However sacrilegious it might seem to a comic book head for a Hollywood studio to turn his or her beloved book into a big screen blockbuster, the process certainly must have its perks. In addition to seeing the star-spangled shield actually deflect bombs, the portal to Asgard become manifest, and a weakling doctor explode into a massive green monster, fans can also get a 360-degree look at their favorite heroines.
In writer-director Joss Whedon's film adaptation of Marvel's The Avengers, one of our most anticipated movies of the summer, Scarlett Johansson brings to life one of those heroines: Natasha Romanoff, better known as the gun-toting Black Widow, the token beacon of ass-kicking estrogen in the testosterone-fueled team.
With her gratuitously flattering bodysuit and eye-catching fire-red hair, Johansson joins the ranks of the sexiest heroines to be translated on screen. To see where she places among them, simply click through our list of the 10 Hottest Comic Book Heroes in Movies.