Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness not only brought Benedict Cumberbatch’s master of the mystical arts back to the big screen, but it also introduced a whole new hero in Xochitl Gomez’s America Chavez to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The young Marvel heroine is an important character in the new sequel due to her power to travel across the multiverse by opening a star-shaped portal. Despite this, the character’s future is still unknown.
Warning: the rest of this article contains spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
In the film, it was established that Chavez is the only version of herself across the multiverse. The film’s screenwriter, Michael Waldron, previously teased that “He is a very important being in the universe” and that his potential Nexus Being status would be discussed “as [Marvel continues] to discover its history.
Now, the head writer has once again teased Chavez’s sequel, potentially hinting that the character will have his own solo project down the line.
America Chavez standalone MCU project coming soon?
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness head writer Michael Waldron sat down with vanity lounge to talk about Xochitl Gomez’s America Chavez and his MCU future.
In the film, one of the unresolved plot points revolves around America Chavez’s two mothers. The pair disappeared into a different universe after Chavez accidentally opened a portal, leaving their fates hanging in the balance.
When asked if this was an example of collaboration between him and other Marvel writers, Waldron responded by saying it was just a joint effort between him, Marvel. Studios and director Sam Raimi. However, the lead author pointed out that this is a “mystery to be solved in the future.”
“Yeah, that’s definitely me working with Marvel and with Sam. Really, it’s as much about trying to drive America’s story in this movie as it’s about trying to set up a mystery to solve. in the future. He’s someone without a family. That’s what she’s looking for.
At the end of the film, Chavez finally finds a home in Kamar-Taj, but Waldron teased that they also have “setting up the next chapter” of the character’s story in the process:
“And that’s what she finds – amazingly – in our Doctor Strange and Wong. She finds a home in Kamar-Taj at the end. When all is said and done, it looks pretty tidy. We have also set up the next chapter in the history of America Chavez.”
When asked if his mothers’ storyline was still there from the start, Waldron noted that he “came a bit later in the process,” with him hinting that he will be answered “when you embark on America’s solo release”, suggesting that a standalone project might already be on the minds of Marvel Studios’ Parliament:
“Getting into the real specificity of her with her parents came a bit later in the process. It seemed to me, at least initially, that maybe we should hold back some of that. It was like the kind of stuff you’d rather answer when you step into America’s single player release. But as we continued to build the story, we found that we wanted to know more about her. And, really, Strange would want to know. more about her. It was just being honest about their relationship and conversations.”
Back in 2019, Geeks all over the world reported that Marvel Studios is developing an America Chavez-centric Disney+.
How America Chavez Fits Into The Wider MCU
Multiverse of Madness made it clear that America Chavez is an important piece of the MCU puzzle going forward, and Michael Waldron’s latest comments confirmed that point.
The loss of both of her mothers is integral to the character’s backstory, and resolving it in a solo project would be the best way forward. Given that Disney+ is home to more MCU stories, it’s reasonable to assume the character would be getting his own spinoff series on the streaming service.
If Marvel Studios decides to go this route, a six-episode run will flesh out the character even more, and it might even be peppered with cameos from Benedict Wong’s Wong and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange.
It’s also possible that the potential Disney+ series goes back to exploring Chavez’s origins from his home universe, leading up to the events of Multiverse of Madness. It allows fans to spend time with his two mothers, getting to know them even more before their tragic but open fates.
Exploring a solo project for America Chavez also presents an opportunity to push for more representation in the MCU.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now playing in theaters around the world.