Girl power in the Marvel Universe

The Valkyrie is one of many strong female characters in the MCU. Pictured here as a Funko Pop collectable. Photo credit: Rachelle Baird

When comparing the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the DC Entertainment Universe (DCEU), it becomes apparent the MCU triumphs over the DCEU because of the way the MCU portrays women.

Strong female characters from the MCU franchise include Black Widow, Gamora, Shuri, Okoye and Nakia. These are just the main characters. There are also several other supporting female characters, who have proven their strength.

The MCU has turned the phrase “fight like a girl” around, making it a statement of power.

Scarlett Johansson plays Natasha Romanoff, also known as Black Widow, in Iron-Man Two. For the majority of the movie she passes herself off as an assistant to Pepper Potts.

At first, it seems she is your average office worker but she is actually a government agent with skills in hand-to-hand combat. We get to see these skills in the climax of the movie when she takes down a group of security guards with her bare hands.

She doesn’t even break a sweat.

From Iron-Man to Avengers: Infinity War, Black Widow has shown she can be as strong as the men.

Johansson has been credited for calling out interviewers who ask sexist questions about what she wears under her costume.

Lady Sif, played by Jamie Alexander, is the only female in Thor’s team of Asgardian warriors.

When Thor decides to invade the world of the Frost Giants, Sif follows him and his friends into combat; armed with her double-edged blade, she holds her own against the attacking giants, taking them out with ease.

In Thor: The Dark World Sif saves another world from attackers, without the help of Thor. This proves she doesn’t need her companion with the magical hammer and brute strength to save the day.

Thor: The Dark World gives a deeper look into actor Renee Russo’s portrayal of Queen Frigga, Thor and Loki’s mother.

Frigga shows off her strength and skill when the antagonist Malakeith invades the palace to retrieve his power source. She demonstrates her skills with a blade, and her ability to create illusions.

Even though she dies in this fight, she still proves a queen dressed in a full-length gown can fight with courage and strength.

Tessa Thompson plays Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok. She appears to be a scrapper but she is from a powerful group of female Asgardian warriors known as “The Valkyrie.”

Valkryie stands up against Loki, taking down the “God of Mischief” with ease. Later, she fights off the army of the dead.

Doctor Strange introduces us to Tilda Swinton’s “The Ancient One,” a master of magic and teacher to Benedict Cumberbatch’s character Stephen Strange.

Guardians of the Galaxy gives us Gamora, played by Zoe Salanda, the only women in the group of intergalactic heroes.

Gamora stands by her teammates’ side and when it comes to saving the galaxy, she does not back down. In Avengers: Infinity War, she stands up against her adoptive father and villain Thanos.

Most notably, Black Panther‘s army consists of all women.

Okoye and Nakia show extreme strength, bravery and intelligence during combat.

Shuri, Black Panther’s fourteen-year-old sister is a technological genius: a role model for young girls.

The DCEU has only given us Wonder Woman. Although a strong female character and a great performance from Gal Gadot, this single wonder is nowhere near what the MCU has put on screen.

Unless you consider the overly-sexualized Harley Quinn, who is more of a sex symbol than intelligent villain. By comparison, a poor showing.

In conclusion, Marvel’s strong female characters are the reason why the MCU triumphs over the DCEU. At a time when gender equality is an issue, young girls need something, they can look up to even if it’s fictional.