The Marvel era began in 1961, the year that the company launched The Fantastic Four and other superhero titles created by Steve Ditko, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and many others. The Marvel brand had been used over the years, but solidified as the company's only brand within the next couple of years.
Writer-editor Stan Lee revolutionized superhero comics by introducing superheroes designed to appeal to older readers than the predominantly child audiences of the medium. They broke convention with other comic book archetypes of the time by squabbling, holding grudges both deep and petty, and eschewing anonymity or secret identities in favor of celebrity status. Subsequently, Marvel comics developed a reputation for focusing on characterization and adult issues to a greater extent than most superhero comics before them, a quality that the older readers appreciated.
However, these Marvel redesigns take the adult-theme to a whole new level.
The sole surviving member of the Zen Whoberi, Gamora, was saved as a child by Thanos. Through Thanos' augmentation and training, she became a highly skilled and feared galactic assassin. Using her new formidable skills and abilities, she gained the reputation and title of The Deadliest Woman in the Universe. This fanart has given her a Nicki Minaj-like body though... and we're not complaining.
18 Emma Frost
The former White Queen of the Hellfire Club, Emma Frost is a powerful mutant telepath who can transform herself into organic diamond. She has become a prominent member among the X-Men. It's no surprise that she's renowned for her beauty, wit, and revealing attire - perfectly shown here in this fan drawing of her.
17 Jean Grey
Jean Grey was one of the five original X-Men. Judging by this fan art, she's also the hottest mutant the world has ever seen - more superheroes should wear outfits like this! Grey is an omega-level mutant telekinetic and telepath with near limitless powers as a recurrent host of the Phoenix Force. She's returned from death several times - not that you'd know that by looking at her.
16 Black Widow
A former KGB agent Natasha Romanova, better known as Black Widow, is one of the best agents S.H.I.E.L.D. has ever had. She's also without a shadow of a doubt the best-looking team member they ever had. In addition, she's a longtime member of the Avengers, as well as the leader of the short-lived Los Angeles-based superhero team, called the Champions.
15 Invisible Woman
Here we see the invisible woman - that's a sentence you don't hear every day. Her husband Reed Richards seems to have disappeared though. Don't even think about trying any funny business, judging by the way she holds her arm, we're probably gonna get a demonstration of her powers at any second. That's right, she's gonna disappear and you'll never see her again.
14 Black Cat And Gwen Stacy
Apparently, Black Cat wasn't just into Spidey, she's into Gwen Stacy as well. Gwen, as we know, was the first true love of Peter Parker. She's best known for her tragic death by being thrown off from the Brooklyn Bridge by the Green Goblin. We wonder how this relationship drama would play out though.
This version of Venom is perhaps even scarier than the Eddie Brock version. We imagine several of the male Marvel superheroes would find themselves in some serious trouble if more of the villains were hot chicks. Luckily for them, that's not the case, and luckily for us, there are fans out there creating art like this.
12 Mary Jane Venom
MJ looks good with or without the alien Symbiote. Perhaps the Venom symbiote is looking for a way to get back to covering Peter Parker's skin? Wrapping itself around Mary Jane would certainly be an effective way to do just that. Perhaps it should hide a little better first so he won't notice until it's too late?!
Here we have The Punisher, Frank Castle, a vigilante who employs murder, kidnapping, extortion, coercion, threats of violence, and torture in his campaign against crime. However, for some reason, good old Frank looks different here at Comicon. Often in the superhero universe, there will be a female version of a popular character, such as Batgirl or Spider-Woman. This must be Punishette then?!
10 Black Cat In Lingerie
Black Cat might be known for wearing a fairly revealing outfit to begin with, but this fanart takes things a little further. We can't really blame Peter Parker for falling for former cat burglar Felicia Hardy, but we hope he didn't have a streak of bad luck afterward. Then again, it would probably be worth it.
After being shot by mobsters, her cousin Bruce Banner (The Hulk) saved her life by giving her a last-minute blood transfusion of his own irradiated blood. From that point on Jennifer Walters was able to transform into the Sensational She-Hulk. Strangely, she's still hot after she turns green - not that we're complaining.
8 Ms. Marvel
After encountering the Kree hero Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers was accidentally subjected to otherworldly radiation that transformed her into a superhuman warrior. Calling herself Ms. Marvel, she established herself as one of the most powerful and prominent heroes, both as a solo heroine and as a member of the Avengers. She has now adopted the mantle of Captain Marvel.
British beauty Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock, also known as Psylocke, is a mutant with vast telepathic and telekinetic powers that she can focus into deadly weapons. She is a stealthy martial artist, but equally important, a former fashion model - something the artist managed to perfectly convey through his drawing of her.
Venom is a sentient alien Symbiote with an amorphous, liquid-like form, who survives by bonding with a host - this dual-life form receives enhanced powers. While the Venom we know is the version where it bonded with Eddie Brock, we think this version is just as cool. We're actually really impressed with this costume.
5 Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch is a superhero created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby from Marvel Comics - and we have to give them credit for their work here. Such a simple yet powerful costume! We truly believe this sorceress possesses similar powers to those of the comic book version - the ability to alter reality in unspecified ways.
Thor was of course the god of thunder in Norse mythology. He seems to have taken on a female form for this photo session though. We're certainly not complaining, although, we do fear that future thunderstorms will be a lot more intense. Now we're curious as to what Loki looks like.
Storm is an Omega Level Mutant and one of the most powerful living beings on the planet. She is able to incite all forms of atmospheric phenomenon for a variety of magnificent and devastating effects from watering a single potted plant to global hyperstorms that can cover the planet. She also looks like she's able to manipulate men, although we're not sure if that counts as a superpower.
The lethal scarlet assassin. Electra is Daredevil's most fearsome enemy as well as his former lover - we can totally see why he fell for her. She's renowned for being the greatest assassin in the world and looking at this version of her - where she's wearing an even more revealing outfit than usual - she's probably the hottest assassin in the world as well.
Tandy Bowen is the "light" half of the vigilante duo known as Cloak & Dagger. After a drug-related experiment awakened her powers, she became a living personification of light, with the ability to generate super-luminosity at will and use it both offensively and defensively. She's also a scantily clad hottie, which we'll always appreciate.