Inspired by the comics, the string of films that form the Marvel Cinematic Universe have become one of the biggest creative juggernauts around the world - dominating the box office and shaping the narrative of superhero fantasies.
While the characters presented are generally driven by their comic book source material, Marvel Studios has been making an effort to try and expand its vision to make its films more representative of the world as it is today.
The latest instalment to hit the big screen is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. One of the points of interest in this film is that it features the character of America Chavez - played by Xochiti Gomez.
"America represents so many people and I feel like with her on the screen, so many people are going to feel represented and that's important..." said Gomez, speaking during media interviews. "The MCU now has America in this movie and she's an important part of story and people, one way or another, are going to see themselves on screen with her."
America Chavez isn't the first queer character to feature in the MCU, but predictably there have been calls for censorship and banning of the film. For example, censors in Saudi Arabia have requested that Marvel remove 12 seconds of the film in which Gomez talks about her same-sex parents.
There's also been a lot of heat on social media - much if it directed personally at Xochiti Gomez, who is 16 years old.
Benedict Wong - who plays the character Wong in the film - has expressed his disappointment at the negative reaction.
“It’s not OK...” said Wong. “We have to all collectively understand that Xochiti auditioned aged 13 and she joined us aged 14, one of the youngest actors to join the MCU of a film of that magnitude. You know, she’s just a young girl playing her role. So there’s a real level of shame for all those trolls that are cowards not to actually put their face on, and they should feel a deep shame of what they’re doing. Let’s all just play nice. Let’s all just enjoy what we are representing. All we are doing is radiating representation, voicing the voiceless."