What Does “Most Popular Superhero” Even Mean?

Who is the most popular Female Marvel Superhero? While you would think this would be a simple question to answer, it’s actually not. Does “most popular” mean the one that has historically appeared in the most advertising promos (cereals, workout gear, etc.)? Does it mean a fan favorite, or does it mean the most powerful?

Marvel Female Superheroes: Cheaper by the Dozen

There are roughly 200 female superheroes/supervillains in the Marvel universe alone, spanning across different timelines, universes, space, and species. So how is anyone supposed to choose their favorite? With so many powers, complicated backstories, and amazing character arcs, there is just so much to choose from.

For simplicity’s sake, we will look into the more recent movies, T.V. series, and comics (within the past 10-ish years) and rank these bad-ass ladies. Let me know if someone else should have been on this list, if you’ve ever heard of these heroes, and if there are any other lesser-known heroes that we should look into as well!

5. She-Hulk/Jennifer Walter

She-Hulk (2022) #5. Published: July 20, 2022 Writer: Rainbow Rowell Penciler: Luca Maresca Cover Artist: Jen Bartel. Copyright Marvel.

Sure, the new series on Disney+ isn’t doing so well (at least according to IMBD). Most complaints surround the opinion she breaks the fourth wall too much, that it’s too silly or cheesy, or that the CGI isn’t great. I agree with the third complaint, but I don’t think it is the character’s fault, but more about Disney’s quick turnaround time for its animators. Jennifer Walter is a bad-ass lawyer even before she is She-Hulk. Because of her professionalism, she is able to easily handle the strength and discipline required with the powers that have been thrust upon her. Her speech about how she is able to control her anger because she is always controlling it spoke to many women. She also gets to twerk with Megan Thee Stallion. Even if she isn’t your cup of tea, she’s a pretty awesome lady.

Also, if you think that the show is too cheesy, the comics are very similar, so it’s staying pretty close to the feel of the original source material. Just because it’s not your regular gritty superhero story doesn’t mean it isn’t good.

4. Ghost Spider/Gwen Stacy

Textless cover of Spider-Gwen #0 (November 2015) depicting her first appearance design. Art by Robbi Rodriguez. Copyright Marvel.

In an alternate universe (see Into the Spiderverse for reference), instead of Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy is bitten by the radioactive spider and becomes our web-slinging superheroine. She is just as funny and sarcastic as the other Spideys and struggles with the negative media image that follows her every move. Even though Gwen has definitely suffered from the fridging of women in order to enhance a man’s story, she’s got her own now and is thriving.

P.S. Her costume is awesome.

3. Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff

SCARLET WITCH #1 Written by STEVE ORLANDO Art by SARA PICHELLI Colors by MATT WILSON Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN. On Sale 1/4/23. Copyright Marvel.

While she technically dips into supervillain territory (and many superheroes do so in different timelines), this woman has gone through a lot. She sees her twin brother die, has to kill her lover just for him to be brought back to life and killed again in front of her, and survives a terrorist attack. Can’t this woman catch a break? And yes, she does do some nasty stuff (murdering John Krasinski….I mean Mr. Fantastic, putting an alternate universe part of herself in a mental box, lots and lots of property damage in pursuit of America Chavez, etc.), but ultimately she decides to destroy the Scarlet Witch temple and the Darkhold for the betterment of mankind.

2. Storm/Ororo Munroe

Storm on the cover of X-Men Red #7. Art by Jenny Freson. Copyright Marvel.

As far as female Marvel superheroes go, Storm is pretty amazing. Storm, as a character, was one of the first major female Marvel superheroes of African descent in the comics and thus was a trailblazer for others to follow, including Mirage and Karma. She’s a powerful woman who controls the weather with her emotions. Not only is she a leader in the X-men, but she also is a tribal princess from Kenya. She is often compared to DC’s female powerhouse, Wonder Woman, for her prowess and special abilities. The incomparable Halle Berry also plays her.

`1. Magik/Illyana Rasputina

Textless cover of X-Men: Return of Magik #1 (November 2008). Art by Olivier Coipel and Mark Morales. Copyright Marvel.

She’s a demon sorceress, an X-men member, and has a purple pet dragon, what more could you ask for? Oh yeah, according to the comics, she comes back from the dead several times!! In the movie, The New Mutants, released in 2020, her backstory seems even more tragic as it is hinted that she is a victim of sexual assault/trafficking and discovered the demon realm, Limbo, as a way to mentally escape. Whether she was kidnapped and taken to Limbo like in the comics or kidnapped and found Limbo on her own, Magik was able to harness the void and make herself, and by extension, the X-men, even more powerful.

So, Who Is the Most Popular Female Marvel Superhero?

Frankly, unless we poll the whole of the world, we may not be able to tell. If someone out there has done a poll similar to this, let us know so we can write a more accurate article about it! Or comment down below if we should write more about female marvel superheroes. How many are IPOCs? How many have elemental powers? How many are goddesses? How many were affected by chemicals to get their powers? The possibilities are endless!

Thanks for reading!