At a press event for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which Looper attended, Xochitl Gomez spoke happily about her character, America Chavez. It turns out that the America we see in the movie is only 14 years old, while the America from the comics is 18 (per CNN). “I wanted to make sure that America still has that youthfulness and still has that resilience until you make it,” Gomez said during the press conference. “She’s 14, which is younger than any of the comics. This really helps when writing a new introduction I think [writer] Michael Waldron did a wonderful job.”
The mid to late teens are big transformational years, so having a younger America in the MCU is helpful so we can see how she’s transformed on screen during her tenure. Speaking to Marvel just days before the press event, Gomez went into a little more detail on why that age limit of 14 is so important. “You can definitely see the early stages of what the future America could become,” she told the outlet. “I took stuff from the comics and loosened it up a bit as she’s less experienced. She’s younger than any of her known appearances in the comics and I think it shows. It was a fun challenge to explore what a younger and less experienced America might be, but it also hinted at the serious leader she was about to become. I wanted to fake that childlike energy and a little bit of that confidence until you make it.”
We have another talented young MCU hero on our hands who will hopefully suggest a Young Avengers storyline in the near future.