With so many male superheroes taking center stage in Marvel’s biggest films, it’s easy to forget there are literally hundreds of badass super-women in the Marvel Universe. From Gamora to Storm to Black Widow, these incredible characters have become iconic in pop culture, and their popularity has paved the way for more female representation and story telling, which can especially be seen in the latest wave of comic book movies.
With the release of Captain Marvel upon us, there’s no better time than now to shine a spotlight on the incredible superwomen of Marvel and the awesome ladies who cosplay them.
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After encountering the Kree hero Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers was accidentally subjected to otherworldly radiation that transformed her into a superhuman warrior. Calling herself Ms. Marvel, she established herself as one of the most powerful and prominent heroes, both as a solo heroine and as a member of the Avengers. She has now adopted the mantle of Captain Marvel for herself with her own MCU movie.
Here’s Carol Danvers in her Captain Marvel get up!
The sole surviving member of the Zen Whoberi, Gamora, was saved as a child by Thanos. Through Thanos’ augmentation and training she became a highly skilled and feared galactic assassin. Using her new formidable skills and abilities, she gained the reputation and title of The Deadliest Woman in the Universe.
Hela is the Norse Goddess of Death and ruler of Hel and Niffleheim. She is easily one of the MCU’s most terrifying villains and we’ll never forgive her for what she did in Thor: Ragnarok.
The Asgardian goddess Brunnhilde is one of Asgard’s mightiest warriors and the leader of the Valkyrior, Odin’s choosers of the slain. Known simply as “Valkyrie” outside of Asgard, she is a long-time member of the Defenders and more recently also a member of the Avengers.
Domino is a skilled mutant mercenary who possesses the ability to manipulate probability in her favor, giving the effect of incredible luck. She made her movie debut in Deadpool 2 and we hope to see her again soon.
British beauty Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock is a mutant with vast telepathic and telekinetic powers that she can focus into deadly weapons. She is a stealthy martial artist, a former fashion model and longtime member of X-Men.
Nebula was a space pirate who believed that she was the granddaughter of Thanos. She often had conflicts with Starfox and Earth superheroes such as the Avengers. However, when she actually encountered Thanos, he denied having dropped progeny.
After being shot by mobsters, her cousin Bruce Banner (The Hulk) saved her life by giving her a last minute blood transfusion of his own irradiated blood. From that point on Jennifer Walters was able to transform into the Sensational She-Hulk; a recurring member of the Avengers.
Also known as Selene, Black Queen is a New York City Boss of Crime Bosses. She is a mutant and an enemy of the X-Men who’s mutant ability is to literally suck the life out of her enemies. Gross.
Half Deadpool, half Gwen Stacey, 100% awesome. Gwenpool is a reality-manipulating wannabe hero from a world in which the Marvel universe is just a bunch of comics.
True to her name, the shape shifting Mystique is an enigma. Is she a mutant terrorist determined to bring about the end of humanity, or is she just a misguided mutant with a good heart? Whatever you believe she’s always been a integral part of the X-men movies and a fan favorite for her complexity.
Jean Grey was one of the five original X-Men. An omega-level mutant telekinetic and telepath, Jean has gained near limitless powers as a recurrent host of the Phoenix Force. She is known for her many returns from death and as the deceased wife of Cyclops.
A mutant with the ability to transduce sound into light, which often forces her into reluctant superheroism. She is also a very gifted singer and performer, hence her reservations in donning her uniform.
Negasonic Teenage Warhead
One of Emma Frost’s students who died on Genosha, Frost clung on to Ellie Phimister’s body until she was rescued. She created a telepathic construct of her known as the Negasonic Teenage Warhead during an assault on the X-Men. Phimister was later resurrected by Eli Bard & sacrificed to Selene.
Ororo Munroe is mutagenically imbued with the potent genetic disposition to manipulate the elemental forces that preside over the weather, in addition to other atmospheric phenomena. Having lived through a tumultuous life replete with successes and hardships, Storm; the thief, the princess, the once and future leader of mutant kind has eked her rightful place as one of the most influential women in the world. Her mandate is focused upon the safeguarding of her people, and the protection of Earth.
Genetically altered by Dr. Henry Pym, Janet Van Dyne gained the ability to alter her size, fly at rapid speeds and fire bio-electric energy “stings”. Calling herself “the Wasp”, she became Pym’s superhero partner. Later, she became a founding member and the first female member of the Avengers.
Jubilee is a long-time member of the X-Men and serves as a teacher to Generation X, a group of teenage mutants living at the Xavier Institute. She previously lost her mutant powers and then was turned into a vampire, adopting a baby boy named Shogo and working alongside the X-Men. Most recently, she re-gained her pyrotechnic abilities and was turned back into a mutant when Quentin Quire sacrificed his Phoenix shard to save her life and revert her powers back.
Black Widow and Jean Grey
A former KGB agent Natasha Romanova, better known as Black Widow, is one of the best agents S.H.I.E.L.D. has ever had. She’s a longtime member of the Avengers as well as the leader of the short-lived Los Angeles-based superhero team called the Champions.
T’Challa is the Black Panther, king of Wakanda, one of the most technologically advanced nations on Earth. He is among the top intellects and martial artists of the world, a veteran Avenger, and a member of the Illuminati. Using his powers and abilities, he has pledged his fortune, powers, and life to the service of all mankind.
Loki is the Jötunn/Asgardian God of Mischief and Prince of Lies, the adopted son of Odin and typically the archenemy of his brother, Thor, as well as the adoptive brother to former Guardian of the Galaxy, Angela. Loki has schemed against Thor and Asgard for ages and his cosmic meddling led to the formation of the Avengers. Recently reincarnated as a teen, he has decided to try to reform, and is now a part of the Young Avengers.
The once-mysterious Cable (a.k.a. Nathan Summers) is Cyclops’ time-traveling son who was infected with the deadly techno-organic virus during his infancy, which he keeps at bay using his advanced psionic powers. At one time a founding member and leader of the militant team called X-Force, previously known as the New Mutants, Cable takes the aimless youths under his wing and whips them into fighting shape in order to prepare them for future threats.
A charming and master thief who joined the X-Men, Gambit possesses the mutant ability to charge inanimate objects with kinetic energy which causes them to explode (in fact, his signature move is throwing kinetically-charged playing cards at his opponents). Gambit is also extremely agile and hypnotically persuasive because of his powers.