From extraterrestrial beings to master spies, there are a slew of powerful female characters that populate the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). While all of them have been awesome in their own right, it's only fitting to rank them accordingly. We just enjoy doing the hard work for you, dudes. This is an objective and definitive ranking, so deal with it. (Of course not. Feel free to comment.)
So, who's the best superheroine in terms of skill level, female power, sheer badassery, and impact on the MCU?
16. Jane Foster
The love interest of the Asgardian prince Thor, Foster is one of the world's leading astrophysicists. She is highly intelligent, evidenced by her assembling most of the equipment by herself. She's also free-spirited and impulsive—just ask Loki and Thor about those thunderous slaps. Which is badass because, you know, she's a human being and they're literal gods.
15. Sharon Carter
Great niece of legendary S.H.I.E.L.D founder Peggy Carter, Sharon is a former agent herself and current C.I.A operative. She is a expert marksman, spy, and martial artist. Sharon even went toe to toe with the Winter Soldier, and was so good a spy that she maintained cover as a nurse from Black Widow until compromising herself.
A Wakandan spy and former love interest of King T'Challa, Nakia is fiercely loyal to Wakanda even if she disapproves of the nation's isolationalism, believing that the country could help more people by opening itself up to the world. She proved herself by standing up to Erik Killmonger while he was imbued with the power of the heart-shaped herb. A humanitarian spy challenging a supervillain? Yeah, that's badass.
13. Lady Sif
A feared Asgardian warrior, Sif has long stood by Thor's side in battles across the Nine Realms, and along with the Warriors Three, has defeated countless threats to Asgard. She committed treason for Thor and Asgard countless times, and even with her unrequited love for the latter, she continues to do everything for him.
The Queen of Asgard has to deal with the God of Thunder and the God of Mischief as her children, as well as being the wife of the all-powerful King. She fulfills these duties well, being the steadying force in the lives of these strong personalities, even sacrificing herself to save Jane Foster in Thor: The Dark World.
The general of the Dora Milaje, personal guard of the king, and head of the nation's armed forces, Okoye is a skilled warrior and loyal servant of Wakanda. With her mastery of martial arts and Wakandan weapons, Okoye is Black Panther's favorite companion in his missions and more than holds her own in the company of the superhero.
Introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Mantis is an empath, able to alter the emotions of anyone she wishes. She is also highly durable, resilient to injury in a way similar to fellow aliens Gamora and Drax. Mantis was instrumental in almost taking the Infinity Gauntlet off Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. Plus, she seems to have a love interest in Drax, and whoever can make him calm is awesome in our book.
Adopted daughter of Thanos and sister of Gamora, she was trained to be a merciless killer completely loyal to the mad titan while growing up. When they were children, Thanos pitted the sisters in sparring sessions, where everytime Nebula lost, he replaced her body parts with bionic enhancements. Nebula resented her sister for not letting her win, which let Thanos torture her. She has since become an ally of the Avengers, helping them try to defeat her father in Infinity War.
8. Maria Hill
The right hand of the S.H.I.E.L.D superspy director, Hill is an underrated member of the MCU. She has constantly been a good soldier and handy member of the team, despite not having any superpower to speak of. She has been in the timeline since Phases 1 and 2, but has since seen a drop in screen time. That's a shame, because it would be nice to see this no-nonsense heroine backing up the Avengers again.
Shuri is a genius and master innovator, rivalling the likes of Tony Stark, Erik Selvig, and Bruce Banner. She is responsible for most of the gadgets and weapons in Wakanda, including the Black Panther's Vibranium suit of the Black Panther. Even if she's this knowledgeable of a person, Shuri remains childlike in her wonder of the world. She has helped the Black Panther in countless missions and has been of use to the Avengers as well.
In Norse mythology, Valkyries choose who dies and lives during battle. In the MCU, Valkyrie was a fearsome Asgardian warrior. She's the only one left of her comrades, and suffered from some sort of PTSD after all her sisters were killed by the goddess Hela, retreating to the planet Sakaar where she meets Thor. After some convincing, Valkyrie is back in her old form as warrior to rival Thor and Loki. She defended Asgard until the end, making good on her duty to the nation and looking good while doing it.
5. Peggy Carter
The OG. Peggy was instrumental in Captain America's rise as the First Avenger. While people may remember her as just Cap's love interest, Peggy was badass in her own way. As a spy, she saved Professor Abraham Erskine, who developed the super soldier serum that turned Steve Rogers to Captain America. She was also one of the founders of S.H.I.E.L.D and continued to serve the division all her life. It's unfortunate that she and Cap didn't get their dance.
4. Pepper Potts
Dealing with women is hard, but you have to admit that dealing with a genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist-superhero with a giant ego is tougher. Potts did it with aplomb, evetually being the one who made Tony Stark settle down. She is more than the armpiece of Iron Man, constantly advising and reining him in whenever his ideas got out of hand.
Talk about daddy issues. Being the adopted daughter of Thanos must be tough, and yet Gamora is a character you can't help but love and adore. A master assassin like her sister Nebula, she is possibly the most dangerous fighter in the Guardians of the Galaxy. It's astonishing how she grew from a complete daddy's girl to being willing to go against him to help preserve countless lives. Dubbed as "the deadliest woman in the galaxy," it was reassuring to know that she was on the Avengers' side.
2. Scarlet Witch
Holding of Thanos while destroying an Infinity Stone that will cause the death of her lover? Talk about almost impossible. Wanda Maximoff did this in Avengers: Infinity War. From hating and fighting the Avengers to becoming one of its fiercest and arguably most powerful members, Scarlet Witch has become an integral part of the MCU. With the powers of energy projection and telekinesis, she was a formidable foe for Thanos.
1. Black Widow
While a lot of the ones before her in this list are more powerful, no one can match the prominence of Black Widow in the MCU. She may be a human, but that doesn't make her weak. A Russian-spy-turned-S.H.I.E.L.D-member, Black Widow is one of the six original members of the Avengers and more than holds her own among a god, a billionaire with a super suit, a super soldier, a hulk, and a master archer. Using her vast experience as spy, mastery of different martial art techniques, and proficiency in multiple weapons, this femme fatale pulls everything off with grace. Which is also why she's number one.