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Who’s Your Favorite Marvel Heroine?

The MCU may have an abundance of awesome male heroes but over the years there has also been a rise of incredible heroines who manage to steal the show simply by their commanding presence. But which of these fascinating, crime-stopping, alien-annihilating ladies is your favorite? Here’s the list.

Mantis

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Mantis is extremely lovable because of her sweet and innocent personality. She’s played a smaller role than most of these other heroines but her presence is undeniable.

Nebula

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Nebula has always been an interesting character since her debut in Guardians of the Galaxy. She was only the second female villain to appear in the MCU next to Iron Man 3‘s Maya Hansen and she was kind of really cool. Now she’ll return in Avengers 4 and I couldn’t be more excited.

Valkyrie

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Valkyrie is awesome, pure and simple. The Thor series desperately needed a major heroine equal to Thor and Valkyrie is that 100%. I like that not only is she tough but she doesn’t play by any rules whatsoever. She doesn’t bow before Thor when she sees him or grovel at his feet. She zaps him and honestly doesn’t care that much about him, at least at first. That’s definitely an upgrade from the infatuated Earth scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman.) 🙂

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I Have a Question: Where’s Valkyrie?

Valkyrie became one of my favorite heroines following her debut in Thor: Ragnarok. She was spunky, tough, independent, and most importantly, she wasn’t treated as a love interest for Thor in the movie. There was some subtle flirting between Thor and her but the writers didn’t let their bond coalesce into a full-out love story. I appreciate that. So when Avengers: Infinity War came around I figured there would at least be a small cameo from her (which I was so excited about) but I couldn’t have been more wrong. There was no sight nor mention of her anywhere in the film and that leads me to my question: Where is Valkyrie?!

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Valkyrie had a major role in Thor: Ragnarok and really placed her stamp on the movie. She was in the majority of the film which makes her one of the most important characters in the story and that means she should’ve at least been mentioned once or twice come time of Infinity War. That’s like if they hadn’t brought Wong into the movie. That wouldn’t have made any sense considering how close Wong is to Doctor Strange. So the only explanation that I can think of is that she was one of the Asgardians that Thanos didn’t kill.

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Ranking the Marvel Heroines; From Worst to Best

I didn’t jump on the Marvel bandwagon until 2012’s The Avengers came out. I remember being excited about the movie considering that it was going to bring all of these major superheroes together but I wasn’t watch-it-on-opening-day excited. In fact, I think I saw The Avengers about a month into its box-office run but when I did eventually see the film I was stunned. The movie was not only fantastically entertaining, it was perfect, and it’s the moment when I became a Marvel fan. The one thing Marvel didn’t have for quite some time, however, were heroines except for Black Widow and Agent Peggy Carter. They were the sole Marvel heroines until 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy which is kind of ridiculous.

Now jump four years later and there are Marvel heroines left and right to be excited about. In fact, next year we’re going to finally get a female-led Marvel superhero movie in Captain Marvel and I’m so excited to see it. Marvel Studios just can’t seem to fail and that’s why I know it’s going to be a great film.

So, today I’m going to share with you my ranking of all of these incredible Marvel heroines. Enjoy!

12. Agent 13

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I wish I could say I like Agent 13 but honestly, I don’t. She had a small but interesting role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier but her role in Civil War as Steve Roger’s love interest was more of a hindrance to the movie than a bonus.

11. Gamora

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I used to love Gamora. At the time of Guardians of the Galaxy she was the only major superhero lady besides Black Widow and she was awesome! I loved how she continuously staved off Star-Lord’s romantic advances, I loved her fashion style, and I definitely loved her butt-kicking ability. Then she returned in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and all of her awesomeness felt flushed down the drain. She barely did anything in the movie but talk and swoon over Star-Lord for a huge portion of the movie. In fact, she had zero fighting scenes. That’s pretty lame. Now I’m sure she’ll be given a larger role in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War but until then she stands as one of my least favorite Marvel heroine.

10. Nebula

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Nebula, like Gamora, was much cooler in Guardians of the Galaxy rather than its sequel. In the first movie she was a cyborg nightmare, a villain worth being afraid of, but in the sequel they softened her and it was kind of unfortunate. I understand that they had to make her turn good but she lost all of that fire that made her so awesome in the first place. And like Gamora, zero fighting scenes. That’s a shame.

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Superhero Women vs. ‘Star Wars’ Women: Who Is Greater?

In the past decade there has been a steady positive increase in the way women are portrayed through movies and television and last year the three highest grossing films were all led by women; Emma Watson’s Beauty and the Beast, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and Daisy Ridley’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. That’s a powerful realization when just a few years ago men still highly dominated the blockbuster realm. Movies, and television shows, today are showing women not as damsels in distress but instead as complicated, strong women who don’t need men to dictate their every action or sway their minds. That’s pretty great. And the trend is only continuing. Next year we’re getting an all-female Ocean’s film (awesome) among many other movies undoubtedly helmed by incredible women.

So today, in honor of all of the powerful ladies of cinema, I’m going to compare five magnificent female superheroes against Star Wars’ five greatest heroines. Enjoy!

Scarlet Witch vs. Jyn Erso

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I like Scarlet Witch a lot. I’ve liked her since Avengers: Age of Ultron. She’s extraordianarily powerful, she has a cool outfit, and she is a strong character. Unfortunately she’s surrounded by so many more important characters that her story usually is more of an afterthought than the main focus of the movies and so she hasn’t been given the chance to shine yet. Hopefully, in Avengers: Infinity War, she’ll have an actual story in the movie and won’t be used as only a vessel for romance in the film.

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Jyn is feisty, strong, she says whatever is on her mind, and she is not afraid of anything. I would say she’s an impeccable heroine. Her role in Rogue One was also fantastic because it never felt obvious that she was the only woman in the movie, besides Mon Mothma and the Leia cameo, because she was such a leader. She helped orchestrate one of the greatest victories the Rebellion ever had and that’s very impressive. She’s also awesome because she has such a rough look.

She never once tries to make herself look good. Her hair is messily tied, her skin is dirty, and her clothes aren’t worn to flatter. I think that’s my favorite thing about Jyn and it’s important for little girls to see a heroine who’s just as tough, or tougher, than the men she’s around.

I love Scarlet Witch but because she hasn’t really been given a story yet Jyn obviously wins this round.

Star Wars Women: 1 point

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The Women of Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok is a fun film, through and through, and what really helped this movie shine were the new female additions to the MCU. Valkyrie was spunky, tough, and she wasn’t one to mince words while Hela was frighteningly powerful, merciless, beautiful in a Goddess of Death sort of way and a great villainess for the film. I absolutely loved these awesome, strong women and I am here to talk, in full detail about them. Enjoy!

Valkyrie

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Why I’m So Excited for Thor: Ragnarok

I know it’s not even a month until Thor: Ragnarok comes out but the closer it gets to November 3 the more excited I’m starting to get. It’s getting closer and closer to the days when Avengers: Infinity War will be the movie I’ll be waiting for and Thor: Ragnarok, I’m sure, will have a lot of nods towards that Avengers film. I’m also excited to watch this new Thor film because it looks so different than all of his other movies.

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