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10 Choices for a Marvel Female Superhero Film
Our favorites for a solo film
By Tim Janson
September 30, 2013
It has been rumored that Marvel Comics is developing a film for one of their female superheroes and why not? Everything Marvel has touched recently has turned to gold so there is no better time to try and develop a film on one of their countless great female superheroes. Many of our Mania readers shared their thoughts on some of the characters they would like to see so now it’s our turn. We tried to look at the characters who would best work within the framework of past Marvel films although one or two personal favorites did creep into the list. And we even went one step further and provided some ideas on casting choices.
10. Valkyrie (Brunnhilde)
First Appearance: Avengers #83 (1970)
Brunnhilde is the leader of the Valkyrior, a group of warrior goddesses who would appear over the battlefields of mortal worshippers of the Asgardian gods and choose which of the fallen were worthy to be taken to Valhalla, the land of the honored dead. At times the power of the Valkyrie has been placed inside of a human host much like Thor and Don Blake. The Character is probably among the most remote to have a film made but she does have a connection with Thor. Portrayed by Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck, Dexter)
9. Shanna The She-Devil (Shanna O’ Hara Plunder)
First Appearance: Shanna the She-Devil #1 (1972)
Shanna was the daughter of a wealthy diamond miner who grew up in the jungles of Africa. She becomes a highly trained athlete and also attuned to animals and eventually is kidnapped and taken to the Savage Land where she meets and later marries the Jungle Lord Ka-Zar. Ok, so Shanna is little more than a female Tarzan, I get it. But she’s a hot woman who runs around in a teeny leopard skin bikini and there’s nothing wrong with that. Portrayed by Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes, About Time).
8. Psylocke (Elizabeth Braddock)
First Appearance: New Mutants Annual #2 (1986) although she did appear a decade annual in the UK in Captain Britain #8.
While first appearing across the pond in the pages of Captain Britain, Psylocke was integrated into the Marvel Universe in The New Mutants. She is the twin sister to Brian Braddock (Captain Britain). The mutant is a powerful telepath and skilled hand-to-hand fighter who can also create psychic weapons with her mind. The character had a minor role as a villain in X2; X-Men United although did not match the comic character look in terms of powers or appearance, at least not entirely. Portrayed by Evangeline Lilly (Lost, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug).
7. Mystique (Raven Darkholme)
First Appearance: Ms. Marvel #16 (1978)
Mystique is mutant shapeshifter who has spent most of her career in comics as a villain, founding the Brotherhood of Mutants. She would later join the X-Men, however. The character has appeared in all four X-Men theatrical films played by Rebecca Romijn in the original trilogy, and then by Jennifer Lawrence playing a younger version of the character in X-Men: First Class. Lawrence will reprise the role for X-Men Days of Future Past. Lawrence is one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood right now due to the Hunger Games series and would have strong box office appeal.
6. The Black Cat (Felicia Hardy)
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man # 194
The Black Cat is another character who began her career as a villain and foe of Spider-Man, but later became a hero. Initially the cat burglar is merely a Cat-Woman wannabe with no super powers but later gains various powers and abilities and has a variety of gadgets and weapons. The character was supposed to have appeared in Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 4 (if it had been made). Now Felicity Jones will play Felicia Hardy in the Amazing Spider-Man 2.
5. Rogue (Anna Marie)
First Appearance: Avengers Annual #10 (1981)
Rogue is a mutant with the ability to absorb the powers and memories of any person she comes in contact with (skin to skin). She was originally a member of the Brotherhood of Mutants and nearly killed Ms. Marvel when she absorbed too much of her psyche. She battled the Avengers with the Brotherhood but later became a member of the X-Men. Rogue was played by Anna Paquin in the X-Men Trilogy and will reprise the role in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Definitely workable as a solo film (with many X-Men cameos).
4. Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew)
First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight #32 (1977)
There have been a number of characters in the Marvel Universe named Spider-Woman and Spider-Girl (because Marvel went insane in the 1990s) but Jessica Drew is the original and the best. She’s had affiliations with The Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D., and HYDRA. As a spin-off of Spider-Man the character has name recognition that other female superheroes do not making her a strong fit for a film. Portrayed By: Tricia Helfner (Battlestar Galactica, Burn Notice).
3. Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff)
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #52 (1964)
Initially, the Black Widow was a non-costumed Russian Spy who became a foe of Iron Man during the Cold War era. She eventually defected to the U.S. and became a member of the Avengers although she would get her skin tight costume in Spider-Man #86 (1970). In addition to the Avengers she has been an agent for S.H.I.E.L.D. She has already appeared on the big screen in Iron Man 2 and the Avengers, played by Scarlett Johansson, and will next be seen in 2014’s Captain America: The Winder Soldier, as well as the Avenger’s sequel. The character already has a built-in audience and would be a natural for a solo film.
2. Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers)
First Appearance: Marvel Super Heroes #13 (1968) as Carol Danvers, Ms. Marvel #1 (1977), as Ms. Marvel
Over the years Carol Danvers has changed from Ms. Marvel, to Binary, and then to Captain Marvel. She is one of the most powerful female superheroes in the Marvel Universe with a connection to The Avengers, X-Men, and S.H.I.E.L.D. With her name literally calling out the Marvel Comics name she’d be a perfect fit for a film and one more way Marvel could stick it to DC since Marvel has the rights to the name “Captain Marvel”. Portrayed by Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, Riddick).
1. She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters)
First Appearance: Savage She-Hulk #1 (1980)
Jennifer Walters is the cousin of Bruce Banner (The Hulk). When she is shot and seriously wounded, Banner gives her a transfusion of his own Gamma Radiated blood. Like her cousin, Walters is transformed into a large, powerful green-skinned human although unlike the Hulk she is able to control her transformations and maintains her intelligence. She-Hulk has connections to the Hulk obviously but also with The Avengers, Fantastic Four, and S.H.I.E.L.D. and thus would be a great choice for a solo film. Portrayed by: Gina Carano (Haywire).