I feel lucky to live in a world where so many amazing superheroes have been created. Spider-Man, Buffy, Dr. Strange, Batman...but one hero on their own just cannot be as ROCKINGLY AWESOME as a whole team of heroes.
I've thought long and hard about the great, vast multiverse of superheroics and come up with the 5 most incredible hero team-ups my mortal brain can think of. See if you agree...
Who's On The Team: Captain Mal, Zoe, Wash, Inara, Jayne, Kaylee, Simon, River, Shepherd Book
Where They Roam: Space, year 2517
Why They're Awesome: The crew of Firefly are a true bunch of misfits, whose bravery and loyalty to each other makes their strange, lonely life in space worth living. Oh, and they're kind of...space pirates, meaning daring heists and sparkling dialogue aplenty.
My Favorite Member: River Tam. She had me at 'I can kill you with my brain.'
Who's On The Team: Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America
Where They Roam: Earth, but not quite as we know it. Also, Asgard.
Format: Comics, Movie
Why They're Awesome: Is there any reason they're NOT awesome? The greatest Marvel superheroes that ever kicked ass are all assembled together to fight evil.
My Favorite Member: Hulk, purely for smashing Loki's face into the ground.
Final Fantasy VII
Who's On The Team: Cloud, Tifa, Aerith, Barret, Cait Sith, Yuffie, Red XIII, Cid, Vincent.
Where They Roam: Gaia, mainly Midgar
Format: PlayStation Game
Why They're Awesome: part of the eco-group AVALANCHE, the team have to stop mega-corporation Shinra from draining the planet's life force.
My Favorite Member: Controversial, but Yuffie Kisaragi was always in my first team - even though she can be kind of a pain in the butt...
Big Hero 6
Who's On The Team: Baymax, Hiro, GoGo Tamago, Fred, Honey Lemon, Wasabi
Where They Roam: the glittering metropolis of Sanfransokyo
Format: Comics, Upcoming Movie
Why They're Awesome: Big Hero 6 are the brainchild of one genius kid, Hiro, who gets his home-made robot Baymax and a bunch of other rookies together to fight crime.
My Favorite Member: I always liked GoGo in the comics, mostly for her murky criminal past with motorbike / Yakuza gangland. It'll be interesting to see how GoGo appears on the big screen...
The Fellowship of the Ring
Who's On The Team: Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Boromir, Gimli, Sam, Frodo, Merry, Pippin.
Where They Roam: Middle Earth
Format: Book, Movie
Why They're Awesome: the Fellowship of the Ring represents the birth of Fantasy as a genre. There's swordplay, adventuring, noble sacrifice and soul-searching. Powerful stuff.
My Favorite Member: That's a toughie, but my soft spot is for Legolas - I'll never forget the whole cinema roaring when he single-handedly slew that Oliphaunt.