Tatiana Maslany. Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Star Tatiana Maslany says she doesn’t like the term “strong heroine” because it’s “reductive.”
Maslany plays the latest female superhero to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the Disney+ series, which premieres Thursday.
In an interview with The Guardian, Maslany said she found the “strong female heroine” label “disappointing” due to its lack of substance.
This term describes characters who defy the “cursed girl” metaphor by being the heroine of a movie or television show.
This abbreviation. Maslany says it’s a trap to hide all the nuances. Even the word disappointing. We should be grateful to be like that.”
The “Little Black” star said she’s looking forward to a time when superheroes aren’t the focus.
Maslany as She-Hulk.
“I love the side voices saying, ‘Oh my God, it’s all women’, or just saying, ‘Oh my God, it’s a story about gay couples.’
While Avengers: Infinity War introduced several female superheroes, Brie Larson became the first Marvel actress to star in 2019’s Captain Marvel.
However, the MCU has become more diverse in the past year, with the release of Black Widow with Scarlett Johansson and three Disney series starring women.
Maslany added that the “celebration of female friendship” drew her to the role of She-Hulk.
“Well, it feels new and strange, if I can use a binary word, woman feels deep,” said the Canadian actress. “It’s often used as a dirty word, but I was meeting women on ‘She-Hulk,’ which was great.”