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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!  

Jennifer Lopez Wants to Play Batman One Day and Here’s What That All Latinx Cast Could Look Like

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Jennifer Lopez Wants to Play Batman One Day and Here’s What That All Latinx Cast Could Look Like

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Jennifer Lopez has proven over her long career that she can do anything. Whether she’s acting as a musician, actress or businesswoman, she’s shown what talent and dedication can bring to her every role. In fact, JLo is hoping to one day bring that famous work ethic to another unexpected part. 

In a recent sit down for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” interview, JLo talked with the newly cast Batman, Robert Pattinson. During the captivating interview, the two began talking about how they choose the roles that they decide to take on. This brought up the topic of the upcoming “Batman” movie. When Lopez mentioned that she thought Pattison will make an excellent Batman, the actor countered by saying the Latina superstar would be a great Batman as well. To which, Lopez responded, “I could be Batman. Why not? I think as an actor, it would be fun to explore.”

This interaction got us thinking. We would love to see a “Batman” movie led by JLo as the Caped Crusader but an all Latinx cast would be even better. Gotham better get ready because here’s what an all Latinx “Batman” movie could look like. 

Jennifer Lopez as Batman

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What does it take to play Batman? It needs to be an actor who has the athleticism to do justice to the Dark Knight while still having the charisma to play the Bat’s billionaire counterpart. Anyone who’s seen JLo’s on-stage antics knows she’s got the skills to wear the cape and it’s no question that she’s a charismatic individual. To top it off, with movies like “Hustlers” under her belt, JLo has proven that she can lead to big bucks at the box office. As far as we’re concerned, she can play the superhero whenever she likes. 

Diego Boneta as Robin

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The actor who plays Robin will need to have boyish good looks, the ability to bring some humor to the script’s dark moments and the same athleticism as Batman. His staring role in “Rock of Ages” more than proved that Diego Boneta’s got the moves and his time on “Pretty Little Liars” and “90210” have cemented him as a heartthrob. Sounds like we’ve got ourselves a Boy Wonder.

Edward James Olmos as Alfred

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Who better to play JLo’s father-like confidant than the man who first played her dad on the big screen. Edward James Olmos is definitely a legend in his craft and would bring an air of wisdom necessary to play Batman’s trusted butler. He’ll also make sure Batman isn’t leaving the cave in any bustiers. 

Becky G as Batgirl

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With her role as the Yellow Ranger in the big screen adaptation of ‘Power Rangers,” Becky G has already  shown us that she’s got the skills to play a superhero. Her naturally spunky personality would also be perfect to bring the bold and sarcastic Batgirl to life in an all Latinx reboot.

Pedro Pascal as Catwoman

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If we are going to gender bend the role of Batman, we might as well do the same for the Bat’s love interest, Catwoman. His role as Oberyn Martell in “Game of Thrones” showed us what the actor can do with a staff. Just imagine that same skill applied with a whip instead and we’ve got ourselves a dynamite Catwoman. The possibility of seeing Pascal in a catsuit is an added bonus. 

Benicio Del Toro as the Joker

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Benicio Del Toro has a talent for playing bad guys and, if the bad guys are more than slightly unhinged, it’s all the better. No bad guy is a bigger nemesis to the Caped Crusader than the Joker and we can definitely see Del Toro in this role. Think of his performance as Jack Rafferty in “Sin City” mixed with his time as The Collector in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s the kind of energy he could bring to the Clown Prince of Gotham.

Cardi B as Poison Ivy

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Let’s consider Cardi’s 2019 Halloween costume as her unofficial audition for Poison Ivy. A femme fatele that can have any man she wants eating out of the palm of her hand? That sounds like Cardi to us. Plus, the rapper would be rejoining her “Hustlers” costar JLo. Seeing them pole dance together was just the preview to them fighting each other in this all Latinx reboot. 

Oscar Isaac as the Penguin 

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Oscar Isaac is another actor who has a history of taking on strange and thought provoking roles. Though he’s best known now for is time as Poe in “Star Wars,” he’s also played straight-up villians. His performances as Blue Jones in “Sucker Punch” and Nathan Bateman in “Ex Machina” truly show the range he can bring to a complex character such as the Penguin. Added bonus: he looks great in a three-piece suit. 

