Comic books. Nowadays, almost everyone in our country of the USA is a comic book fan to a certain point. Either they have always been a fan, are a fan of the movies that result from them, or have started reading comics because they liked the films. Well, I would fall into the first category. I've grown up reading mostly MARVEL comics and continue to do so to this day, but for me, it's not just because I enjoy reading them. I mean. I do ever so much enjoy reading them, but there's just SO much more to it than that!!!!! They literally changed my life. I'm gonna tell y'all about the five most important MARVEL characters and how they had such a huge impact on me. Really the entire MARVEL universe and comic books in general changed me, but here are the five most influential and/or just downright awesome ones who really inspired me and made me who I am today!!!!!!
Throughout my years of middle-school and first few years of high-school, I wasn't exactly doing so hot. I felt depression, anger, and at times, I felt that there wasn't a need to live anymore. Intense I know, but when dad was hitting me, classmates made fun of me, or I felt like there was nothing I could do to make it stop, I'd go lock myself in my room and read MARVEL. Those comics were my pillow. I could lay on that when I was down or depressed and I could just shut out all the problems of the world outside my door and be entranced in an amazing new world of great characters who overcame their difficulties and obstacles. Oh how I wanted to be able to do that. If there weren't those comics in a box in my room, I probably would have found something else to escape to, so it's not like I would've died without them, something else would've saved me, but they saved my life more times than I can count. I mean, it brings tears to my eyes just writing about this and remembering all the darkness and suffering of the past. I am a born-again Christian now, I'm not even ashamed to say it and thanks to MARVEL comics and our Lord and Savior, I am able to sit here today to tell you about it.
Well, let's get onto that list shall we?
First up, we have.....
The Amazing Spider-man!!!!!
I was first introduced to MARVEL, superheroes, and comic books through the friendly neighborhood web-slinger Spider-man. I was walking through the store with my dad when I was around five years old and I saw a really old, cheap, hand-held video game with Spider-man on it. I was thrilled when my old man bought it for me. I went home, played it, and that's when my Spidey-sense first started tingling for superheroes!!!!!
Back when I was going through a pretty though time, I especially enjoyed Spider-man because being a teenager I could relate to him, especially him being a bullied teenager. I almost felt like we could friends, him and I. Ya know, if he was real and all. And it truly inspired me because just because he was teenager didn't mean he couldn't do amazing (amazing...get it?) things and save day, defeating the obstacles in his life. I took that inspiration and applied it to my life. It helped form the kind of person that I am today, knowing that anyone, no matter what age can do splendid things.
The Incredible Hulk!!!!!!!
Spider-man was the first superhero I came to know, but then I found out about the Hulk and he became my favorite. He was on a certain level of that little hand-held game that I mentioned above, and he was instantly my favorite!! It's kinda sad really. I don't know precisely why he was, but I've got a theory.
My theory is that because of the anger inside me, I felt like I was, in a way, the Hulk. And maybe it appealed to me in my sub conscience, that it would be nice if I could use that anger and become the Hulk. Then I would be able to just smash anything that drove me into this state of depression and that that would solve me problems. Of course it wouldn't, but that's what was probably going on in the back of my head. He is no longer my favorite, although he's still on the Top Five list. I've now learned that you don't have to be an angry rage beast to solve your problems. I am now a very calm person because of the Hulk.
And now, we come to....
Hawkeye, the Marksman!!!!!
When I first read a comic book with Hawkeye on the cover, my first thought was, "Well that's dumb!!!! It's a dude wearing a stupid pink and purple suit! And what's a bow and arrow supposed to do?" (I'd never seen a superhero archer in action before) I didn't know then that later on, he would be one of my Top Five favorites. Not only is Hawkeye one of the toughest Avengers (read more about it in another article of mine https://moviepilot.com/posts/2015/03/21/top-3-underrated-and-or-underestimated-fictional-characters-2772425?lt_source=external,manual), but I really admire the character for a far better reason.
The thing I like most about Hawkeye is that when the world is coming to an end, he laughs in the face of danger, scoffs at the sight of death, all the while.....making jokes and puns. He taught me that when you're being bullied or abused, there really is no need to be depressed or angry. Like Taylor Swift says, "Shake it off". You shouldn't think that you aren't worth anything because people are always trying to get you down. Like T Swift also says, "People throw rocks at things that shine." He made me into the person I am now. He gave me my sarcasm and, you know the saying Sticks and Stones? Well, he made me apply that saying to my everyday life.
And now, stepping into the ring, we have.....
Magneto: Master of Magnetism!!!!!!!
First introduced to me through (believe it or not) X-Men comics, I always thought Magneto was pretty dang cool!!! I later learned that he was a lot more than just a cool villain. I'm even going to go so far as to say that he's not even a villain.
I know, you're probably thinking, "What is this guy on? Magneto's definitely a villain!!!", but is he? He had an extremely rough childhood so I can relate to that, I mean, mine wasn't as bad as his was by any means, but I can still relate somewhat. One of the reasons he's a little villain-like is because of his tough background. That doesn't justify any of his actions of course, but they make his actions understandable. If you think about it, he's more of a hero. The humans actually attacked the mutants first and Magneto is retaliating so his kind aren't wrongfully destroyed. Yes, he does go to extreme measures trying to wipe out the human race at times, but the roots of his motives are pure and he's doing what he thinks is right and necessary to save his people. Now, Magneto didn't really inspire me all that much. He's more of one of those just downright awesome examples, although it is good to see someone standing up for their own kind who are being wrongfully attacked. It's almost like they're being bullied and he's standing between them and the bully and will do whatever it takes to make the bully stop, but to a whole other level.
And lastly, we have.....
Captain America: The First Avenger!!!!!
We now come to the last character on my list that changed me. Good old Cap practically jumped out of the pages of my comic book, computer screen, or TV and grabbed onto me and told me how to live my life!!! Obviously being as much like Jesus as we can is the ultimate goal, but Captain America is the most righteous and Christ-like superhero there is. He truly is more of an inspiration to me than any other comic books character in existence, and should inspire anyone who reads his comics or watches his movies!!!!
He showed me how to live life with honor, dignity, and wisdom. He really is the best role-model you could ask for that's a superhero. He teaches us that honor and righteousness can be some of the biggest most powerful weapons at your disposal. He made me into who I am, knowing that we don't just sit back and watch as evil envelopes the world we live in, and to actually stand up and do something to help. To take the punches and keep on goin'. To always stand up for what's right, and to never give up!
So, that's my story and why these are my favorite characters. I hope you enjoyed it and read this article hopefully learning something from it, that though there are problems and evil in this world, you don't have to be overcome and defeated. You can reign victorious, because Jesus is the ultimate superhero and he already saved you. There's no need for me to be afraid anymore, because nothing can hurt me now. I am saved!!!! :)
If you can relate, or if you wanna talk, let me know in the comments. Thanks!!! :)