If there's one fatal flaw in the #Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is usually pointed to as being the lack of diversity, that hated internet buzzword. But it is true that out of the 14 movies released under that banner so far, every single solo movie has been that of a white, male character.
Black Panther will introduce our first solo movie fronted by a black superhero next year (10 years into the franchise), and it isn't until Captain Marvel in 2019 that we'll get our first solo female movie (no, Ant-Man & the Wasp doesn't count). So if you fall outside the mainline representation category by being either non-white or non-male, it would be nice to see a bit more of yourself represented, if you're into that sort of thing.
Case in point, Gina Rodriguez, star of Jane the Virgin and Golden Globe winner. At a "Hacking the Script: Disrupting Diversity in Hollywood" panel at SXSW, Rodriguez revealed that not only is she a huge fan of the #MCU, she's got her sights set on joining it as a very specific character. America Chavez, a.k.a. Miss America.
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Though she may go by the moniker Miss America, #AmericaChavez is far from your typical beauty queen contender. The second character to take on that title, America comes from an alternate universe called the Utopian Parallel, where she was raised by multiple mothers and from which she absorbed the energy that gives her her superpowers.
America has your typical #superhero level strength and durability, but she can also fly, and kick holes through different realities, allowing her to travel between them. She's also Latino, and an openly #LGBT character, if that wasn't good enough for you already. She's been part of the Young Avengers, the Ultimates, and the New Teen Brigade, and this year takes on her own comic book franchise, America.
At 32 Rodriguez is a little old for the role of the teenage America Chavez, but she's still 100% on board with her attempts to be cast, revealing that she's instructed her manager to jump on auditions should the character be announced to be joining the MCU.
At the moment there's been no hint that we'll see Chavez coming to the big screen anytime soon, but with Avengers: Infinity War approaching and Doctor Strange introducing the concept of reality bending, it does seem the time could be ripe for America Chavez to kick her way into our universe.
Would you like to see America Chavez appearing as part of the MCU? Have your say in the comments, and check her out in Jane the Virgin below!
(Source: Geeks of Color)