30 Strongest Female Marvel Characters



  • Marvel Comics showcases a diverse range of powerful female characters, proving that strength comes in many forms.
  • The strongest female Marvel characters shine in the comics, where they are given the space to truly showcase their capabilities.
  • From Black Widow’s combat expertise to Scarlet Witch’s reality-warping powers, Marvel’s female heroes are forces to be reckoned with.

The Marvel world can seem oversaturated with male heroes, but as Marvel Comics have proven time and time again, there is a great range of female characters with immense power too. These women are not only physically strong, with all manner of cool abilities, but they often have incredible intellectual and/or emotional strengths too.

While the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a number of fantastic female superheroes, and some have been seen on-screen in other Marvel projects, the comics are largely where the strongest female Marvel characters are given the time and space to truly show what they are capable of.


30 Strongest Female Characters In The DC Universe

Who are the strongest female DC superheroes and how do the villains compare? These are the most powerful of DC’s female characters.

30 Black Widow Is A Soviet Super Soldier & Combat Expert

(AKA Natalia “Natasha” Romanova)

First Appearance



Tales of Suspense #54 (1964)

Stan Lee, Don Rico, Don Heck

Enhanced physical abilities; weapons expert; hand-to-hand combat specialist; master of espionage; logistics expert

Natasha Romanov, AKA Black Widow is one of Marvel’s most enduring characters, and among its most fierce fighters. From her origin as a Soviet spy, to her time as a perennial Avenger, Widow has developed a skill-set matched by few other fighters. Her training, combined with her Supersoldier Serum-enhanced physique, has enabled her to take on numerous superpowered characters in combat.

Black Widow is also one of Marvel’s most savvy characters, able to outsmart almost anyone. She is a weapons expert, as well as a master of hand-to-hand fighting techniques. Thanks to the Supersoldier Serum she has a healing factor that allows her to put herself in highly dangerous situations, which she is always willing to do.

29 Black Cat Is Marvel’s Greatest Thief

(AKA Felica Hardy)

First Appearance



Amazing Spider-Man #194

Marv Wolfman, Keith Pollard

Enhanced physical abilities; Master Thief; Luck Probability Manipulation

While DC has Selina Kyle, Marvel has Felica Hardy. Black Cat is one of the greatest thieves that the Marvel Universe has ever seen. She’s a prolific jewel thief and has also managed to steal Spider-Man’s heart a few different times. Not only is Felica a master thief, but she also has powerful probability manipulation powers. This allows her to always be on the winning side of things, no matter how bad her situation might look, a stroke of luck will always make it, so she ends up on top.

Over the years, she’s flirted with the idea of being both an anti-hero and a superhero. Sometimes she’s a gang leader ruling the streets of New York, and sometimes she’s the first to answer Spider-Man’s call for help. Either way, she’s an absolutely beloved character in the Marvel Universe.

28 The Invisible Woman Does More Than Just Disappear

(AKA Dr. Susan Storm-Richard)

First Appearance



The Fantastic Four #1 (1963)

Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

Ability to make herself & those around her invisible; energy manipulation; immunity to telepathy; shield projection

As a member of “Marvel’s First Family,” the Fantastic Four, Sue Storm is among the company’s early prominent female superheroes. Over six decades after her debut, Sue has become increasingly powerful, with her range of abilities extending beyond just invisibility, as she has been revealed to be a powerful energy-manipulator.

Sue is often overlooked, but she has proven herself against the most powerful villains in the Marvel Universe, as well as fellow heroes such as the Hulk. Most notably, the Invisible Woman displayed the true might of her powers by killing a Celestial, a cosmic being ranking among Marvel’s most powerful.

27 Elektra Is Marvel’s Deadliest Woman

(AKA Elektra Natchios)

First Appearance



Daredevil #168 (October 1980)

Frank Miller

Expert Martial Artist, Master Assassin

Elektra is often regarded as one of the most deadly women in Marvel. She’s been a member of the Chaste and a member of The Hand, and she’s been a major love interest of Matt Murdock for decades. She’s even been the personal assassin for Wilson Fisk and killed several people on his orders. Despite the darkness that is inside Elektra, she has tried a few times to be a true hero.

During Chip Zdarsky’s run on Daredevil, Elektra took on the mantle of Daredevil to prove to Matt that she was genuine about being a hero. Since then, she’s continued to patrol the streets of New York, doing her best to keep the citizens of Hells Kitchen safe. Her relationship with Daredevil has been one of the most passionate and destructive relationships in comic book history.

