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Disney + Just Announced It’s Producing A Miss America Series And Turns Out They’re 100% Delivering On Diversity

Not everyone gets to be a superhero and the comic book world reminds us of that, when it comes to media, representation and inclusion are lacking. We don’t always get to see Black or brown superheroes grace the glossy pages of a comic book that perhaps might turn into a movie down the road. Let alone do we get to see LGBTQ+ identifying superheroes.

 But in recent years, we’ve seen a lot more diversity in these spaces with Marvel who has been leading the charge. 

According to Geeks WorldWide, MarvelStudios has just confirmed that they’re in the early stages of development for “Miss America,” a teen superhero series that centers an openly lesbian and Latina superhero named America Chavez.

Earlier this summer, during Comic-Con in San Diego, it was reported that Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie — the character she plays in the Thor films — would become the MCU’s first LGBTQ superhero in the upcoming installment. After Thompson alluded to the LGBTQ storyline, Marvel president confirmed the news. 

Now, we’re excited to see another LGBTQ superhero in the Marvel universe with America Chavez. Marvel Studios will be developing the Miss America series on the Disney+ streaming service, set to launch later this year in November. 

However, it’s not the first time you’ve seen or heard of America Chavez. In October 2017, she got her own solo series written by author Gabby Rivera and illustrated by Joe Quinones, titled “America Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez.” This volume was followed by “America Vol. 2: Fast and Fuertona” in April of 2018. Additionally, America Chavez has also been featured as a team member of the Ultimates in 2015. The Ultimate is made up of Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Spectrum, and Blue Marvel. She’s also best friends with the archer, Kate Bishop.

Now, for all you comic book newbies who might not know, America Chavez is a Latina superhero who was raised by two mothers in another dimension called Utopia. 

America’s power set includes her signature ability which lets her open portals into different realities.

It’s also been reported that America’s fellow Young Avengers will also be coming to Marvel Studios. According to other reports, there have been rumors that characters like Galactus and Blue Marvel will be heading to the MCU. This hints at a Ultimates team-up in the future. 

When the Miss America comic books first released, people wondered how a superhero. who comes from an alternate dimension, identifies as Latinx. Honestly, it’s a perfectly reasonable question. 

What we do know is that during her childhood she lived in the Utopian Parallel, which is a paradise dimension that’s populated entirely by women. 

Charles Pulliam-Moore, who writes for Kotaku, broke it down for us. According to Pulliam-Moore, America Chavez’s origins have always been complicated and difficult to explain. Not a lot of information about her past has been made public since her creation, so there’s not a lot to go off of. But Pulliam-Moore goes on to help us make sense of her origins. 

According to the synopsis in Kotaku, Princess America was destined to become the “savior of her people” but when she learned her two mother’s had died, she ran away from her home dimension. 

It was never really clear what happened to America after she left the Utopian Parallel.

But in the latest comic book written by Gabby Rivera, we’re presented with “the most logical of answers: America ended up in the Bronx.” According to Rivera in volume 3 of Miss America, after leaving the Utopian Parallel, America Chavez “stumbles onto a Puerto Rican family’s barbecue and, even though she’s a stranger to them, they immediately accept her into the family and begin to help America define who she is.” 

America Chavez eventually also leaves the Bronx in order to help other communities “established by the earth’s Latinx diaspora who, little by little, contribute to the unique ethnic identity that America now claims.” 

We can’t wait to see how Marvel Studios and Disney+ bring America Chavez’s story to life. We’re so excited to see Marvel finally opening up the MCU to include Latinx and LGBTQ+ characters, it’s definitely a step in the right direction and it will help their younger audiences see themselves in a positive and empowering light from a young age. 

In the meantime, read up on 15 other diverse heroes that we’d love to see be represented in the MCU up next. 

Now, we can’t help but wonder, who will be cast to play America Chavez?

Comment below and let us know your thoughts!  

There’s A Major Update About The ‘Avatar’ Movie Sequel And It Will Seriously Send You To The Moon

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There’s A Major Update About The ‘Avatar’ Movie Sequel And It Will Seriously Send You To The Moon

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If you’re a fan of the 2009 film “Avatar” by James Cameron, you’re likely a little over movie updates promising you that it will hit theaters soon.

In December 2009, the film smashed box office records and wrangled in a total of $2.7 billion worldwide. Soon after, Cameron revealed his plans for unleashing several sequels that would surmount the technological groundbreaker, and we were beyond elated. Which brings us to 2020.

