(CBR) For the past several years, buzz has been building around the female heroes of the Marvel Universe. Fans have been asking for -- demanding, actually -- that Marvel Studios develop films, television programs or otherwise spotlight in the upcoming Netflix initiative, some of the publisher's female protagonists.

There is a veritable pantheon of multi-faceted, legendary female heroes ready to step off the comic page and into the greater pop cultural consciousness. Right now, fans are looking forward to Scarlet Witch debuting in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," and even though the character's name has yet to be officially mentioned with regard to Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man," people are already speculating as to who would make the perfect big screen Wasp. As for the other women in Marvel's heroic pantheon, here is a look at some of Marvel's top female characters, with a little speculation on where we feel they could make the biggest splash beyond their comic book and animation debuts.

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