26 Jessica Jones Is Among Marvel’s Most Badass Street-Level Brawlers

(AKA Jewel, Knightress, Power Woman)

First Appearance



Alias #1 (2001)

Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos

Superstrength; healing factor; skilled private investigator; experienced fighter

Jessica Jones is the very model of strength in the face of adversity. Her powers include enhanced strength and durability, which she put to use as a hero for a time, before she fell under the mind-control of the villain Purple Man, and was forced to serve at his whims.

After being freed from his influence, Jessica eschewed the traditional superhero life and became a private eye, and a fantastic one at that. While she doesn’t make a living with her powers, they certainly come in handy as she’s fought powerful villains like Doctor Doom.

25 Spider-Woman is Marvel’s Most Capable Spider-Hero

(AKA Jessica Drew)

First Appearance



Marvel Spotlight #32 (1972)

Archie Goodwin, Marie Severin

Superhuman strength; spider-like reflexes; pheremone control; bio-energy projection

Jessica Drew, also known as Spider-Woman, not only has every power that fans have come to associate with a Spider-hero, but is also a super spy and private investigator. Physically, Jessica can hold her own with Marvel’s most powerful fighters, but she also has a wide range of unique powers that give her more than just a physical edge. She is also tactically and intellectually powerful.

Although Spider-Woman has a rather convoluted origin story, she’s always been portrayed as a powerful character. A member of the Avengers who has had experiences with both S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA, Jessica is a valuable ally, and dangerous enemy, to have.

24 Ironheart Is One Of Marvel’s Smartest Characters

(AKA Riri Williams)

First Appearance



Invincible Iron Man #7 (March 2016)

Brian Michael Bendis, Mike Deodato

Super-Genius Inventor, Skilled Inventor and Engineer

There are tons of brilliant minds in the Marvel Universe, from Reed Richards to Tony Stark, and one of the brightest and youngest minds is Riri Williams. At the age of five years old, Riri was diagnosed as being a super genius and her parents moved her into a special school that could better cater to her budding genius.

Riri had intended to use her genius to create inventions that would help superheroes fight crime, but after her family was caught in the middle of a gang shooting, Riri decided to start building her own Iron Man suit to fight crime. After stealing dozens of parts and reverse engineering an old Tony Stark Iron Man suit, Riri was able to join the superhero community and help fight in the second superhero civil war on the side of Iron Man.

23 The Upper Level Of Monica Rambeau’s Power Is Nearly Limitless

(AKA Spectrum, Photon, Captain Marvel)

First Appearance



The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16 (1982)

Roger Stern, John Romita, Jr.

energy conversion and manipulation; lightspeed travel; stronger leadership qualities

Monica Rambeau has gone by a number of superhero names over the years. Originally, she was a former New Orleans Harbor Patrol Lieutenant who received exposure to extradimensional energy, and gained the power to turn into any form of energy along the electromagnetic spectrum. This gave her the ability fly at the speed of light, shoot lasers, and assume the form of all sorts of energies.

Monica was notably the first woman to use the Captain Marvel moniker. Portrayed as a member of both the Avengers and the Ultimates, her Spectrum form’s powers have a vast range of applications, making her an asset to any team, on a wide variety of different missions.

22 Kamala Khan Is One Of Marvel’s Most Prodigious Young Heroes

(AKA Ms. Marvel)

First Appearance



All-New Marvel Now! Point One #1 (2014)

Sana Amanat, Adrian Alphona, Jamie McKelvie, Stephen Wacker, G. Willow Wilson

Physical malleability; ability to shapeshift; healing factor; unspecified mutation; Inhuman genetics

Kamala Khan has only been a Marvel hero for a short time compared to some of the other characters on this list, but her ascent to a position of prominence in the company’s heroic pantheon has been swift. It has also been warranted, as Kamala has captured the spirit of classic Marvel stories in a way many earlier characters have become detached from.

As Ms. Marvel, her story has only gotten more thrilling as she’s been revealed to be part-Inhuman/part-mutant, has died and been resurrected, and most excitingly, has been written by Iman Vellani, the actress who portrays Kamala in the MCU.

21 Wasp Was A Founding Avenger, Named The Team, and Trained With Captain America

(AKA Janet Van Dyne)

Wasp Marvel Comics

First Appearance



Tales to Astonish #44 (1963)

Stan Lee, Ernie Heart, Jack Kirby

Advanced technological proficiency; super-intellect; flight; energy blasts; size manipulation

Janet Van Dyne is the partner of the Marvel Universe’s other diminutive hero, Ant-Man. However, Janet does more than specialize in shrinking. Wasp is able to manipulate her body’s bio-electic energy and release it in the form of her iconic ‘Stingers’. Janet also has a few genetic modifications that allow her to sprout functional wings and antennae.

