Marvel Debuts All-Women 'Avengers' In Move To Appeal To Females

Paul Hair

Marvel announced that it will launch a brand new version of the Avengers this May called A-Force, and the lineup of superheroes will be entirely female.

Marvel's press release revealed that She-Hulk, Dazzler, Medusa, and Nico Minoru will be among the members of A-Force.

Meanwhile, Comics Alliance reviewed the cover artwork for A-Force #1 and listed off the characters appearing on it.

"The cover features a huge number of heroes; She-Hulk, Medusa, and new character Singularity up front, flanked by Dazzler, Storm, Rogue, Wasp, Captain Marvel, Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Phoenix, Scarlet Witch, Nico Minoru, Elektra, Aurora, Spectrum, Rescue, Hellcat, Spider-Woman (Gwen Stacy), Firestar, Vindicator, Black Widow, Jubilee, Lucy In The Sky, Snowbird, Pixie, and Marvel's greatest hero, Moondragon."

The announcement of A-Force seems to be in line with Marvel's strategy recently. Time noted that, "Marvel has been methodically rolling out new female characters and promoting old ones over the past several years in an effort to reach out to its female fan base."

The same article indicated that there is perhaps a larger percentage of female comic book readers than many would think, saying that "47% of comic fans are female."

— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) February 6, 2015

"Not too long ago, an all-'X'-chromosome X-Men-franchise team was announced, so an Avengers squad of women isn't such a big surprise. It stands as testament to Marvel's many popular female characters, in fact, that the publisher can do this with not one but two team franchises."

Time reports that, "Marvel's female-centric titles are exceeding expectations," and attributes this success in part to social media.

"While readers have long asked for more representations of minorities and women in comic books, they haven't followed through by purchasing those comics. But social media sites, forums for fan fiction and the ability to exchange tweets with comic book authors has created a groundswell of enthusiasm for female superheroes."

[Image via official Marvel Twitter account]