Sunday, February 20, 2022

Marvel Legends - AMERICA CHAVEZ!

Marvel Legends - Doctor Strange (Rintrah BaF) - America Chavez - Hasbro 2022

Marvel has a great trend in recent years of reinventing old underused Golden Age characters for a young modern audience. I first took notice when a new Sun Girl was introduced in the 2014 New Warriors comic. It was a fun fresh take on a nearly forgotten character. But a few years earlier a new Miss America got the same treatment with the introduction of America Chavez as a young Miss America. I'll admit I don't know too much about this character. I read a bit of the 2013 Young Avengers book when she joined the team, and I picked up a couple of her first solo issues, but I'm currently catching up before the Multiverse of Madness movie. From what I gather, America Chavez has a very Superman-esque origin story. She's from another world (dimension?) and is sent to Earth as a child where she is discovered by a young Brooklyn family who raise her as their own. She has super strength, speed, and durability, and also can generate these glowing star-shaped portals which allow her to travel between realities.

It's exciting to see America in the teasers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness because it furthers my theories that the Young Avengers will be a major MCU theme in the near future. So far in the MCU we've met Cassie Lang (including a new grownup version in the next Ant-Man movie), Kate Bishop, Kang, Billy Kaplan, Tommy Shepard, Kid Loki, Sylvie, and Vision. We will meet America Chavez shortly. Eli Bradley as Patriot was supposed to be Black Panther (but was cut) and the new Patriot (Rayshaun Lucas) has appeared in the animated Marvel Rising films. Teddy and Noh-varr haven't been introduced, but the Captain Marvel movie laid all the groundwork for their easy introduction. I'm excited for this to pan out.

This figure of America is wearing normal sized shoes that look giant because they are normally so under-scaled on action figures. I love it. I always thought tiny shoes on female toys looked bizarre.

One thing that strikes me odd about this version of America is that her face always looks sweet and happy. In my limited exposure to the comic version, she was always kind of tough and no-nonsense. 

America's only accessories are an extra pair of hands. She's doesn't need weapons with these fists.

The little pride patch on the back of her jacket is a nice nod to her mothers and her own sexuality.

America also comes with the Torso for the Build-a-figure, Rintrah.

America briefly wore a shirt emblazoned with the shield that the Golden Age Miss America wore.

Here are a few images I threw together of some of the modern reinterpretations of Golden Age characters in Marvel Comics. I realize that Moon Girl is mostly a reinterpretation of 1978's Moon Boy, but I think the name and color palette is definitely a secondary homage to 1947's Moon Girl from EC Comics (who is in the public domain).

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here is America with the WandaVision Scarlet Witch. I figure they'll get a lot of screen time together in the movie.


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