Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness may have lost its original helmsman Scott Derrickson, but that is not stopping it from moving forward with a force already promising us a fully-realized Scarlet Witch after she comes into her own during WandaVision, however, there are now reports circulating that a fan-favorite comic-book hero may be making her MCU debut in the upcoming sequel.
America Chavez, also known as Miss America, is rumored to be appearing in the Doctor Strange after casting details described a Hispanic teenage female character who will take a supporting leading role in the movie.
While it may sound like a random casting decision on the surface to have a character who has never really been affiliated with Doctor Strange and rose to fame in the comics as a prominent member of the Young Avengers who appear to be developing in the upcoming Disney+ streaming shows. When you consider that America Chavez is known from originating on an alternative Utopian reality, appearing in a movie that will formally introduce the multiverse to the MCU is the most logical way to bring her in.
Due to the fact that Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be told on both the big screen and streaming service, it also makes sense that while America may be introduced in a movie, she could always appear in a Disney+ streaming service if the Young Avengers are to assemble there.
In the comics, America Chavez is not the original Miss America, but she is the most notable considering the original, Madeline Joyce, died decades ago and for the most part has stayed dead.
Also, if Feige is intending to bring in America Chavez to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in all her comic-book glory, not only will Young Avengers fans be happy, but also Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will have a powerful teenage lesbian brawler as an apparent key player.
We already know that Valkyrie will be revealed as an LGBTQ+ character in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder in 2021. However, while Thor 4 is expected to be released in November, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently expected to be released in May 2021 so will introduce one of the MCU’s first openly gay LGBTQ+ characters before the already publicized Valkyrie has her turn.
If these reports are true, this will be another Young Avenger confirmed for the MCU after the recent news Hulkling will appear in the upcoming WandaVision alongside Wiccan and Speed.
Confirmed casting so far sees the return of Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen for the first time since Avengers: Endgame while Rachel McAdams and Benedict Wong are also expected to reprise their respective roles.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled for release on May 7, 2021.