The world today is divided. Divided in opinion. Divided in thought Divided in nerdy-ness. Yep, the big debate between Marvel fans and DC fans is still ongoing today – and it doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.
As far as we’re concerned, this battle should have been settled a long time ago. For no matter how many times DC fans proclaim that Batman is better than Captain America, or that Superman has more impressive abilities than Iron Man, Marvel will ALWAYS come on top. With some of the biggest heroes in the universe to its name, Marvel has brought the likes of Wolverine, Spiderman, The Hulk, Deadpool, Thor, Star-Lord, and so many more epic fighters into our lives.
More specifically, the world seems to forget that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has also brought a new crop of strong, independent and powerful superwomen to the media’s attention, and we just can’t get enough of this #GirlPower. But have you ever wondered what the Marvel women look like in real life?
If you’re a Marvel superfan – well, of course you are – you’ll know that with each new movie that comes to the big screen, a new sense of anxiety comes with it, over the end product. For those who have read the comics from the beginning and are rightfully obsessed with the ins and outs of Stan Lee’s intermingling storylines, it’s difficult to believe that some of the biggest names in the world of Hollywood will be able to do your cartoons justice.
After all, Hollywood big shots are used to playing real-life characters with normal lives, or voice animated characters in sing-a-long movies. Will they really be able to shine as these superheroes and represent us all in the good vs. evil debate that keeps us on tenterhooks? Well, it seems they have pulled it off nearly every single time! Thanks to the help of the incomparable Stan Lee himself, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has managed to cast the perfect actors and actresses for their superheroes, and the movies have got even more intense and incredible each year. Yet, as each year passes, we also see an increase in strong, female characters on the big screen. In recent years, Scarlet Witch has shown off her mind-altering powers, Maria Hill has proven that it’s not all about your physical strength, and Gamora has taught us that choosing the right path often takes time.
In fact, we’ve learned a lot from the women of Marvel. However, have you ever wondered what they women look like when they’re not wearing their super suits, donning their swords, or fighting the bad guys? Well, you’ll just have to read on to find out…
Brie Larson as Captain Marvel’s Carol Danvers
The character of Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) has existed since the 1960s but has been left in the shadows by other Marvel movies until now. Recently, it was announced that Brie Larson would be playing the superhero Captain Marvel in a movie due for release in 2019. A fusion of alien Kree and human genetics has given her some pretty epic powers, including the power of premonition and intuition, along with superhuman strength and endurance. She can also fly at six times the speed of sound, so that comes in handy!
Brie Larson in real life
Back in 1998, Brie Larson first appeared on our TV screens in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, before featuring as small parts in other shows while still young. Her real big break came in the sitcom Raising Dad, where she played one of the daughters, Emily. Brie Larson has come a long way from allegedly making sets in her garage and filming her own home movies, especially when she landed the main role in Room back in 2015. Her newest projects are both Marvel movies – Captain Marvel and an untitled Avengers movie, both due for release in 2019.
Jaimie Alexander as Thor’s Lady Sif
Sif, or Lady Sif, is an Asgardian warrior who is best buddies with Thor. In fact, she has managed to get him out of some sticky situations on more than one occasion, including when she saved him from his jealous brother, Loki. Known as the Goddess of War, Lady Sif is over a thousand years old, but doesn’t look a day over 30! Played by Jaimie Alexander, this character has added new depths to the Thor movies over the years.
Jaimie Alexander in real life
This 33-year-old actress managed to land herself a few small roles in TV shows and movies over the years but didn’t really get her first big break until starring in the TV drama, Watch Over Me. After playing Caitlin Porter for 58 episodes, she then went on to star in the mystery-romance show, Kyle XY for 33 out of its 43 episode run. Alexander appeared in the first Thor movie in 2011 and has been in the video game, the second Thor movie and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. over the last few years. However, fans missed her from Thor: Ragnarok, released in 2017.
Kate Mara as The Fantastic Four’s Invisible Woman
Stan Lee wanted to create a female superhero that wasn’t too similar to Wonder Woman, so he avoided going down the superhuman strength route. Instead, the Invisible Woman (or Susan Storm) does exactly what her name suggests – she can turn invisible! Played by Kate Mara in the 2015 movie, Invisible Woman can also create a force field around herself and others, to keep them protected. So, while she may not have superhuman strength like Wonder Woman (aka Diana Prince), she is an extremely vital part of the Marvel universe.
