Annlyel turns back the clock to explore where the top picks of five female Marvel superheroes now stand in the MCU
I recently found a Marvel post I wrote in 2019 featuring the five female superheroes I wanted to get their own movie. And to my great surprise, four of them are being highlighted in major ways in the MCU. Here’s a throwback to that post I wrote.
(In 2019): Ms. Marvel
Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) isn’t one of Marvel’s oldest superheroes (she made her debut in 2013). But she has quickly become a fan favorite with her lovably witty personality and her unique enlargening abilities. And at a time when diversity has become such a focus for Marvel; what wouldn’t be more awesome than to see a powerful, independent, Muslim heroine get her own movie? She has the charisma to have one.
It’s also perfect because she’s supposed to be inspired by the heroism of Carol Danvers’ Captain Marvel. Hence her name Ms. Marvel. And with Captain Marvel flying into theaters this March it shouldn’t be long before we see Ms. Marvel make her Marvel Cinematic debut as well.
It’s two years later, we have seen actual footage of Ms. Marvel (and leaked images of her suit). Which is INCREDIBLE btw, and her Disney+ series has finished filming. We’ll be getting this series either later this year or at the beginning of 2022 and it’s a very exciting thing. Especially considering that Ms. Marvel will be returning alongside her idol, Captain Marvel in The Marvels next November.
(In 2019): She-Hulk
Jennifer Walters, Bruce Banner’s cousin, is a heralded New York City lawyer whose main goal is to fight for justice. When she and her father, who’s a sheriff in Los Angeles, meddle a little too deep into the criminal underworld; a crime boss named Nicholas Trask decides to inflict some payback. He grievously shoots Jennifer, leaving her on the verge of death. The only thing that can save her is a blood transfusion from, well, her troubled cousin, Bruce Banner.
She agrees to have the blood transfusion. But, of course, there is a side effect and she becomes She-Hulk. She-Hulk is different than Bruce Banner’s Hulk because when Jennifer transforms she still retains her personality. And the ability to talk normally. The only thing that changes is her appearance. Which includes her size, her green skin color, and of course her new abilities of incredible strength.
There have been rumors that She-Hulk may make an appearance in the MCU sooner rather than later and the prospect of a character as unique and incredible as her getting her own film is worth getting a bit excited about.
She-Hulk does now, in fact, have her very own Disney+ series which is currently filming. And will debut sometime next year. Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany will be playing Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk in the series. And starring alongside her will be Mark Ruffalo, Renee Elise Goldberry, Jameela Jamil, and Tim Roth will be returning as Abomination (remember him in The Incredible Hulk.)
(In 2019): Valkyrie
You know those characters that appear in a film and manage to steal the show? That’s Valkyrie. She made her debut in Thor: Ragnarok and I have been a fan of her character ever since. Tessa Thompson played the role of Valkyrie so perfectly that she clearly stands out among many of the heroines we see in film today. And her skill set as an Asgardian warrior is phenomenal. I was hoping to see her in Avengers: Infinity War. But, much to my dismay, she never made an appearance or was even so much as mentioned in the film. Thankfully, she did survive and she will play a role in Avengers: Endgame, however large that may be.
Granted she manages to survive the events of Endgame I definitely think she’s a perfect candidate for a standalone film.
While she may not be getting her own film (or series); she was made King of Asgard at the end of Endgame when Thor gave up the title. Now she will be returning in Thor: Love and Thunder as the ruler of Asgard and according to Tessa Thompson, “She’s looking for her queen.” Here’s to more Valkyrie supremacy for the future of the MCU.
(In 2019): Miss America (America Chavez)
With diversity on the rise in Hollywood, the superhero landscape is slowly but surely changing. And characters like America Chavez–a Latin American lesbian superhero–deserve their chance to shine. Not only does she represent diversity in such an awesome way but she also is pretty cool as well. Like Superman, she was born on another planet that she was forced to flee as a child and ended up finding her way on Earth. Her abilities allow her to fly, possess superhuman strength, and she can punch star-shaped portals into existence. Which can lead her to other dimensions. Um…wow!
And her archnemesis is Doctor Doom. How awesome is that? She’s already made a brief debut in the Disney XD animated film, Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors, so why not bring her to the MCU? And, if the Young Avengers do end up becoming a thing that’ll be the perfect way to incorporate her into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Xochitl Gomez has been cast as America Chavez who will be making her debut in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. And our first look at her character has been revealed thanks to some official Doctor Strange artwork.
It’s amazing how the MCU has changed so much in two years. Phase 4 has been incredible so far and I cannot wait to see what happens next.
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Annlyel James is a Senior Correspondent of The Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Aside from her role with Future of the Force she also writes for her blog: annlyelonline. Follow her on Twitter where she channels the Force frequently!