Graduation Year


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Program or Major

English Literature

Faculty Advisor

Becky DiBiasio


For the purposes of this study, I will be focusing on three highly popular and often controversial female superheroes: Wonder Woman, Black Widow and Captain Marvel. My argument is not that these three characters are defined by the stereotypes under which they were created (though many female heroes and villains are purely archetypal and have barely any other defining personality traits, such as Harley Quinn). Instead, Wonder Woman, Black Widow, and Captain Marvel have, in some way or another, all been treated as a villain, victim or vixen at multiple points in their comic histories, which only leads them to continuously fulfill those limited roles within their narratives, even in their respective films.