Since the 1940s, comic books based on superheroes has been a serious level of craze. From DC Comics triggering the extravaganza with Batman and Superman, eventually Marvel Comics continue the same amount of charm with their version of humor, inspiration, motivation and hilarious plots and subplots. Then comes the era during the first decade of 21st century when the dream of many die-hard comic book lovers came true; the time when the silver screen projected some awesome comic book superheroes with their irreplaceable known villains. And trust me, like a comic book lover said, life has never been this much crazier!
But this is not what I am going to write about today. Superheroes are definitely a source of inspiration and motivates us to do many good things in our day to day activities. And sometimes, obstacles do come in our way, in their way, in the form of villains. They symbolize something. A dark tunnel, a deeper darkened truth, a soul stirring past which made a violent psychopath alive inside. But what about doppleganger villains?
Lets start with the word which is considered the evil counterpart of oneself. A hero and villain having the same set of powers. Unlike Batman vs Joker (which has been one hell of an unique "destined" clash through the years), comic book superheroes have faced supervillains with quite similar powers. From Spider-Man vs Venom, Green Lantern vs Sinestro, Ant-Man vs Yellowjacket, Green Arrow vs Dark Archer, Flash vs Reverse Flash, Captain America vs Winter Soldier, Iron Man vs Iron Monger, Wolverine vs Sabretooth, etc. there has been countless events which portrayed the good versus evil plot with similar superpowers.
Maybe they are wary and visibly almost nothing to explore in this context, but yes, there's one thing to ponder about. There's a balance between peering inside the dark version of a character and making the superhero actually change their tactics to overcome their foe. They may not be the best villains, but its a way of showing the audiences and the readers the point of choice. With the same level of power, one either can be the example of salvation or a cause of destruction. When two equal and opposite forces clash against each other, its a matter of choice of doing the right thing. Now, whats the right thing? Yeah, peace and harmony! Exact opposite of ruthless destruction and annihilation! Who chose that? Who chose what? There lies the difference which made a superhero and a supervillain facing off against each other!
In the end, as Peter Parker said in Spider-Man 3 (2007)...
Whatever comes our way, whatever battle we have raging inside us, we always have a choice. It's the choices that makes us who we are, and we can always choose to do what's right.
Lets choose the best of ourselves!