Ever since he was introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange has cemented himself as one of this superhero franchise’s most important players, and his important players, and his importance will only keep growing. His next movie, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, is fully opening the door to parallel realities, and after learning about some of the established characters who will be joining the Master of the Mystic Arts, we finally know about the first new face being thrown into the mix.
According to Deadline, Xochitl Gomez has been added to the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness cast, although no details were provided about who she is playing. Gomez is currently best known for playing Dawn Schafer in the Netflix series The Baby-Sitters Club, while her prominent credits include Shadow Wolves and Roped.
Marvel hasn’t officially commented on this casting, but naturally the news of Xochitl Gomez’s involvement in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has prompted a lot of fan speculation about who she has been cast to play. Among the most popular guesses is America Chavez, a.k.a. Miss America, who was introduced to the comics nearly a decade ago and was rumoured back in August to be taking part in the Doctor Strange sequel.
Assuming this is true, presumably given Multiverse of Madness’ premiere, America would presumably hail from another universe rather than the main MCU reality.
In any case, for now we are in the dark about how Xochitl Gomez fits into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but this will definitely be a major boost for the actress’ career. Along with Benedict Cumberbatch, Gomez’s cast-mates on the sequel will include Benedict Wong reprising Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor reprising Mordo and Elizabeth Olsen reprising Wanda Maximoff a.k.a. Scarlet Witch. The latter’s upcoming show WandaVision, as well as fellow Disney+ series Loki, will both tie into Multiverse of Madness.
Originally the plan was for Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson to resume helming duties on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but due to creative differences, Derrickson later exited that post, although he is still attached as an executive producer. Instead, Sam Raimi, who already has some superhero movie experiences under his belt thanks to his time with Spider-Man, will direct Multiverse of Madness, while Michael Waldron was tapped early this year to rewrite the script.