Superheroes are not just costumed vigilantes who fight muggers in the alley, to me they are the outstanding example of what people are capable of in doing the right thing. The five heroes that were my favorite and the most inspirational to me. They are the reason I am the person I am today.
5. IRON MAN
To start my list, I look to the "Invincible Armored Iron Man". The story of Tony Stark, billionaire genius, who changed his ways to better himself really was great. He used the mind he was given to create not a weapon, but a means of defending innocent people from the chaos of war. When I read my first Iron Man comic book, I was too young to understand him so I didn't really care much for him, but as time went on, I really was taken in by his true heroic spirit to right the wrongs he had done to the world.
I was so happy when Marvel Studios brought Iron Man to the big screen. They helped bring Iron Man to a new generation and to help them realize what he was all about. Iron Man will always remain one of my favorite super heroes. Just because he doesn't have powers, or he isn't an alien, that doesn't mean he isn't a super hero. Being a super hero is about not your powers, but about your deeds.
For me, Daredevil was a real inspiration. As a boy, Matt Murdock met with an unfortunate accident that took his sight away. But Matt was given a gift to replace his sight to help him see in a way unlike any other. I always was encouraged by the example Daredevil placed for young audiences. Matt was able to work around his disability and was able to turn it into strength. For me, this example was helpful when I was young cause I had things that made me different from other people, but I didn't let that change me.
Matt went on to help people in two different ways, one as a lawyer to bring justice to criminals in the court, but also as his alter ego Daredevil, to make sure the ones who avoided justice, justice pursued them. I think Daredevil is one of Stan Lee's greatest creations, because today, justice is truly blind now days, but true justice always finds the guilty.
There are many from the iconic team of the X-men that I found to be awesome, but the one that truly is my favorite is Wolverine. His origin is just so crazy, all the things he went through, every major war of the 19th and 20th century, being experimented by science because he was different, and being plagued by an animal side to who he was. However all the things he experienced, Wolverine controlled the animal side, and later became a hero to help not just protect people, but to show that mutants were not the enemy.
Wolverine has many downsides to his character, but he looks past them to prove others wrong about him. I look and don't see a savage man, but I see a hero who does what is right. I just wish now that Fox and Marvel could get along and bring this iconic X-man, and bring him to fight side by side with Captain America, Iron Man and Thor.
2. CAPTAIN AMERICA
Now he is one of my favorite heroes because of who he was, and how he didn't let power change who he was. Captain America, starting out as a scrawny, highly sickly man who only wanted to prove he was more than what people saw, proved his worth when he had the heart to be the perfect Super Soldier. The line from Dr. Erskine in the Captain America movie proved that, "A weak man, knows the value of strength, and he knows compassion." Cap followed that code when he was transformed and found his newly accomplished power to stop an evil force from threatening the world.
Captain America has always been a favorite of mine, and he always will. He goes to show that anyone is capable of anything, if they are only given the chance to show it. And you have to admit, who would have believed a shield is capable of all that awesome in the hands of such a cool super hero?
For many, this is their number one favorite. But for me, Spider Man seems like he was created just for me. In many ways I have felt like Peter Parker, especially when I was in school. I was nerdy when I was young, I had different views and beliefs than others in my class, and in several cases, I was bullied. When I started reading the Spider Man comics, I was immediately drawn in. I read and watched, how the last person anyone thought could be capable of doing great things, Peter Parker went on to be one of the most memorable and possibly top favorite Marvel Super Hero. The teaching his Uncle Ben gave Peter before his untimely death "With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility," nothing could be more true.
Not only did I love the character of Spider-Man, but the villains that he had to face weren't just epic and hard to defeat, but every time, these villains continued to test Peter's limits. And even though many times he had to regroup, or he gave up, eventually Peter remembered that Spider-Man was needed and he always returned to fight the good fight. I was so ecstatic when Marvel made the movies for this character, cause they portrayed the story of Spider-Man perfectly, and it made me glad that newer generations would get to see this hero for who he was. And now I am more excited than ever, now that we will see this hero stand by the Avengers in the MCU.
Conclusion: These heroes are my favorite, not because of what they can do, not because of their powers and not because of what they look like. These are my favorite because of the messages they send to the readers, and the things they stand for. I grew up on these heroes and they all changed my life. I am, and always will be a fan of the Marvel comics. Now don't get me wrong, there are many who love the DC heroes over Marvel, and there are a few DC characters that I am interested in, but these heroes are the ones who helped me better myself. As the great Stan Lee says, and now I use in my daily life, "Excelsior".