25. Mantis – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Who plays her: Pom Klementieff
Powers/Abilities: Empathetic abilities
Why she’s so empowering: Wait, Mantis is the first on the list? I know this is a woman many will initially scratch their heads at, but Mantis shows that physical strength doesn’t mean everything. What she lacks in understanding of cultures and her physical strength, she more than makes up for in her mental strength.
We just have to look at how she helped take on Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War to see that she’s a superhero and one to look up to. While everyone else fought against him physically, she was able to tap into his mind and control him. She held him for as long as she could, making it clear that she was one to watch out for. Mental strength is often hard to portray, but the MCU has managed to show it tenfold for Mantis.
Then there’s her willingness to do the right thing. Despite being raised by Ego and feeling a debt to him, she realized that he was doing the wrong thing. Rather than help destroy the universe, she turned against him and worked with the Guardians. She certainly didn’t have to considering her initial loyalties, but it showed her sacrifice in a way – ending everything she once knew.
There is a lot that we can take away from her when it comes to mental strength and even physical resilience. Young girls can see that being smart or being strong isn’t what makes a good woman.