5 Best Female Heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

With the Marvel Cinematic Universe set to enter Phase Three in this year's Captain America: Civil War, the franchise is finally making some much-needed changes in its character roster. Most notably, the addition of solo films for heroes like Black Panther and Captain Marvel addresses fans' long-held criticism that the MCU needs more diversity. While this can only bring more opportunities for compelling characters and exciting new stories, the MCU hasn't entirely been absent of strong female characters. Here are the most memorable female heroes of the MCU, including both film and television projects.

Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)

Scarlett Johansson in Iron Man 2 Scarlett Johansson in Iron Man 2

Perhaps the most popular major female character in the MCU, Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow has already been both an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and an Avenger. Moreover, the character has served as a major lynchpin tying the films together, appearing in solo releases for both Iron Man and Captain America in addition to the two Avengers films. Far more than just a pretty face, Black Widow is a brilliant strategist, formidable warrior and has personality to boot. In other words, she's one of the few non-powered characters able to hold his or her own alongside Earth's Mightiest Heroes and is a ton of fun to watch at the same point. One can only hold she'll take center stage in a film or Netflix series at some point.