ByBayley Tow, writer at
Lover of all things Marvel and DC.
Bayley Tow

Ever since the beginning of superhero time, male superheroes have dominated the media's attention. They were the ones on the kids' lunch boxes and back packs. While the females had to take more of a back row seat. That is until the year 2016 rolled along.

This year we have been and will continue to be shown just how powerful female superheroes can be. Proving that they are no longer just a pretty face on the big screen. Without further a do, let's take a look at what this year has in store for us.

Warning: Potential Spoilers for the following films: Deadpool, Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409), X-Men: Apocalypse, Suicide Squad, and Doctor Strange.

Deadpool: Gina Carano (Angel Dust)

Although Carano's role as Angel Dust in Deadpool was more from a villain's prospective of things, it still was victory for the female character. In the film she stands toe to toe with Colossus and really gives him quite a beating.

Deadpool: Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand)

Hildebrand's new character Negasonic Teenage Warhead is also worth noting in Deadpool. Although the character plays more as comic relief, she shows some pretty cool potential for future films.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot)

Gal Gadot's role performance as Wonder Women in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, may be the best of the Amazonian warrior to date. Wonder Women has always been a symbol of power for female fans of the superhero genre since her creation in 1941. In the film, her power is on full display as she holds more than her own against the villainous Doomsday. It will be interesting to see how the DCEU will continue to build with her character when her solo Wonder Woman film comes out June 2, 2017.

Captain America: Civil War: Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)

ScarJo's interpretation of Natasha Romanov aka Black Widow is nothing new to Marvel fans. In fact her character was first introduced back 2010's Iron Man 2. The biggest difference for Natasha now is that her character is developing more depth after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron. In 'Civil War' Natasha is forced to choose between her beliefs and friendship with Captain America. This creates a very interesting challenge that the character will go through and it really brings her to the forefront of the film. So much so that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in a recent interview with stated that Marvel is "committing" to giving Black Widow her own film.

Captain America: Civil War: Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen)

Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch is probably one of the most talked about female characters after the release of Captain America: Civil War. First seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron, we now have a more self-conscious Scarlet Witch. She is starting to become more aware of her powers and considers herself to be a threat to others. Through the help of Captain America, she is finally able to pick herself up off the ground after her deadly mistake at the beginning of the film. All in all, after watching 'Civil War' I was more intrigue with the character than I thought I would ever be. This was especially true after I watched her smash Vision about what seemed to be fifty stories into the earth. It will be quite interesting to see what kind of role she will play in the upcoming 'Infinity War' films.

X-Men: Apocalypse: Psylocke (Olivia Munn)

X-Men: Apocalyse is definitely set to be a pretty decent film. We will be getting to see Jennifer Lawrence returning is the iconic Mystique, and accompanied by the highly talked about young Jean Grey played by Sophie Turner. That said, the woman in the film that is getting the most chatter is Olivia Munn's Psylocke. Fans have yet to see Psylocke in any X-Men films to date. Personally I think she will be great addition to the movie and as seen in the trailers, she will be ready to destroy anything in her path.

Captain America: Civil War: Sharon Carter aka Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp)

VanCamp's character Sharon Carter was the another female role to make some serious noise in Captain America: Civil War. Although she does not technically have any superheroes, she still very much can put up a fight with anyone who steps in her way. She even had the guts to take on Bucky Barnes in his brainwashed state of mind. Not to mention it will be interesting where Marvel will take her and Cap's new found relationship into the future films.

Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie)

Margot Robbie's antihero Harley Quinn may be in fact the most hyped female comic book film character of 2016. She will also be accompanied by Cara Delevingne as Enchantress and Karen Fukuhara as Katana. That said, I feel like these characters may fall a little under Robbie's shadow in the film. Fans have already been claiming that Robbie's Harley Quinn is going to be quite iconic. Judging from the trailers, they might be exactly right. Still, I can't wait to see what her portrayal of Harley Quinn up on the big screen alongside the rest of the Suicide Squad.

Doctor Strange: The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton)

Without a doubt Tilda Swinton's role as The Ancient One will not go on without criticism. In fact, The Anicent One in the comic books is a Oriental male as compared to a Caucasian female. This instantly caused a high amount of controversy among fans of all kinds. Marvel Studios President recently opened up to on the matter and here's what he had to say.

"The casting of The Ancient One was a major topic of conversation in the development and the creative process of the story. We didn’t want to play into any of the stereotypes found in the comic books, some of which go back as far as 50 years or more. We felt the idea of gender swapping the role of The Ancient One was exciting. It opened up possibilities, it was a fresh way into this old and very typical storyline. Why not make the wisest bestower of knowledge in the universe to our heroes in the particular film a woman instead of a man?"

So with that said, it kind of sounds like Marvel really did have a woman's best interest at heart.

Honorable Mentions

Some notable characters from Marvel and DC television series' are Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell), Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), and Daredevil's Elektra (Elodie Yung). All of these female heroes have grown quite popular over the last year.

That's all I have. Is there any female superheroes that I missed that you think deserve mention? Let me know in the comments below.


Which female superhero were or are you most excited to see on the big screen?


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