Speaking to the Guardian, Sarah Michelle Gellar criticized the trend of Marvel fans for destroying products with female protagonists.
Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played Buffy in the eponymous series that ran for seven seasons and 144 episodes between 1997 and 2003, is undoubtedly one of the first names that come to mind when it comes to actors who can hold the weight of a main character on their shoulders for a long period.
In an interview with the Guardian, the actress really criticized the tendency to criticize movies or TV shows that feature women as the main characters.
“Genre is where women can really succeed and hold an audience,” Gellar said. “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.”
What Marvel films Sarah Michelle Gellar was talking about?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress did not mention specific projects in her statement. However, it is speculated that she was referring to the recent controversy surrounding Marvel projects such as “Captain Marvel” and “Ms. Marvel.”
These films and tv shows faced significant criticism from audiences even before their release, with numerous negative reviews appearing on popular rating platforms such as IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. This backlash has sparked discussions about fan culture, critical responses, and representation in comic book adaptations.
Is Sarah Michelle Gellar right?
Absolutely not, It seems Geller is blaming US, the audience, for the failure of Female-led superhero films, But that’s not the truth, and everyone knows it. People didn’t like Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, or she-hulk not because they were female-led superheroes but because they were widely considered bad films/ Tv-shows for many reasons.
This might be the classic example of Straw man argument if you tell people you didn’t like She-Hulk: Attorney at Law for its lack of writing, or the worst CGI in existence, or the Bad acting, or being Inconsistent with the source material and failing to capture the essence of the original comic book characters, They will tell you, You’re a misogynist.