Because it's March, the month of cry-inducing elimination brackets, we've created a smackdown that truly showcases the power of Marvel women. Every week, different heroes and villains will slug it out for your amusement and wonder starting right here.
We've selected 32 strong women (yes, we cut the list down already and we eagerly await your opinions on that), and divided them into two sides like East and West in a basketball bracket. One is full of goodie-goodies, the other packed with baddies. That's right, it's Heroes versus Villains this month on CNET.
Here's the lowdown:
- There are four total divisions. Under Heroes, there are the and the ; on the Villains side, it's the and the .
- Have your say on Twitter by voting in each of the rounds.
Voting for Round 4 is open!
And then there were four. After three rounds of voting, the field has been sliced, blasted and ka-powed down to our final four Marvel women. Visit Twitter.com/CNET or click below to vote! And keep reading to see what happened during rounds one through three, including some big upsets.
Round Three has wrapped up, and we now know our final four, two heroes and two villains.
Let's start with the villains this time. Like most final fours, this one will include a blue blood. In the, Mystique's shape shifting proved too much for the Cinderella pick, Emma Frost. Powerhouse Dark Phoenix easily took the , defeating Hela 61 to 39.
Out of the, our only remaining non-mutant, Captain Marvel, cruised at altitude over Scarlet Witch, trouncing the telekinetic twin by 42 points. And in the , Valkyrie made a late run in the contest against Jean Grey but ultimately fell short, losing by 18.
Will the world get to see Jean Grey battle Dark Phoenix in a firey, mutant battle for red-haired dominance? Will Captain Marvel soar to the final round? You decide. Head over to twitter.com/CNET to cast your vote or click below the bracket below to see the remaining matchups.
Previously: Round Two was a bit of a doozy.
In the, Scarlet Witch upset Shuri, sending the tech genius home early. Captain Marvel advanced to the Elite 8 after a second consecutive too-close-for-comfort contest.
In the, Jean Grey easily defeated Jessica Jones. And Domino's luck finally ran out, as she was defeated by the Asgardian warrior Valkyrie.
Emma Frost continued her icy cold reign in the, advancing past Elektra with a 54 to 46 victory. She'll face the heavily favored Mystique in Round Three.
And, as predicted, thedivision has been whittled down to two forces of nature — Hela and Dark Phoenix, death vs. destruction. You do not want to miss this.
Vote now on twitter.com/CNET or click below the bracket below to see the matchups.
Round One is also over. The votes -- more than 15,600 of them -- have been tallied, and this tournament is shaping up to be a marvel-ous one. Here are a few things that stood out.
In the, Shuri defeated Okoye in the head-to-head Black Panther matchup. Captain Marvel escaped a tight race with Storm to advance to a second-round battle against Black Widow.
In the, Jessica Jones narrowly defeated Agent Peggy Carter, setting up a hotly contested second-round matchup between Jones and Jean Grey. The closest score of the first round came between Valkyrie and Spider-Gwen. Valkyrie will test her luck against Domino in round two.
Mystique asserted her dominance in the, knocking out Typhoid Mary with an authoritative 92-8 finish. Dark horse Emma Frost upset Psylocke, paving the way for Mystique to easily roll to the final four.
And, as expected, in the, Dark Phoenix had her way with the far less powerful Raina. You might think that makes her a shoe-in for a spot in our final four. However, barring any astounding second-round upsets, the Phoenix will go up against Hela, Goddess of Death, in the elite 8. That's a toss-up, if you ask us.
Can Ghost or Madame Gao become the Wichita State Shockers of this tournament? Vote now on twitter.com/CNET or click below the bracket.
Afterwith , it's time to look ahead to the next big, game-changing Marvel movie.
We're also talking about Marvel's women of the small screen, such as Jessica Jones and Mariah Dillard, plus the women outside the MCU entirely, like Negasonic Teenage Warhead. (Because the X-Men are definitely still Marvel.)
So get out there and vote!
Again, all you have to do to keep your favorite Marvel women in the game is have your say here on Twitter as the rounds progress.
The bracket will run through March, with each week whittling down the competitors. You'll have four days per week to vote, vote, vote for your favorite Marvel women (and get others to do the same!), until the final showdown in week five. And that final round will pit one hero against one villain in a battle for true supremacy.
Originally published Feb. 24.
Updated March 18, 12:48 p.m. PT: Adds Round 4 voting.