There are plenty of well-known male villains in the Marvel Universe such as Magneto, Thanos and Galactus; sometimes, supervillainesses get the short end of the stick. In fact, there is only a single female villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s array of films: the space pirate Nebula, from 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy. This fact is discounting Fox’s X-men films, which have a female villain in nearly every film.
The truth though, is that there are some mean and super powerful women out there in the Marvel world, and we wanted to shine a spotlight on 10 of them. Many of these ladies rely on “conventional” means to get what they want - namely seduction and mind control - while others are just as badass as their male counterparts.
There have been talks around the media complaining about the lack of women leads and antagonists in Marvel films, and we hope that a few of these 10 get their fair share of movie spotlight in the future, because they deserve it.
10 Typhoid Mary
Typhoid Mary is a mentally ill former lover of Daredevil (and briefly with Deadpool), with psionic powers including telekinesis, hypnosis, and pyrokinesis, which allows her to set people in her immediate vacinity on fire. She is also a highly athletic martial artist. Typhoid Mary is a common pawn of the Kingpin.
One of the most popular supervillainesses in the Marvel Universe, Mystique first appeared, as Raven, in Ms Marvel #16 (1978), and two issues later as Mystique. The mutant shape-changer is thought to be over 100 years old, and is the father of Nightcrawler and the foster mother of Rogue.
As Raven Darkholme, she became a high official of the United States DoD, giving her access to military secrets that she could use for her own criminal enterprises. Being able to duplicate the appearance of any human, male or female, has made her one of the most resourceful villains in the Marvel world.
Synthea Schmidt, aka Sin, first appeared in Captain America #290 (1984). She is the daughter of the Captain’s archenemy, Red Skull. As an alias, Mother Superior, she led a group called the “Sisters of Sin,” where young girls were given psionic powers and were indoctrinated into Red Skull’s views.
7 Lady Deathstrike
Yuriko Oyama, aka Lady Deathstrike, aka Deathstryke, is a primary foe of Wolverine’s and the X-Men, who first came onto the scene in Daredevil #197 in 1983. Her father, Lord Dark Wind, created the adamantium-bonding process forced upon Wolverine, and later bonded to Deathstryke’s own skeleton.
After her father’s adamantium-binding process was stolen, Yuriko’s father angrily scarred his children’s face. She then guided Daredevil to Lord Dark Wind (Kenji Oyama), and she killed her father just as he was about to kill Daredevil.
Nebula is an alien space pirate who has been a thorn in the Avengers side since first appearing in Avengers #257 (1985). She also appeared in the 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy film. Nebula almost became the most powerful person in the universe when she managed to release vast energy from an atomic compressor, which was absorbed by the Infinity Union and nearly destroyed all of reality. The Avengers managed to stop her.
Selene is one of the long-lived mutants known as the Externals, and she has lived for 17,000 years. She began living in “modern times” in the ancient Roman Republic, and eventually became the Black Queen of a cult of her followers called the Hellfire Club. She is a very powerful sorceress with the ability to manipulate inanimate objects; use telekinesis and flame manipulation; she can warp reality; and she can assume a shadow form. She is considered a “psychic vampire,” being able to drain the life of others to extend her own.
4 Morgan Le Fay
Morgan Le Fay first appeared 60 years ago, in Black Knight #1 (1955). She is, of course, loosely based on the Morgan Le Fay of Arthurian legend. In the Marvel world, she is the half-faerie, half-sister of Arthur. Being elven makes her immortal, which in its own right is infinitely powerful. She has been an opponent of the Avengers, and of Spider-Woman. She, along with her lover Mordred, was a nemesis for the original Black Knight.
3 The Enchantress
The Enchantress, or Amora, is a powerful sorceress of Asgard who first appeared in Journey into Mystery #103 (1964). She has a nearly ageless physique of a goddess, and few can resist her beauty. A single kiss is enough to make a man her slave, and she is one of the most powerful mystics in Asgard or on Earth. Her powers are nearly limitless, and include mind control, telepathy, energy blasts, levitation, teleportation, dimension travel, transmutation, and time manipulation.
2 Cassandra Nova
Cassandra Nova is a “mummudrai,” a parasitic life form born without a body on the astral plane. She first appeared in New X-Men #114 (2001), and is commonly associated with the X-Men. As a mummudrai, she became telepathically entangled with Charles Xavier, manipulated his DNA, and was given vast psionic powers, as well as the ability to create a body for herself.
1 Dark Phoenix
Many might disagree that Dark Phoenix belongs as a villain, since the Phoenix Force can possess anyone. But when the Phoenix Force augments with Jean Grey, and then becomes Dark Phoenix, she tops all other Marvel supervillainesses in terms of power. In outer space, the Phoenix Force noticed Jean Grey’s unlimited potential, and then saved her life when she was dying from radiation poisoning, attaching itself to her.
Her vast potential makes her a target for Mastermind, who projects illusions into Phoenix’s mind, and takes on the identity of the Hellfire Club’s Black Queen. After Mastermind’s psychic hold on Jean’s psyche breaks, the total power overwhelms Jean and she becomes Dark Phoenix.
Her claim to fame is causing a supernova and absorbing the energy of a nearby galaxy, killing billions. Jean Grey, while momentarily regaining her senses, kills herself after realizing that Plan Omega, under Shi’ar High Empress Lilandra’s orders, would consist of destroying the whole solar system in order to destroy Dark Phoenix.
Sources: Newsarama.com, Marvel.com, ComicBookRe.com
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