ByBrendon Strevig, writer at
It doesn't matter if you're the slowest kid in gym class or the fastest man alive; everyone of us is running. Being alive means running. Run
Brendon Strevig

Ever since I was a child, I've been surrounded by heroes. Whether in life, movies, or in comics. I've always looked up to those who set a great example to follow. To those who have extraordinary gifts and use them to help others. It seems my whole life I've been using the lessons I've learned from these heroes to shape who I am. I've always wanted to help out those you need it, I've always tried my hardest to make others proud, and I always try to be a kind hearted person. To me, it doesn't matter how old I am, if I'm into superheroes and it makes me happy, so be it. Everyone should do what makes us happy no matter what others think. Express yourself. So let's get down to business. The top 5 heroes who have shaped who I am, my character, personality, attitude, and beliefs.

Number 5 - Green Arrow

Oliver Queen. Playboy Billionaire stranded in an island comes home to save his city from the corrupt. The Green Arrow taught me that there are second chances. Oliver got that second chance to go back and right his wrongs. He traded his glamorous life for a deeper more meaningful one and helps others the best he can. He doesn't have powers. But he has an incredible talent he can use to help others. And I believe that qualifies as a hero. In addition, one of his most iconic comics featuring Roy Harper on drugs taught me and other kids the importance of living drug free. If you can teach children lessons like that, rock facial hair like his, and help others, you're making a difference for the better good.

Number 4 - Ant Man

The true founder of the Avengers falls in at number four. Ant-Man. You tell someone about him-they haven't heard of him(until he got a movie). You mentioned his powers-people thought they were dumb. I once had a friend say he was Marvel's Aquaman (BTW Aquaman is pretty awesome). Ant-Man taught me not to underestimate anyone. Don't judge them by their appearance. The smallest kid on the team could be the best. Ant-Man taught me good things come in small packages. Ant-Man used his passion for science to bring truth and justice about. That's a hero.

Number 3 - Superman

Superman. Clark Kent. Kal-El. I love this alien. He isn't one of us, but protects us like family. He looks human and has our emotions and our heart. He will “lead them. They will stumble-they will fall. But in time, they will join you on the horizon". He's got all these powers and could be a god among men, but he lives as a humble hero. I watched Smallville as a pre-teen and loved it. It was my favorite show. I loved watching Clark develop into Superman. I love the Christopher Reeve movies-the good old, American hero who stood for truth, justice, kindness, and strength. Although, I didn't like Man of Steel(it just wasn't that Christopher Reeve Superman I loved. It wasn't the neck snapping, it was just Superman was a humble, cautious, kind hero.) I believe we all can be a Superman in our own way. Superman taught me the importance of being kind to others and trying your best to help them. With Superman as a major influence for me, I can say I am the nerdy, Clark Kent kinda guy. But I love it.

Number 2 - The Flash

“It doesn't matter if you're the slowest kid in gym class or the fastest man alive; everyone of us is running. Running from something. Running to something....or someone. And no matter how fast we run, there are some things we can't outrun. Some things always manage to catch up to us.” Being the fastest man alive doesn't mean you're always on time or the first. Some times things come before you. And that's something the Flash taught me. He's always putting Central City before himself-whether it's the Rogues, Gorilla Grodd's invasion, the Reverse Flash, Iris, his father, his mother, ect; other's troubles come before his. Barry Allen lives to help others. To bring about justice and truth. And even when he's off with the Justice League, he's back in a flash to save others.

Number 1 - Spiderman

Everyone's favorite wall crawler. I've always loved Spiderman. I went to see The Amazing Spiderman 4 times in theaters. No joke. I have watched every movie. I've read almost all the Ultimate series. I love the Amazing Spiderman run(that was an impressive run). I had all the toys as a kid. Spider-Man's always been a huge part of who I am. And the reason? I could relate to not only Spiderman, but Peter Parker as well. I was a shy, nerdy, dorky, small kid(although chubby years at 8 :/). And now in High School I can relate more than ever. I have my own Mary Jane, Harry Osborn, and Flash Thompson. I'm having trouble finding a steady job. I get cocky, sarcastic, crack jokes, talk a lot to friends. I live for fun and helping others. Although my biggest reason for liking him-my grandfather. He knew I was a big fan of Spiderman and we're Yankee fans, we'd go to NYC, I'd think about Spidey, maybe get a toy, then see a game. But he'd tell me several times “With great power, comes great responsibility". One of the most important themes in Spiderman. My grandfather would use it to make me smile and as advice. When he passed away, I felt even more like Spiderman. And I wouldn't ever forget him. Uncle Ben's famous words to his nephew turned into a message from my grandfather. It may have been Uncle Ben to teach that, but Spiderman enforced it. And my grandfather preached it.

Thank you for your time. Thank you Marvel and DC Comics for creating the characters that impacted my life for the better. And thank you Moviepilot for this opportunity. :)


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