Kate Mara in real life
Being actress Rooney Mara’s baby sister means you’ve got a lot to live up to, which Kate has managed to do, with 60 acting credits to her name, spanning the last 20 years. The crime drama Law & Order was her first foray into the acting world, after which she appeared in the dramas Brokeback Mountain and 127 Hours. She is likely most recognizable from the TV thriller American Horror Story, and political drama House of Cards. Kate Mara’s most recent role was in the biography movie, Chappaquiddick in 2017.
Pom Klementieff as Mantis
Joining the Guardians in their second feature, Mantis is an empath and as such possesses a high level of emotional intelligence. she is played by the talented French actress Pom Klementieff. After being groomed by the Celestial Ego, Mantis eventually takes a stand, turns away and joins the Guardians after the Celestial Ego was found to be after galactic domination. Together, they fight for justice whiule Mantis learns to use her powers for actual good.
Pom Klementieff in real life
Pom Klementieff was not so known as an actress before landing the role of Mantis, but after completely blowing audiences away with her portrayal, it looks like she is here to stay. None of this is to say that she was an acting novice before Guardians of the Galaxy – she actually starred in the Spike Lee movie Oldboy – but she is nevertheless incredibly thankful for being able to portray such a complex and interesting character.
Ellen Page as X-Men’s Kitty Pryde
We are first introduced to Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand, back in 2006, and have most recently seen this superhuman in X-Men: Days of Future Past in 2014. Due to her being a mutant, Kitty can run through walls, along with disrupting electrical fields when she runs through them. Kitty Pryde’s powers certainly come in very handy during the X-Men: Days of Future Pasts, when the team has to take down rebel mutants in the past to save the present day!
Ellen Page in real life
Most people will instantly recognize Ellen Page as the “Fertile Myrtle” in the teen comedy-drama movie, Juno. However, Page had already built up an impressive résumé before her role as Juno MacGuff in 2007, including her first appearance as Kitty Pryde. Her first role was in a TV movie called Pit Pony, which was then turned into a TV series shortly after. Most recently, Ellen starred in the 2017 remake of the sci-fi classic, Flatliners. After coming out, Ellen has become a strong advocate for the LGBTQ community.
Anna Paquin as X-Men’s Rogue
X-Men fans will know Rogue as the adopted child of Mystique, who grows up as a villain, before turning to Professor Xavier to fight with the good guys. Her first appearance was in the original X-Men movie, back in 2000, and the super powerful mutant has been in every single X-Men movie since then. Rogue’s special power involves sucking the energy out of everything she touches, which doesn’t bode well when she tries to strike up a relationship with Bobby the Iceman.
Anna Paquin in real life
When she’s not donning her very professional-looking jacket-and-pant combinations, Anna Paquin is a woman of beauty and a heck load of talent. Although she has made a distinct impression on the Marvel Universe, Anna is still known for her role in the blood-sucking TV show, True Blood. In fact, the set of True Blood was where Anna bumped into her husband, Stephen Moyer. As if this wasn’t enough, she was also the first Millenial to ever win an Oscar. She won this prestigious award at just 11 years old, after her appearance in the popular drama, The Piano.
Chloe Bennet as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’s Quake
With the Marvel movies taking over the world – and the rest of the galaxy – it’s fair to say that the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D TV show is often overlooked. Yet, nobody could overlook Quake! As the heroic daughter of the infamous villain, Mister Hyde, Quake finds herself stuck in a battle between good and evil. Should she fight for her father? Or should she fight for the good in the world? She eventually chooses to use her epic ability to cause earthquakes for the good of the world.
Chloe Bennet in real life
Although we know her as Chloe Bennet, this actress was born Chloe Wang, and simply uses a more ‘showbiz’ name for her professional acting career. Amazingly, this actress will soon be moving away from the world of Marvel television and making her way onto the big screen as her superhero character in the upcoming Marvel movie, Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors. Yet, she wasn’t always interested in acting. Chloe originally wanted to be a musician, and even traveled across the world to China when she was just 15 years old to pursue her musical career!
