Full disclosure: I really dislike the term heroine.  Besides being a drug-related homophone, it seems somehow demeaning to consider the likes of Wonder Woman or the She-Hulk any type of “-ine.”  So where some would want to discuss the merits of “heroines”, I’m gonna talk heroes who are female, specifically those in the Marvel Universe.  In the years since 1961, there have been any number of powerful, clever women at the House Of Ideas, from Susan Storm to Monica Rambeau to the powerhouse known as Jubilee, and many discussions of who is Marvel’s top woman.  Captain Marvel has been making a big surge lately, but Gamora and the Black Widow have gained traction, while a few of us still root for Janet Van Dyne, the Wondrous Wasp, leading us to today’s distaff query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) figures that DC’s #1 woman *should* be obvious, but it’s hard for a Triplicate Girl fan to overcome the voices of the Wonder Woman marks, asking: Which superhero do you consider to be Marvel’s #1 female hero?

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Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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15 Comments

  1. Alisha
    November 23, 2014 at 11:44 am — Reply

    Spider-Girl May Parker.

  2. René Christiansen (@Rugholm86)
    November 23, 2014 at 11:45 am — Reply

    Cap. Marvel. and I can’t wait for the movie :)

  3. Kirby
    November 23, 2014 at 1:34 pm — Reply

    Valkyrie, the fact she didn’t appear in either Thor movie is one of th biggest missteps of the MCU

  4. November 23, 2014 at 2:29 pm — Reply

    At one point I think it was Phoenix, but now its probably Captain Marvel.

  5. Rob
    November 23, 2014 at 2:36 pm — Reply

    Sue Storm, she and the rest of the FF may not be so prominent as they were back in the day but she remains a central figure for her strength compassion and powers.

  6. Kiester
    November 23, 2014 at 2:52 pm — Reply

    It is a close call for me between Carol Danvers Ms/Captain Marvel, and Jessica Drew Spiderwoman. From a leadership standpoint, I would have to go with Captain Marvel, but for quality of character, and entertainment value, I adore Jessica. But then, the real “heroine” of the Marvel Universe is Kelly Sue, and as she is no longer the author of a book that regularly features Spiderwoman, I am going to flip it back to Captain Marvel.

  7. Ian
    November 23, 2014 at 3:58 pm — Reply

    It’s Danvers, by editorial fiat

    • November 23, 2014 at 7:14 pm — Reply

      I didn’t ask what editorial thought., I asked what the Spoilerites thought… ;)

      • Ian
        November 23, 2014 at 8:08 pm — Reply

        Squirrel Girl, obviously

  8. Justin Bania
    November 24, 2014 at 1:49 am — Reply

    I gotta go with Dancers as well. I have always been a fan of Ms. Marvel.

  9. Ghrest
    November 24, 2014 at 9:03 am — Reply

    Carol Danvers Ms Marvel of course..

  10. Xybec Katta
    November 24, 2014 at 9:10 am — Reply

    Asking my 8 year old daughter and she says it’s a tie between Scarlet Witch and Black Widow.

  11. Dan
    November 24, 2014 at 9:19 am — Reply

    when you consider all-around power, leadership ability and propensity for good, gotta go with Mohawk Storm. hands down.

  12. Dan
    November 24, 2014 at 9:19 am — Reply

    however, i’ll second Squirrel Girl for if the poop really hits the fan and you need a galaxy-spanning big gun hero.

  13. Greg
    November 24, 2014 at 2:27 pm — Reply

    They’ve never had one, not in the same way DC has Wonder Woman, although they’ve tried. There isn’t any one female character from Marvel that is a clear cut #1. Black Widow is the answer right now because of the exposure from the MCU, I doubt many people outside of comic readers know who Carol Danvers or Jessica Drew are and I can’t see that changing until the Captain Marvel movie is here and IF Sony goes through with the rumored Spider-Woman/Black Cat movie.

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