Marvel — America Chavez
Two premium digital collectibles drop in blind box format Thursday, 22 December at 12 PM PT, only on VeVe!
America Chavez hails from the Utopian Parallel, a lush, wonderland dimension once threatened with destruction. After both her mothers died to save their world, America upheld their legacy as a Young Avenger and member of the Ultimates! Beyond super-strength and flight, America can punch star-shaped holes through dimensions.
America was born in the stars. She’s a groundbreaking, interdimensional Super Hero who never runs from a fight. When on Earth, she punches and stomps star-shaped holes between planes of existence. When in her home country, she fights for what’s right from sea to shining sea. She is America.
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America Chavez — Animated
America was gifted with the signature ability to punch star-shaped portals between dimensions, which has allowed her to travel across the universe and back. This must-have digital collectible features America Chavez in premium digital animated format.
Drop Date: 22 December 2022, 12 PM PT
List Price: 50.00
Rarity: Ultra Rare
Edition Type: First Appearance
Brand: America Chavez
Series: America Chavez
America Chavez — Miss America
America fights her foes with her cosmic abilities, aided by superhuman strength, durability, and speed. This must-have digital animated collectible features America Chavez in premium digital format.
Drop Date: 22 December 2022, 12 PM PT
List Price: 50.00
Rarity: Secret Rare
Edition Type: First Appearance
Brand: America Chavez
Series: America Chavez
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Who Is This Character
Just who is this character and where did she get her powers? Per Wikipedia:
America Chavez believed she was raised by her mothers in the Utopian Parallel, a reality that is out of time and in the presence of the being known as the Demiurge, whose presence she credited with imbuing her with superpowers. In her memory, when Chavez was approximately six years old, the Utopian Parallel was threatened by destruction. Chavez’s mothers sacrificed themselves to seal the black holes, resulting in their particles being scattered across the Multiverse itself. Wanting to prove herself as a hero and knowing Utopia didn’t require salvation, Chavez ran away from her home and her responsibilities. She traveled across different realities, eventually adopted the moniker of Miss America, and began covertly acting as a superhero.
Chavez eventually joined the Teen Brigade and served as co-leader with Ultimate Nullifier. With the Teen Brigade, she freed the In-Betweener from the government confinement center, “Groom Lake Adjacent” in Nevada. With information from the In-Betweener, The Teen Brigade set out to prevent the Young Masters Evil from disrupting a delicate balance between chaos and order. To stop the Young Masters from recruiting Kid Loki, Chavez broke into the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but Loki used the Screaming Idol to send her to the Sixth Dimension. There she fought Tiboro, and was later rescued by the Last Defenders, She-Hulk, and Daimon Hellstrom, under the direction of the In-Betweener. She rejoined her teammates in Latveria where they fought the Braak’nhüd, Young Masters and Doctor Doom. The battle was ended when Ultimate Nullifier shot the In-Betweener. While the smoke cleared, the Teen Brigade covertly departed. Chavez would later part ways with the Teen Brigade due to “musical differences”.
After leaving the Teen Brigade, Chavez eventually traveled to Earth-212 and was later approached by the teenage trickster Loki. He pretends to try to persuade Chavez into killing Wiccan for the good of the Multiverse. Disgusted with the proposition, Chavez fights with Loki and decides to protect Wiccan. On Earth-616, Chavez stopped Loki from magically attacking Wiccan in his home. Hulkling intervened, but America and Loki quickly fled with little explanation. Chavez later rescued Hulkling, Wiccan, and Loki from the Mother, an inter-dimensional parasite awoken by one of Loki’s spells. They all escape aboard Marvel Boy‘s ship, and aided them in the final face-off with Mother’s forces in Central Park. Later, in Young Avengers #15, she reveals offhandedly to the team that she is not interested in men, and writes off her one-time kiss with the male teen superhero Ultimate Nullifier as experimentation. She later begins dating Lisa, an EMT, and dances with her to “close a hole in the universe.” She also had a crush on Lady Katherine of Bishop, an alternate version of Kate Bishop, and they have a close relationship.
During the 2015 Secret Wars storyline, Chavez appears as a member of the A-Force, an all-female team of Avengers. Her fans formed a gang called La Chiquitas and changed their hair to Chavez symbols, including fan Sydney Walker. When the island nation of Arcadia is attacked by a megalodon, Chavez throws the shark across the Shield, the wall that separates Arcadia’s borders, thus breaking the laws of King Doom. She is subsequently arrested and sentenced to spend the rest of her life protecting the Shield.