Jennifer Garner as Daredevil’s Elektra
It’s no secret that Stan Lee has often drawn from Greek mythology to create his characters, and Elektra is no different. As a ferocious and volatile assassin, Elektra is the kind of superhero you wouldn’t want to meet down a dark alleyway. It’s this use of weapons and martial arts that often leaves Elektra in between superhero and villain. This also gets in the way of her relationship with Daredevil – who have a Ross-and-Rachel style relationship. There are just a few more swords in this romance…
Jennifer Garner in real life
Jennifer Garner got used to wielding swords and daggers in the 2003 Marvel movie, Daredevil, and even managed to score her own movie in 2005. Yet, these super credits are just mere specks on Jennifer Garner’s lengthy acting resume. Nowadays, most of us remember this brunette beauty for her roles in the titular comedy, 13 Going On 30, and the historical biography, Dallas Buyers Club. When she’s not acting, Jennifer spends her free time and money helping young children and the education system.
Halle Berry as X-Men’s Storm
If you had the choice, which superpower would you choose? We can imagine you’d LOVE to take on the powers of Storm. As you can probably tell, X-Men’s Storm has the epic ability to control the weather with her mind – and she has a pretty gusty love for blizzards, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Alongside her mind control, Storm also has control over her X-Men team members. With a strong head on her shoulders, Storm is the kind of person we’d want leading us to battle.
Halle Berry in real life
In 2000, Halle Berry had the honor of playing one of the first African comic book characters in history – a role she took with immense pride. However, many people forget that Berry was a Marvel superwoman. Instead, fans normally remember her role as the Bond Girl in Die Another Day and as Leticia Musgrove in Monster’s Ball. Thanks to these epic movie opportunities, Halle Berry has also taken the award as one of the most highly paid actresses in the acting world.
Jennifer Lawrence as X-Men’s Young Mystique
It’s no secret that the X-Men clan have unique and special abilities that put them above the rest of the superheroes – but Young Mystique has something we’ve never seen before. With her bright red hair and her textured blue skin, Mystique has the ability to shapeshift and stalk from place to place without being seen. Originally, the role of Mystique was taken on by Rebecca Romijn, but she was replaced by The Hunger Games alum, Jennifer Lawrence, for the more recent X-Men movies.
Jennifer Lawrence in real life
Fun fact: Jennifer Lawrence is the highest paid actress in Hollywood right now! If that doesn’t make you feel insignificant enough, it seems as though this Hunger Games actress is also one of the most in-demand actresses in the business. Over the course of her career, J-Law has made a name for herself for major roles in the likes of the romance, Silver Linings Playbook, and the action movie, American Hustle. In November 2018, we’ll be able to see Lawrence and Mystique back on our screens in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
Elizabeth Olsen as The Avenger Scarlet Witch
Wanda Maximoff is more commonly known as Scarlet Witch – and the protagonist in one of the coolest Marvel stories of all time. We first met Scarlet Witch in Captain America: Winter Soldier, and later on in Avengers: Age of Ultron, where she had joined forces with her brother Quicksilver. Yet, when we first met this brother-and-sister duo, Scarlet Witch was using her sorcery and mind manipulation skills for evil, until they both decided to switch from the dark side to the light side and use their powers for good.
Elizabeth Olsen in real life
If you hadn’t already caught on, Elizabeth Olsen is the lesser-known sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen! While her sisters have made a name for themselves in the fashion world, Elizabeth Olsen has rightly separated herself from the Olsen brand and focused her attention on the acting world. This risk seems to have paid off, as Elizabeth has since appeared in major movies such as the horror movie, Silent House, and the neo-noir thriller, Oldboy. Olsen will spark up her superpowers once more in Avengers: Infinity War in April 2018.
Famke Janssen as X-Men’s Jean Grey/Phoenix
When you think of Jean Grey/Phoenix, you probably think of flaming red hair and a heck load of superpowers – and you wouldn’t be wrong. As one of the most prominent members in the X-Men house, this superhero uses her telekinesis and her telepathy to cause a ruckus in front of her enemies. Yet, there are two different sides to this superhero. While Jean Grey can control her powers, Phoenix often struggles to maintain composure, which can cause a few problems.
