Some of you may be familiar with one of my older articles titled "My Favorite Marvel Characters of All Time" where I went over my favorite characters, as well as why they are my favorites. A certain reader asked me who my favorite female characters were, and that made me think; I should make an article about that, considering my favorite female characters of the Universe haven't made that many appearances in my lists. So without further ado, let's jump into The Toughest Women of the Marvel Universe.
Jean's powers first manifested when she was ten years old after her best friend was killed in a car accident. Jean mentally linked with her friend and was almost killed. The event leaves her in a coma until she awakens after her parents had sought the help of the mentally powerful mutant, Charles Xavier. He ended up blocking her telepathy until she was old enough to use it, while still allowing her use of telekinesis.
Xavier recruits Jean as a teenager to become apart of his team of X-Men as "Marvel Girl". She was the lone female of the group, which I liked for various reasons. It made her stand out, shining more light on her story and her abilities.
Jean's intense strength and nearly unlimited ability is what I love the most about her. She once saved her entire team of X-Men by guiding their damaged shuttle back to Earth. Desperate to save Scott and her friends, Jean's love pushed her limits, as she reached her full potential as a psychic and telekinetic. During this amazing feat, she was being exposed to fatal levels of radiation. Despite the fact that she was dying, she was still able to save her lover, and her friends. After the ship landed safely, leaving the members of the X-Men unharmed, Jean arose wearing a new gold and green costume, adopting the new name "Phoenix".
Jean pushes her limits, and succeeds. She hasn't only been through adversity, but she has overcome that adversity, time and time again. That is what puts her on the list of my favorite women of Marvel.
Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers)
Carol Danvers became one of my favorites after the release of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. The fact that she was straight to the point, and all about her business, is what brought me into her atmosphere. With superhuman strength, agility, speed, and durability, she can pack one heck of a punch.
She gained her abilities after being caught in the explosion of a Kree Psyche-Magneton device along with Mar-Vell. Somehow, the blitzkrieg of energy bonded Carol's genetic structure with Mar-Vell's. While Mar-Vell left the incident unaltered, Carol became a Kree-human hybrid. She also gained all of the knowledge and training of Mar-Vell, thus birthing Ms. Marvel.
Aside from her super strength, agility, speed, and durability, Ms. Marvel is capable of flight, and energy projection/absorption. Her ability to absorb energy isn't to be overlooked, for it makes her nearly invulnerable to energy blasts. Also, while she was battling Iron Man, she ended up absorbing the energy of an entire city; while she was drunk.
This woman of Marvel can tap the energy of a "white hole" allowing full manipulation and control over stellar energies, control over the magnetic spectrum, and gravity itself. Just like Silver Surfer Ms. Marvel possesses the gift of cosmic awareness which allows her to perceive all types of energy patterns, as well as become immediately aware of any disruptions in space. How cool is that?! Her abilities and her attitude are impossible not to love. Having the power of a nuclear explosion at her fingertips, Ms. Marvel is not the one to mess with.
Rogue, born as Anna Marie, was raised by her parents Owen and Priscilla. Growing up, she learned to speak colloquial English, and French, which was common in the Mississippi Bayou area. When Anna was a young teen, she ran away from home, not too long after her mother disappeared. Her Aunt Carrie who was looking after her, was a dictator of a guardian, which only pushed the young mutant away, causing her to rebel. I have to say, her rebellious attitude is one of my favorite things about her, it's hard not to love!
At some point, Rogue grew close with a boy named Cody Robbins. During their time together, she kissed Cody, when her mutant power to absorb the life energy and psyche of others through skin-to-skin contact, was activated. Poor Rogue was left traumatized by the experience, and Cody was left in a permanent coma. Rogue began to wear skin concealing clothing, to avoid accidental contact; she believed her gift to be a curse.
After being manipulated by Mystique, Rogue ended up joining her in her terrorist activities. Soon after, Mystique debuted her Evil Brotherhood of Mutants, before the majority of them were imprisoned. Rogue being the only one left, Mystique stirred up a plan to free the evil mutants, herself included, by having Rogue absorb the powers of Ms. Marvel. Because of Marvel's immense power, her abilities were not easy to take in, but the mutant succeeded.
As Rogues struggle to contain Ms. Marvels power was prolonged, the absorption of her power and psyche became permanent. The more Rogue used her power to absorb energy, the more her mind became filled with the echoes of the people she touched. Severely distressed, Rogue sought the help of Professor Xavier and his team of mutants. She was able to attend Xavier's school for the gifted, and was also accepted by Charles as a member of the X-Men. Because of her past, the majority of the team wasn't too fond of the Professor's decision. Sound familiar? The team felt the same way about another mutant... a young Remy LeBeau.
