How Doctor Strange 2's America Chavez Would Have Changed No Way Home

The Young Avenger America Chavez is lined up for an appearance in Doctor Strange 2, but how would her presence have changed his fortunes in No Way Home? Set for a May 6th, 2022 release date, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will continue the MCU's burgeoning exploration of the Multiverse as Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) contends with a malevolent alternate version of himself. This second Doctor Strange movie will see the return of updated franchise stalwarts Wong (Benedict Wong) and Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), and introduce several characters for their MCU debuts, including Xochitl Gomez's America Chavez.

Created by Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta, America Chavez first appeared in issue Vengeance #1 before joining Marvel's Young Avengers in 2013, catapulting her character into contemporary comics culture. This newfound popularity led to Chavez starring in her own comic series, America, with writer Gabby Rivera's story running until 2018. Beyond her almost overnight rise in popularity, America Chavez is also a groundbreaking character due to being Marvel's first Latin-American LGBTQ+ character to star in an ongoing serial.

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Naturally, then, America Chavez's inclusion in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness serves as a yardstick for her impressive following despite being a relatively new Marvel entity. Her inclusion into the MCU will certainly serve as a shake-up for its current characters, with Chavez boasting a unique array of powers currently unmatched in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. Here's how Doctor Strange 2's America Chavez would have changed Spider-Man: No Way Home, as well as Chavez's powers, history, and MCU future explained.

America Chavez Powers & History Explained

Her mothers raised America Chavez in the Utopian Parallel; a timeless reality watched over by an omnipotent being known as the Demiurge, whose presence is credited with imbuing her with superpowers. At age six, her home was threatened by a black hole that would destroy the Utopia, with Chavez's mothers eventually sacrificing themselves to seal the hole at the cost of their matter being scattered across the Marvel Multiverse itself. This traumatic event caused Chavez to wander the Multiverse aimlessly as she grew, traveling different realities in the hope of finding remnants of her long-dead ancestors. America Chavez eventually adopted the moniker of Miss America and began covertly acting as a superhero on Earth as a teenager after forming an affinity with humans, birthing her subsequent legend fighting alongside the Young Avengers, The Ultimates, and the A-Force to protect the planet.

In terms of potency, Chavez possesses superhuman strength and durability and the power of flight. She can move at superhuman speeds and can exceed the speed of light, as well as housing the ability to make an enemy burst into tiny star fragments with a single, well-timed punch. Chavez also has the decidedly unique power to kick open star-shaped holes in reality, allowing her and herself and other characters to travel through the Multiverse and into other realities. Additionally, in moments of extreme duress, she has been shown to psychically project a large star that releases a powerful energy blast, capable of injuring the likes of the ordinarily impervious Captain Marvel.

How America Chavez Could've Impacted No Way Home's Story

In light of these fearsome powers, it is safe to say America Chavez could have single-handedly re-written Spider-Man: No Way Home's narrative. MCU president Kevin Feige has already gone on record that he believes Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is currently the most powerful MCU character, meaning America Chavez's introduction to the universe in her undiluted comics form would instantly place her at the top of the proverbial food chain. Chavez's Multiverse-centric powers are so great that with a single star-shaped kick, she would make more of an impact than Doctor Strange's memory spells which formed the backbone of the No Way Home story.

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Essentially, Chavez would have acted as a do-over for the entire No Way Home plot due to her knowledge of and command over navigating the Multiverse itself. The Young Avenger is capable of flight, super-strength, and opening Multiverse portals, meaning she quite literally could have thrown each Spider-Man villain back into their own timelines and helped Doctor Strange close the time-space breach above the Statue of Liberty at the same time. Put simply, America Chavez's powers would change the whole course of No Way Home's story, diminishing its narrative stakes and taking away from the groundbreaking Spider-Man generations' reunion that takes place.

What America Chavez's MCU Future Looks Like

While America Chavez's inclusion in No Way Home would have cheapened the film's emotionally-driven narrative, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' adversaries are far more suited to her skill level. An evil Sorcerer Supreme in the MCU will present a genuine challenge to Chavez's considerable powers, with the superhero likely to line up alongside Wong, Scarlet Witch, Doctor Strange to combat the franchise's deadliest threat to date. Furthermore, Chavez's inclusion in the MCU's phase 4 arrives at the right time, with the power level of each installment's heroes and villains increasing exponentially. Good-aligned entities that would have previously wiped the floor with all challengers, such as Captain Marvel and a rejuvenated Thor (Chris Hemsworth), now face adversaries far above their own level, with Thor: Love and Thunder's Gorr the God Butcher the most ominous example here.

As a result, America Chavez's MCU future looks very bright indeed, with the affable superhero likely to become a mainstay in the franchise after her debut appearance in Doctor Strange 2 this summer. Her enduring popularity within Marvel comics circles suggests she will be an immediate MCU hit, while her Latin-American heritage can also give a new set of MCU fans the same glowing representation that Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings did so poignantly for Asian-Americans in 2021. Chavez looks to be a shoo-in for the still incomplete "next Avengers" team, and her powers would certainly up the ante in tandem with the current trio of The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor, and Captain Marvel. Doctor Strange 2's America Chavez would certainly have changed No Way Home's spectacle, but her best MCU introduction and future is still via the Multiverse separately from Tom Holland's cinematic zenith.

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