Who would have thought that a character that wasn’t even that popular to begin with would catalyze one of the greatest feats in the history of cinema? Don’t get us wrong, we aren’t saying that the character Iron Man is quite as low on the totem pole as Ant-Man or Quasar. We’re just saying that few could have predicted that ol’ Shell Head could have made all of this possible. Nevertheless, nearly a decade later, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still cranking out one hit film after the next, slowly leading up to Infinity Gauntlet storyline playing out on the big screen. These movies have all been interwoven, and they have each played an important role in this incredible universe that we have had the pleasure of watching.
Sure, the heroes are great and all, but the women that Marvel casts in their films are the real MVPs. Even as secondary characters, these women make it hard to focus on anything else once they step into frame. Now, the women that you find on this list are not members of the Avengers team, though some have definitely lent a hand to some of our favorite heroes. The female Avengers are incredibly gorgeous as well, but we felt it right to show some love to the secondary characters. Evangeline Lilly was almost included here, but we all know that she becomes The Wasp, and that, my friends, disqualifies her from our list. Each of these women are gorgeous, and their appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has no doubt left fans wanting more.
15. Jaimie Alexander – Sif (Thor)
Several years before wowing audiences in the film Thor, Jaimie Alexander was making her way through Hollywood, and her first huge break would come in the series Watch Over Me. Her stay on the series lasted for 58 episodes, and she would follow this up by being cast in 33 episodes of Kyle XY. The talented actress would stay on the series for a total of 33 episodes, and her career would continue to take off from there. She would land a one-off role in the series CSI: Miami, and she landed a recurring role in the series Nurse Jackie.
The 33-year-old Alexander is one of the hottest women to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and she quickly rose to prominence with fans after portraying the character Sif in the Thor series. She may not have been the focal point of the films, but all eyes were on her whenever she was on-screen. Alexander would also reprise her role as Sif in the series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
14. Kat Dennings – Darcy Lewis (Thor)
A decade before landing the role of Darcy in Thor, Dennings was already establishing herself as a promising young talent in Hollywood. She had starred in all 22 episodes of the series Raising Dad, and several years later, she would appear in the comedy The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which was a huge hit at the box office. She continued putting together a solid career, and in 2011, she would be cast in the film Thor and in the series 2 Broke Girls, both of which were incredibly successful.
Much like Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings was a scene-stealing machine in the Thor films, and she provided comedic relief during her scenes with Natalie Portman. With her sharp tongue and excellent comedic timing, Dennings made the most of her time in the franchise. Looking back at it now, the Thor films just might have the hottest women in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.
13. Leslie Bibb – Christine Everheart (Iron Man)
For those of you who were fans of the WB back in the day, you will recognize this gorgeous actress from the series Popular. The role was instrumental in kicking off Leslie Bibb’s career, and once she broke out, she never looked back. She continued finding solid amounts of work on television, most notably in recurring roles on the shows ER and Line of Fire. In 2006, Bibb would find huge success on the big screen after appearing in the comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby alongside a talented cast. Two years later, Bibb would appear in Iron Man, and the rest is history.
After appearing as the character Christine in Iron Man, Bibb would reprise the role in the film’s sequel, but her work with Marvel wasn’t done yet. Bibb’s character was the star of the web series WHIH Newsfront – With Christine Everheart, and the web series would act as a tie-in for Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War.
12. Natalie Dormer – Private Lorraine (Captain America: The First Avenger)
After appearing on the series The Tudors, Natalie Dormer appeared poised to break out in the entertainment industry, and it wouldn’t take long for the actress to make a name for herself. In 2011, Dormer would appear in 6 episodes of the series Silk, and she followed this up with 6 episodes on The Fades. That same year, Dormer would receive a role in the film Captain America: The First Avenger as the character Private Lorraine. As you may remember, she had trouble keeping her hands off of Captain America, and this did not sit well with Peggy Carter.
But, let’s be real here, Dormer’s role in Captain America: The First Avenger pales in comparison to her time on the series Game of Thrones. Her time on the series as Margaery Tyrell made her a star, and seeing the character get blown to pieces by Cersei was pretty hard to watch.
