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Marvel’s Finest Women Tourney Wrap-Up, Part 1

Sixty-four competitors battled each other until Ororo rightfully took the first place. These were characters from different series, but by the time we reached the quarter-finals, 5 out of 8 competitors were X-Women. Is it a surprise? I don’t think so. The X-Men is one of the most popular teams out there and it has always received a lot of attention and promotion. While some X-Women have been tossed into Limbo in the past or haven’t been the subject of many storylines that concentrate on them alone, they’ve always been around; and some, like Ororo and Rogue, have always been an important part of the team. As such, they are characters that even those who don’t read comics can instantly recognize. The different animated series and movies also helped to increase the popularity among the public. So while I would have liked to see more characters from other series in the final stages of the tournament, it wasn’t a surprise to see so many X-Women.

As a child, I didn’t have access to comics. There were very few comic stores (mostly not kiddy-friendly) and even if there were, I couldn’t have afforded them. I sort of got my “comic fix” from the animated series. Therefore, as a child I never heard of the Avengers. I didn’t even know who the Wasp or the Black Widow were. There were many characters in the Tourney’s first round that most certainly deserve more recognition and I think that including them in animated series and movies is of utmost importance. When Janet Van Dyne lost, I was sorry to see her go since she’s one of the oldest female characters from Marvel, but have we seen Janet much outside from comics? Hopefully, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will change that. Hopefully, Iron Man 2 and the upcoming Avengers movie will change that for Black Widow too.

Still, we will never stop demanding more time in the comic spotlight for female characters. Not only do they deserve their own series, mini-series and one-shots, something that Marvel has more or less rectified with their Year of Women (though they still have plenty of work to do, especially after changing She-Hulks to a mini and possibly cancelling the Black Widow series), but they also deserve to have their own stories and moments in those comics were usually the male characters are the stars. I’m still dying to read a story about Felicia Hardy that is not completely tied to Spider-Man. I’m still dying to read a story about Sif that is not completely tied to Thor.

I believe that by celebrating our love for the Marvel women here, we are somewhat contributing to the cause. Superheroines, villains, civilians. We love them all and we always want to see more of them. And not only in terms of quantity, but also in terms of quality.

I want to thank all of you for taking part in this tournament. For voting in each match, for campaigning for your favorite characters, for reblogging, for spreading the word. I’ve said it before: without you, none of this would have been possible. So I’m extremely grateful. Special thanks go to @spandexandsportbras for helping me with the organization of the brackets! A part 2 for this Wrap-Up will come soon.

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Final: Storm versus Rogue

And we’re here! The final puts two X-Women against each other! We all know that the X-Men franchise is one of the most popular from Marvel, but I’d hoped we’d see more variety in the final stages. But anyway! It was good to see Jubilee, a POC character, make it into the semi-finals, and now we have the mighty Ororo in the final. Let’s get to voting! You have time to vote until Sunday 2AM GMT!

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Storm versus Scarlet Witch

We’ve reached the last match-up before the final! Thanks everyone for voting and for your support during the tournament.

There’s time to vote until Saturday 1AM GMT!

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Jubilee versus Rogue

We can finally move on to the semi-finals. Three out of four competitors that made it this far are X-Women (though we could say that Wanda has strong ties with the X-Family), so this will probably be the toughest match-ups. Remember, don’t stuff ballots! Good luck to both competitors.

You have time to vote until Friday 1AM GMT!

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Wanda was the last Marvel woman to make it to the semi-finals! We’re taking this day off and tomorrow we’ll resume the tourney with the first semi-final. On Saturday we should be announcing the winner of this tournament!

Wanda was the last Marvel woman to make it to the semi-finals! We’re taking this day off and tomorrow we’ll resume the tourney with the first semi-final. On Saturday we should be announcing the winner of this tournament!

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And yet another X-Woman goes on to the semi-finals.

And yet another X-Woman goes on to the semi-finals.

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Quarter-finals: Jean Grey versus Scarlet Witch

We’ve reached the end of the quarter-finals and tomorrow we’ll be starting with the semi-finals!

In one corner, the host of the Phoenix force and the first female member of the X-Men, one of the characters we want to see back from the dead, Jean Grey!

In the other corner, former member of the Avengers and leader of the West Coast Avengers, and yet another character we want back in the pages of an ongoing series, the Scarlet Witch!

There’s time to vote until Tuesday 2AM GMT!

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We’ll be seeing Ororo in the semi-finals!

We’ll be seeing Ororo in the semi-finals!

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Quarter-finals: Rogue versus X-23

In one corner, the popular X-Man, leader of her own squad, Rogue!

In the other corner, one of the youngest members of the X-Men, a clone that was trained to kill but that’s fighting every day to find her place in the MU, Laura Kinney aka X-23!

There’s time to vote until Monday 2AM GMT!

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And Jubilee just keeps kicking ass and taking names in this tournament! I am amazed and happy to see that she’s almost unstoppable. Congratulations to Kate Bishop, too, for making it this far. As a character that’s mostly been portrayed in only one title, she’s become very popular and truly inspirational. Congrats to both and thank you everyone for voting!

And Jubilee just keeps kicking ass and taking names in this tournament! I am amazed and happy to see that she’s almost unstoppable. Congratulations to Kate Bishop, too, for making it this far. As a character that’s mostly been portrayed in only one title, she’s become very popular and truly inspirational. Congrats to both and thank you everyone for voting!