Sarah Michelle Gellar Calls out Audiences’ Backward Attitude for Female-Led Marvel Movies


Sarah Michelle Gellar, the iconic actress known for her role as Buffy in the hit TV show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” is back and making waves with her most recent interview. While speaking to “The Guardian,” Gellar opened up about her disappointment on audiences’ reluctance towards female-led Marvel movies.

Gellar, who has been in the entertainment industry for over three decades, has seen and done it all. From her breakout role in “Buffy” to her recent work in television and film, she has become a household name and a beloved figure in pop culture. Despite being in popular demand, she feels women aren’t accepted in the superhero genre by comic/action lovers as much as men are.

Her top-of-mind example was Marvel and the female superheroes introduced with that. “Genre is where women can really succeed and hold an audience” Gellar said before expressing, “every time a Marvel movie tries to do a female cast, it just gets torn apart… Unfortunately, audiences weren’t as accepting.”

Gellar’s first project in over a decade was in Netflix’s teen comedy, “Do Revenge”, and now she’s going to feature in a supernatural teen drama by Paramount+ as an investigator of supernatural forces.

While discussing the project in the interview, she said, “As an actor, you hope you do something that holds up, that people still watch, and that still means something to them.” Despite Gellar’s high-profile performances in the early 2000s (I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scream 2, Cruel Intentions, Scooby-Doo, The Grudge), she has preferred to stay out of the spotlight since the movie’s conclusion.

The film features an all-female cast, including Gellar, who plays the lead role. The film has been praised for its focus on female empowerment and its positive representation of women in action roles. But, only some are thrilled with the film and its female-led cast.

Gellar, no stranger to controversy, is speaking out against those criticizing the film and the recent trend of female-led action movies.  According to Gellar, it’s “extremely backward” that female-led Marvel projects are often criticized, but male-led Marvel projects are not. There’s still this mentality of ‘the male superhero,’ this very backward way of thinking,” Gellar said.

Gellar also mentioned that the significance of the “Buffy” series finale has grown. She said: “I love the ending. I love the fact that the whole idea was that every girl who wants the power can have the power. Isn’t that the ultimate lesson?”

Possibly, Gellar is referring to the pre-release review bombing of female-led Marvel films like “Captain Marvel” and “Ms. Marvel” on sites like IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. Due to the projects featuring female superheroes in major roles, trolls swamped these platforms with scathing critiques. Gellar’s passion for the film and her commitment to female representation in the entertainment industry is inspiring. She is not just talking the talk but walking the walk as she continues to take on powerful and empowering roles. And she is not alone in her fight. More and more women in Hollywood are speaking out and advocating for equal representation and opportunities in the industry.

If you are a fan of Marvel’s superhero movies and the MCU, here’s how you can watch all the Marvel movies in order. Although the audiences are a little less enthusiastic about the idea, there has been a parallel increase in the strength of female superheroes in Marvel. They come with all types of superhuman strengths and acrobatic prowess. Check out the best female Marvel characters of all time.

Gellar has made news lately by stating that she has no interest in returning to her role as Buffy in a new version of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” “I am very proud of the show we created, and it doesn’t need to be done,” Gellar said. “We wrapped that up.” “I am all for them continuing the story because there’s the story of female empowerment,” Gellar continued. “I love the way the show was left: ‘Every girl who has the power can have the power.’ It’s set up perfectly for someone else to have the power. But like I said, the metaphors of ‘Buffy’ were the horrors of adolescence. I think I look young, but I am not an adolescent.”

“Wolf Pack” is set to hit theaters later this year, and it’s sure to be a must-see film. With its all-female cast, action-packed plot, and powerful message, it’s sure to be a hit with audiences everywhere.

Do you think female lead superhero movies are much more entertaining, and Michelle Gellar’s statement on MCU is true? Share your thoughts below.

Chris Mack

Chris Mack

Chris is a technology and entertainment writer whose main interests revolve around the art of writing and expression. He loves writing research-based articles in different niches and translating his thoughts into words that inspire others.

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