20. Scarlet Witch – Avengers
Who plays her: Elizabeth Olsen
Powers/Abilities: Magic powers, time and reality manipulation, teleportation
Why she’s so empowering: Ability-wise, Scarlet Witch is one of these most powerful female superheroes around. She would be able to take down the likes of Black Widow and even possibly Captain Marvel, while also standing up against Wonder Woman well. But right now, she doesn’t have the confidence in herself or her powers to do that.
And yes, I know that she’s emotional and does have an inner strength, but there’s a child-like inner strength. As she learns more of the world, she starts to question her part in things, and that leads to a sense of lack of self-confidence.
Scarlet Witch has shied away from her abilities, using them when necessary. However, she will always fight for good. Even when she was fighting against Tony Stark for what his bombs did to her family, she wanted to fight on the side of good. Eventually, she realized that Ultron had manipulated her and she had to switch sides.
And that switch is what makes her empowering. Wanda Maximoff is able to show that there’s no need to apologize for being manipulated. There’s no weakness in trying to do the right thing and accepting that you were wrong in the first place.
The more she gains confidence in herself, the stronger her abilities have become. She’s the one many will go to for help. Yet, she weighs up both sides. Sure, she remained loyal to Hawkeye in Captain America: Civil War but she did consider both sides and realized she was, in essence, being kept prisoner.