Remember The Avengers? It was 2012, Marvel Studios was about to release their most audacious undertaking yet, and the only female Avenger at the time was Black Widow, a fact that never escaped me. Fast forward seven years and the number of powerful women in this franchise is nothing short of fascinating.
And what makes it even greater, it’s a diverse array of female heroes to cheer for, meaning every girl can find someone they identify with.
So, for this week’s Who’s Your Favorite?, I thought it would be perfect to have them be the topic for this week. Enjoy!
If you told me years ago that Pepper Potts would end up becoming an Avenger I would’ve laughed. Turns out, it actually happened and I couldn’t be happier.
Black Widow, a Russian assassin turned S.H.I.E.L.D agent turned Avenger, has one of the most compelling stories in the MCU. A story that will only expand and become more interesting next May when we finally get to see Black Widow.
As a child on her home planet, she would’ve never imagined having to endure seeing her planet, family, and friends wiped out before her very eyes by the man who would become her adopted father, the Mad Titan, Thanos. Nor would she have thought that she would become a dangerous assassin designed to defeat enemies at alarming rates.
Gamora’s story has been tragic but she turned that pain into fuel to save the galaxy from others like him and to fight for what is right. It makes her one of the most heroic characters in the MCU.
Nebula, like Gamora, didn’t have the greatest upbringing. She was literally turned into a weapon as Thanos tore her limb from limb to make her more powerful. The stuff that she had to endure and her willingness to continue to impress him was saddening. But she eventually turned against him, forging her own path.
Wanda Maximoff was once a villain but it didn’t take her long to realize she was fighting on the wrong side. Standing alongside The Avengers, Wanda Maximoff has grown more and more powerful over the years and now she has become one of the most powerful heroes in the MCU.
Once considered practically nothing more than a fancy pet or servant to Ego, now she embarks on thrilling adventures with the Guardians of the Galaxy.
With one of the greatest debuts in the MCU in Thor: Ragnarok and a cheer-worthy induction in Avengers: Endgame, Valkyrie has stolen the hearts of Marvel fans around the world (including mine) with her sweet fighting skills and lovable personality. And now, being the King of Asgard, she will have an even greater chance to shine later on down the road.
Shuri, the Wakandan princess/science-genius, is a powerful Avenger because of her smarts. Over the course of the MCU, I’m sure we will get to see her utilize her incredible inventions in exciting ways like Iron Man’s tech permeated the first three phases of the MCU.
General Okoye is a powerful leader, willing to do whatever it takes to protect her country.
Hope van Dyne wanted to prove to her father, Hank Pym, that she could be a powerful hero like he once was but he never allowed her to. The fear that he felt of losing her held her back but when he did let her go and she was able to spread her wings (literally) she would become a force to be reckoned with.
Captain Marvel is the newest female Avenger to join the MCU but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t had the chance to shine. With her own title film this year and a fascinating Avengers film debut, Captain Marvel is clearly one of the greatest superheroes to grace the big screen.
So, of these female Avengers, who’s your favorite? For me, I have a very clear tie; Okoye and Valkyrie. Both of them excite me in ways that the other heroines just can’t contend with, but I have to say Captain Marvel is at a close second.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fabulous day.