Famke Janssen in real life
Famke Janssen played her duel-personality superhero in X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand and even the Marvel spin-off, Wolverine. Yet, this Dutch actress did not reprise this role in X-Men: Apocalypse and will not take on the leading role in the 2018 movie, X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Instead, this role was given to the Game of Thrones actress, Sophie Turner. Nevertheless, Famke has continued to act alongside Liam Neeson in the Taken trilogy. In recent years, she has also tried her hand at directorial work.
Scarlett Johansson as The Avenger Black Widow
Known to the civilian world as Natasha Romanova, this superhero is more commonly known to the world of good and evil as Black Widow. We were first introduced to this character in Iron Man 2 – where she became known as a ruthlessly trained Russian spy, with fighting skills unlike any other around the globe. After an intense childhood, Black Widow defects away from her captors and finds a new life fighting for S.H.I.E.L.D and becoming a vital member of The Avengers. She even strikes up a little love interest with The Hulk/Bruce Banner…
Scarlett Johansson in real life
Scarlett Johansson was lucky enough to star as Black Widow in the following Marvel movies: Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain America: Civil Wars – so you could say she’s kind of a big deal. Yet, she’s also a big deal in the wider world of Hollywood as Scarlett has appeared in numerous blockbuster hits, including the romantic comedy, Lost in Translation and the drama, A Love Song for Bobby Long. In fact, she was nominated for various awards for both of those movies!
Cobie Smulders as The Avengers’ Maria Hill
Let’s be honest, S.H.I.E.L.D would be nothing without the various servicemen and women who work tirelessly behind the scenes. For that, we will raise a glass to Maria Hill – the best darned S.H.I.E.L.D Commander the group did ever see! As the years and movies progress, we have seen Maria take on more and more responsibility when it comes to the Avengers, and she has helped the slightly-less-than-smooth operations within The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.
Cobie Smulders in real life
Fans of Cobie Smulders and the Marvel Cinematic Universe might know her as Maria Hill, but for others, it is hard to think of Cobie as anyone other than Robin Scherbatsky from the popular comedy show, How I Met Your Mother. The actress starred in the sitcom from 2005 until it’s sad end in 2014 – but she has since used this free time to branch out into the world of mainstream Hollywood. In fact, she has since worked on the fantasy show, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and will soon reprise her role for Avengers: Infinity War.
Zoe Kravitz as X-Men’s Angel Salvadore
If you’re a fan of the X-Men superhero franchise, you’ll probably already know a lot about Angel Salvadore – and you’ll also know that this character is pretty darn epic. As one of the students of Professor X, Angel is ruthlessly trained to become the best young mutant she can possibly be, and to use her powers accordingly. What are her powers, we hear you cry? Well, this mutant can spout both fire and ice from each hand, a power she uses to her advantage when she parts ways with Professor X…
Zoe Kravitz in real life
When it comes down to it, there is no way you couldn’t know who Zoe Kravitz is. After all, you just have to look at her surname to figure out who she is related to! As the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, Zoe has taken full advantage of the lifestyle of the rich and famous and become one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood right now. In recent years, she has appeared on the comedy-drama, Californication. She also landed herself a mega role in the action movie, Divergent, and has since taken on a new character in the TV drama, Big Little Lies.
January Jones as X-Men’s Emma Frost
Like a few of the other female superheroes on this list, Emma Frost transformed from a baddie to a goodie. We were first introduced to this feisty female in X-Men: First Class, where she tagged along with Sebastian Shaw. In this movie, we also discovered that Emma has some of the coolest powers know to man or mutant. With the ability to control the minds of others and broadcast her own thoughts, Frost also has the ability to turn anything she touches into frost – as well as turning herself into a diamond. Luckily, we’re already a diamond, so we don’t need her help…
January Jones in real life
Although Marvel fans around the world know her as Emma Frost, January Jones has also made a name for herself outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, she is largely known for her Golden Globe Award-winning performance in the dramatic TV show, Mad Men. Before that, Jones had scored herself smaller roles within the romantic comedy, Love Actually, as well as the comedy, American Wedding. In recent years, she has taken a post-apocalyptic role within the comedy show, The Last Man on Earth.
