I figured it’d be worth putting this together, since the film was pretty gender-unbalanced.
- Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers, historically ‘Ms. Marvel’)
- The Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff)
- Photon (Monica Rambeau, once ‘Captain Marvel’ — that legacy is confusing)
- The Wasp (Janet Van Dyne)
- She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters, esq.)
- Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter, imho the superior Spider-Woman)
- Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew, the one way more likely to make it to a film)
- Moondragon (Heather Douglas)
- Mockingbird (Dr. Bobbi Morse; unlikely to make it to filmverse since they seem to be doing Clint/Natasha)
- Echo (Maya Lopez)
- Sersi (Circe — yes, that one, sort of; Jack Kirby problems)
- Valkyrie (Brunnhilde)
- Tigra (Greer Grant)
- Firebird (Bonita Juarez)
- Hellcat (Patsy Walker)
- Power Woman (Jessica Jones Cage)
- Diamondback (Rachel Leighton, not technically a member)
- Songbird (Melissa Gold, not technically a member)
There are also some fabulous female Avengers-related villains:
vejigante asked: What are your thoughts on the few villains Natasha has? Like say Snapdragon and Iron Maiden.
It’s obvious that Sheoke Sanada has some base appeal and staying power, since she’s been co-opted into Captain America’s and Moon Knight’s villain files. I wouldn’t mind anyone from that Perez mini coming back and being fleshed out, but most of those were one-appearance wonders. I do think we could use more angry cowgirl themed supervillains.
Natasha’s rogues gallery has been limited a bit because she gets thrown up against faceless corporations and bureaucracy as much as tight pants primary colors types. The corrupt General Stelyenko, for example, featured in a number of Black Widow stories, but I don’t think he made much of an impression because he lacks a snazzy costume and design.
Yelena Belova is my favorite Black Widow villain, anditsnotevenclose.jpg. I think she’s particularly interesting because some of her grievances with Natasha are legitimate— it makes for a murky grey-area rivalry while most hero villain shindigs are pretty black and white. Yelena isn’t dead, she’s just floating around in character limbo/a Winter Soldier-esque storage tube, and I wait her inevitable return.
The second good-ish villain I think Natasha has is Red Guardian, Alexi Shostakov. His original story is so classic, and what’s happened to him since they brought him back has been so strange and haphazard. I think Alexi works best with an element of noble tragedy to him, and that’s really what’s been lacking in his back-and-forth. But I think his core concept and design are really resonating— he’s obviously inspired a whole swath of Red Guardians and Soviet super hero teams.
I don’t want to deal with Ivan ever again.
Most of Natasha’s other villains— Snapdragon and Iron Maiden included, haven’t fought her more than once, or they were borrowed from other franchises (Imus Champion, Lady Bullseye, Madam Hydra). But I think that there’s really a lot to work with, when it comes to Natasha’s rogues. She’s probably better set than Hawkeye, and I say that with all due affection to Oddball.