April 4, 2016

5 Marvel Heroines Every Woman Should Watch



As you all know, I recapped Netflix's Daredevil Season 2. You can read those posts beginning here:


I know, I KNOW, I am all about the shameless self-promotion. 

Anyhoo, with this season of Daredevil, we close another chapter in the story of a strong Marvel superhero. Matt Murdock's character definitely appeals to the male audience, but what about the ladies? As a Marvel superfan, I can promise you there are some incredible, awesome female heroines in the comic book realm - women that represent strength, courage and are awe-inspiring.

Here are my 5 Marvel Heroines Every Woman Should Watch.

Agent Peggy Carter

Image: Marvel Studios

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."

I recapped Season 2 of Agent Carter which you can read here:


And I wrote an entire list of reasons why you should care about Agent Carter. You can check that out here:


Natasha Romanova, Black Widow

Image: Jay Maidment/Marvel

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.

Jessica Jones

Image: Netflix

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.

You read a little hype about Netflix's Jessica Jones and Jessica Jones Marvel Comics backstory here:

Marvel's Jessica Jones: A Hard Drinking, Short Fused Mess Of A Woman

And I recapped the entire first season beginning here at:

Netflix Jessica Jones Intro & Episode 1 Recap: AKA Ladies Night

Daisy Johnson, Quake

Image: ABC

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

Image: Marvel Studios

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. Have you purchased your tickets yet? It will be awesome.

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.

This article was also featured on BlogHer.com. You can check it out here at:

5 Marvel Heroines Every Woman Should Watch

Do you have any favorite female superheroes? Who are they? Are you a fan of any of the ones mentioned above? Let me know in the comments below.

When I grow up, I am going to be an Avenger, and I am,


40 comments:

  1. It's nice to see strong, intelligent women out there...! Who's your favorite heroine?

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  2. Oh I WANTS to be a super-heroine, just cat make up my mind which one!
    What would you suggest fur me?
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  3. I just hope they don't go the way of the movies and have fighting each other - I just don't get why they have superman and batman fighting each other - did the writers just run out of villains?

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    1. Lol. No. That's the 4th issue of the Dark Knight series (thus the movie) in comics-The Dark Knight Falls. Batman and Superman haven't always been friends.And Captain America: Civil War is a comic as well.

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  4. I love Scarlett and her reddy locks!

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    1. Oh I love ScarJo. That's my girl!!

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    2. I thought she knocked it out of the park in Iron Man 2. She also looks much better as a redhead than a blonde

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    3. Yes!! Loved her in Ironman 2!! Loved loved the long red locks on her!!

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  5. Now that's a good series!
    Lily & Edward

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  6. Jessica Jones...gotta watch that and I'm not a big fan of comic book stuff but you are slowly turning me on to it....mission semi completed Agent Miliwife.

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  7. Mom always liked Wonder Woman...Lynda Carter did a great job in that role!!
    Hugs madi your bfff

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  8. So hard to choose a favorite, but I aspire to be like Agent Carter, but most of the time I feel more like Jessica Jones ;-)!

    Thirty One Days!!

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  9. I love all of these women! Peggy Carter is my favorite!

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  10. I really like Black Widow but I don't like her portrayal in the movies. I feel like the play up Scarlett Johansson's sexiness rather than her badass-ness. :/ Oh well, I guess it helps sell tickets. I still need to watch Jessica Jones, it looks so good!

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    1. Did you see Agent Carter? She basically fights the original old school Black Widow and she is a total badass. You'd like her a lot.
      Jessica Jones is AMAZING!! I loved it so much.

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  11. You know I love Marvel but am relatively new to a lot of people in the Universe!! I love this!!

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  12. I recognize some of those...like the Jessica woman...I believe she was in the "Don't Trust the B in Apartment" whatever show that I watched a few episodes of. And, of course, I recognize Scarlett Johannsen!

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    1. I LOVE that show Don't Trust The B in Apt 23. Holy crap, her character Chloe was like my spirit animal. Hahaha.
      Yes, I love ScarJo. I've been obsessed with her since Lost in Translation!!

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  13. I am probably more familiar with DC female characters. As a kid I loved Bat Girl the best and Wonder Woman, of course. I haven't really heard of any of these characters except in your blog. :)

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    1. Loved Wonder Woman as a kid. She was badass.

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  14. Such strong female characters, so inspiring!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire

    Http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.com

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  15. I seriously need to catch up on my marvel heroines - I haven't heard of some of them! Although I'm sure my kids know them all! LOL!

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    1. Yes! There are so many great ones! Jessica Jones is definitely not for kids; it's totally for adults! As is Daredevil. :)

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  16. Mom was at a LEO range that's open to the public on the weekends. It's where she goes for her proficiency shooting. She was there, with her flaming red hair and pulls out a large pistol in .45 caliber. The kid next to her says "awful big gun for a little gal - is that your husbands?". Mom shot three perfect holes in the bad guy target, one in the center of the forehead, one in the heart, and one in the groin. She looked at the kid and said "I don't need a damn husband". He had the good grace to slink away. When she met Dad (whose Dad is also a fed and a friend of Mom's) and told him that story he just laughed and laughed.
    Abby Lab

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  17. I seriously need to up my Marvel game. My boys have a huge crush on Black Widow aka Scarlett!

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    1. Omgosh who doesn't, though? Haha. I love her so so so much and, incidentally, we are the exact same height and measurements (which Hollywood considers "curvy" - I always thought of myself as slender? Ugh.).

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  18. Jessica Jones was in Breaking Bad ;)

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    1. Yes! And Veronica Mars, which Military Husband loves, haha. But my fave of hers was Don't Trust The B In Apartment 23. Hilarious stuff!!
      xxxooo
      PS Hope you guys get housing stuff figured out soon. The military life is always throwing curveballs our way, huh? Ahhhh. Sending you a virtual diet coke!

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  19. Ooooooo, loves them all!!! Thou, Ma doesn't know Sharon Carter...she most definitely will see that movie! Can't waits!!! It's really hard to pick one fav....I do likes them all! Ma likes the smart ass ones...just like her! BOL
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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    1. Hahaha me too! Agent Carter will always be my favorite. She's just amazing.

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