There was a time when a “good” superhero property beyond comics wasn’t viable. In fact, before the Donner Superman films, they hadn’t been seen outside of TV, and even then, they were very campy. As the decades rolled on, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Comics Extended Universes arrived, more and more A-List actors got roles in those films, and have made the studios behind them billions of dollars. Yet, according to Zoe Saldana, despite the success, some people in Hollywood think that actors and actresses who participate in those films are “selling out”.
“I’ve been in rooms with people in this industry who are great at what they do, but they’re absolutely elitist and they look down at movies like the Marvel films or actors like myself,” Saldana told Net-A-Porter. “They think we’re selling out in some way.”
Not only does Saldana not believe that, she’s proud of all the sci-fi roles she’s played both in and out of superhero garb:
“I feel so proud to be living in space, to be playing green and blue aliens, to inspire, primarily, the younger generations,” Saldana said. “I remember what it was like to be young and to feel completely excluded out of the mainstream conversation of life because I was just little and unimportant and ‘other’.”
Personally, I side with Zoe Saldana. These actors and actresses work hard to make the Marvel films a success, and to say they’re “selling out” is wrong.