- The list of the most powerful female MCU heroes includes well-established Avengers, legacy characters, and new additions to the franchise, reflecting the expanding power scale of the MCU.
- Characters like Gamora, Nebula, Lady Sif, and Valkyrie, who possess exceptional fighting skills and immense strength, are among the strongest female heroes in the MCU.
- G’iah’s powers in Secret Invasion’s finale changed the MCU’s power levels forever, making her the strongest Marvel hero as of Phase 5.
The list of strongest female MCU heroes includes well-established Avengers, legacy characters, and new additions to the franchise. From spies and super-soldiers to gods and reality-bending characters, the MCU’s power scale has changed a lot since Iron Man (2008). While fantastical beings such as the Asgardians have been part of the MCU since Phase 1, each Marvel Phase expanded the scope of the franchise and introduced new, highly powerful characters.
For example, as of Phase 2, Black Widow was the only woman in the Avengers. By the events of Avengers: Endgame, several female Marvel heroes had either become Avengers or at least fought side by side with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. This includes characters Captain Marvel, Gamora, She-Hulk, and Scarlet Witch, the latter of which was both an Avenger and a villain in Marvel’s Phase 4. Here are the 12 most powerful female Marvel heroes in the MCU’s history, ranked.
Trained as a warrior for most of her life, Gamora is one of the deadliest MCU characters. Before she joined the Guardians of the Galaxy, Gamora served Thanos as an extension of the Mad Titan’s will. While Gamora does not necessarily have superpowers, she is significantly stronger than humans. The Guardians of the Galaxy little interacted with the Avengers and the villains of Earth, which makes it tricky to “power scale” them. Still, given the threats Gamora and the Guardians faced throughout the MCU, the Daughter of Thanos belongs on the list of the most powerful female MCU heroes.
Similar to her sister Gamora, Nebula was introduced in the MCU as a servant of Thanos. Whereas Gamora stood out for her fighting skills, as well as her precise use of blades and swords, Nebula is a weapon herself. Thanos made Nebula into the perfect weapon, regardless of the pain it would cause her. Not much was shown of Nebula’s powers in the first Guardians of the Galaxy, but the rest of the MCU proved how strong she was. In fact, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 suggested that the current Nebula is virtually indestructible. Overall, Nebula is stronger than Gamora.
10 Lady Sif
Asgardian characters will always rank high in the list of most powerful MCU heroes. It is no different for Lady Sif, the Asgardian warrior introduced in Phase 1’s Thor. Unfortunately, the MCU never gave too much screentime for the Warriors Three and other classic Thor allies, including Lady Sif. After missing Thor: Ragnarok, Sif returned in Thor: Love and Thunder for only a couple of scenes, and her fight against Gorr happened offscreen. That said, going with what Marvel has established about its Asgardian warriors, a list of the strongest female MCU characters would not be complete without Lady Sif.
9 Black Panther
Shuri’s incredible intellect and her Vibranium gauntlets made her one of the most skillful MCU characters from the start. However, after the events of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Shur is now among the MCU’s most powerful heroes. Following the death of King T’Challa, Shuri replaced her brother as the new Black Panther. After the emotional Astral Plane scene in which Shuri saw Erik Killmonger, she became the MCU’s new Black Panther. The Vibranium Black Panther suit is both the ultimate form of defense and a formidable weapon by itself. In addition, Shuri took the Heart-Shaped Herb, which grants her superhuman strength and speed.
8 Ms. Marvel
The MCU changed Kamala Khan’s powers and made Ms. Marvel arguably more powerful than her comic book counterpart. Instead of her stretching and shapeshifting abilities, the MCU’s Ms. Marvel has energy-based powers. The Ms. Marvel series offered a few different explanations for how Kamala Khan’s powers actually work in the MCU, revealing that Ms. Marvel is a mutant in this universe. Ms. Marvel’s powers in the comics would make one pair with Asgardians or super-soldiers. However, the MCU’s Ms. Marvel’s energy-based powers make her stronger than the version of the comics and put her among the most powerful female MCU characters.
