Eight notorious female superheroes and villains
When we think about classic comic book superheroes and villains from Marvel and DC, we all tend to think of the obvious Batman, Superman, Spider Man, etc. All too often, female superheroes are overshadowed by their male counterparts. Over recent years, comic book movies have taken the world by storm. Superheroes are featured everywhere in comic books, films and TV, games at top online casinos, theme park rides, clothing and much more. To celebrate all the powerful women out there and the release of the new movie Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, here is a list of some of the women from the worlds of Marvel and DC.
One of the popular superheroes from recent films is Black Widow aka Natasha Romanoff. In the comics, she was first introduced as a Russian spy who later became an agent for S.H.I.E.L.D and a member of the Avengers. She is excellent in hand-to-hand combat and has mastered many weapons. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Widow is played by Scarlett Johansson in many films such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). Many fans have called for a Black Widow film for many years and they finally get what they want as the character is set to have her own film later this year.
Dark Phoenix is the notable alias of Jean Grey, a member of the X-Men. As a mutant, Jean Grey has the ability of telepathy and telekinesis. Powers which are magnified when she is overcome by the Phoenix Force and becomes the Dark Phoenix. She becomes an almost unstoppable force as she defeats anything that comes in her way. Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix has featured in many popular comic book films over the years with Famke Janssen and Sophie Turner playing the character.
Harley Quinn’s rise to world-class fame stems from her appearance in many comic books and TV shows. Recently, the character was also brought to the big screen for the first time as part of the Suicide Squad team ran by Amanda Waller. She was formerly known as psychologist, Dr. Harleen Quinzel, driven mad by the Joker whom she also falls in love with. In the recent film, Birds of Prey, fans got to see Margot Robbie take on the role of Harley Quinn a second time after her first outing in Suicide Squad (2016).
The Invisible Woman
As a core member of the Fantastic Four, The Invisible Woman (AKA The Invisible Girl) has been a big part of every Fantastic Four movie to date. Kate Mara recently played Sue Storm in 2015 and Jessica Alba also played the character in Fantastic Four (2005). She is also one of the most important superhero women, as she was the first woman to have superpowers in the Marvel universe during the Silver Age of Comics. Her powers include invisibility – obviously – and invisible force field projection.
Poison Ivy aka Dr Pamela Isley, is a trained botanist and has abilities such as immunity to toxins and the secretion of mind-controlling pheromones and floral toxins. She is also able to mentally control the growth of plants and is heavily for the protection of endangered species and the natural environment. In DC comics, she has been portrayed as a love interest to Batman and has frequently teamed up with other female villains such as Harley Quinn and Catwoman. Uma Thurman played Poison Ivy in Batman & Robin (1997) and the character has also appeared in video games such as in the Batman: Arkham series. While she might be seen as a supervillain to some, she has also been referred to as an antiheroine as she often does wrong things for the right reasons.
Storm (aka Ororo Munroe) has to be one of the most impressive and powerful members of the X-Men, since her comic book debut in 1975. Her cinematic ability to control the weather has seen her progress from a young skilled pickpocket to later becoming the deputy leader of the X-Men alongside Cyclops. With her signature white hair, Storm is a powerful female superhero, who also reflects another side of diversity as she is also one of the few black female superheroes. In the X-Men trilogy from 2000-2006, Halle Berry played the role of Ororo Munroe/Storm.
Captain Marvel’s rise to notoriety is well-documented in the 2019 movie Captain Marvel. She is the saviour of the Earth, which is caught in the center of a galactic conflict between two alien civilisations. Also known as Carol Danvers, she has a huge range of impressive powers including superhuman strength, stamina, agility and the ability to fly at super speeds that are well beyond the sound barrier. Her “seventh sense” ability allows her to feel when she is in danger in a similar way to Spiderman’s “spidey sense”.
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