11. Cobie Smulders – Maria Hill (The Avengers)
Canadian actress Cobie Smulders‘ first foray into comic book adaptations came during one episode of the DC series Smallville, but we will go ahead and skip to the part where she became a gigantic star. In 2005, Smulders’ career would completely take off after being cast as the character Robin in the series How I Met Your Mother. The show aired 208 episodes over the course of 9 seasons, and the series made Smulders a highly sought-after actress, and also made her super rich. In 2012, Smulders would make her way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe after appearing as the character Maria Hill in the blockbuster film The Avengers.
Smulders would once again reprise her role as Maria Hill in the sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, which crossed the coveted $1 billion mark. She would appear in 3 episodes of the series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and she is slated to perform in the upcoming film Avengers: Infinity War.
10. Elizabeth Debicki – Ayesha (Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2)
After wowing audiences on the stage, Elizabeth Debicki was ready to take on Hollywood, and it wouldn’t take long for her to be cast in a huge film. In 2013, she was cast in the film The Great Gatsby, which proved to be a huge success. Her films that followed weren’t nearly as successful, but a major role was waiting just around the corner for the Australian performer.
It was probably hard to tell at first, but Debicki is a total babe, and her role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 did little to help fans see this. Behind the layers of caked-on gold makeup was a truly gorgeous woman that played her role to perfection. Debicki did an excellent job with playing the character Ayesha, and she seemed tailor made for the role. Thanks to the gigantic reveal in the post-credit scenes (Adam Warlock), her character will have a huge role in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
9. Emily VanCamp – Sharon Carter (Captain America: Civil War)
Long before taking the leap into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Emily VanCamp already had several successful television series under her belt. Back in 2002, she was cast in the main role of Amy Abbott in the series Everwood, and she would remain on the series during its entire 89-episode run. One year after Everwood came to an end, VanCamp landed another main role, this time in the series Brothers & Sisters. She stayed on the show for the first four seasons, totaling 75 episodes. If that wasn’t enough, she would then star in the series Revenge for 89 episodes.
With several successful series in the books, VanCamp had yet to taste film success until she was cast in the Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Two years later, VanCamp would reprise her role as Sharon Carter in the film Captain America: Civil War. The beautiful actress has a new series set to debut next year, and we have a feeling that it will be a huge success.
8. Marisa Tomei – Aunt May (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
Marisa Tomei has been holding things down since the mid-1980s, and seeing her career resurgence in the last few years has been remarkable. Tomei has had a great career in the entertainment industry, and even has an Academy Award for her hilarious performance in the film My Cousin Vinny. In total, she has been nominated for three Academy Awards, and she has been featured in a number of hit films. Tomei’s recent turn in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been given her career a breath of fresh air.
After a surprise appearance in Captain America: Civil War, fans were left a bit puzzled about the exact age of Aunt May. Tomei was a great choice for the character of Aunt May, and yes, we are well aware of the fact that Aunt May is de-aging at an alarming rate. Regardless of how you feel about that, we will never complain about seeing Tomei appear on the big screen, especially with Spider-Man.
7. Laura Haddock – Meredith Quill (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Believe it or not, Guardians of the Galaxy was not the first Marvel Cinematic Universe appearance for the ravishing Laura Haddock. Her first film role was back in 2011 when she landed a tiny role in the film Captain America: The First Avenger. Since her role in that film was so small, we decided to focus on her time in Guardians of the Galaxy as Meredith Quill, mother of the infamous Star Lord. Outside of her role as Meredith Quill, Haddock has also been featured in Transformers: The Last Knight.
You probably couldn’t tell from her first appearance in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, but Haddock is a smokin’ hot actress. Fortunately, we got to see her in the sequel, and she looked phenomenal. To truly appreciate how good looking she is, go ahead and enjoy this beautiful black and white photo. She may have portrayed a tragic character in the film, but the woman is an absolute dime.
6. Linda Cardellini – Laura Barton (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Talk about a truly underrated beauty in Hollywood. Linda Cardellini got her first film role in the 90s comedy Good Burger, and she followed this up by being cast in the cult classic series Freaks and Geeks. She has had her fair share of roles in successful projects, and many people probably know her from her 128-episode appearance on the series ER. For our younger readers, Cardellini also appeared in the live-action adaptation of Scooby-Doo as the character Velma, and she had a hilarious role in the stoner comedy Grandma’s Boy. Regardless of what project you know her from, I’m sure we can all agree that this gorgeous woman has flown under the radar.
