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The Women Of Marvel Comics Part Two
Here is a further look at some of the famous female characters who feature in Marvel comics.
Elektra was introduced into the Marvel universe during writer and artist Frank Millers stint on Daredevil in the early 1980s in issue # 168. Elektra Natchios is a female ninja assassin of Greek descent who is the sometimes love interest of Matt Murdoch the blind superhero Daredevil. An expert martial artist Elektra wields a pair of Sai as her weapons of choice. Originally killed in Daredevil # 181 by fellow assassin Bullseye, Elektra was resurrected shortly after. Jennifer Garner starred as Elektra in the 2005 movie of the same name.
Ms Marvel is the moniker that has been used by four different characters with the best known incarnation being Carol Danvers. After being involved in an explosion with Captain Marvel, Danvers emerges with super powers after her DNA is merged with the superhero. Danvers becomes a long serving member of the Avengers and would eventually take on the name of Captain Marvel the dead superhero ho from whom she inherited her super powers. In Captain Marvel #17 November 2013 we are introduced to Kamala Khan a Pakistani / American who idolizes Captain Marvel, Khan was given her own series as Ms Marvel which premiered in February 2014.
Storm first appears in Giant Size X-Men # 1 1975 alongside other new X-Men, Wolverine, Colossus, and Nightcrawler. Storm was one of the first black comic book heroes and the first black female. Storm who's real name is Ororo Munroe is one the most powerful mutants on Earth, she has the ability to control the weather and can summon up thunderstorms, hurricanes, blizzards and tornadoes. Storm is the daughter of an American photographer David Munroe and a Kenyan princess N'Dare. Storm is married to the superhero Black Panther, T'Challa, the king of the African state of Wakanda.
Natalia " Natasha " Alianovna Romanova is the character who is best known in the Marvel universe as the Black Widow. The Black Widow first appeared in Tales Of Suspense # 52 in 1964. Originally the Black Widow is a Russian spy who defects to the west. A martial artist and assassin Natasha is an agent of spy agency SHIELD and has been a member of numerous super hero teams such as the Avengers, the Champions and the Thunderbolts. The Black Widow character played by Scarlett Johansson appears in Marvel movies Iron Man 2, The Avengers and is due to appear in Captain America The Winter Soldier and Avengers Age Of Ultron.
Jubilee is a Chinese / American mutant who makes her debut in Uncanny X-Men # 244. Jubilees mutant ability allows her to generate sparkles from her hands that consist of explosive plasma. Jubilee was the youngest member of the X-Men when she joined in the 1990s and was often teamed in story lines with Wolverine. As well as being a member of the X-Men, Jubilee has been affiliated with the teenage mutant group Generation X and the New Warriors.
Lady Deathstrike real name Yuriko Oyama is a major foe of the X-Men and in particular Wolverine. Deathstrike is the daughter of Lord Dark Wind the man who invented the metal adamantium bonding process that was forced onto Wolverines bone structure. Deathstrikes powers include superhuman strength and speed, she has reflexes superior to any athlete and a cybernetic healing factor that enables wounds to heal within a brief period of time. Like Wolverine, Deathstrike's body has been enhanced by bonding with adamantium and her fingers have been replaced by 12 inch claws that are capable of cutting through any metal.
Moira MacTaggert is a geneticist and an expert in mutant affairs who first appears in Uncanny X-Men # 96 in 1975. MacTaggert is the longest standing human ally of the X-Men being a confidante and one time fiancée of X-Men leader Charles Xavier. Moira created a mutant research center off the coast of Scotland, partly to study her own son a mutant called Proteus who had reality warping abilities. Moira was the silent partner when Xavier founded his School For Gifted Youngsters and has always been a loyal friend to mutants.
Spider-Woman Jessica Drew was born with super powers after her mother was struck by a beam of radiation containing the DNA of several types of spiders while Jennifer was in-utero. Spider-woman has super strength , speed and agility and reflexes, Jennifer can also emit a pheromone that attracts men but is repulsive to women, although she will often disguise this smell. Spider-Woman makes her debut in 1975 in Marvel Spotlight # 32 and had her own series that lasted 50 issues. Recently Spider-Woman has been a member of the New Avengers.
Virginia " Pepper" Potts has been a character in the Marvel universe for 50 years originally appearing in Tales Of Suspense # 45 in 1963. Pepper is the secretary and PA of Tony Stark ( Iron Man ) and has been the romantic interest of Stark and has also been married to Stark's chauffeur and assistant Happy Hogan. In the Iron Man movie franchise Pepper is played by Gwyneth Paltrow.
The character of Red Sonja first appeared in 1934 in a story by the author of Conan, Robert. E. Howard The Shadow Of The Vulture, she first appears in the Marvel universe in issue #23 of Conan the Barbarian.Voted number 1 in Comic Buyers Guide 100 Sexiest Women In Comics, Red Sonja is a fierce and beautiful barbarian warrior who wears chain mail armor and carries a huge sword. Red Sonja was played on film by Bridget Nielsen. Red Sonja no longer appears in Marvel comics, but her adventures are still printed by Dynamite Comics.
Sue Storm " Invisible Woman " as a member of the Fantastic Four was the first female super hero created by Marvel during the Silver Age of comics ( 1956- 1969 ). Alongside her brother Johnny Storm, friends Reed Richards and Ben Grimm, Sue's DNA is changed during an accident in space when the four are exposed to radiation from a cosmic storm, Sue gains the ability of invisibility and is also able to project fields of psionic energy. As the matriarchal figure of the Fantastic Four, Sue is a very important and well loved figure within the Marvel universe. Jessica Alba has portrayed Sue Storm in two Fantastic Four movies.
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