Janet has frequently proven herself a highly qualified leader, regularly assuming a primary role among Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. She has also time and time again proven herself in combat, having been trained to fight by fellow original Avenger Captain America himself.

20 Emma Frost is As Ice-Cold & Ruthless As Marvel Heroes Get

(AKA The White Queen)

First Appearance



Uncanny X-Men #129 (1980)

Chris Claremont, John Byrne

Omega-level telepathy; ability to shift into diamond form (secondary mutation) which grants additional strength, physical invulnerability, and immunity to telepathic attack

The White Queen, Emma Frost, has strong telepathic powers, which allow her entry almost at-will into other people’s minds. She can also understand exactly what someone is thinking, as long as she is in close enough proximity to them. In the comics, this proves to be a hugely beneficial skill, as she can easily manipulate and distract her opponents.

As part of her secondary mutation, Frost can also transform her body into a diamond form. While in this state, she is completely impervious to psychic attacks, which could otherwise harm her. On top of this, her diamond form gives her enhanced strength, and makes her nearly invulnerable to harm.

19 The Best Wolverine In The Marvel Universe Isn’t Logan

(Laura Kinney, AKA X-23, Talon)

First Appearance



NYX #4 (2004)

Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost

Healing factor; superhuman strength and agility; adamantium-laced claws (hands & feet); expert in close-quarters combat

Laura Kinney was introduced to Marvel Comics as X-23, but she has since taken on the mantle of Wolverine. The biological daughter of the original Wolverine, Laura was raised by an evil organization to be an incredibly ruthless fighter, and she has the same healing ability as her father.

This mutant power makes her one of the most invincible characters in the Marvel world, and since breaking free from the clutches of those who raised her, she has often fought alongside the X-Men. Laura also has an immensely keen intellect, showing fluency in many languages, and styles of martial arts.

Somewhat confusingly, the original version of Laura Kinney was aged-up as part of a storyline, and subsequently took on the alternate moniker of “Talon,” before being killed off as one of the
most tragic deaths of Marvel’s
Fall of X

. There is, however, also a younger version of the character still active in the Marvel Universe, still operating under the name “Wolverine.”

18 Gamora Is The Daughter Of Thanos

(AKA Gamora Zen Whoberi Ben Titan)

First Appearance



Strange Tales #180 (March 1975)

Jim Starlin

Artificially Enhanced Physiology, Enhanced Strength, Superhuman Agility, Superhuman Reflexes, Precognition, Regenerative Healing Factor

There are few characters in the Marvel Universe as despised as the Mad Titan Thanos, and few characters hate Thanos as much as his own daughter, Gamora. Thanos found Gamora after the massacre of her people and raised her to be the deadliest woman in the Galaxy, and she succeeded.

Since then, Gamora has been on tons of adventures, sometimes as a ruthless assassin and sometimes as a hero in the Guardians of the Galaxy. Gamora even gained the Time Stone at one point and held it for so long that she’s managed to retain some residual abilities from it, such as precognition. She has also possessed all the Infinity Gems, which is a feat that her father Thanos has constantly been seeking out, ever since he failed to impress Lady Death with his mad wish for universal genocide.

17 Born Out Of Tragedy, Moondragon Is A Cosmic Powerhouse

(AKA Heather Douglas)

Moondragon Marvel Comics

First Appearance



Daredevil #105 (1973)

Bill Everett, Mike Friedrich, George Tuska

Telepathy; telekinesis; physical combat proficiency; transformation into dragon form

Heather Douglas experienced tragedy at a young age, when her family was slaughtered by the Mad Titan Thanos. Out of that awful experience, one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel Universe was born. Moondragon was taken in by the Priests of Shao-Lum, who helped Heather unlock her true psychic potential.

Moondragon is one of the strongest telepaths Marvel has to offer, rivaling mutants such as Professor X or Jean Grey. Not only are her mental powers exceptionally strong, Heather can also turn into an actual dragon, giving her a combination of powers that makes her one of Marvel’s mightiest forces for good.

16 Even Thor Considers Storm Marvel’s “Goddess Of Thunder”

(AKA Ororo Munroe)

First Appearance



Giant-Size X-Men #1 (1975)

Dave Cockrum, Len Wein

Weather manipulation and control; flight; strong leadership qualities

An iconic X-Men character, Storm has powers of weather manipulation; though, in some ways, this is a colossal understatement. In some storylines, Storm has been able to wipe out entire areas by calling upon a tsunami. Her weather control powers are so strong that the God of Thunder himself, Asgardian All-Father Thor, considers Storm to be on his level.

Lighting tends to be Storm’s favorite weapon, as she can call it down from the sky at any given time to shock her opponents into submission. In addition to her own capabilities, Storm is also a natural leader, who tends to bring out the best in others’ powers.

