Fans are finally seeing the long-awaited sequel to Doctor Strange, Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The new film has been received by fans in a variety of different ways. Some fans loved the movie while others were less impressed. Furthermore, some people have outright lashed out against the film for its use of LGBT themes. Now Xochitl Gomez, who plays LGBTQ character America Chavez, has opened up about the backlash against the Doctor Strange sequel.
She revealed her thoughts while speaking with USA Today. It turns out that Xochitl Gomez is “really happy” that Marvel respected the character and didn’t make any alterations to the film.
“I’m all about positivity and creativity (but) sometimes I can’t ignore that completely. I’m grateful to have very supportive fans that are so much louder and more enthusiastic than haters. And it’s really important, since I do have a really big young following to show them that things happen and it’s better to stay strong and continue and move forward.”
Of course, she also wants to show that America Chavez is still a kid at heart.
“People underestimate what teens go through and how much they have to grow up so fast. That was also why it was so important to show that youthfulness of America. I didn’t want her to be very serious. Remember, she is a kid.”
Furthermore, Xochitl Gomez is very proud of her LGBTQ character, America Chavez, in the Doctor Strange sequel. She also looks forward to “grow with her in every aspect.”
“I love that she is a leader and a problem solver, and she just happens to be lesbian.”
While Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is receiving backlash, like many recent MCU films before it, it’s clear that Marvel and Disney are taking a stand. With stars like Xochitl Gomez clearly sharing their thoughts on the matter, we’ll likely continue to see diversity supported throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently playing in theaters.