We’re all excited about Luke Cage from The Defenders and the Black Panther movie coming out, but let’s not forget about the powerful Black female superheroes that are just waiting to get their chance in the spotlight.
Take a look at these badass superheroines that can do just as much good (if not more) than the men of the comic world.
1. Storm (Ororo Munroe)
Though the character was portrayed by Halle Berry in the X-Men films, it’s a shame she never got her own solo film.
In the comics, Storm was written as the wife of T’Challa, aka Black Panther. Talk about powerful forces colliding! However, they didn’t last. Check out their history here.
With Black Panther’s solo film on the way, who knows? We may see an origin story for Storm yet.
2. Vixen (Mari Jiwe McCabe)
She was supposed to be the first African female DC superhero to have her own series, but unfortunately, it was cancelled.
Her backstory is pretty sad (like most superheroes): her mother was killed by poachers and her father was killed by his half-brother over the Tantu Totem that Mari possessed to help her focus on her animal mimicry skills. In battle, she acquires the characteristics of animals such as the speed of a cheetah, the strength of an elephant, or the swiftness in the tail of a dolphin. In the beginning, she could only channel one animal skill at a time but later on, she learns to channel multiple one. Soon, she left to pursue a modelling career before returning home to Africa to take back the Totem and possess its power to become the Vixen. It was later revealed that she no longer required it to focus.
Before its cancellation, Vixen had appeared in 545 issues after her debut in ‘Cancelled Comic Cavalcade #2’, which is a collection of unpublished material.
3. Misty Knight (Mercedes “Misty” Knight)
This former NYPD police officer gained a Tony Stark-brand bionic arm after losing hers after a bomb attack; and started her own private investigation agency, Daughters of the Dragon, with friend Colleen Wing. If you’re a fan of Luke Cage, you must check out Misty’s comics because he’s in them as well.
Not only does she have a bionic arm, she knows martial arts, and has the lethal attitude to match.
4. Rocket (Raquel Ervin)
She’s the sidekick to the superhero Icon— and is responsible for convincing him to take on that role. Rocket sports an iron belt made from Icon’s escape pod’s inertia winder, which gives her the power to manipulate kinetic energy.
Rocket was also one of the first teenage mothers in comics after she gave birth to her son, whom she named Amistad Augustus Ervin,- ‘Amistad’ after the famous slave ship that brought slaves over from Africa to America and ‘Augustus’ after Icon’s human alias Augustus Freeman IV. Raising a son as a single parent is badassery by itself.
5. Bumblebee (Karen Beecher-Duncan)
Karen doesn’t have any superpowers, but she does have a really cool suit that gives her superhuman abilities and is also equipped with bee-themed gadgets, think Tony Stark (Iron Man). She’s affiliated with groups such as the Teen Titans, which her boyfriend (Mal Duncan, better known as Vox’) was an original member of. She first put on the suit to prove that the Titans didn’t appreciate Mal enough, but was proven wrong when they fought to save him.
These are just a few of the powerful women in the DC and Marvel comics world. Though they may show up every now and then in the films or TV series, they deserve just as much spotlight. With female superheroes like Wonder Woman, Catwoman, and Supergirl getting their shine, it’s not unreasonable to think that one of these strong Black females will be next.