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America Chavez Creator Regrets Marvel Deal Ahead of Doctor Strange 2

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is filled with new and exciting characters, including MCU newcomer to America Chavez. The upcoming MCU sequel marks the character’s live-action debut, and she’ll be played by Xochitl Gomez. Before the character’s appearance in Multiverse of MadnessChavez had a long history in the pages of Marvel Comics.

The Marvel hero was created by Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta, and she made her first appearance in 2011 Revenge. After that, Chavez appeared alongside other heroes in 2013 Young Avengers and 2015 Ultimate. The character’s success eventually led to his own solo comic series in 2016.

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Given the character’s extensive history in the comics, one might wonder if the creators are excited about the hero’s upcoming on-screen debut, especially after a well-documented pay issue under the Marvel brand.

Now, half of Chavez’s creative team has opened up about the issue in a new interview.

America Chavez Creator Talks Marvel Deal

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Comic book writer Joe Casey, who created America Chavez for Marvel Comics, sat down with comics to talk about Chavez’s live debut in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

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When asked if he would have liked to have had more creative control over America Chavez’s expansion into other media, Casey reluctantly admitted that it was “not the wisest decision” to initially create the character under Marvel’s umbrella due to the comic company’s notorious stifling of royalties paid to its creators. Despite this, Casey says he is still “psyche” for America Chavez’s Live-Action Mega-Budget Marvel Studios Debut Multiverse of Madness:

“Only when I consider how much money this strange doctor the sequel will pay off…! Seriously, it probably wasn’t the wisest decision on my part to create new characters for Marvel Publishing – given their patchy track record of fair relations with creators – however, in the case of America Chavez, I did, and regardless of where things stand on that front, I’m thrilled to see her in a movie that costs more than the GNP of some developing countries.”

Casey then discussed what makes Chavez an interesting character, saying that “She shares many of the qualities that epitomize a traditional Marvel hero:”

“Well, one reason – and I think it speaks to her inclusion in the movie – is that she just seems to fit into the Marvel universe. She’s not like any other Marvel character, but she shares a lot of qualities that epitomize a traditional Marvel Hero One of the main reasons I created her in the first place was to come up with a character who could proudly stand alongside other classic Marvel icons like Iron Man and Spider- Man. But let’s face it, if we’re being honest here, she’s had a pretty weird journey in the comics. It’s no secret.”

The Marvel Creator Says Chavez’s Appearance in the MCU Was a Chance to “distilling the character down to the best version of her:”

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“Fortunately, his grassroots appeal has never waned and his fans are incredibly loyal. And I’d like to think – like anything adapted and adjusted for any other medium – his appearance in the MCU is a chance to distill character to go back to the best version of her and remove at least some of the creative detritus that might have piled up in the comics over the past decade For the movie, they can choose the best bits.

The comic book writer has revealed how satisfying it is to see the character he created come to life in the MCU, admitting it’s “very cool” while citing the hero’s appearances in other media have “already made a strong impression:”

“That’s very cool, but on the other hand, this is just the latest in a fairly long line of America Chavez appearances in other media – everything from video games to action figures. through animation, clothing, linens and probably beyond, areas in which she has already made an impression outside of the comics.”

The debacle for Marvel creators and the MCU

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Joe Casey’s latest comments about inadequate compensation for creators are particularly unfortunate given that the comic book community as a whole agrees with those sentiments.

Despite this, Casey’s love and passion for America Chavez is still apparent, especially after reading his stirring remarks. This should indicate that the Marvel creator will end up watching the sequel primarily for the character’s debut.

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This is far from the first time a Marvel creator has spoken out about the industry’s unfair payment practices. Previously, Ed Brubaker, who created Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier, admitted that just seeing the ads for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier made him “I have a little stomach ache” citing how he simply watches his creation earn millions from a distance.

The constant on-screen presence of Marvel characters in the franchise should serve as a beacon for Marvel to revamp and realign its rules to reflect the significant contribution of their creator.

It’s unclear if Casey has inside information about how Chavez will be used in Multiverse of Madness‘ mystery story, but his comments illustrate just how bright his Marvel future could shine, both on the page and on the screen.

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to hit theaters on May 6, 2022.

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