that thing that stuck out to us the most is that we finally got to see lesbian teen hero America Chavez in action for the first time! 

We already knew she was gonna be in the upcoming superhero flick after Chavez (played by young, up-and-coming actress Xochitl Gomez) was briefly shown for a few split seconds in Multiverse of Madness teaser that was released during the end credits of Spider-Man: No Way Home in December of last year. 

And back in January, it was also confirmed via leaked images/promo art of upcoming merchandise, that Chavez's canonical queerness in the comics would be acknowledged in the film, making her the MCU's first out, lesbian superhero. 

While all of that is exciting news, especially since a trailer's job is to get audiences hyped up for an upcoming release, we do have to take all of this with a grain of sand, especially considering some of the big changes Marvel Studios made to the Chavez character for her big-screen, live-action debut. As we've previously noted, in the comics, Chavez is famous for being one of Marvel’s biggest flirts, but in the MCU, she’s been aged down to the point where she’s almost a decade younger than the other young heroes like Hawkeye’s Kate Bishop.

While it's great to see a hero sport rainbow-colored buttons and "love is love" patches on her denim jacket, it would actually be nicer, especially for young LGBTQ+ fans who have been dying to see themselves somehow represented in the world's biggest superhero movie franchise, to see her get a substantial, positive storyline that involved her falling in love or being with someone of the same gender.

We'll have to wait and see how Chavez's live-action adaptation goes, and for now, we're remaining cautiously optimistic about things! 

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

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