Most games based on comic book characters focus on the male heroes – and there’s nothing wrong with that, but at the same time there are way too many female crimefighters who fans would love to see in their own games. Here’s my list of 5 comic book women who deserve to shine in their gaming universes.
Squirrel Girl is a hero that is close to my heart, as she was a member of the Great Lakes Avengers and I’m from the Midwest. She got her start at 14, by trying to be a sidekick to Iron Man with her pet squirrel. Iron Man declined her offer, and she joined the Great Lakes Avengers where she defeated many villains, including Thanos.
Squirrel Girl is all over the Marvel universe and is connected to many different characters, yet she is one of the forgotten heroes when it comes to games. And because she has such an interesting story, there would be no need to create new storylines for her in a game – developers can use the source material.
With Black Widow getting her own movie in May, the next step for her should be to get a solo video game. Something fans already know, is that Natasha Romanova has had a very interesting life. She is a Russian agent trained as a spy, martial artist, sniper, and assassin. But she’s also had an arranged marriage, she’s been brainwashed, she was biotechnologically and psycho-technologically enhanced, and so much more.
In the movie, fans will see a lot of this backstory that has been alluded to in previous Avengers installments, but it would also be a fun experience to be able to play through her story. Though it’s not a solo game, Black Widow will appear in Marvel’s Avengers game.
Mystique was introduced to the world in 1978, when she appeared in Ms. Marvel 16. In all of the movies she’s in, we’ve seen her have a colorful and unpredictable past. She has appeared in several X-Men games before, but has yet to get her own game. Given that she has such a diverse background, Marvel could go many directions with her game, and pick from so many different timelines.
For example, they could do her origin story and follow her through different phases of her life. Seeing her with Magnito and Professor X – and giving fans the power to decide what side she takes – would be a really interesting feature.
Batgirl has had her origin story retold in many different ways over time. In one version of events, she was the daughter of Gotham police commissioner James Gordon, and in another, she saves Bruce Wayne from being kidnapped by Killer Moth.
With these different stories to work with, it seems that game developers would have plenty of different routes they could go with a game for her. If they didn’t like any of the established storylines, developers could always create another an original one for her to follow.
Even casual Spider-Man fans know about Gwen Stacy, whether they love or hate her. The world finally got to see Spider-Gwen on the big screen in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Her introduction to the canon is somewhat fresh, as she was introduced in comic books in 2014.
Between fighting crime, avenging Peter or her father, and trying to balance her work and personal schedule, I could see a Spider-Gwen game built around managing choices, and doing more than just pummeling bad guys. Her unique backstory could would give fans a new way to experience a Spider-Verse game.