It’s been over a year since Doctor Strange broke the multiverse and sent audiences on a wild ride through all the possible universes parallel to our own reality, and it’s opened up a whole new can of worms in the MCU. Granted, most fans were wondering how Marvel was possibly going to top Endgame, so their choice of proving that there are much bigger threats in the multiverse than Thanos has generally been met with positive reviews from audiences and critics.
All that being said, the multiverse has proven to be a real problem for the MCU’s heroes since they’ve encountered some all-time great villains. The list includes Marvel’s former versions of Green Goblin and Doc Oc, the introduction of Kang the Conqueror, an evil Scarlet Witch, and an animated version of Ultron, who acquired all the Infinity Stones — suffice to say, things have blown up real quick.
But one such character who could definitely help in any future multiversal issues is America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), the teen hero introduced in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness who has the ability to travel to different universes. The young heroine managed to get a better grasp on controlling her powers by the end of the film and even served as a worthy adversary to Scarlet Witch, which truly means something.
When she was last seen on screen, America stayed behind at Kamar-Taj and began training as a sorcerer. In the year plus since the film’s release, she hasn’t been seen or mentioned at all in the MCU. Meanwhile, the actress playing her, Xochitl Gomez has been booked and busy. She just won season 32 of Dancing with the Stars, catapulting her own star even further in the industry. The hero returning to the MCU is a matter of when — not if. Here are all the places she might show up in the future.
Update December 9, 2023: This article has been updated following Xochitl Gomez’s recent win on Dancing with the Stars and updates regarding the future of the MCU following The Marvels.
A Perfect Fit for the Young Avengers
Let’s get the most obvious one out of the way. It’s been theorized and speculated for quite some time that the MCU has been ramping up to creating a plethora of different super teams based on the comics, exactly like how they started the MCU with The Avengers. One such team that it’s clear Marvel is attempting to create is the Young Avengers. This superhero group is just a bit younger than the average crime fighter, but just as equipped for battle.
For a while, it seemed like Marvel was slowly introducing the Young Avengers for something in the future, but they hadn’t taken the step of assembling them for a team-up. The Marvels recently changed that when Kamala Khan approached Kate Bishop in the final scene of the movie, looking to put together a team of her own. Also mentioned is Cassie Lang, Ant-Man’s daughter, with Kamala having a tablet full of other potential recruits. It’s very likely to include America Chavez. As one of the members of the team in the comics, it makes perfect sense that she’d be an important member of the team moving forward.
America makes a perfect fit as she is a teenager and easily meets the criteria for both age and ability. It’s most likely that she’ll be joined by characters like Kate Bishop, Billy and Tommy Maximoff, Kamala Khan, Riri Williams, and potentially Hulk’s son Skaar.
What If…? is Possible, but is it a Cop-Out?
This is honestly a bit of a cop-out, but it’s definitely possible, so we can’t dismiss it. America Chavez is a unique character in the MCU not only because of her powers but because she is the only version of herself throughout the entire multiverse. That makes her an incredibly high-risk target. As already confirmed in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, there was at least one super-being in Wanda who hated her original reality and wanted to travel to a different one. With infinite universes now existing in the MCU, it stands to reason that there will be more super-beings who will want to use America just like Wanda did.
If the MCU doesn’t want to risk repeating the same plot from Multiverse of Madness on another live-action movie, then an animated episode featuring a surplus of villains trying to capture America could be a way to go instead. The concept could be explored with different characters trying to get a hold of America, playing out in vastly different ways. The series could even show something along the lines of what if Wanda won in Multiverse of Madness, giving the audience a completely different tale of a power-hungry Scarlet Witch succeeding.
Perhaps a Different Multiversal Adventure with Zombies?
While this is still in the same vein as What If…? since it takes place outside of the MCU’s scared timeline, there’s a large possibility that America appears in the upcoming Marvel Zombies series. Spinning off from the What If…? episode, the limited series is going to show the universe from the perspective of new characters introduced in Phase 4. It’ll showcase how they’ve managed to survive in the apocalyptic world and be told through the eyes of Kamala Khan.
Since America is one of the newest characters in the MCU who would be alive at this point, it’s very likely that she’ll play a part in the series. Her crashing into the sacred timeline is going to happen no matter what since her origin occurs outside the 616 universe. Perhaps she could play a major role in how the heroes manage to escape the zombie universe. With her star portal powers, she would be able to punch their way out of that doomed universe and bring them to safety somewhere else.
