Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness not only brought back Benedict Cumberbatch's Master of the Mystic Arts to the big screen, but it also introduced a brand new hero in Xochitl Gomez's America Chavez into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The young Marvel hero is an important character in the newly-released sequel due to her power to travel across the Multiverse by opening up a star-shaped portal. Despite that, 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 "she's a very significant being in the universe" and that her potential Nexus Being status would be touched upon "as [Marvel continues] to explore her story."
Now, the head writer once again teased what's next for Chavez, with him potentially hinting that the character will have her own solo project down the line.
America Chavez's Standalone MCU Project Soon?
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness head writer Michael Waldron sat down with Vanity Fair to talk about Xochitl Gomez's America Chavez and her MCU future.
In the film, one of the unresolved plot points revolves around America Chavez's two mothers. The pair vanished into a different universe after Chavez accidentally opened up a portal, thus leaving their fate unresolved.
When asked if this is an example of collaboration between him and other Marvel writers, Waldron responded by saying that it was only a joint effort between him, Marvel Studios, and director Sam Raimi. However, the lead writer pointed out that it is a "mystery to be solved in the future."
"Yeah, that's definitely me collaborating with Marvel and with Sam. Really, that is as much about trying to drive America's story in this film, as it is attempting to set up a mystery to be solved in the future. She's somebody without a family. That's what she's searching for."
At the end of the movie, Chavez ultimately finds a home in Kamar-Taj, but Waldron teased that they also "set up the next chapter" of the character's story in the process:
"And that's what she finds—surprisingly—in our Doctor Strange and Wong. She finds a home in Kamar-Taj at the end. When it's all said and done, it looks kind of tidy. We also set up the next chapter in the America Chavez story."
When asked if the storyline about her mothers was always there from the start, Waldron noted that it "came a little bit later in the process," with him hinting that it will be answered "when you're getting into America's solo outing," suggesting that a standalone project may already be on the minds of Marvel Studios' Parliament:
"Getting into the real specificity of her with her parents came a little bit later in the process. It felt, at least to me initially, that maybe we should hold some of that back. It felt like the sort of stuff you'd rather answer when you're getting into America's solo outing. 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 honest to their relationship and conversations."
Back in 2019, Geeks Worldwide reported that Marvel Studios is developing a Disney+ centered around America Chavez.
How America Chavez Fits in the Wider MCU
Multiverse of Madness made it clear that America Chavez is a significant piece of the MCU puzzle moving forward, and Michael Waldron's latest comments solidified that point.
The loss of her two mothers is an integral part of the character's story, and resolving it in a solo project would be the best route to go. Given that Disney+ is home to more MCU stories, it's reasonable to assume that the character would receive her own spinoff series on the streaming service.
If Marvel Studios decides to go with this route, then a six-episode series would flesh out the character even more, and it could even be sprinkled with cameos from Benedict Wong's Wong and Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange.
It's also possible that the potential Disney+ series could go way back into exploring Chavez's origins from her original universe, thus leading to the events of Multiverse of Madness. Doing this allows fans to spend some time with her two mothers, with them getting to know them even more before their tragic yet open-ended fate.
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 worldwide.