In 2015, Cardellini was cast as Laura Barton in the film Avengers: Age of Ultron, and her character was the secret wife of Hawkeye. Her appearance in the film was rather short, but she is no doubt one of the hottest women to make her way into the MCU, and leaving her off of this list would have been a crime.
5. Gwyneth Paltrow – Pepper Pots (Iron Man)
Starting off her acting career back in 1991, Gwyneth Paltrow has more than held her own in the film industry. Paltrow truly burst on to the scene back in 1995 when she performed alongside Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman in the smash hit Seven. The film would haul in $327 million during its theatrical run, and it would provide Paltrow with the push that she needed to land premiere roles. The next few years saw Paltrow achieve a mixed bag of success, and in 1998, everything would change. Paltrow starred in the hit film Shakespeare in Love, which not only set the box office ablaze, but it also earned the beautiful actress an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Ten years after winning her Oscar, Paltrow would be cast as the character Pepper Potts in the film Iron Man, and $585 million later, Paltrow had yet another smash hit under her belt. Her character has since appeared in several other MCU films, most recently in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
4. Rachel McAdams – Christine Palmer (Doctor Strange)
After starring in the film Mean Girls, the world quickly fell in love with the beautiful Rachel McAdams, and she has had an amazing career so far. Her breakout 2004 campaign also saw the talented performer star in the film The Notebook, and each movie would haul in over $100 million at the box office. Later in her career, she would appear in the Sherlock Holmes series, and she would follow this up by starring in the hit film The Vow. Her string of successful films would continue, and by the time 2016 rolled around, McAdams had long been a bonafide star.
In 2016, McAdams landed the role of Christine Palmer in the blockbuster film Doctor Strange. The film was instrumental in adding a new element into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and McAdams was fantastic in the film. Her character was great, but she is not slated to appear in Avengers: Infinity War.
3. Debora Nascimento – Martina (The Incredible Hulk)
Debora Nascimento may be the least recognizable actress on this list, but she is easily one of the hottest. The Brazilian model has spent the bulk of her acting career performing in foreign films and appearing in gorgeous spreads in magazines, and her first appearance in an American film came in The Incredible Hulk. Considered the black sheep of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Incredible Hulk was a minor hit for the studio, and it is easily fans’ least favorite film of the bunch. The Marvel Cinematic Universe had some growing pains to go through early on, and The Incredible Hulk might be the biggest pain of all.
Nevertheless, the film did boast some beautiful women in its cast, and Debora Nascimento turned heads with her role in the film. She has continued her acting career in foreign films, and she even provided the voice dubbing of the character Jane in the film Tarzan back in 2014.
2. Hayley Atwell – Peggy Carter (Captain America: The First Avenger)
Prior to landing her role as Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger, Hayley Atwell had found minor success in the entertainment industry. Her biggest film role prior to Captain America was in the British drama The Duchess, which pulled down $43 million at the box office. She had found work on several television projects, but her career wouldn’t truly take off until she found her way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Now, we know that you are fuming at the thought of Peggy being a secondary character, but take a breath and hear us out. Yes, she was important in the first Captain America movie and she even had her own television series, but Peggy is mainly used in small appearances scattered in other films. Because of this, we have to classify her as a secondary character in the MCU, and she was an easy choice to make this list. After all, who would ever complain about seeing a gorgeous photo of Hayley Atwell?
1. Olivia Munn – Chess Roberts (Iron Man 2)
At this point in her career, it goes without saying that Olivia Munn is one of the hottest nerds in Hollywood, and her time on the series Attack of the Show! had freaks and geeks everywhere swooning. The gorgeous Munn used her newfound fame to launch what has become a successful acting career. She has found solid work on television outside of Attack of the Show!, mainly stemming from her starring role in the series The Newsroom. Her run on the big screen was modest until 2010 when the actress landed a role in the film Date Night. It was a minor role, but the exposure certainly helped her career.
That same year, Munn would land a role in Iron Man 2 as the character Chess Roberts. If you don’t remember her role in the film, well, you’re not alone. She didn’t have too much screen time, and because it pales in comparison to its prequel, we are assuming that you haven’t rewatched Iron Man 2 recently.
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