But she isn't portrayed as strong. At all. She's weak as shit and hides her desire for Peter behind her bitchiness towards him.
Even her being portrayed as desirable is debatable, especially in Homecoming where they went overboard with giving her dirty hair and have her do borderline grimaces, whereas irl Zendaya dresses and has the body language of Barbie's black friend. I'm sure they'll give her more classically desirable qualities as Peter warms to her (they already have if the FFH trailers are anything to go by). Because that's how teenage romcoms work.
I think you're mistaking the intent, like this movie series is literally too smart for you, which is amazing.>>107783865
Although him calling himself "Iron Man" makes me think he's thinking about audience perspective, RDJ knows how much kids like him as IM. Or he's completely fucking delusional and losing the IM role will throw him back into alcoholism.