America Chavez is a Marvel Comics superhero who made her 2001 debut as an interdimensional alien in the pages of ‘Vengeance.’ She would go on to join the Young Avengers with her origin being retconned in ‘America Chavez: Made in the USA’ in 2021. The character is now joining the line-up of heroes in ‘Doctor Strange: Into The Multiverse Of Madness’ with Benedict Cumberbatch as the protagonist and Elizabeth Olsen reprising her roles as the Scarlet Witch.
Teen actress Xochitl Gomez (‘Shadow Wolves’) is portraying America Chavez in her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut with trailers showing her working with the Sorcerer Supreme in several sequences.
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She opened up about portraying the character in an interview with Marvel Universe, explaining she got the role after testing for it in the United Kingdom over a Zoom call with casting director Sarah Finn.
“She said she had something big to tell me, and said, ‘Xochitl, welcome to the MCU! You are America Chavez.’ I was so shocked and frozen. It took me a couple [of] weeks to process the news,” Gomez explained.
The actress said that she immediately started reading the comics in order to get a grasp of the Young Avenger, saying that she “instantly fell in love with her.”
“You can definitely see the beginning stages of what future America might become,” Gomez continued. “I took stuff that was in the comics, and kind of lightened it up since she’s less experienced. She’s younger than any of her known appearances in the comics, and I think you can see that. It was a fun challenge exploring what a younger and less experienced America might be, but also hinting towards the serious leader she would soon become. I wanted to keep that kid energy and a little bit of that fake-it-till-you-make-it confidence.”
‘Doctor Strange: Into The Multiverse Of Madness’ is set to debut exclusively in theaters on May 6.