Gwyneth Paltrow as Iron Man’s Pepper Potts
It’s fair to say that there wouldn’t be an Iron Man/Tony Stark without Pepper Potts. As the person who keeps it all together, Pepper may not be a superhero, but she definitely has superpowers – most notably, the ability to deal with Tony’s sarcasm and stubbornness. Marvel fans were first introduced to Pepper as Tony’s assistant before he realized her true potential and promoting her to CEO of Stark Industries. Before too long, they even have a little somethin’ somethin’ going on….
Gwyneth Paltrow in real life
Do we really need to explain who Gwyneth Paltrow is? This woman is arguably one of the most successful women in the world of Hollywood and is known for her impressive acting talent and lengthy acting resume. Over the course of her career, Gwyneth has wowed fans with her appearances in the romance, Shakespeare in Love, as well as her role in the comedy, Shallow Hal. She has also adorned newspaper headlines across the world, thanks to her 13-year marriage to the Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin.
Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson
Dunst rocked the red hair for her role as Mary Jane Watson in three Tobey Maguire-led Spider-Man movies. Her performance as the sweet and sensitive love interest was lauded by critics with Entertainment Weekly writing that Dunst has the talent to “lend even the smallest line a tickle of flirtatious music.” She told reporters after the third film that she would do a fourth movie if Maguire and director Sam Raimi were interested. Eventually plans for a fourth film fell through.
Kirsten Dunst in real life
Dunst earned attention at just 12 years old for her role in the horror film Interview with the Vampire and her career hasn’t stalled since. She is known for major blockbusters such as Jumanji, Bring It On, and Hidden Figures, and for critical darlings such as The Virgin Suicides and Midnight Special. She was nominated in 2015 for an Emmy and Golden Globe for her role as Peggy in the drama series Fargo. She is currently expecting her first child with husband and fellow Fargo actor Jesse Plemons.
Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy
For the Andrew Garfield-led Spider-Man films, Emma Stone plays Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker’s love interest and closest confidante. She knows deep down that there is more to Peter than meets the eye. She’s a scientist and works in the same lab that contains the spider that bites and transforms Peter into Spider-Man. Gwen plays a key role in defeating the villainous Lizard and she develops feelings for Peter in the process. She appears again by Peter’s side in the Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Emma Stone in real life
In order to convince her parents to move to Los Angeles to pursue acting, she organized a PowerPoint presentation for them on all the reasons to make the dramatic change. Her parents gave in and good thing they did. After proving to be a breakout in the teen comedy Superbad, Stone has gone on to star in Easy A, The Help, Crazy, Stupid, Love, and Battle of the Sexes. Last year she won her first Oscar for her starring role in the hit musical film La La Land.
Natalie Portman as Jane Foster
Jane Foster is one of the world’ top astrophysicists. She stumbles upon Thor while doing research and helps him return to Asgard. It doesn’t take long before Jane falls in love with the hunky superhero and accompanies him on his missions. With an unparalleled intellect and savvy, Jane is certainly one of the smartest women to grace the Marvel Universe. Rather than just being relegated to a love interest, Jane is an integral part in Thor’s mission to save the world.
Natalie Portman in real life
It doesn’t get much better than Natalie Portman. The incredibly talented Academy Award winner began her career at just a child in the crime drama Léon: The Professional. After taking a break to study psychology at Harvard University she returned to acting and was nominated for her first Oscar in the 2004 romantic drama Closer. She won the golden statue in 2011 for Black Swan and was nominated again last year for playing Jackie O Kennedy in the drama Jackie.
Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter
The budding romance between Peggy Carter and Captain America is a tragic one. Any prospect of a romantic entanglement dissipates after Captain America loses 70 years after suffering injuries from a jet plane crash. Peggy is a top military agent and an expert code-breaker. She continued to work as a top agent for the Strategic Scientific Reserve until her retirement. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease soon after learning that Captain America survived the plane crash.
Hayley Atwell in real life
Atwell may have been a newcomer on the scene when she played Peggy Carter in Captain America but she certainly left her mark. She went on to reprise her role in the ABC series Agent Carter for two seasons. Before landing the breakout role she starred in a number of English productions and West End plays. In 2008 she appeared opposite Keira Knightley in the period drama The Duchess. She can next be seen in the upcoming family adventure film Christopher Robin.
Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones
Jessica Jones is the titular character in the hit Netflix series. She is an anti-hero of sorts who was once a superhero but retired following a mysterious tragic incident from her past. Jessica is one tough cookie and outside of her relationship with her sister, her only other comfort is a bottle of Jack Daniels. Her darkness, however, is what makes Jessica Jones so compelling. She is a woman (with super strength) who is constantly questioning her own morality and the world at large.
Krysten Ritter in real life
Ritter is not one to shy away from darker roles. She played Jesse’s girlfriend in the hit crime series Breaking Bad. In one of the most memorable moments from the show she dies from a heroin overdose. She got her start as a model before making her way to television in hit series including Law & Order, Veronica Mars, and Gilmore Girls. She will reunite with Jessica Jones co-star David Tennant in the upcoming comedy Fuddy Meers.
Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter
Following his 70-year coma, Captain America is alive, well, and flirty. He misses out on his chance for Peggy’s heart so who better to fill her role than Peggy’s great niece herself – Sharon Carter. She followed her aunt’s path to becoming an agent at S.H.I.E.L.D. and worked undercover in a number of missions. Sharon is smart and cunning with a strong moral compass that guides all of her decisions. She’s not afraid to speak her mind and to stand up for herself.
Emily VanCamp in real life
After landing her breakout role as the sweet and sensitive Amy Abbott on the drama series Everwood, she headlined her first series as the mysterious and vengeful Emily Thorne on the primetime soap opera Revenge. It was there where she met her fiancé, actor Josh Bowman. The Canadian actress began her career as an accomplished dancer at just 11 years old before discovering her passion for acting. VanCamp is currently starring in the medical drama The Resident.
Jessica Chastain as Veranke
In the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix, supervillain Veranke will be played by the talented, gorgeous Jessica Chastain. While there isn’t much information about the secretive role, what we do know is she will play a shapeshifting woman from an interstellar world who tries to go after Jean Grey. Chastain told Entertainment Weekly that it was the script that sold her, adding that while in the past she didn’t like the roles that were offered to her in the Marvel Universe, that Veranke is a step in the right direction.
Jessica Chastain in real life
It didn’t take long after graduating from the Juilliard School that Jessica Chastain began booking some major film roles. She was nominated for two Academy Awards for her roles in The Help and Zero Dark Thirty. She also co-starred in the hit films The Martian, Interstellar, and her most recent crime drama Molly’s Game. Last year she married fashion executive Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo in a romantic ceremony in Italy. She now splits her time between Los Angeles and Italy in between shooting.
Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker
Trish Walker is Jessica Jones’s sister and only companion. She is a star talk show host and an adored figure by the public but her soft radio demeanor comes with a dark past. As a result she is wary and distrustful of others. We watch Trish study martial arts and live within the compounds of high security cameras and panic rooms. She and Jessica have a beautiful friendship and deeply love and care for one another.
Rachael Taylor in real life
Rachael Taylor’s career began in her home country of Australia when she appeared in a variety of indie films over there. Before landing the role of Trish Walker she appeared in the hit medical series Grey’s Anatomy as well as the lead roles in the short-lived series 666 Park Avenue and Crisis. She is outspoken about the issue of domestic abuse and is vocal about her own alleged past experiences with ex-boyfriend director Matthew Newton.
Karen Gillan as Nebula
Fans of Guardians of the Galaxy know that Nebula is one cyborg you don’t want to mess with, and if this picture is anything to go by – we wouldn’t want to mess with her, either. She is Gamora’s evil sister, and though she eventually chose to side with the good guys, she doesn’t do so as completely as her sister does. She is a trained assassin and brutal fighter. Her superhuman strength and durability makes her the perfect villain and the greatest threat to both Gamora and her world.
Karen Gillan in real life
Scottish-born actress Karen Gillan is an accomplished actress, singer, and director. She has appeared in the horror film Oculus, the comedy-drama The Big Short, and most recently the action comedy Jumanji. Younger fans may remember her for her starring role in the short-lived but critically acclaimed comedy series Selfie. To play the role of Nebula in the Guardians of the Galaxy films she actually shaved her hair off. Next up for Gillan is her directorial debut with the upcoming comedy The Party’s Just Beginning.
