In an interview with /Film about Marvel’s next MCU franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy, Zoe Saldana – who plays leading lady Gamora in the film – said the following about the design of her character:
“[And] what I was thinking was, “She just needs to be pretty.” And that’s usually a thing that I don’t think about with other characters that I play but for some reason because I was going to be green and I was going to be the lead girl, I just wanted teenage boys to find me attractive.”
Now, this isn’t some anti-Zoe/feminist ‘crusade’ or whatever. The surprise here is that she became a famous Hollywood actress by playing women that aren’t totally reliant on their ‘attractiveness’. Not just that, but in sci-fi and action films too, which, unfortunately, is rare. She’s echoing the consensus of comic reading and comic movie watching fans that we’ve all heard before – that the sole demographic are teenage boys.