‘Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness’ opens after almost 6 years of waiting since the previous installment of the red-cloaked wizard played by Benedict Cumberbatch. On the other hand, the sequel is not only important for being one of the most anticipated Marvel movies, but also introduces us to one of the youngest actors who have debuted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Xochitl Gomez (‘The Babysitter Club’), only 14 years old, plays America Chavez, one of the most important characters in the film.
Nevertheless, Criticism has begun to fall on his person after knowing the sexual orientation of his character and that, in addition, he has two mothers who are a couple. In an interview with Asian One (via Variety), Gomez took iron off the matter: “My name may be surrounded by hate and other things, but it’s okay”. However, Benedict Wong heard the conversation and came to his defense: “Not well”he emphasizes. “There’s a huge level of shame in all these trolls who are just cowards.”
The actor has also spoken in relation to the censorship of the film in Saudi Arabia for the same issue. “Let’s all enjoy what we are representing. It’s sad that fans from that country can’t see this. But all we’re doing is radiating representation. Give a voice to those who do not have one. That’s all we can do, represent people so they can be seen.”
Benedict Wong, who found the script for ‘Doctor Strange 2’ confusing, plays Sorcerer Supreme Wong in the MCU. Since his debut in ‘Doctor Strange (Doctor Strange)’, he has appeared in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, ‘Avengers: Endgame’, ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ and ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ ‘.
Disney for inclusivity
Disney has opted for inclusivity after the “Don’t Say Gay” commotion in Florida, United States. On March 15, 2022, Marvel Studios posted a tweet denouncing “any legislation that infringes on the basic human rights of the LGBTQIA+ community”, probably referring to the “Don’t Say Gay” law itself. “Marvel stands for hope, inclusivity and strength, and we’re proud to support the community”continues the statement.
? Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) March 15, 2022
Nevertheless, some comments denounced the lack of inclusivity in the MCU and called for more representation. Now, with what we know about Xochitl Gomez’s character and her arc, Marvel seems to have set a goal of achieving greater representation of minorities and using their influence to promote some values.
* ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ It will hit theaters next Friday, May 6.