Latinas Are Getting Nostalgic on Twitter After Seeing that Disney+ is Streaming ‘Gotta Kick it Up’

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Latinas Are Getting Nostalgic on Twitter After Seeing that Disney+ is Streaming ‘Gotta Kick it Up’

It is possible that Disney has, yet again, out-done itself. On Tuesday, Disney finally launched its much-anticipated streaming service Disney+, the subscription-based platform that is set to release over 600 titles to their customers for $6.99 a month. The buzz around this service has long been building, with people expressing their excitement at the release of their long-forgotten childhood favorites since Disney+’s Twitter account tweeted out all of the titles that would become available on its launch.

For nostalgic millennials who grew up watching Disney Channel Original Movies, the premiere of this service has been nothing short of life-changing. People are taking to their social media feeds to express their excitement over forgotten favorites like “Smart House”, “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century”, and “Don’t Look Under the Bed”. But the movie that Latinas are most excited about re-watching? “Gotta Kick It Up”. 

For those of you who need a refresher, “Gotta Kick it Up” was a 2002 Disney Channel original movie that starred America Ferrera.

The movie follows a group of middle school girls who are trying to form a dance team in Los Angeles in the face of budget cuts. Scrambling for a coach, the girls turn to their biology teacher, Ms. Bartlett, to whip them into shape. Like any underdog tale, the aspiring dance team starts off as a mess, but with a lot of hard work, the girls soon start to believe in themselves. Through the course of the movie, the girls learn how to put their differences aside and work together to eventually qualify for nationals. 

The Disney Channel movie was notable for not only having a primarily Latinx cast (which is a rarity even today), but for featuring baby-faced versions of successful Latina actresses like America Ferrera and Camille Guaty. Not only that, but the movie’s climax featured a rad dance scene that little girls everywhere tried to imitate in their living rooms (seriously–look it up).

“Gotta Kick It Up” was groundbreaking for its depiction of Latinx life that wasn’t centered on harmful stereotypes or cliche stories.

The movie was written by Meghan Cole, and was based on her experience as a Teach for America teacher at Nimitz Middle School in Huntington Park, Los Angeles. The decision to make these Latina students normal teens was a deliberate choice, according to Cole. “I wanted to have a Latino movie, with Latino kids doing great things,” she told The New York Times. “Not being stereotypical kids creating havoc”. Cole also expressed her desire for the movie to “portray positive teenage Latino role models and stress the importance of after-school programs”. 

But arguably “Gotta Kick It Up”‘s greatest legacy was teaching a legion of youngsters the phrase “Sí, se puede!” as well as the history behind it. At one point during the movie, the girls are doubting themselves and their chances of winning the upcoming dance competition. In response, Daisy, the movie’s protagonist, tells the girls a brief history of her grandmother’s involvement in the Chicano movement and tells them about how Cesar Chavez’s rallying cry “Sí, se puede!” served to strengthen and unify the Mexican-American community. Throughout the movie, the girls repeat the phrase whenever they’re happy, doubtful, or scared. 

Of course, Latinas on Twitter are not hesitating to shout from the rooftops the the return of “Gotta Kick It Up” to our TV screens.

It’s always exciting to be reminded of something that was so integral to your childhood that you may have forgotten about. The fact that Latinas can watch this movie again, as well as share it with a younger generation, is worth celebrating.

This Latina gave the entire Twitterverse a very informative PSA about Disney+’s movie catalog: 

https://twitter.com/_hadaaa/status/1194345273138597888?s=20

Not all heroes wear capes.

This person had very specific requirements for the conditions under which they’d pull out their wallet for yet ANOTHER streaming service:

Honestly, the service could cost $50 a month and we would shell out the money for a chance to be able to watch this cinematic masterpiece on repeat.

This person knows that his money is being spent on only the most important things in life:

Sometimes, you’ve got to be honest with yourself and decide what your priorities are in life. And sometimes, those priorities are binge-watching Disney Channel Original Movies all day.

This Latina became emotional about the impact that “Gotta Kick It Up” had on her when she was younger:

Yet somehow, it’s frustrating to know that not that much project has been made for Latinx representation in the media almost 15 years later.