With Netflix’s release of the second season of Daredevil in March, we closed another chapter in the story of a strong Marvel superhero. Daredevil’s character appeals directly to the male audience, but what about ladies as leads? As a Marvel fan, I can promise you there are some incredibly awesome female heroines in the comic book realm — women who represent strength, courage and are awe-inspiring.
Here are my 5 Marvel Heroines Every Woman Should Watch.
Agent Peggy Carter
Making her first appearance in Marvel Comics in 1966, she not only was Captain America’s wartime love interest, but served alongside him in numerous operations. Agent Carter joined the French resistance as a teenager and became a skilled fighter and markswoman. She is hands down my favorite female Marvel heroine because of her skill, intelligence, quick wit and feminist attitude.
ABC's Agent Carter, starring the beautiful and talented Hayley Atwell, is a series all about girl power and feminism set against the backdrop of the 1940s. Agent Carter ably takes down her opponents and outwits her male superiors at the Strategic Scientific Reserve, which would become S.H.I.E.L.D. She even would later serve as the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Her mantra is well known amongst Marvel fans and is certainly one for every little girl - "I know my value. Anyone else's opinion really doesn't matter."
Natasha Romanova, Black Widow
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Originally introduced as a Russian spy and antagonist to Ironman in 1962, Black Widow/Natasha Romanova went on a lengthy journey of redemption that would finally land her a position as an Avenger. She is a gymnast, acrobat, aerialist, expert tactician, strategist and possesses a gifted intellect.
Portrayed by Scarlett Johansson, Black Widow is the first female member of The Avengers on screen. She has a long standing friendship and working relationship with both Hawkeye and Captain America, and single handily dismantled S.H.I.E.L.D. by exposing its secrets to the world in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. There is no doubt she is one of the most incredible forces in the female superhero realm.
With Netflix's series in Fall 2015, the world was introduced to a newer face in Marvel Comics, Jessica Jones. Jones is a broken superhero who left her powers behind to work as a private investigator and come to terms with her past. She possesses superhuman strength, the ability to fly and is a skilled detective and investigative journalist.
Portrayed magnificently by Krysten Ritter, Jessica Jones journey of repair is quite relatable to the female audience. While they might not have her powers, they can sympathize with her struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Jones drinks excessively, curses and most importantly, she makes mistakes as opposed to the mainstream "perfect" Marvel superheroes. The series is one every woman should watch.
Daisy Johnson, Quake
Daughter of a Marvel supervillian who was taken under the direct care of Nick Fury, Daisy Johnson is a formidable Marvel superhero. Her powers include generating powerful vibrations that resemble earthquakes. She eventually is drafted directly into the Avengers by Captain America and becomes Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. upon Fury's retirement.
In ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daisy, played by Chloe Bennet, has grown from a young computer hacker to Agent to a rising superhero in the Marvel Universe often called "Tremors." She is most certainly a fan favorite amongst the younger female viewers of the series due to her intelligence and strength.
Sharon Carter, Agent 13
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First appearing in Marvel Comics in 1966, Sharon Carter, niece of Agent Peggy Carter, was inspired by her aunt to join S.H.I.E.L.D. Like most Marvel heroines, she is a skilled athlete and martial artist trained in weaponry, espionage and computer hacking. She even served a term as Executive Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Like her aunt, Sharon Carter carried on a relationship with Captain America and served with him on numerous missions.
Portrayed by Emily Van Camp on screen, we can certainly expect to see more of this tough as nails Agent in Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016.
These are just a few of the incredible heroines in Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the support of female fans, I hope to see a stand alone female superhero film from Marvel Studios in the future.
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