Not only did I have a crush on Rogue from X-Men: The Animated Series, but she's extremely powerful, and admirably confident. She's not afraid of confrontatio, and knows exactly what she's capable of! The fact that Rogue got the lot of her abilities from one of the most powerful heroes in the universe (Ms. Marvel) shows you that she is no walk in the park! Rogue is a rebellious mutant who isn't afraid to get her hands dirty, and that alone makes her a perfect match for one of my favorite mutants of all time; Gambit.
The adopted daughter of Thanos, is the last of her kind, the Zen-Whoberis, who were exterminated by the Universal Church of Truth. She was found by the Mad Titan and was raised to become a weapon.
Thanos was a less than kind guardian to young Gamora, but she stayed loyal, for Thanos promised her the opportunity to avenge the death of her family. As a young teen, she became extremely skilled in martial arts, earning the title of "the deadliest woman in the whole galaxy".
After a tragic incident that left Gamora on the edge of death, she was found by Thanos who restored her health by cybernetically enhancing her body to superhuman measures.
In time, Gamora became suspicious of Thanos and his motives, as he revealed himself as a threat. She aided Drax, Captain Mar-Vell, and the Avengers against the Mad Titan in a tremendous battle. I hope Mar-Vell will be apart of this team up, come May 2018, when Avengers: Infinity War Part I hits theaters.
Gamora is a bad a** assassin who isn't afraid to throw down. She was trained by Thanos for poops sake! Even without her sweet arsenal she's still not to be taken lightly. During Annihilation Conquest, she was nearly burnt to ash by the Church of Universal Truth, but was able to survive, thanks to her ability to regenerate.
Looking at how powerful and skillful she is in the comics may make you think that she wasn't done justice in the movie Guardians of the Galaxy. Honestly, I loved her in the movie, and knowing Marvel, I have faith in them further establishing her as the most dangerous woman in the galaxy. Being proficient in martial arts and having a cybernetically enhanced body sort of makes you a bit of a threat, don't you think?
Thor (Jane Foster)
Jane Foster was a nurse hired by Dr. Donald Blake, to assist him in his private medical practice. For those of you that may not know, Thor posed as a crippled doctor during his stay on Earth. Just like all of the other love triangles that existed in the lives of our favorite superheroes, Jane fell in love with both Blake and Thor, not knowing they were the same person, until he eventually revealed himself to her.
At one point, she was brought to Asgard by Thor, and was granted immortality as well as the power of gods. She was to use her new gifts in these tests of courage set forth by Odin, to conclude wether or not she was worthy to be with the mighty Thor. After failing the test, she was stripped of her powers, and was sent back to Earth with no memory of her beloved.
Much later in her life, Jane was unfortunately diagnosed with breast cancer. During her therapy, she was invited by Thor to represent Midgard in the Congress of the Worlds on Asgard. For her own personal reasons, she denied any kind of magical treatment. This right here shows how strong she really is! The coolest thing about her, is that she didn't need to be a superhero to inspire. Her courage, her ambition, and her true strength were enough to make her an inspiration.
During the Original Sin storyline, Nick Fury whispers an unrevealed secret to Thor that causes him to lose the ability to wield Mjolnir. Not long afterwards, an unknown woman picks up the hammer, possessing the power of Thor.
Afterwards, the unidentified woman battled Malekith the Accursed, Dario Agger the new Minotaur, and the Absorbing Man. Seeing this woman wield the power of Mjolnir, the former God of thunder relinquished the name of Thor, then referring to himself as "Odinson".
Furious that someone other than Odinson was wielding the power of Mjolnir, Odin sent the Destroyer after the new God of thunder, before Odinson and Freyja formed a team of female superheroes to aid the new Thor. After the battle, Odinson asks Thor to remove their mask, but is interrupted by a SHIELD agent who he suspected of being the unidentified woman.
Little did Odinson know, that Mjolnir gave Jane the power to fight as the mighty Thor. I can't think of anyone better to be wielding that kind of power. I was more than happy to see that she, of all people, was the new Thor.
I find it ironic that it becomes hard to explain one of your favorite characters. The struggle to find the words worthy of their description is tough, only because you want so badly to do them justice. So if I seem short, it's only because I love Jane's character that much. Foster is strong, well versed, and above all, she is worthy.