For a literal DECADE, we’ve seen the film’s release date pushed further and further away from us and the current COVID-19 pandemic has put the fate of the franchise’s future up in the air once again.

Still, recent updates are giving us hope and some insight into what to expect.

Recently, the official Avatar Twitter account posted a new behind-the-scenes photo of Avatar 2 actors.

The new post features Zoe Saldana alongside Sam Worthington. Cliff Curtis and Kate Winslet. If you’re a TRUE fan of Avatar you’ll know that the upcoming sequels will feature an underwater world. The latest reveal from the Twitter account gave us a pretty fun hint at what the work going into that will look like. After all, the film’s performance capture scenes that are taking place underwater are a cinematic first!

“From the set of the sequels: Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Kate Winslet, and Cliff Curtis taking a break from underwater performance capture for a quick photo,” the official Avatar movie account tweeted shared in a tweet from last week. “Fun fact: Much of the performance capture took place in this 900,000-gallon tank, built specifically for the sequels.”

Saldana, Afro-Latina Sci-Fi Queen, will reprise her role as Neytiri in the new series.

She is set to play alongside Worthington who will return as Jake Sully. Actress Kate Winslet joins the cast as the new character Ronal, and Curtis will play a new lead role.

Production for the first Avatar sequel was shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In May, Deadline announced that production was picked back up in New Zealand. The decision was made because the country has new health and safety production protocols concerning COVID-19. “The country’s lockdown has been gradually eased in recent weeks and further significant relaxation is expected next week, including the permission for gatherings of up to 100 people. Domestic travel and office work is also due to resume,” Deadline reported in a piece about the sequel’s relocation. “The country has restricted international travel and required arrivals to quarantine for a period of time so the teams behind major international productions may need to wait a while longer but the path to a return is becoming clearer.”

After Avatar 2 is released on Dec. 17, 2021!!!

And the fun won’t stop there. Three more Avatar movies are expected to debut in 2023, 2025 and 2027. All featuring Saldana.

The New Mel Gibson Movie Is The ‘Tone-Deaf’ Portrayal Of A Puerto Rico Hurricane We Did Not Ask For

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The New Mel Gibson Movie Is The ‘Tone-Deaf’ Portrayal Of A Puerto Rico Hurricane We Did Not Ask For

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We’ll need to take a trip down memory lane for this one.

In the late 2000s to early 2010s, Mel Gibson’s career was tanking thanks to a series of controversies that were related to his homophobic, racist, and antisemitic outbursts.

In 2006, the Oscar-winning actor had been convicted of drunk driving and it had been reported that during the arrest he unleashed a “barrage of anti-Semitic remarks.” During his arrest, he accused Jewish people of being “responsible for all the wars in the world.” In July 2010, a leaked phone call between Gibson and his then-partner Oksana Grigorieva had revealed that he’d suggested that if she got “raped by a pack of n******”, it would be her fault. At the time, Gibson was barred from coming near Grigorieva or their daughter due to a domestic violence-related restraining order.

And yet, in 2020, it seems all is forgiven and Lionsgate has so wiped the racist, homophobic, and sexually abusive comments from their memory that they decided to crown him a hero.

Gibson is set to star in a heist film featuring minorities as criminals and himself as the white savior.

Recently it was announced that Mel Gibson will star in a film that features a hurricane disaster in Puerto Rico. “Force of Nature” stars Gibson as a “retired officer refusing to leave his apartment even as a category-five hurricane begins to hit Puerto Rico.” The twist? Gibson’s character is out to stop a group of local men planning to steal $55m during the catastrophe.

Seems kind of right up the alley of Alt-right men…

Soon after the trailer dropped users on Twitter were quick to slam its premise calling it “tone-deaf” and disrespectful.”

While the new film doesn’t reference the devastation of Hurricane Maria specifically, many were offended by the decision of the production company, Lionsgate, behind the film to produce it in Puerto Rico and make the islanders the villains in poor taste.

“It’s outright disrespectful to the people who went through the traumatic experience that was Hurricane Maria, for Mel Gibson and any Hollywood company to come to Puerto Rico and make a movie where the islanders are the bad guys, and he and the white people are the good guys,” one user tweeted in response to the film.

“So I just saw that Mel Gibson is trending and why… ” another user tweeted. “Dude, if you’re going to do a movie about PR being hit by Cat. 5 hurricane, could actually make it something meaningful, revolving around Boricuas that had to suffer through that kind of disaster, and not whatever this shit is?”

Many were quick to describe the film as exploitive.

Even if the film wasn’t exploitive, it is, it’s certainly a completely tone-deaf mess.

Check it out now.