15 Jane Foster Has Made The Most Of Her Opportunity To Be The Hero

(AKA Thor, Valkyrie)

First Appearance



Journey Into Mystery #84 (1962)

Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Larry Lieber

(As Thor) Superhuman strength; near-invulnerability; flight; ability to wield Mjolnir (As Valkyrie) Strength; enhanced durability; flight; teleportation

As comic book fans know about Jane Foster, the character has had a long history on the page, often as a background character in Thor’s story. In 2014, though, Jane took on the role of Thor herself, after Odinson lost the ability to wield Mjolnir.

Jane showed great affinity for Mjolnir, and was able to wield it with one raised hand. Immensely emotionally and physically strong, Jane fought as Thor all while going through cancer treatment, with Mjolnir keeping her going. After her time as Thor came to an end, Jane became a Valkyrie, fighting using the incredible Asgardian abilities that come with the title.

14 How Moira Went From X-Men Regular, To Mutant Hero, To Its Ultimate Villain

(Moira MacTaggert, AKA Moira X)

First Appearance



Uncanny X-Men #96 (1975)

Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum

Reality-warping powers; perfect recall of past lives; super-intellect; ability to obscure mutant genetics from detection

For decades, Moira MacTaggert was one of the X-Men franchise’s most notable supporting characters, as she played the role of mutantkind’s most sympathetic human ally. 2019’s House of X/Powers of X radically reimagined the character, turning her into a mutant, and making her one of the most important beings in the Marvel Universe.

Moira’s power involves living multiple lives, being born into each subsequent incarnation of herself with the full memories of her prior timeline. That said, with each of her deaths, that timeline becomes defunct. While initially a hero, helping to raise mutantkind to unparalleled heights, Moira eventually fell from grace, and has since the X-Men’s archnemesis.

House of X/Powers of X
, Moira learned that she would only live ”
ten, possibly eleven
” lives; ultimately, she circumvented her permanent demise by uploading her consciousness to an artificial form, becoming what she had fought so hard to protect mutantkind from. Now, she is on an unstoppable quest to destroy all mutants.

13 Spider-Gwen Is A Fan-Favorite & Heavy-Hitter

(AKA Ghost-Spider)

spider-gwen stacy ghost spider

First Appearance



Edge of Spider-Verse #2

Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez

Superhuman strength; spider-agility; spider-sense; skilled hand-to-hand fighter

Ghost-Spider is a variant of Gwen Stacy, from a world where she was the recipient of the infamous radioactive spider bite, rather than Peter Parker. Since she first debuted in Edge of Spider-Verse #2, Spider-Gwen has become one of the most beloved variants of Marvel’s iconic Webslinger.

Not only does Gwen have the full-range of powers most Spider-heroes do, she’s also got a keen eye for detective work, and she’s quite the amazing fighter. She has been a vital force in protecting her universe from major threats, and beyond that, Spider-Gwen has been a crucial part of helping Spider-Man save the Web of Life from its many threats.

(AKA Jennifer Susan “Jen” Walters)

She-Hulk flexes her arms in Marvel Comics.

First Appearance



The Savage She-Hulk #1 (1979)

Stan Lee, John Buscema

Superstrength; invulnerability; super-speed; energy absorption; healing factor

Jennifer Walters gained her She-Hulk abilities after a blood transfusion from her cousin, Bruce Banner, but her abilities come with a little more functionality than his do. In addition to being just as strong as the Hulk, when She-Hulk is in her green form, she also retains her faculties as Jennifer Walters.

Jen is incredibly physically strong, able to toss her enemies around with ease, but also wields a lot of power as a successful attorney, often helping those who have been wronged by super-powered villains. This makes her one of Marvel’s most powerful female characters beyond just the superhero realm.

11 Princess Of The Inhuman Royal Family & Master Of The Elements

(Princess Crystal, AKA Crystalia Amaquelin, Elementelle)

Crystal uses her powers in Marvel Comics

First Appearance



Fantastic Four #45 (1965)

Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

Superhuman strength; element manipulation; flight

Marvel’s Inhumans television series didn’t do the Inhuman princess Crystal justice. In the series, it seemed that Crystal could do little more than make wind blow, but in the comics, Crystal has been shown to be a master of all four elements, expertly wielding her elemental abilities as an incredibly ferocious and effective warrior.

Crystal’s mastery over the world around her makes her nearly impossible to beat, though many characters that interact with her are prone to underestimate her, seeing her merely as Medusa’s little sister, or Quicksilver’s love interest. Such misunderstandings are quickly righted, though, when Crystal displays her monumental abilities.


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