Since no multiversal variants exist of America Chavez, the main MCU version of herself could find herself in the zombie universe, similar to how the zombie Marvel heroes were first introduced in Ultimate Fantastic Four. That further ties in the animated projects with the live-action entries of the MCU.
More Experience with Witchcraft?
This may be an out-of-left-field choice, and while it may not be worth betting on, there’s a possibility that America could appear in Agatha: Darkhold Diaries. Since America had a run-in with the Scarlet Witch in Multiverse of Madness, it makes her one of the few to have experience dealing with witchcraft in the MCU. Now that she’s been training in sorcery, it could make her a valuable asset in Agatha’s quest. Perhaps the biggest link that could get America in the series is another Young Avenger making his debut here.
It is highly speculated that Joe Locke will be playing the grown-up version of Wanda’s son Billy. In the comics, Billy becomes one of the most powerful sorcerers in the universe and takes on the superhero persona of Wiccan. Most notably, he’s been a member of the Young Avengers alongside America Chavez. Billy will play a very important role in the Agatha series as he seeks her out for help, and perhaps he could approach America for assistance first in a brief cameo. More likely, though, is America approaching Billy to join the Young Avengers team alongside herself, Kate, and Cassie. It would take another step towards putting the team together in a natural way with characters who would be interacting with each other.
Meeting Another Young Avenger Candidate
Riri Williams has a bright future ahead of her in the MCU. After her successful debut in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, she has her own Disney+ series on the way, along with a rumored appearance in the Armor Wars movie. In the comics, Ironheart becomes a member of the young superhero team known as the Champions, led by Kamala Khan. Why is any of this important? Because the MCU seems to be merging the Champions with the Young Avengers, meaning that there’s a chance America could appear in her series to set up something for the future. There’s no doubt that Riri would make a great candidate for the team, and having this appearance to recruit her would make sense not just for the future but also thematically.
A large part of Ironheart’s main story is going to be that of technology vs magic. Riri is rooted in her genius and uses that to create out-of-this-world machinery that seems unstoppable. The main villain of the series, The Hood, played by Anthony Ramos, is a powerful villain who uses magic via a mystical cloak he stole. With ties to the Doctor Strange villain Dormammu, The Hood is incredibly strong with demonic magic at his disposal and becomes an interesting challenge for Riri. Perhaps if the magic becomes too much for her, Riri could call upon a sorcerer like America for assistance.
A Pivotal Role in the Avengers
The MCU will culminate the Multiverse Saga with the two-part Avengers films: The Kang Dynasty (though that title could change following legal hearings with star Jonathan Majors) and Secret Wars, meaning that the multiverse is going to become an important tool more than ever. With the MCU’s current slate, there’s no project that America would fit better into than The Kang Dynasty.
As mentioned before, America is a unique being with no other variants out there since she came from the Utopian Parallel, which exists outside the multiverse. Her exclusive ability to open portals throughout the multiverse is going to make her a huge player in The Kang Dynasty, as she’s the Avengers’ key to other universes outside their own. There isn’t anyone else throughout the infinite number of universes that has the same abilities as America does, so her being on the Avengers’ side is going to give them a huge advantage against all the Kangs.
America and Kang are two characters on opposite ends of the spectrum, and that dynamic could be a huge part of The Kang Dynasty. While there are an infinite number of Kangs throughout the multiverse who all rely on technology to get them where they need to go. On the other hand, there’s only one America Chavez, and she’s naturally gifted with multiverse traversal. Kang is obsessed with conquering all existence, while America just wants to find her way back home. Kang could be after America for her powers to give him the advantage, which puts her front and center in the film’s plot. With abilities like America’s, she’s bound to have an important role in the culmination of everything the MCU had built up to this point in The Kang Dynasty.
This is also subject to change if Marvel decides to pivot to another villain. But regardless, with the Multiverse being the major theme of the new slate of films, America Chavez is likely now about to become one of the most important characters in the franchise.
Watch America Chavez’s story in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, streaming on Disney+.
Dr. Stephen Strange casts a forbidden spell that opens the door to the multiverse, and joins forces with Wong, and Wanda Maximoff. Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen return for Sam Rami’s new MCU entry.
- Release Date
- May 6, 2022
- 2hr 10min
- Marvel Studios
- Enter a new dimension of Strange.
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