Hela, Thor: Ragnarok
It took them 17 movies but Marvel finally gave us a female villain – and she was awesome. Cate Blanchett brought
the house Asgard down with her wonderfully OTT performance in Thor: Ragnarok, as Thor and Loki’s crazy sister Hela, the Goddess of Death. She’s instantly up there with the best of the MCU’s baddies (i.e. Loki). Let’s hope that Marvel is smart enough to use her again. Maybe even in Avengers: Infinity War or Avengers 4? C.B.
Rose Tico, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Another welcome addition to this list who also debuted in The Last Jedi was Rose Tico. As with Valkyrie, the inclusion of women of colour was much needed in the Star Wars franchise after a long line up of Brunettes, but it was also important that she is a resourceful engineer and still kind and compassionate. It’ll be interesting to see more of Rose interact with the new trilogy’s trio in Episode 9. M.W.
Offred, The Handmaid’s Tale
One of the biggest TV shows of 2017, in terms of the wider discussions it created, was The Handmaid’s Tale, set in a dystopian future where women are forced into servitude to the male population. The titular tale was brought to life by Elizabeth Ann Moss’ Offred (real name: June Osborne), a woman who showed insane amounts of guts and courage as she never gave up her defiance in the face of overwhelming oppression. C.B.
Lenny Busker, Legion
The X-Men franchise entered the TV world with Legion, a surreal fever-dream of a superhero show featuring a terrific performance from Dan Stevens in the lead. Even better, though, was Aubrey Plaza as Lenny Busker – a character who takes so many twists and turns throughout the show’s debut season that we don’t want to spoil them here. You might not always know what’s going on in Legion but you’ll always be entertained, thanks to Lenny. C.B.