Zoe Saldaña clarifies her comments about feeling ‘stuck’ in Marvel movies

Zoe Saldana stated that she feels the “luckiest” girl to have multiple roles in big-budget franchise movies. She said this after saying that felt “stuck” artistically with her roles in Marvel movies, and other projects.

After a series of supporting roles in a variety comedy and drama movies, Saldana rose to fame in 2009 as Nyota Ura in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek”. Saldana was also the lead role of Neytiri in James Cameron’s “Avatar” that year. This role will be reprised in “Avatar: The Way of Water” in 2022. 

The actor clarified her comments regarding working on big franchise movies like Marvel when she spoke with Deadline Monday at the “The Way of Water” premiere, saying she was “grateful”.

She stated, “I would love the record to be set straight. It made me feel happy and lucky to have been invited to film with special directors and a special cast. They were so popular that people asked for another chance to see them again.

Saldana knows that she has “reaped all of the benefits” from those movies but it was hard for her to find a balance between the demands on those projects and her family.


She stated that she believed it was difficult for her to maintain both the worlds of motherhood and play with other characters, or earthlings, once she had started her family.

The actor claimed that she can relate to James Gunn, James Cameron and J.J. Abrams because she was an outsider growing up.

Saldana said that he can relate to men such as James Cameron, James Gunn, JJ Abrams, Steven Spielberg. Maybe there is a common thread. Perhaps we all know what it feels like to be misfits growing up and discovering that there is space for us to imagine the impossible.

Star added that she is “grateful” to work with them often, saying that “the fact that they saw me, as a little girl, Queens, and I can do these things for them, I cannot only be so thankful if they call back again and again.”

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