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Marvel Latinx Representation: Meet Xochitl Gomez

A look into the the expanding MCU and its Latinx representation through Xochitl Gomez's role as America Chavez.
Xochitl Gomez en la premier de ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’
Xochitl Gomez en la premier de ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’Getty Images

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, directed by Sam Raimi, was released on May 6, 2022. The movie earned an estimate of $930 million, according to Forbes, a month since its release date. It's the second of the Doctor Strange franchise. 

The Multiverse of Madness follows Dr. Strange and America Chavez in an adventure to find the cause of the appearance of mystical creatures with the help of other Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) characters.

Looking beyond the movie’s success, the introduction of America Chavez, is great Latinx representation in the MCU. She not only represents the Latinx community, but is the first Latinx LGBTQ+ character.

America Chavez, played by Xochitl Gomez

Gomez is of Mexican descent, born in Los Angeles, California. Although the character of America Chavez is not the first to represent the Latinx community within the MCU, it's still one step forward to more excellent representation and inspiration for the younger Latinx community watching.

In an interview with People magazine, Xochitl states, “I’m really happy I get to do that on this bigger level in the MCU, and other young Latina girls get to do that as well, so that it just becomes this normal thing that Latinas are a huge part of the story as well.”

In an interview, Xochitl explores her character and Latinx representation, stating, “What I also loved is that she’s resilient and she is charismatic...even though literally the entire world is against her, she’s hopeful and you want to root for her. That’s a really positive representation for Latinas and teen.”

America Chavez’s character has been inspirational for the Latinx community; the movie covers some strong underlying themes many immigrant Latinx families struggle and go through.