Most of the iconic super-heroines that have emerged in the 40s and the 50s, in the likes of Supergirl and Wonder Woman, have been created by male writers so as to cater to a primarily male audience. By the 60s and the 70s, during the second wave of feminism, there were some major improvements to the female characters even though there was a lack of female writers. And with the general perception that the comics cannot be catered to a female audience, there was this primary idea that “every woman is the weakest member in the whole superhero team”. Even amongst these several errors in representation of the female hero, Marvel does have a huge roster of female superheroes, such as Thor, Elektra, Black Widow and Gamora.
So, amidst the numerous comic book titles which feature the female heroes, for an amateur, it gets real hard to pick out the specific ones. For starters, this one is a list entailing the major female characters that have been in the running for a number of decades.
So, here is the listing of the primary female superheroes in kind:-
#10: Carol Danvers
Now, there might be a bit more emphasis upon the character of Captain Marvel, but she easily ranks as one of the best female superheroes. Even before she had gained her powers of flight and shooting energy beams via an alien explosion, her profession as an Air Force pilot was simply a standout characterization. She was a dynamic woman who could easily kick ass, even without harboring any sort of superpowers. Her place of residence is set at the top of the Statue of Liberty and she is best buddies with Spider-Woman. Being a member of the Avengers, she often jets off into space accompanied by her cat, Chewie (which is a slight homage to Star Wars). She also tends to watch over the Guardians of the Galaxy during their rogue adventures. And with a solo movie coming out by 2018, she easily comes forward as one of the strongest female characters in the comic books.
One other fact to be noted is that Captain Marvel was initially a male character. But with the female counterpart taking over the role, there was absolutely no changes made to costume to show off her assets. Nope; she doesn’t over that route!
Feminism Ranking: 3 Leslie Knope inspirational speeches.
Red Sonja is presented as the Viking warrior queen that comes across as the ideal female character. Having been featured since the year 1934, she is one character, who has a wide array of sword skills. Now, you have to keep this in mind that she had arrived on the scene way before Wonder Woman got to brandish her lasso, in the issues of Conan and then went on to have her own solo series. She can be easily described as “mayhem, blood, sex and red hair”.
It is quite easy to catch up to all of her story arcs, since its kind of a standalone story. And there is no unnecessary fan service. She dons that bikini, only because it aids her fighting style.
Feminism Ranking: 4 Rosie the Riveter bandanas