Marvel puts out superhero movies that are full of action which causes viewers to gasp, laugh, cry and stand in awe of these characters. And while heroes such as Iron Man and Captain America may be some of the most well-known stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are also some leading ladies that play very significant roles in these stories.
Yes, actresses such as Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Lupita Nyong'o, Natalie Portman and Zoe Saldana bring characters such as Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Nakia, Jane Foster and Gamora to life on the big screen. And these female MCU stars are also seen on red carpets, while running errands, during press interviews, while hanging out with their friends or family members and on different social media platforms … meaning there are tons and tons of gorgeous photos of these women … as well as a few not-so-flattering ones, too.
15 Gorgeous Photo: Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson regularly ranks at the top of lists of the most beautiful women out there; she has a sort of exotic look, with sultry eyes and pouty lips, so many were thrilled when she joined Marvel as Black Widow. And here, on a red carpet and in a sparkly dress, she looks stunning.
14 Not-So-Flattering Photo: Karen Gillan
Karen Gillan is Nebula in the Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers movies, meaning MCU fans are used to seeing her blue! However, in this photograph, she was out and about on a normal day. She is wearing a cap, she doesn’t appear to have any makeup on, and it she definitely wasn’t ready and posing when the camera snapped.
13 Gorgeous Photo: Brie Larson
Another young, successful and attractive star who has joined the Marvel team is Brie Larson, who is now Captain Marvel. She is proudly reppin’ the franchise in this branded cap and in this seemingly casual pic that was taken, and as usual, she looks so great while doing so.
12 Not-So-Flattering Photo: Liv Tyler
In The Incredible Hulk, Liv Tyler played Betty Ross, and here, she has something in her hand that is as green as The Hulk, as well as something blue on her face… She is going over her beauty routine, and while it is unclear what all that entails, it is clear that this is not her best look!
11 Gorgeous Photo: Zendaya
In the new Spider-Man movies (which were Marvel movies), Zendaya portrayed the iconic female character named M.J. And in this image of this singer/actresses, she is softly smiling, she has her hair up in a bun, she has a pencil ready to go, and she looks beautiful.
10 Not-So-Flattering Photo: Cobie Smulders
Cobie Smulders is known best for being Robin in How I Met Your Mother, but in the MCU, she is also Maria Hill, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. And in this photo of her, it seems like she needs to chug that coffee in her hand and wake up a bit!
9 Gorgeous Photo: Elizabeth Olsen
Within the world of Marvel, Elizabeth Olsen is the Scarlet Witch. Since this actress is the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, she is used to being in the spotlight, yet she still takes the time to grab a selfie with fans, which is awesome.
8 Not-So-Flattering Photo: Rachel McAdams
In the Doctor Strange films, Christine Palmer is portrayed by Rachel McAdams, an actress known for movies such as Mean Girls and The Notebook. Was she ready for this pic? Did she brush her hair that morning? Is there a reason she is holding those melons like that?
7 Gorgeous Photo: Letitia Wright
In the Black Panther and Avengers films, Letitia Wright plays Shuri. This pretty star is on the rise, as she has been in episodes of shows like Doctor Who and Black Mirror, and on this red carpet, she was absolutely stunning, in a dramatic black outfit.
6 Not-So-Flattering Photo: Danai Gurira
Also from the Black Panther world is Danai Gurira, an actress who is best known for playing Michonne in The Walking Dead. Michonne is a tough character, and here, Gurira is giving a tough face! Did the photographer catch her at a bad time… or does she want that photographer out of her face?
5 Gorgeous Photo: Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow has been acting for years and years, and when it comes to Marvel, she is Pepper Potts. This is a beloved character, and this picture of this star, with no makeup and a genuine smile, shows just how beautiful she really is.
4 Not-So-Flattering Photo: Natalie Portman
In the Thor films, Natalie Portman portrays Jane Foster, but back in the day, she was also Queen Amidala in the Star Wars prequels. The makeup and the costume were, of course, necessary for the story, but this is not Portman’s best look or best facial expression!
3 Gorgeous Photo: Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana is Nyota Uhura in the Star Trek movies, Neytiri in the Avatar movies and Gamora in the Marvel movies. And in 2018, she even got a well-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as seen here in this gorgeous photo of this talented actress.
2 Not-So-Flattering Photo: Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well, as she was the Ancient One in the Doctor Strange films. She has a unique look and can pull off some crazy characters, but this look… with the stripes and the hat and the baggy clothes… It is not the most flattering.
1 Gorgeous Photo: Evangeline Lilly
After playing Kate on Lost for years, Evangeline Lilly came to Marvel as The Wasp. Her dark hair, her dimples, her bright eyes, her freckles… This is one pretty lady, and this picture of her all dressed up is the last gorgeous one on this list!