After the events of Secret Wars, Chavez joined the newly formed Ultimates team after being invited by Blue Marvel. Chavez also attends Sotomayor University as a student, where she also shares a class with former Young Avenger teammate Prodigy.
In the series America Chavez: Made in the USA, what Chavez knew about her background was called into question. Her previously unknown sister, Catalina, forced her to remember that her mothers were not aliens, but human doctors Amalia and Elena Chavez. The doctors took their daughters to a private island called the Utopian Parallel to attempt to cure the disease Edges Syndrome, but discovered their benefactor had evil plans for all the girls brought there. Chavez gained her superpowers across experiments conducted on her as a child, when she was exposed to extra-dimensional energies. The doctors sacrificed themselves to free America and Catalina, but only America escaped. Catalina suggests that America made up the alien universe story as a coping mechanism.
Powers and abilities
America Chavez possesses superhuman physical abilities, such as superhuman strength, speed, and durability, and has the power of flight. Her invulnerability allows her to be bullet-proof and flame retardant. Chavez also has the power to kick open star-shaped holes in reality, allowing her and her teammates to travel through the multiverse and into other realities. Chavez is also able to use her powers to travel through time. She can move at superhuman speeds, since she is able to catch up to and nearly exceed the speed of light as observed by Spectrum in her light form. Chavez has developed the ability to make an enemy burst into tiny star fragments with a punch. In moments of extreme duress, she has been shown to project a large star that releases a powerful energy blast, capable of injuring the likes of Captain Marvel. She has the power of “cosmic awareness” that allows her to have a metaphysical insight in space and time. America Chavez does not age at a normal rate due to her increased lifespan. She is also a trained hand-to-hand combatant thanks to her powers and experience in street fighting.
Cultural impact and legacy
Michele Kirichanskaya of ComicsVerse referred to America Chavez as “one of Marvel’s most high-profile LGBTQIA+ heroes,” writing, “From the very beginning, America’s story is infused with normalization of the LGBTQIA+ community, from being raised by two mothers, to her own identity as a lesbian. When it comes to LGBTQIA+ characters in fiction, their storylines often follow the same “coming out” narrative; they focus on the major angst of accepting their orientation and society’s hostile reactions to it. While these storylines are important, especially to readers who are personally dealing with those situations, sometimes we simply want the same fun and dynamic adventures that straight characters automatically get. We want stories filled with laughter and romance and badassery, like America’s.” Carlos Gomez of Daily Trojan asserted, “America’s character is fascinating because she is relatively new, making her first comic-book appearance in 2011 and growing in popularity since. Part of this has to do with her being an LGBTQ+ woman of color, an often underrepresented demographic. Past that, however, Chavez is a unique and compelling character. Despite being a badass in every sense of the word, she struggles to deal with severe childhood trauma. The stories Marvel could tell with her are countless, and, hopefully, they are already setting up for that.” Catrina Dennis of Remezcla found that Gabby Rivera succeeded to represent the Latinx community across Chavez and praised the character, stating, “America’s journey is likely far from over; she has already proven herself a formidable ally in team-ups, and thanks to her unique power over time and space, she can seamlessly appear in almost any storyline. Nevertheless, we will miss her comic series – not only because it was one of the few Big 2 titles with a Latin woman lead (who also happened to be LGBTQ+) but because the point of view that America holds is one of that’s particularly unique within the endless pages of Marvel comics. The series let fans in on how that affected the seemingly unmovable heroine, humanizing her beyond the gruff exterior that effectively makes her far too cool for any team she happens to join.” Nivea Serrao of Entertainment Weekly called America Chavez a “fan favorite” following her appearance in Young Avengers.
Jason Wiese of Cinema Blend described America Chavez as a “teenage Latina and LGBTQ+ icon,” asserting, “In only so much time since her debut, America Chavez is known as one of the more important newer Marvel characters in Marvel Comics for her cultural representation. Despite extra-dimensional origins, when she first came to Earth-616, she was taken in by a Puerto Rican family who informed her ethnic identity. Yet, she represents more than just race.” Kelly Knox of IGN referred to America Chavez as “headstrong, tough, and fiercely independent,” and called her a “team player and natural leader,” writing, “She is power, she is grace, she will kick you in… to another dimension! America Chavez is a no-nonsense heavy-hitter that you definitely want on your side.” Gavia Baker-Whitelaw of The Daily Dot stated America Chavez gained a “cult following” after her reappearance in New Avengers,” asserting, “She’s a super-strong badass with the ability to fly and travel to other dimensions—not to mention she has one of the most cosplay-able costumes in the Marvel universe. She’s also bisexual, making her the first LGBTQ Latin superhero to get her own solo comic, the excellent 2017 series America.” Nicole Chavez of CNN wrote, “Punch-throwing across dimensions wasn’t enough for her. America Chavez is shattering barriers in the comics universe and beyond. She is the first lesbian Latina superhero with her own Marvel Comics series. […] She isn’t the typical heroine, and she isn’t the Latina you usually see on screen.” Abraham Riesman of Vulture said, “For all too long, the geek world was denied something it deserved — nay, needed: a comics series starring America Chavez. The character, introduced in 2011, is one of a kind: an ornery, queer Latina from another universe who can punch through dimensions. She gained a rabid following after co-starring in the incredible early-2010s Young Avengers title, but her owners at Marvel Comics only recently wised up and gave her her own, the simply titled America.”
