America Chavez Creator Joe Casey Says His Doctor Strange Debut In The Multiverse Of Madness Is ‘Hugely Important’ Because ‘Our Fiction Must Reflect Our Reality’
Ahead of his upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, America Chavez creator Joe Casey has shared his opinion that his live-action appearance is “tremendously important” because “our fictions must reflect our reality” and “reality is obviously multicultural.
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Casey, who penned Chavez’s first appearance in the 2011 miniseries Vengeance alongside artwork provided by Nick Dragotta, shared his thoughts on his creation’s live-action premiere with Yarn SyFy April 4.
Responding to an email query on the point of sale topic, Casey asserted: “It’s hugely important, primarily in the sense that our fiction should – in a very significant and fundamental way – reflect our reality.”
“And unlike the Marvel Universe depicted in the comic books of the early 1960s, reality is obviously multicultural,” he continued. “Our superheroes should be too. Marvel characters like America Chavez and Miles Morales and Kamala Khan have become vitally important to much of the fandom who sees much of themselves in them.
“With America Chavez, in particular, there’s a real connection there that really seems to transcend the comics,” he said. “Let’s hope that movie-going audiences will make the same kind of connection when they see America Chavez in the movie Doctor Strange.”
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Moving on to the character’s actress, Xochitl Gomez, Casey said he believes that “If there’s one thing Marvel Studios is particularly good at, it’s casting the right actor for the right role. .”
“From what little I’ve seen so far, she seems really excited to have landed the role and be a part of the MCU. Personally,” the author added. ‘she knocks it out of the park.”
Noting that “just [being able] seeing her alongside an iconic character like Doctor Strange is extremely cool,” Casey finally recalled, “That’s one of the main reasons I created her in the first place, so she could stand next to other Marvel heroes – the heavy hitters like Iron Man and Captain America – and to make her feel like she belongs there.
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“To me, that’s what gives any new character a degree of legitimacy that is often very much needed when you already have a long-running sequel,” he concluded.
However, according to SyFy Wire, Casey was in no way consulted on Chavez’s live-action debut – although that should come as no surprise given Marvel’s current direction for the character.
Once an aggressively independent member of the Secret Teen Squad who cared little about intrapersonal matters and proudly declared “you couldn’t pay me to join The Avengers”, Chavez has since been transformed into one of Marvel’s first diversity trophies, having become so central to the editor’s stories about nothing more than the merits of his identity as a non-white, non-straight, non-male character as critical three-to-one social theory.
In fact, Marvel’s current take on the reality brawler is so far removed from Casey’s original incarnation that in support of the publisher’s attempts to position themselves as champions of diversity (most often embarrassingly forced), Chavez has been placed on the rosters of no less than four Avengers-affiliated super teams – the Young Avengers, West Coast Avengers, A-Force and the second incarnation of The Ultimates – in the years since his scorn at the ‘idea.
After this current version of the character, Chavez de Gomez will enter the MCU when Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 6, 2022.
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