This weekend, the hugely anticipated blockbuster “The Avengers” hits theaters, bringing together a motley crew of super heroes, including Robert Downey Jr.’s “Iron Man,” Mark Ruffalo’s “The Hulk,” and Chris Hemsworth’s “Thor.” The lone butt-kicking lady of the bunch? Scarlett Johansson, who plays the Black Widow — a role she first played in “Iron Man 2” — in the flick. “There is no magic wand to wave over oneself to look good in a latex catsuit,” she famously said about the role. And yet, she makes it look so easy. In Scarlett/Black Widow’s honor, here are 10 other kick butt female film and TV characters and the women who played them.
6. Maggie Q in “Nikita.” The role has a history — first, as a French film called “La Femme Nikita” and then as an American adaptation called “Point of No Return,” starring Bridget Fonda — but Maggie Q brings her own bad ass vibe to the televised version of the assassin.