Dana Forsythe of Paste described America Chavez as a “popular hero,” asserting, “America Chavez is a relatively new character, first created by Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta in the pages of Marvel’s 2011 series Vengeance. (For comparison, Doctor Strange and his apprentice Wong debuted in the pages of Strange Tales #110 all the way back in 1951.) But that hasn’t stopped her from rapidly becoming a fan favorite within the broader Marvel Comics universe.” Matthew Aguilar of Comicbook.com referred to America Chavez as a “fan favorite,” writing, “Marvel has introduced several amazing characters over the years, and one of the more recent examples is America Chavez.” Timothy Donohoo of CBR.com said, “America has been a part of predominantly critically well-received books, including the aforementioned Young Avengers and appearances in Kate Bishop’s Hawkeye title. While she has had loud detractors, it bears repeating that she also rapidly amassed a relatively large and vocal fanbase. Her woes, in part, can be attributed to increased profile coinciding with a time when comics fans have increasingly dug in about “politics” in comics and a particular contingent reacting with venom to what they insist is “forced diversity.” As a character, America’s usually shown as a somewhat stony individual, being more observant than obnoxious and talkative. These qualities made her a strong figure within the Young Avengers, standing alongside the similarly star-spangled Patriot. Working alongside older heroes like Carol Danvers in the book The Ultimates, her admiration and respect for them was ironically seen as a legacy character done right. Her costume, much like Kamala Khan’s, is also a great blend of stylish and superheroic, perfect for a modern multiversal Marvel heroine.” May Rude of Out asserted, “Chavez rose to popularity as a part of the Young Avengers team of teen superheroes, before later starring in her own comic series by Gabby Rivera. She’s long been a fan favorite, especially among queer people and Latin fans.”
Brian Truitt of USA Today stated America Chavez is one of the characters “who deserve their own movie,” saying, “this Latin-American teen lesbian superheroine could be a more groundbreaking choice. She’s bulletproof and super-strong, isn’t big on old-school good guys, and takes no guff. Miss America just sounds like a great movie title — or maybe she takes over the star-spangled shield if Marvel needs a new Captain America one day.” Zack Krajnyak of Screen Rant referred to the potential inclusion of Chavez in the MCU as “incredibly significant,” stating that the addition of Miss America a “significant milestone” due to Chavez being a Latin-American LGBTQ character, and stated, “Many have hoped that America Chavez will play a large part in the MCU’s future – and with the rumored inclusion of fellow Young Avengers Wiccan in WandaVision and Kate Bishop in Hawkeye, using the character as deep connective tissue seems increasingly likely. Should she truly make her entrance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, much will be resting on America Chavez’s shoulders. But if she is anything like her on-page counterpart, this multiverse-traversing powerhouse will light up the screen and then some.” Sarah Brown of Collider called America Chavez one of the superheroes “that need to join the MCU,” writing, “America Chavez is a popular member of the Young Avengers roster and her superhero alter-ego Miss America can currently be seen fighting baddies with her superhuman strength and speed alongside Squirrel Girl, Quake, Patriot, and others in the Marvel Rising animated series. With the speculation that Katherine Langford unnamed character in Avengers: Endgame will turn out to be Kate Bishop, we suspect that the rest of her Young Avenger teammates won’t be far behind. Her ability to travel between realities means there could be any number of ways for Miss America to found her way to the MCU.” Michele Kirichanskaya of The Mary Sue stated America Chavez should be one of the characters the MCU should introduce, saying, “As Marvel’s first queer Latin superhero to star in her own series, America Chavez symbolizes long-needed representation for various members of the comic book-loving community. An out and proud Latina lesbian superhero, America Chavez has received an outstanding amount of love and support for her character, including acclaimed author Gabby Rivera, who was Marvel’s first Latin LGBTQ+ author, as well the writer for America Chavez’s comics book series, America.”
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