Who is America Chavez, nicknamed "Ms. America" by her legions of fans? If you follow Marvel comics, you know she's a teenage superhero boasting extraordinary speed, phenomenal strength, and the ability to punch open inter-dimensional portals. She's also the first lesbian, Latina superhero to star in her own Marvel Comics series.
Her fans find America highly relatable. As a feature story on CNN put it, "Putting aside her extraordinary speed, strength and her ability to punch through dimensions, America is just a sweatshirt-wearing teenager who's trying to figure things out" (Chavez, 2017).
Written by the Puerto Rican author Gabby Rivera, who identifies as queer, the America Chavez series is part of a recent push by Marvel Comics to become more inclusive by introducing diverse characters, including the first Muslim Ms. Marvel, a female Thor, a young, female African American Iron Man and a new Black Captain America (Chavez, 2017).
Now, it appears that America will get an even bigger platform; it was recently announced that she will be featured in an upcoming movie, becoming the first unambiguously LGBTQ+ superhero to be featured prominently in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Check out this short video clip to watch America in action.
Chavez, Nicole. (2017, April 3). America Chavez is Marvel's lesbian Latina superhero. https://www.cnn.com/2017/04/03/us/marvel-america-chavez-superhero-trnd/index.html
Marvel Entertainment. (2021, March 3). America Chavez' Surprising Origin Story! [Video] YouTube.