Power is a funny thing. When considering who is the most powerful in a given comics universe, we often think of things like raw strength, mystic ability or cosmic energy. We also think most often about men in these conversations. But, as we have all come to realize in the past several months, there are many different kinds of power and many different forms of empowerment.
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The Marvel Universe has always been a place where the impossible is made possible, where power comes in myriad forms and is used for countless different ends. But let’s not forget that in a world full of invincible Iron Men and Mister Fantastics, some of the most powerful beings in the 616 are women. In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of the most powerful women in the Marvel Universe.
SPOILER ALERT! Spoilers ahead for numerous stories published by Marvel Comics.
It seems like every time there’s a little bit of upheaval in the Marvel Universe, She-Hulk gets caught in the crossfire. Whether we’re talking “Avengers Disassembled” or the more recent “Civil War II,” it seems like She-Hulk must pay a price. Jennifer Walters was created in 1980 by the legendary Stan Lee and John Buscema, debuting in the eponymous series “Savage She-Hulk.” Walters transformed into a female version of the Hulk after her cousin Bruce Banner saved her life with a blood transfusion. She-Hulk has been an integral part of the Marvel Universe, often pushing the boundaries of mainstream superhero comics in the process.
Her second ongoing series was notorious for breaking comics’ fourth wall years before Deadpool made it a thing, and dealt with a wide array of social issues. A former member of the Fantastic Four and onetime leader of A-Force, She-Hulk is also a practicing lawyer specializing in cases of a superhuman nature. Although she currently struggles with anger issues in the wake of the aforementioned “Civil War II,” she remains a strong symbol of female empowerment in the Marvel Universe, predating later heroines such as America Chavez by over 30 years.
The newest member of our list, Singularity was created only a couple of years ago in 2015 by Marguerite Bennett, G. Willow Wilson and Jorge Molina. She first appeared in the inaugural issue of “A-Force,” an all-female squad of Avengers led by She-Hulk. During “Secret Wars,” Singularity ultimately sacrificed her life to save her new friends from a zombie invasion from the Deadlands. She reappeared in the reborn Marvel Universe with her memories intact, but had a difficult time reconnecting with her friends, who had no memory of their time on Battleworld.
Singularity aided this new version of A-Force in defeating her polar opposite, Antimatter, who was created when she emerged in the new 616 reality. Essentially a quantum singularity in human form, Singularity possesses a wide array of powers that include teleportation over vast distances (and possibly between realities), telepathic tracking, flight and the ability to absorb people into her body via her quantum shroud.
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