#Movies & TV
18 Female Superheroes Who Are Taking The World By Storm
by Bethany Lozier
Regardless of whether you’re a DC or Marvel fan, we can all agree female superheroes are having a major media moment. From movies to comics to TV shows, everywhere you turn there’s a badass woman fighting crime and monsters and defying stereotypes like it’s no big deal. Here’s our roundup of the best superheroines and villainesses to date.
Brie Larson as Captain Marvel
Before she was even cast as the first cinematic Captain Marvel, the internet had already selected Brie Larson as a top contender. Her role as the fantastic Captain Marvel marks the comic company’s first venture into a female super hero-fronted film, and we’re pretty damn pumped to see her kicking some major villain butt. The era of female superheroes is finally here!
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was indeed a critical flop, but Gal Gadot’s debut as Wonder Woman was unanimously not. The iconic superheroine already has her own standalone film in production, and given Gadot’s fabulous ass-kicking superhuman powers, we’re confident she’ll destroy the box office in the best way.
Kamala Khan from the Ms. Marvel Comic Series
Kamala Khan, better known as the current comic book version of Ms. Marvel, debuted as Marvel’s first ever Muslim superheroine. In the comics, she models her role as Ms. Marvel after Captain Marvel (aka Brie Larson), and is quickly becoming a fan favorite among Marvel lovers the world over.
Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad”
Even though Suicide Squad opened to less than stellar reviews, critics still raved over Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. Robbie’s performance was so well-received, she just signed a Harley Quinn standalone spinoff deal with Warner Bros. Let the slew of female-led superhero films begin!
Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones in “Jessica Jones”
While Jessica Jones may not be the catchiest superheroine alias ever, her character in the Marvel cinematic universe is one of our absolute favorites. Possessing powers ranging from superhuman strength and flight, Jones also suffers from PTSD and often faces real-life dilemmas despite her hero status. She might be the most realistic superhero ever, TBH.
Zendaya as Michelle in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”
Despite earlier reports claiming Zendaya was cast as the new Mary Jane, it has now been confirmed she will play a new character in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Zendaya is now set to portray Michelle, one of Peter Parker’s classmates, and while we don’t know for sure if she has powers or not, we’re more than ready for her to steal the silver screen.
Olivia Munn as Psylocke in “X-Men: Apocalypse”
Olivia Munn was originally offered the role of Deadpool’s girlfriend in the aptly named Deadpool. While sharing the big screen with Ryan Reynolds is indeed tempting, we applaud her for choosing to play the ass-kicking Psylocke instead in X-Men: Apocalypse. And hey, Deadpool and Psylocke could always join forces in a future DC movie, just saying.
Chloe Bennett as Skye/Daisy Johnson in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
With the ability to generate massive earthquakes and seismic disasters, it’s best not to mess with Daisy Johnson (aka Skye). In the original Marvel comics, Johnson is the daughter of a supervillain, so she functions as a double agent for S.H.I.E.L.D. Talk about an intriguing character, are we right?
Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch in Marvel Cinematic Universe
As far as superheroes go, the Scarlet Witch is arguably one of the most complex characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and we’ve been graced with Elizabeth Olsen’s adept portrayal of the villainess-turned-Avenger. She’s potentially the most dangerous superheroine in the MCU; she can generate chaos, dark magic and hexes without much difficulty. Talk about girl power!
Sophie Turner as Jean Grey in “X-Men: Apocalypse”
If you’ve ever considered yourself a telepathic, then you have quite a lot in common with Jean Grey. Deemed by many as one of the most talented mutants in the X-Men universe, Grey also possesses powerful telekinetic abilities. And Sophie Turner’s famous role as Sansa Stark probably contributed to this stellar performance (but we can’t be sure).
Zoe Saldana as Gamora in “Guardians of the Galaxy”
Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy made a huge big box office boom, partially due to the uber-likeable green alien Gamora. With her sassy attitude and super impressive combat skills, we’re a little green with envy we’re plain humans over here.
Alexandra Shipp as Storm in “X-Men: Apocalypse”
Though Storm’s character is a staple within the X-Men Universe, X-Men: Apocalypse marks Alexandra Shipp’s first appearance as the weather-controlling mutant (in previous editions, she’s played by Halle Berry). As one of the strongest members of the X-Men, needless to say, we were blown away by Shipp’s performance this year.
Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers/Supergirl in “Supergirl”
We’re anxiously waiting for the second season of Supergirl to start, mostly because Melissa’s Benoist portrayal of the titular character is so damn refreshing. In the series, there is little to no mention of the world’s most famous superhero (we already said the first half of his name, you can figure out the rest), and it’s about time the Girl of Steel gets her shining moment on screen.
Cara Delevingne as Enchantress in “Suicide Squad”
Cara Delevingne’s role as Enchantress in Suicide Squad may have been pretty malicious (no spoilers here, we promise), but we loved it all the same. As her name suggests, Enchantress is a master sorceress, and can manipulate various forms of magic at her will with ease. Pro tip: It’s best to get on her good side.
Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff in Marvel Cinematic Universe
Black Widow is undoubtedly one of the most popular female characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, thanks to Scarlett Johansson’s top-notch acting prowess. Even though the top agent’s allegiance is often ambiguous, we’re waiting for Marvel to spearhead a standalone film for our favorite ex-spy.
Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter in Marvel Cinematic Universe
Peggy Carter may not possess the grandest super powers (in fact, she has none), but she still kicks major villain butt. Portrayed as the perfect foil to Captain America’s engineered perfection, she still holds her own as his equal even without all any remarkable superhuman abilities. Did we mention she’s a freaking badass?
Lana Condor as Jubilee in “X-Men: Apocalypse”
Before Lana Condor’s appearance as Jubilee in the X-Men film series, the quirky character had not enjoyed significant amounts of screen time. Her role in X-Men: Apocalypse may not be groundbreaking, but Jubilee’s classic ’80s apparel and contagious personality made her a crowd favorite nonetheless.
Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique in X-Men Prequel Series
We certainly can’t forget J. Law’s blue-skinned role as Mystique, who switches allegiances as often she changes in and out of her human form. Best classified as an anti-hero, Mystique often sides with the X-Men’s enemies, but she refuses to stay attached to anyone for too long. She’s an independent woman/mutant, that’s for sure.