Asgardian warriors are among the most powerful Marvel characters in any continuity, and Valkyrie is arguably stronger than most Asgardians. Leader of the Valkyries, Brunnhilde was introduced in Thor: Ragnarok and is currently King of Asgard. While Valkyrie is not considered an MCU god like Thor or Loki, she has been one of the strongest MCU Asgardian characters since her introduction. Valkyrie was able to capture both Thor and Loki in Ragnarok. In addition, she was able to keep up with Gorr the God Butcher in Thor: Ragnarok, although she was defeated in this particular fight.
Similar to Asgardians, “Hulk characters” are always among Marvel’s most powerful heroes. Marvel’s Phase 4 finally brought Jennifer Walters, the She-Hulk, into the MCU. While She-Hulk’s origin story in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law was slightly different from the comics, her powers are still derived from the Hulk’s. Even though the MCU has not tackled the true nature of the Hulk’s strength, the gamma-radiation aspect is enough to explain She-Hulk’s powers. She-Hulk was more of a comedy than an action-driven series, yet it established that She-Hulk can be as strong as the Hulk. The MCU has yet to show She-Hulk’s true power, but she already belongs on this list.
5 Monica Rambeau
Going by the comics alone, Monica Rambeau should be among Marvel’s strongest characters, all Avengers considered. However, not much has been shown of Monica Rambeau’s powers in the MCU yet. This will change with The Marvels, whose first two trailers have shown a bit more Rambeau’s superhero skills. That said, the nature of Monica Rambeau’s live-action powers puts her among the strongest female heroes of the MCU. How powerful Monica Rambeau will be compared to her comic book counterpart remains to be seen. The Marvels could change the MCU’s power scale forever depending on how strong Monica will turn out to be.
4 Jane Foster
Jane Foster returned to the MCU nine years after Thor: The Dark World in Love and Thunder, this time as the Mighty Thor. Originally destroyed in Ragnarok, the Mjolnir put itself back together after getting close to Jane, whom Thor asked for the hammer to always protect. Jane was worthy of wielding the Mjolnir, which gave her a similar set of powers to Thor. Jane could also use Mjolnir in ways that Thor could not, namely splitting it into countless pieces that could attack dozens of enemies at the same time. Powerful enough to face some of the MCU’s gods, Phase 4’s Jane is among Marvel’s most powerful characters
3 Captain Marvel
Carol Danvers received the powers of the Space Stone and was trained by the Kree to become one of the most powerful beings in the entire MCU. Despite only joining the MCU at the end of Phase 3, Carol Danvers has been in several MCU battles already. The most important of those battles was against Thanos during Avengers: Endgame’s Battle of Earth. Captain Marvel (2019) had already established how powerful Carol Danvers was, but Endgame solidified Captain Marvel as one of the strongest Avengers. In fact, as of the end of Phase 3, Captain Marvel was arguably the strongest Avengers.
2 Scarlet Witch
Whether Scarlet Witch belongs in a list of Marvel superheroes after Phase 4 is open for debate. Wanda definitely is not an Avenger in Doctor Strange 2. However, at the beginning of Phase 4, then-Avenger Wanda was already showing the extent of her powers in WandaVision. Even before Wanda used the Darkhold, the Scarlet Witch was already powerful enough to bend reality at her will. It took a while for the MCU to give Wanda powers that matched her comic book counterpart, who has been rewriting realities and creating universes for decades. Wanda chose to sacrifice herself to destroy the Darkhod, but the character’s fate is uncertain.
Marvel’s Secret Invasion changed the franchise’s power levels and introduced what is the strongest MCU hero by a large margin. G’iah, who became the MCU’s version of a Super Skrull in the Secret Invasion finale, now has the combined powers of dozens of MCU heroes. G’iah can now mimic the powers of characters like Captain Marvel, the Hulk, Steve Rogers, Groot, Abomination, Korg, Thanos, the Chitauri, Thor, and many others. It is almost impossible to describe how powerful G’iah is after the events of Secret Invasion, which creates a power scale problem for the MCU. Whenever G’iah returns, it will be interesting to see whether her powers have any limitations.