Gabby Rivera, the self-described queer brown Latina feminist and author of the novel "Juliet Takes a Breath," is giving life to one of Marvel's very own female Latinx characters: America Chavez.
America Chavez is Marvel's queer Latina superhero, who quickly garnered a loyal fan base after her role in "Young Avengers."
In 2013, Ms. America joined Wiccan, Hulkling and Hawkeye with Loki, and Marvel Boy as the ultimate teen team to help save the world.
Having America star as an LGBTQ lead — and a Latina one at that — is a major milestone for diversity and representation in the comic book world.
The fact that a queer Latina is writing about this queer Latina comic book character allows the series to accurately portray America Chavez's identity and culture to readers.
Rivera explained her fears of a potential backlash in an interview with Refinery29. "It’s a little bit terrifying and intimidating to be a queer woman entering the Marvel universe. Internally I’ve been like, man are people gonna read this and tear me apart because of my identities? Because I’m a woman?" she said.
Even though Rivera is new to the comic book world, it isn't stopping her from developing a genuine story for Chavez.
Rivera went straight to the queer and trans comic book community to get a sense for what they're looking for from the character and her story.
Rivera and Quinones have inspired each other to create such a powerful and badass character, both written and visual.
Quinones understands that the excitement surrounding Chavez comes from others being able to relate to her. "I think her popularity stems from three things: her uncompromising tough girl demeanor, her sense of fashion, and the representation she imparts to LGBTQ, Latina, and female communities," he said to Marvel.
The timing of such a strong character for a series titled "America" couldn't have been more perfect. We NEED a hero right now.
Rivera says that incorporating "elements and emotions" of Donald Trump's presidency to the series is important, but she also doesn't want to do so in way that polarizes or divides fans.
It looks like "America" is going to take a page out of Superman's book: "I'm here to fight for truth, justice, and the American way."