Upon reading this comment my mind was sent racing. This is probably the truest statement I can think of in regards to superheroes.
I was reading an article on Moviepilot about how Canada was going to erect a statue of the Wolverine, and I came across this comment. After that, I couldn't stop my mind from wandering.
It's about as true as a statement can get. We have our heroes who are immortalized by our myths and legends about them. We have Superman, Batman, Ironman, and Captain America. They have all been around for decades, and I'm sure they will be around for much longer.
DC comics are much like the Greek Mythology ( [Wonder Woman](movie:45787) herself is an Amazon who serves the Greek gods, imagine that.) Superman was one of the first comic book superheroes to appear in those little squares not 80 years ago. After that, it was only a matter of time before more heroes followed suit. Batman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman... they came from mankind's imagination, just as Perseus, Heracles, and Achilles had.
And then Marvel comes along. Marvel comics are much like the Roman myths. Rome adopted the Greek gods and took them as their own, changing the names but keeping the stories the same. Marvel has adopted many of the DC heroes and villains, though they've changed the stories.
Captain America is their Superman.
Both are super strong all american boys who fight for a world they don't truly belong. (Cap being frozen and unfrozen in the future being his world he shouldn't belong, of course.)
Ironman is their Batman
They are both rich and well known, they're almost polar opposites, though. Tony is so witty and arrogant while Bruce is dark and... well, he's kind of arrogant sometimes too.
Thanos is their Darkseid
These two are pretty cool. One is the Mad Titan while the other is ruler of Apokolips. They're both the biggest villains that their respective super teams have ever faced, plus Thanos is built like Darkseid, I mean, look at him.
Hawkeye is Marvel's Green Arrow
Hawkeye and Green Arrow both use bows, both wear flashy colors, and both want to be with a "Black" themed heroine.
The Hulk is basically Bizarro
The Hulk and Bizarro are both highly unstable, giant... well... hulks. There's no controlling these two.
Deadpool, the Merc with a Mouth. Deathstroke, the Merc without an Eye.
This one is pretty straightforward. Wade Wilson is undoubtedly Slade Wilson's Marvel counterpart, but I do think Deadpool is a lot more dangerous. He can't die, and he has the ability to annoy anyone who tries to kill him! Slade is badass, don't get me wrong, but can he shoot himself in the head and walk away from that?
Thor is the Wonder Woman, of course.
One is the son of the god Odin, while the other is Queen of the Amazons. This one pretty much proves my point. Wonder Woman is literally the Greek counterpart, while Thor is her Marvel counterpart. Sure, he isn't Roman, but he is a Mythological character, which is close enough in my book.
The Guardians of the Galaxy
One is a team of heroes sworn to protect the Galaxy, while the other is... well, a team of heroes sworn to protect the Galaxy. Using the word "Guardians" could just be a coincidence, but let's face it, Starlord is cocky, smooth with the ladies, and is pretty good behind the wheel of a flying vehicle. Sound like any green clad hero we know?
Hundreds of years from now, people may look back and study our mythology and think how amazing our story telling was. Honestly, thinking about it like this, it give me a whole new outlook on the stories of our heroes.