Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to open the door to an exciting narrative centered on alternate realities. Plot details about the sequel are still being kept under wraps, but it was already announced that a team-up between Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange and Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda Maximoff will happen.
Previous rumors suggest that a wide array of characters will appear due to the massive scale of the upcoming sequel. Chiwetel Ejiofor previously confirmed his return as Baron Mordo while other prominent characters such as Clea, Brother Voodoo, and America Chavez were all rumored to be featured as well.
With production gearing up soon for the sequel, it's only a matter of time before those rumors will either be confirmed or debunked. And now, news broke that a newcomer has joined the star-studded cast of the much-anticipated sequel.
Deadline shared in a report that The Baby-Sitters Club actress Xochitl Gomez has joined the cast of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in an unknown role.
Deadline also revealed that this would mark Gomez's "first role in a studio tentpole" after serving as one of the leads of Netflix's The Baby-Sitters Club series. Gomez also starred in other projects such as Roped and Shadow Wolves.
Meanwhile, movie insider Daniel Richtman pointed out that she could very well be playing the young hero, America Chavez.
WHAT THIS MEANS
While the report didn't specify the role that Xochitl Gomez will play in the sequel, it seems likely that she will play America Chavez. A previous report from The Direct already mentioned that Multiverse of Madness was casting a teenager, ages 12-15, for the role of Chavez, and Gomez, who is currently 14 years old, appears to be the perfect fit for that role.
From the sound of things, there's a good chance that Multiverse of Madness already found their America Chavez, and she is likely to play a significant role in the alternate reality storyline of the sequel, especially after the leaked audition tape that was previously unearthed. The aforementioned audition video teased that Chavez will at least be aware of the multiverse, and this makes sense given her powers are closely tied to it.
For those unaware, Chavez has the power to travel into alternate worlds, and it will be interesting to see how Marvel Studios will incorporate that ability visually. Additionally, given the age of the actress, it's also likely that she will still be in the early stages of discovering her powers, and there's a good chance that Doctor Strange will help her to control it. No doubt, this will lead to entertaining character interactions between the two heroes.
Gomez had a breakout role on Netflix's The Baby-Sitters Club, and being cast in a major blockbuster like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness strongly suggests that she is high on the list of casting choices from Marvel Studios.
Whatever the case, it will be interesting to witness her dynamic not just with the stars of the sequel, but with the rest of the MCU moving forward.