Marvel Comics has plenty of young heroes in its expansive line-up, but few attract more attention than America Chavez. The take-charge heroine isn’t one to sit in the background, and her tenure with Marvel has made her a stand-out amongst readers. Young adult fans have flocked to America thanks to her nuanced perspectives, complex characterization, and ability to deliver some serious lip to authority.
Like Kamala Khan and Kate Bishiop, America is part of the up-and-coming group of Marvel characters who welcome a new generation of comic book fans. Of course, their popularity has led many to wonder if Marvel Studios will ever bring America or her friends to the screen, but only time will tell if the young heroes are given their due shot.
And, if they are, then the star of Jane The Virgin really hopes she’ll be there to give America life.
Recently, Geeks of Color took time to visit a panel at SXSW which focused on diversity in Hollywood. The event featured Gina Rodriguez, the led of Jane The Virgin, and the site reports that the actress is very interested in what Marvel’s doing. The star reportedly said she’s simply waiting for Marvel to head-up a project which stars a female Latina lead. And, when Geeks of Color asked Rodriguez about America specifically, the actress was one step ahead of them.
According to the site, Rodriguez said she is a huge fan of the character and admitted her manager knows to book her an audition with Marvel Studios should the company ever cast for America. The starlet even name-dropped Gabby Rivera, the current writer of America’s solo comic run.
If you want to read more about the heroine’s recent comic run, then you can check out a description of America below:
At last! Everyone’s favorite no-nonsense powerhouse, America Chavez, gets her own series! Written by critically-acclaimed YA novelist Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes A Breath) and drawn by all-star artist Joe Quinones (HOWARD THE DUCK), Marvel Comics’ brand new AMERICA series shines a solo spotlight on the high-octane and hard-hitting adventures of the one and only America Chavez!
America has always been uncontestably awesome, and as the newly appointed leader of the Ultimates, she’s now officially claimed her place as the preeminent butt-kicker of the Marvel Universe! But while leading a team of heroes and punching out big bads is great and all, it doesn’t really leave much time for self-discovery… So what’s a super-powered teenager do when she’s looking for a little fulfillment? She goes to college!
America #1 is in comic shops now.