America Chavez Actress Receives “Heartbreaking” Online Hate Following ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Ban

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange

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Xochitl Gomez, the up and coming 15-year-old actress making her Marvel Universe debut in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), is receiving unhealthy amounts of online threats across social media following various countries banning the upcoming Marvel movie over LGBTQ representation.

Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez
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Being an actress in the rough and gruesome Hollywood world is one of the most challenging experiences anyone looking for success will go through, especially when you’re a child.

Xochitl Gomez, just 15-years-old, is breaking open the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the reality-hopping America Chavez, a fan-favorite character that every Marvel fan has been eager to see on the big screen.

(L) America Chavez talking to (R) Defender Strange who seems to be saving them with his magic
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Now, however, following the ban of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in Egypt and Saudi Arabia due to “LGBTQ issues,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, actress Xochitl Gomez is receiving near-death threats and more:

The comments under Xochitl Gomez’s Instagram post it’s really heartbreaking

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In the post above, various Instagram users are leaving degrading and vile comments filled with hate under Gomez’s latest Instagram post, blaming her for the ban of Doctor Strange throughout the Middle East.

What’s all the commotion? While the film does not release in theaters until May 5, America Gomez is seen sporting an LGBTQ rainbow pin on her iconic star jacket and referencing her ” two moms,” thus indicating a same-sex marriage relationship, according to The Guardian.

xochitl gomez as america chavez aka miss america in Marvel's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Trailer
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The references reportedly last “12 seconds,” but that’s enough for some Middle Eastern countries to ban the movie altogether, as same-sex relationships are illegal in these various territories.

The Hollywood Reporter writes:

Although the film is yet to be released and also hasn’t yet been reviewed, the decision is once again said to be related to LGBTQ issues, according to Middle East sources, with the new sequel character America Chavez (played by Xochitl Gomez) being gay, as per her portrayal in the comics. With homosexuality officially illegal across the Gulf, films that feature any LGBTQ references or issues often fall foul of the censors.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was due to be released across the Gulf on May 5 as part of its global rollout. While advanced tickets are no longer available on the websites of cinemas in Saudi, Kuwait and Qatar, they are in the United Arab Emirates, suggesting it will be released there.”

Doctor Strange with America Chavez and Wong
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Marvel fans, however, are to the rescue, clearing the air to state that these hateful comments are not coming from MCU lovers:

They realize they’re attacking a literal child right? Like wtf

Another fan comes to the rescue:

What’s wrong with people nowadays? Its just a movie, man!

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Another fan shared:

Harassing a kid because their country doesn’t allow lgbtq content…. Despicable

Another fan wrote:

Xochitl literally did nothing wrong she doesn’t deserve this.

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It’s a shame that any Marvel star receives hate over characters they portray in live-action or animated formats, but the internet is cruelest to the most innocent.

The hatred received following the shocking Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness censoring has reportedly forced Xochitl Gomez to delete her famous TikTok. Nonetheless, the actress remains on Instagram at the time of writing.

More about Doctor Strange

Dr. Stephen Strange casts a forbidden spell that opens a portal to the multiverse. However, a threat emerges that may be too big for his team to handle.

Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer (left), Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange (Middle), and Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez (right)
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All bets are off for Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Benedict Cumberbatch leads this mind-shattering Marvel movie, with Rachel McAdams (Christine Palmer), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Karl Mordo), Benedict Wong (Wong), Xochitl Gomez (America Chavez), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch), and Sir Patrick Stewart (Professor X) all supporting the Sorceror Supreme.

The Kevin Feige production features numerous Stephen Strange’s, including Evil Doctor Strange, Strange Supreme, etc.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange in 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness'
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The Marvel Universe is becoming much more than iconic characters/Earth’s Mightiest Heroes like Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), and Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers (Brie Larson).
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Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man Avenger is leading the way for Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomers Kate BishopMs. Marvel/Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), Moon Knight (Oscar Isaac), Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn), She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany), Eternals’ Thena (Angelina Jolie), and more — especially with his next Spider-Man trilogy that’s currently in the works.

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