'Doctor Strange' Sequel to Feature Bisexual Superhero?

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday October 19, 2020

Benedict Cumberbatch at 2016 launch event for 'Doctor Strange'
Benedict Cumberbatch at 2016 launch event for 'Doctor Strange'  (Source:Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

Marvel Studios' recent announcement that Xochitl Gomez will join the cast of "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" has led to speculation that the young star might play bisexual teen superhero Miss America, Instinct Magazine reports.

Deadline notes that the film's plot line and details on Gomez's character have yet to be revealed. But it has been rumored that Marvel would introduce the character of America Chavez — Miss America — a bisexual Latin-American immigrant, created in 2011 by Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta. Speculation has provoked some concern about the suggestion that Marvel could be "skewing closer to 'pre-teen' than 'teen,'" as Instinct notes, and what that could mean for queer representation in the Miss America character — if that is indeed the role Gomez is to play.

Gomez's casting in the "Doctor Strange" sequel marks, as Deadline notes, "Gomez's first role in a studio tentpole after landing one of the leads in Netflix's reboot of the classic book series 'The Baby-Sitter's Club.'" The upcoming film will see the return of Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, with Sam Raimi ("Spider Man") on board to direct. Raimi will replace original director Scott Derrickson, who will remain as an executive producer of the film.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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