Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness star Xochitl Gomez recently appeared for the Marvel interview and Photoshoot. Xochitl plays the role of America Chavez, described as a lesbian, she is Marvel’s first Latin-American LGBTQ+. Back in February 2020, when Xochitl was only 13 years old auditioned for an unknown role. see the image below.
In an interview with Marvel.com, Xochitl shared her experience in MCU with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Gomez shared how her agent Stella Alex “tricked” her by having her log onto Zoom to show her something two days after she returned home from testing in the UK. “Once I logged on, Stella was on the phone with [casting director] Sarah Finn,” shares Gomez. “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.”
“You can definitely see the beginning stages of what future America might become,” Gomez told. “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.”
“This character was important to me for many personal reasons, but also because it was important that we make the effort to have every kid in this world represented in our universe, and she represents both the LGBTQ+ and Latinx community. It’s the type of character I’ve been waiting to see us have since we started this journey with Iron Man back in 2008. I’m so happy she is part of the MCU family, and I know she will be a great addition.”
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is directed by Sam Raimi and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, Benedict Wong as Wong, Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez, with Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West, and Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer. The film is slated to release on May 6, 2022.