Disney+ is really shaping up to be worth every single penny Disney is charging for the streaming service. In addition to films and original programming from MCU, Star Wars, Pixar, and access to their animated/live action classics, the MCU is expanding on the streaming service as well.
So far, a total of eight MCU series have been announced for the streaming service including: Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Loki, WandaVision, Hawkeye, What If?, She Hulk, Moon Knight, and Ms. Marvel. What a lineup! It doesn’t appear that the Disney+ MCU universe is done growing either.
The new rumor going around is Marvel Studios planning and developing another Disney+ series with this one focusing on America Chavez (aka ‘Miss America’). This would give Marvel their first Hispanic superhero in the MCU, and yet another step in the right direction for inclusion and diversity.
America Chavez was raised by her mothers in the Utopian Parallel, a reality that is out of time and in the presence of the being known as the Demiurge from which Chavez absorbs all of her powers. After her mothers sacrifice themselves to save the Parallel, Chavez runs away across different realities, adopts the moniker “Miss America” and begins her career as a superhero.
Now, let’s take a look at five actresses who would give us a kick-ass portrayal of Chavez in live action.
Eiza Gonzalez’s star is rising, and fast. After bursting onto the scene in Édgar Wright’s critically acclaimed Baby Driver, Gonzalez has starred in films such as Hobbs & Shaw, Alita: Battle Angel, and Welcome to Marwen. So yeah, it’s safe to assume her talent hasn’t gone unnoticed. She’s also set to star in the upcoming comic adaptation, Bloodshot, opposite Vin Diesel as well as upcoming monster fight of all monster fights, Godzilla v Kong.
She’s clearly in high demand. Gonzalez is a true scene stealer in every role she’s been in, consistently a highlight of each film. Her presence captures audience’s attention, but her ability and confidence as an actress enables her to outshine her co-stars. She’s more than ready to lead a franchise all of her own, and what better role for her to take on than being the MCU’s first Hispanic super hero?
Isabela Moner is another actress whose star is rising quickly. Breaking out in 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight opposite Mark Wahlberg, Moner was a bright spot in an otherwise underwhelming, disappointing and jumbled mess of a film. That’s Michael Bay though, right?
Since her breakout role in Transformers, Moner took on a more mature role in Sicario: Day of the Soldado, reunited with Mark Wahlberg in Instant Family, and starred as the titular character in this year’s Dora and the Lost City of Gold.
She might look too young for the role of Chavez, but she’s young enough to play the character for years to come and her talent is undeniable. Marvel would be wise to look in Moner’s direction when casting gets underway.
Ever wonder who the voice was behind Disney’s Moana? Meet Auli’i Cravalho. It’s difficult to judge Cravalho’s resume and talent accurately because her list of acting credits are limited. Moana is her only film credit, and while it was only a voice-over role, she did a phenomenal job as the lead character in that film.
She is also starring in ABC’s drama show, Rise, as Lilette Suarez a high school student and member of the drama club. Suarez scores the lead role in her school play and has to balance that with a less than ideal home life. Cravalho’s performance in the role has received some positive reviews and she already has a great working relationship with Disney. Chavez could be the role that skyrockets Cravalho’s career.
Camila Mendes owes her sudden fame to her breakout role as Veronica Lodge on the hit television drama, Riverdale. As someone who admittedly has seen the entire first season of Riverdale, Mendes completely owns every scene she is in, easily overshadowing her co-stars.
Her performance and character in that show are consistently highlighted as bright spots by critics and fans alike. Her performance has landed her roles in a number of upcoming films like The Perfect Date on Netflix, opposite Noah Cenineo, and Palm Springs, opposite Andy Sanberg. Mendes can her own franchise and ‘Miss America’ could be the role she needs to reach that superstar level.
Rebecca Gomez (Becky G)
Acting isn’t Becky G’s main skill. She found her fame in music. However, like many other artists, she added acting to her repertoire effectively making her a true double threat. 2017’s Power Rangers saw Gomez take on the role of Trini, the yellow ranger. When the casting was announced, it left people with questions because they’d never seen her act in anything before.
Those questions didn’t go unanswered for long as she absolutely crushed the role and delivered a (surprisingly?) solid performance. Since then, she has gone on to feature in the animated film Gnome Alone and the 2018 release A.X.L. It’s unclear if we will see her reprise her role as Trini in a Power Rangers sequel because the first film flopped and Hasbro recently purchased the film rights. This means Becky has some free time. What better transition is there than to go from badass yellow ranger to badass superhero?