Saldana has played Gamora in both Guardians of the Galaxy movies, and will next be seen reprising the role in Marvel’s all-star Infinity War later this month.

Unfortunately it seems some actors in Hollywood believe they are above such blockbusters - and Saldana delivered an articulate takedown of their logic in a new interview.

“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,” she told Net-A-Porter.

“They think we’re selling out in some way. Every time they speak I feel so disappointed in them, because whenever you see pictures of people in this industry who donate their time to children in need, it’s these actors that live in the world that you feel is selling out.

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Zoe Saldana plays Gamora in Avengers Infinity War

Avengers Infinity War

Gamora is part of the Guardians of the Galaxy

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Saldana is a proud part of the Marvel family

“It’s these actors that understand the role that they play inspires a five-year-old who has one dying wish to meet a superhero. That actor takes time out of their life and sits down with that five-year-old and says, ‘I see you, I hear you, and you matter.’

“Those elitists should be a little more cognisant about what playing a superhero means to a young child. Because you’re not just dissing me, you’re dissing what that child considers important in their world.”

She added: “I feel so proud to be living in space, to be playing green and blue aliens, to inspire, primarily, the younger generations.

“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’.”

Zoe Saldana

The new movie has an all-star cast

Infinity War will be followed by an as-yet-untitled sequel in 2019, and Saldana is expected to be back for Guardians of the Galaxy 3 after that.

Several of her co-stars could be bowing out of the MCU, though: it is widely believed that the death toll among the heroes will be considerably higher than usual across the two new Avengers films.

Avengers: Infinity War is out on April 26 in the UK.

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