Evangeline Lilly as Ant-Man’s The Wasp
Although The Wasp is a pretty awesome name, you might know this superhero as Hope van Dyne. When Hope is wearing her super-suit, she has the ability to shrink down to the size of a Wasp and fly around her enemies, before using a special little trick on them: the bioelectric blasts. We were first introduced to this new superhero in 2015 alongside Paul Rudd in Ant-Man. We’ll be seeing even more of Hope this year, as she will once again star alongside Rudd in the new action movie, Ant-Man, and the Wasp.
Evangeline Lilly in real life
If you’re not a Marvel superfan – although you totally should be – you might be more into your drama series and recognize Evangeline Lilly from her role in the TV show Lost. Thanks to this impressive breakout role, Lilly was introduced to the big wide world of Hollywood and was offered acting role after acting role. Since then, she has appeared in the fantastical franchise, The Hobbit, as well as the war thriller, The Hurt Locker. As we’ve already noted, she will don her wings once again this year for Ant-Man and The Wasp.
Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha
Ayesha, also known by other names such as Kismet, Paragon, and Her, is one of the strongest superheroines in the Marvel universe. Originally designed by genetic engineering, She has the ability to harness and use cosmic energy from the universe to her benefit. This unique ability also prevents her from aging, thus making her immortal. Although she was already a distinguished member in Marvel’s league of heroes, Ayesha’s character was first introduced in to TV goers in the second installment of Guardians of the Galaxy which came out in 2017.
Elizabeth Debicki in real life
Many viewers and fans wondered about the woman behind the solid-gold appearance of Ayesha in the movie, who was played by the Australian-born Elizabeth Debicki. Before being propelled to worldwide fame for the role, Debicki had already appeared alongside Michael Fassbender in the Danny Boyle version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and in Guy Ritchie’s remake of the ’70s classic The Man From U.N.C.L.E. It seems that Debicki is just starting to take off, and we can’t wait to see what she will be up to next.
Michelle Pfeiffer as Ant-Man’s Janet Van Dyne
Many fans of the Ant-man franchise will sure recall Janet Van Dyne as the original Wasp in the comic series. In the Marvel universe, she married Hank Pym, who later became Ant-Man and the two also adopted Hope. Van Dyne appeared as a superhero alongside her husband and took part in many operation of S.H.I.E.L.D over the years. During one of their operations, Janet sacrifices herself in order to save world and becomes lost in the Quantum Realm. In 2017, it was announced that her character will return in the next installment of the Ant-Man movie franchise.
Michelle Pfeiffer in real life
Marvel fans around the world were ecstatic when the studios announced that Michelle Pfeiffer will appear as Janet Van Dyne in the next Ant-Man movie. Pfeiffer, who’s been part of the A-list in Hollywood during the 80s and 90s, appeared in major blockbusters such as Scarface, Batman Returns and Dangerous Minds. After taking time off to raise a family, the talented actress returned from hiatus with full power and is prepared again to take Hollywood by storm.
Zoe Saldana as Guardians of the Galaxy’s Gamora
If you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet, than you need to go and watch it right now because you are definitely missing out! If only for the dancing Groot and the super awesome Gamora, this film is certainly worth a couple hours of your time. This green non-human character starts off as a potential baddie, especially as she is the adopted daughter of the biggest villain of them all – Thanos. However, she soon joins the Guardians of the Galaxy team and uses her special powers to help protect her new friends. While she may look dainty, her superhuman strength makes her one of the toughest fighters on the team.
Zoe Saldana in real life
Looking a little less green in real life, Zoe Saldana has a long and varied acting career with numerous memorable roles under her belt. Her first big-time acting break was in the crime-drama TV show, Law & Order back in 1999, before she donned a rather different hue in Avatar. From blue to green and back to blue again, Zoe was recently featured in the second Guardians of the Galaxy movie as well. She also is currently in the middle of filming the second and third Avatar movies, and has also signed on to appear in the fourth and fifth of the film franchise as well! Seems like she is going to be busy for the next few years!