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MCU Women Who Don't Need Powers To Be Heroes

October 7, 2020 1.9k votes 204 voters 6.8k views14 items

List RulesVote up the MCU heroines who do just as much as the Avengers without any superpowers.

Not everyone gets to have superpowers, even in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And superpowers aren't necessarily needed to join the list of the most powerful female MCU characters. Sure, some of these women aren't as powerful as Captain Marvel or Valkyrie, but they are still heroes without enhanced abilities. 

Shuri provides the power behind the punch of Black Panther. Peggy Carter helped found S.H.I.E.L.D. Black Widow can take down just about anyone in a fair - or not-so-fair - fight. While souped-up abilities are nice, to be sure, here are the MCU women who don't need powers to be heroes at the end of the day.

  • Black Widow Is Your Average Super-Spy Who Also Saves The World A Few Times With The Avengers
    Photo: Captain America: The Winter Soldier / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Although the Black Widow of the comic books has enhanced abilities, Scarlett Johansson's version of the character does not. And that boggles the mind because she's a founding member of the Avengers and has gone up against supervillains like Loki, Ultron, and Thanos with her cohorts. 

    She overcomes a traumatic upbringing at the hands of the Red Room and becomes a hero of the highest order thanks in part to her friendship with Clint Barton. Her character will likely get a proper send-off in her own self-titled movie.

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  • The Dora Milaje are legit. You seriously do not wanna mess with that kingsguard or you will regret it. And the most powerful and commanding of the bunch is their leader, Okoye. Give her a vibranium spear and she is pretty much set to win just about any fight you throw her way.

    Okoye and her Dora Milaje are almost able to bring down Killmonger by themselves. They don't have powers! That's pretty wild. And by the time Avengers: Endgame rolls around, Okoye is a full-fledged member of the superhero team.

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  • Peggy Carter Helps Steve Rogers Become Captain America And Is A Founder Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
    Photo: Captain America: The First Avenger / Paramount Pictures

    Peggy Carter helps Steve Rogers figure out what it means to be Captain America during WWII. But she is a soldier before she meets Steve, and after his untimely frozen bath, she continues being a soldier who wants to make the world a better place.

    Peggy is a founding member of S.H.I.E.L.D., and even becomes the director of the organization before she retires. In a time when women aren't seen as equals, Peggy fights her way to the top of her field, and that surely makes her worthy of being called a hero.

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  • In addition to being a princess and a playful thorn in the side of her brother T'Challa, Shuri finds the time to be a master engineer and scientist who creates the technology that makes Wakanda such a powerhouse and Black Panther such a formidable foe. We guess that's what having a genius-level intellect and a seemingly unending supply of vibranium can do for you.

    Honestly, we wouldn't be surprised to see Shuri take on the mantle of Black Panther sometime in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe considering she is responsible for the creation of updated Black Panther suits and that she was brave enough to go toe-to-toe with Killmonger even though she was clearly outmatched.

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