The Top 10 Greatest Marvel Comics Female Superheroes

The Marvel Universe is massive. There are thousands of characters from different realities, timelines, spaces, and places, all sourced from nearly 80 years of magnificent Marvel material. But across all of Marveldom, female Super Heroes have proven to be some of the most amazing, dynamic, powerful, sharp shooting, heavy hitting characters around.

The Top 10 Greatest Marvel Comics Female Superheroes

With that in mind, we thought we’d take the opportunity to spotlight a few of the most impressive women in Marvel Universe.

10 Greatest Marvel Comics Female Superheroes Of All Time

  1. Carol Danvers, AKA Captain Marvel
  2. Black Widow
  3. Wanda Maximoff
  4. Jessica Jones
  5. Storm
  6. Kamala Khan
  7. Shuri
  8. Gamora
  9. Jean Grey
  10. Wasp

10. Wasp


First appearance: Tales to Astonish #44 (June 1963)
Abilities: Size manipulation; Flight via wasp wings; Bio-electric energy blasts; Telepathic insect
Movies and TV shows: Ant-Man and the Wasp, Ant-Man, and more
Creators: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Ernie Hart
Alter ego: Janet van Dyne

Wasp (Janet van Dyne) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by Stan Lee, Ernie Hart, and Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in Tales to Astonish #44 (June 1963). She is usually depicted as having the ability to shrink to a height of several centimeters, fly by means of insectoid wings, and fire bioelectric energy blasts. She is a founding member of the Avengers as well as a longtime leader of the team.

In May 2011, the Wasp placed 99th on IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time list, and 26th in their list of "The Top 50 Avengers" in 2012. In 2013, she was ranked the fifth-greatest Avenger of all time by Marvel.com.

9. Jean Grey

Jean Grey

First appearance: The X-Men #1 (September 1963)
Abilities: Psychokinesis, Telepathy, Empathy, Immortality, Teleportation
Movies: X-Men: Dark Phoenix, X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, more

Jean is a member of a subspecies of humans known as mutants, who are born with superhuman abilities. She was born with telepathic and telekinetic powers. Her powers first manifested when she saw her childhood friend being hit by a car. She is a caring, nurturing figure, but she also has to deal with being an Omega-level mutant and the physical manifestation of the cosmic Phoenix Force. Jean experienced a transformation into the Phoenix in the X-Men storyline "The Dark Phoenix Saga". She has faced death numerous times in the history of the series. Her first death was under her guise as Marvel Girl, when she died and was "reborn" as Phoenix in "The Dark Phoenix Saga". This transformation led to her second death, which was suicide, though not her last.

She is an important figure in the lives of other Marvel Universe characters, mostly the X-Men, including her husband Cyclops, her mentor and father figure Charles Xavier, her unrequited love interest Wolverine, her best friend and sister-like figure Storm, and her genetic children Rachel Summers, Cable, Stryfe and X-Man.

8. Gamora


First appearance: Strange Tales #180 (June 1975)
Movies and TV shows: Guardians of the Galaxy
Created by: Jim Starlin
Abilities: Superhuman strength, speed, agility, and durability, Skilled assassin, Skilled hand-to-hand combatant

Created by writer/artist Jim Starlin, the character first appeared in Strange Tales #180 (June 1975). Gamora is the adopted daughter of Thanos, and the last of her species. Her powers include superhuman strength and agility and an accelerated healing factor. She also is an elite combatant, being able to beat most of the opponents in the galaxy. She is a member of the group known as the Infinity Watch. The character played a role in the 2007 crossover comic book event "Annihilation: Conquest", and became a member of the titular team in its spin-off comic, Guardians of the Galaxy.

Gamora has been featured in a variety of associated Marvel merchandise. Zoe Saldana plays the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

7. Shuri


Played by: Letitia Wright
First appearance: Black Panther #2 (May 2005)
Place of origin: Wakanda, Africa
Alter ego: Aja-Adanna
Creators: Reginald Hudlin, John Romita Jr.

The character was created by writer Reginald Hudlin and artist John Romita Jr., first appearing in Black Panther vol. 4 #2 (May 2005). Shuri is a princess of the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda. She is the daughter of T'Chaka and sister of T'Challa, who is the king of Wakanda and the Black Panther, an earned title and rank given to the paramount chief of the nation.

6. Kamala Khan

Kamala Khan

First appearance: Captain Marvel #14 (August 2013)
Creators: Sana Amanat, G. Willow Wilson, Jamie McKelvie, Adrian Alphona
Abilities: Healing factor, Shapeshifting

Created by editors Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker, writer G. Willow Wilson, and artists Adrian Alphona and Jamie McKelvie, Khan is Marvel's first Muslim character to headline her own comic book. Khan made her first appearance in Captain Marvel #14 (August 2013) before going on to star in the solo series Ms. Marvel, which debuted in February 2014.

Within the Marvel Universe, Khan is a teenage Pakistani American from Jersey City, New Jersey with shapeshifting abilities who discovers that she has Inhuman genes in the aftermath of the "Inhumanity" storyline and assumes the mantle of Ms. Marvel from her idol Carol Danvers after Danvers becomes Captain Marvel. Marvel's announcement that a Muslim character would headline a comic book was met with widespread reaction and the first volume of Ms. Marvel won the Hugo Award for best graphic story in 2015.

