Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: The Marvelous America Chavez
In accordance with the celebration of the independence of so many Latin American countries, September 15th to October 15th is officially Hispanic Heritage month, and we are celebrating by discussing some of the biggest Marvel heroes ever, starting with the Marvelous America Chavez.
Over the course of Marvel’s existence, there. is no denying their unending commitment to crafting a world that feels immensely like the one that exists around us, and the chief way that it does that is their clear and determined faith in representation and inclusion as a defining principle.
Marvel was one of the first publications to introduce characters of different ethnicities, faiths, and sexual identities, and it was with heroes like Sam Wilson and T’Challa that they broke the color barrier, and then with Jean Grey and Storm that they established female heroes on the same level as their male peers.
It was through this inclusive development of their stories that some of the greatest Marvel heroes were born, but more than that, some of the greatest Marvel heroes could connect with people who felt underrepresented in the modern scope of pop culture and entertainment.
With Hispanic heritage upon us, and this month giving us the opportunity to celebrate some of the greatest Hispanic names added to that list of inclusive heroes, there is no understating the importance of the Marvelous America Chavez; a hero whose renegade background separated her from nearly everyone.
America Chavez was created by. Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta as the second inheritor of the Miss America distinction, until being catapulted to popularity and relevance with her work among the Young Avengers, and her solo run by Gabby Rivera
The greatest thing about the character- beyond her immense power that made her able to stand toe to toe with some of Marvel’s strongest- was the fact that she was a proud Latina hero, who was also a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.
America Chavez is the perfect embodiment of inclusion done right and has carved out a specific niche for herself in the Marvel universe as one of the company’s most beloved characters, and a hero whose story is far from concluding, with plenty of Marvelhstory left to be written.