With a Black Widow movie in the works and Captain Marvel smashing in theaters, the world is more than ready for more female-led films. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is full of great female characters with stories worth telling. So, in honor of Women’s History Month, here is a list of six Marvel women that deserve their own movie.
After appearing in Thor: Ragnarok, Valkyrie proved to be savvy, brave and deserving of her own film. Though strong and competent, her backstory as a Valkyrie is only hinted at in Thor: Ragnarok. A film depicting her exploits in the all-female battalion would capture the imaginations of fans everywhere.
It would be great to see other Asgardian women like Lady Sif and Queen Frigga make an appearance. Further, the dynamic between the Valkyries and Hela has the potential for witty banter and some fantastic fight scenes.
A kind and stealthy Wakandan spy, Nakia has what it takes to carry a feature film. Though her connection to T’Challa isn’t clearly explained in Black Panther, her job as an undercover operative for Wakanda gives her story intrigue. Her expertise with ring blades makes for technically stunning action scenes. Further, her interest in helping others brings a balance to the rampant bloodshed of many superhero movies.
With other amazing characters surrounding Wakanda like Okoye and Shuri, a film starring Nakia has the potential to go in any direction.
Mantis exhibits strength, grit and profound empathy throughout her debut in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. At times, female heroes can be pressed to be brash and unfeeling to protect themselves from bias.
But Mantis shows that women can be in tune with their emotions and the feelings of others while still being powerful and competent. Her past has not touched on much in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 beside her history with Ego.
4. Maria Hill
A trusted S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Maria Hill is a pillar of Nick Fury and the Avengers. Even without superpowers, Hill is skillful and holds her own beside “Earth’s mightiest heroes.” During the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the near death of Fury, Hill never gave up.
Though she frequently appears in Marvel shows and movies, her military background and personal life are not really explained. Even if the film follows events from her point of view, it connects the adventures of heroes and the public.
5. Bobbi Morse
Sweeping into Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D as an undercover in Hydra, Bobbi (Barbara) Morse is perfect for leading a feature film. Played by Adrianne Palicki, Morse is a loyal S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who joins Coulson’s team after Hydra takes over. She also helped unify Coulson and Robert Gonzalez’ agencies.
An expert on her battle staves, Morse is not only physically deadly but with a Ph.D. in biology, Morse has the book smarts to round out her character. Though we learned about her relationship with Agent Lance Hunter throughout the series, her early days at S.H.I.E.L.D. and as a spy remain a mystery. Her comic canon as the Mockingbird offers more to explore story wise.
A strong leader and full of quiet strength, Storm displays a maturity that is sometimes lacking in younger heroes. Halle Berry and Alexandra Ship play Storm in the X-Men movies with grace and style. Shipp plays Storm as her younger self, filled with more fire and headstrong ambition. Though we see some of her backstory in the X-Men Apocalypse, connecting her arc and exploring her character has plenty of possibilities.
And as Dark Phoenix releases in June, more X-Women deserve to be in the spotlight. Storm uses her experience and wisdom to help lead the X-Men and teach at Professor Xavier’s school for the gifted. Being a teacher requires superpowers themselves. But dealing with multiple super power-laden kids all at once? Now that is movie worthy!
Marvel Women & Viewers
While an all-female-led Marvel film is still on the horizon, there are plenty of Marvel women with stories to be told. Since female heroes play a key role in defeating villains across the universe, it is high time we pay more attention to their contributions. These films represent a long overlooked vein of amazing characters and stories. They tell the tales of female role models that have different personalities, gifts, and abilities. They do all that while being fantastic superheroes.