5. Storm


First appearance: Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May 1975)
Creators: Len Wein, Dave Cockrum
Alter ego: Ororo Munroe
Abilities: Expert tactician and thief, Psionic ability to manipulate weather patterns over vast area,
Control atmospheric pressure, Temperature modification, Ecological empathy, Flight

The character was created by writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum, first appearing in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May 1975). Cockrum's original concept for a character with the power of weather control was of a male. This changed after he realized that multiple females with cat-related abilities, his first idea for a black female hero, had been created and were in development. Descended from a long line of African witch-priestesses, Storm is a member of a fictional subspecies of humans born with superhuman abilities known as mutants. She is able to control the weather and atmosphere and is considered to be one of the most powerful mutants on the planet.

4. Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones

Abilities: Superhuman strength and durability; Flight; Skilled hand-to-hand combatant; Expert detective
Played by: Krysten Ritter
Notable alias: Jewel, Knightress, Power Woman
First appearance: Alias #1 (November 2001)
Creators: Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos

The character was portrayed by actress Krysten Ritter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starring in Marvel's Jessica Jones (2015–2019) and The Defenders (2017). She has also been featured in various video games, in which she has been voiced by several actresses including Michelle Phan, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and Tara Strong.

3. Wanda Maximoff

Wanda Maximoff

First appearance: The X-Men #4 (March 1964)
Played by: Elizabeth Olsen, Kelly Sheridan
Abilities: Reality warping, Telepathy, Teleportation, Levitation, more
TV show: X-Men: Evolution

The character was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, first appearing in The X-Men #4 (March 1964) in the Silver Age of Comic Books. She is first portrayed as a supervillain along with her twin brother Quicksilver as a founding member of the Brotherhood of Mutants. In most depictions, she is portrayed as a mutant, a member of a fictional subspecies of humans born with superhuman abilities, and, for much of the character's history, was considered the daughter of the mutant Magneto. The Scarlet Witch possesses abilities to alter reality in unspecified ways and is a powerful sorceress. The Scarlet Witch is later depicted as a regular member of the Avengers superhero team. She also becomes the wife of fellow superhero and teammate Vision, with whom she has two sons, Thomas and William.

2. Black Widow

Black Widow

First appearance: Tales of Suspense #52 (April 1964)
Movies: Avengers: Endgame, Iron Man 2, MORE
Creators: Stan Lee, Jae Lee, Don Heck, Paul Jenkins, Don Rico
TV shows: The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled, Fruits Basket

The character was introduced as a Russian spy, an antagonist of the superhero Iron Man. She later defected to the United States, becoming an agent of the fictional spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D. and a member of the superhero team the Avengers.

Black Widow uses a variety of equipment invented by Soviet scientists and technicians, with later improvements by S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists and technicians. She usually wears distinctively shaped bracelets which fire the Widow's Bite electro-static energy blasts that can deliver charges up to 30,000 volts, as well as "Widow's Line" grappling hooks, tear gas pellets, and a new element introduced during her ongoing series during the "Kiss or Kill" arc called the "Widow's Kiss"—an aerosol instant knock-out gas she has modified. She wears a belt of metallic discs; some are disc-charges containing plastic explosives, while others have been shown to be compartments for housing other equipment. Her costume consists of synthetic stretch fabric equipped with micro-suction cups on fingers and feet, enabling her to adhere to walls and ceilings.

1. Carol Danvers, AKA Captain Marvel

Carol Danvers, AKA Captain Marvel

Powers or abilities: Superhuman strength
Played by: Brie Larson, Mckenna Grace, Jennifer Hale, London Fuller, Grey DeLisle
First appearance: As Carol Danvers: Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (March 1968)
Creators: Gene Colan, Roy Thomas

As Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers initially possessed superhuman strength, endurance, stamina, physical durability, a limited precognitive "seventh sense" and a perfectly amalgamated human/Kree physiology that rendered her resistant to most toxins and poisons. She originally only had the power of flight thanks to a contraption under her suit. As Binary, the character could tap the energy of a "white hole", allowing full control and manipulation of stellar energies, and therefore control over heat, the electromagnetic spectrum and gravity. Light speed travel and the ability to survive in the vacuum of space were also possible.

Although the link to the white hole was eventually severed, Danvers retains her Binary powers on a smaller scale, enabling her to both absorb energy and project it in photonic form. She can also still survive in space. While she lacks a constant source of energy to maintain the abilities at their previous cosmic level, she can temporarily assume her Binary form if empowered with a high enough infusion of energy.

Danvers possesses superhuman strength and durability, can fly at roughly six times the speed of sound, retains her "seventh sense", and can discharge explosive blasts of radiant energy, which she fires from her fingertips. She also demonstrates the ability to absorb other forms of energy, such as electricity, to further magnify her strength and energy projection, up to the force of an exploding nuclear weapon. When sufficiently augmented, she can withstand the pressure from a ninety-two-ton weight and strike with a similar level of force, although Hank Pym theorized that this likely was not her limit. Danvers cannot absorb magical energy without consequence, though she aided Dr. Stephen Strange in the defeat of the mystic menace, Sir Warren Traveler.


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