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Sarah Michelle Gellar slams critics of female-led Marvel movies
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Sarah Michelle Gellar slams critics of female-led Marvel movies

Sarah Michelle Gellar slams critics of female-led Marvel movies
Photo: © ANP

Sarah Michelle Gellar has slammed the criticism that female-led Marvel movies receive from so-called fans.

As the Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded, better roles for females have been generated, such as Captain Marvel and Black Widow, though movies led by women in this area are still vastly outnumbered by those led by males.

Online trolls have attempted to hijack review generators such as Rotten Tomatoes on shows like Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.

And, it is situations like that that leads Gellar to believe we still have a long way to go to respective the performances of female leads.

"Genre is where women can really succeed and hold an audience,” she told The Guardian.

“Every time a Marvel movie tries to do a female cast, it just gets torn apart. Unfortunately, audiences weren’t as accepting. There’s still this mentality of ‘the male superhero’, this very backwards way of thinking."

Gellar is no stranger to playing a female hero herself, as she most famously portrayed Buffy Summers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer for seven seasons between 1997 and 2003.

Why Sarah Michelle Gellar won't return as Buffy

The Cruel Intentions, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scooby Doo actress says it wouln't be appropriate for her to return in any Buffy reboot as the show is about the adolescence of the main character.

Buffy is one of the most beloved television shows of all time. Created by Joss Whedon and starring Gellar, the series received praise not only for the fantasy elements of the plot, but also for how it addressed adolescence and becoming an adult which is why fans are so fiercely supportive of it.

In ran for seven seasons between 1997 and 2003, though the canon of the show continued through various comic books. There has been constant talk of a Buffy revival, reboot, or continuation of the original series. But, Gellar won't be involved.

“I am very proud of the show that we created and it doesn’t need to be done. We wrapped that up.” she told SFX Magazine.

"I am all for them continuing the story, because there’s the story of female empowerment. 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.

"The metaphors of Buffy were the horrors of adolescence. I think I look young, but I am not an adolescent."

Gellar is set to return in the supernatural genre with a leading role in Wolf Pack.

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