Sarah Michelle Gellar has been a TV iconic for decades thanks to her starring role in the beloved series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Back when it was airing, it was praised due to its strong female representation which wasn't common on television during that time. Now, times have changed as we have seen more female representation on screen than ever before.
The MCU has also introduced more female characters in the franchise. While they are beloved by the majority of the fans, there are still some who have shown their disdain around the web towards them and the female stars have experienced attacks from a segment of the fandom.
Speaking recently with The Guardian, Gellar shared her thoughts about how some of the fans have been attacking the female characters in the Marvel movies and slammed them for their lack of acceptance.
"Genre is where women can really succeed and hold an audience. Every time a Marvel movie tries to do a female cast, it just gets torn apart," she said. "Unfortunately, audiences weren’t as accepting. There’s still this mentality of ‘the male superhero’, this very backwards way of thinking."
Unfortunately, we have seen several examples in the past where female-led MCU projects such as Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel were review-bombed by some fans before and after their releases so you can definitely say that Gellar is making some valid points.
Representation is certainly important in media and it is disappointing that it is being met with negativity from some people who are claiming as fans. Hopefully, we won't see more of this in the future as we see the major franchises introduce more female and POC characters as they all deserve the same spot as the male ones.
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Gellar currently stars in the new Paramount+ series Wolf Pack which airs new episodes every Thursday. Almost every MCU film and TV show is streaming on Disney+.