Concept art for Spider-Man: No Way Home shows the movie originally included America Chavez, who will debut in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Due to COVID-19, Marvel Studios was forced to reshuffle the Phase 4 Marvel Cinematic Universe slate many times. This resulted in changing the connections between various projects, such as Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange 2. The delays meant Benedict Cumberbatch’s sorcerer helped Tom Holland’s web-slinger before his multiverse-fueled solo sequel instead of after.
The connection between Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be better explored in Strange’s sequel. Audiences saw Wong (Benedict Wong) briefly appear and confirm his Sorcerer Supreme status, while No Way Home‘s post-credits was the trailer for Doctor Strange 2. This provided viewers with a glimpse at the continued multiverse arc of Phase 4 and the first footage of Strange’s next solo adventure. Of course, he won’t explore the multiverse on his own, as Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) returns and America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) is introduced.
Now that Spider-Man: No Way Home has been out in theaters for a few weeks, concept art from the movie done by various artists is starting to flood the internet. This includes another piece from artist Maciej Kuciara, who deleted the original tweet containing the surprising artwork. The Spider-Man: No Way Home concept art reveals America Chavez originally was in the movie. She’s featured in a scene between Peter Parker, MJ, Ned, and other classmates at a bumper car rink. The art noticeably doesn’t feature Xochitl Gomez as the basis for America Chavez, as Isabela Moner is the actress imagined in the role instead. Check it out below:
America Chavez didn’t appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s final script and edit, but she could’ve been a natural fit due to her multiverse ties. She has the ability to punch her way to other universes with star portals. This could’ve explained America Chavez appearing in Spider-Man: No Way Home if Marvel wanted to keep her in the movie post-Phase 4 slate reshuffling. The art is instead likely from a version of the movie before the delays. America would have already debuted in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness then, so her appearance would be more understandable. She’s even shown using a book, which could be the same book that became Doctor Strange’s box.
Although America Chavez and Spider-Man didn’t meet in Spider-Man: No Way Home, it won’t be surprising if the two characters interact down the road. They are both teenage superheroes who could be part of the Young Avengers or Champions potentially. If Marvel Studios really wants America Chavez and Spider-Man to meet, that could happen if Tom Holland cameos in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Otherwise, Marvel might hold off on this team-up until Phase 5.
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- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
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- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
- The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Jul 28, 2023
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