"With great power there must also come ... great responsibility!" - Amazing Fantasy #15, Aug. 1962
The first time I heard those words I was just an average kid form the '90s watching the best marvel and DC had to offer. Back then like many kids like me we had X-Men, Batman the animated series, Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk etc. sure watching them can be fun but over time there's a reason why. As I got older I still loved superheroes but like the waves of the ocean time changed them BUT the message remains the same, we've seen movies and read comics that shows what happens when one has too much power.
For example in the justice league cartoon, the league faces off their counter parts of a parallel earth, one who keeps order through tyranny and fear. They call themselves the Justice "lords" mainly because with most of the heroes having superpowers and/or resources they believed to be equal if not greater than gods so it thus gives them the right to be judge, jury, and executioner. The league sees this first hand and (like always) stops them in their tracks, and yes the had help from lex Luthor lol.
But the alternative of such reality over the years has become so dark and grim you'd think it'd be the "worst case scenario." I the series Injustice Gods Among Us story arc. The game takes place in a reality where metropolis was nuked by a bomb Luthor provided to the joker. What Luthor failed to see was the detanator to this bomb was a pregnant Lois lane. When she died, so did the city of metropolis. This turns an angry superman to do the one thing heroes never and I mean NEVER do. He kills the joker and rules earth Ina one superpower government ruled by him.
Injustice Gods Among Us
There's even comics that became a turning point in the way we read comics some of which being Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knoght Returns, or Alan Moores famous novel, "The Killing Joke" and perhaps the most recognized "The Death of Superman." For Marvel, there's stories like "Avengers Vs. The X-Men", 2011s "Original Sin" and even "Civil War" ( which comes out this year lol) all these stories and more helps us see things from a different perspective yet are greatly appreciated and have become part of the hero mythology.
I could go on but this is many of the few examples what they can teach us. When it comes to the imagination the possibility is endless.I like the Marvel and DC universe is not only can he teaches stories of responsibility but they can also wine the imagination for example, when marvel introduced curious like Spiderman four in the 1960s it was so much fun to read and watch on tv because of their amazing and "marvel-ous" leaps of ability and rescues. But the fantastic four, the first and original marvel family paved the way of imagination of what heroes can do and they still do today even while introducing their legacy to younger generations as well as welcoming back older ones. DC comics has done the same but almost on more of a realism tone since 1939 with heroes like Batman, Superman and, wonder woman teaching us moral codes and how to be heroes ourselves. Like the cowboys (thanks to django unchained) heroes are always and will always be part of our lives and our character and more importantly part of our world and as long as we open our ears and listen to what they have to say then maybe we might just learn something from them like this quote from superman in Superman Vs The Elite,
"Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us into something better. And on my soul, I swear that until my dream of a world where dignity, honor and justice are the reality we all share, I'll never stop fighting. Ever!"
As for me I do art commission and most of my work consists of heroes like Thor, Flash etc. and this was the result of my love for DC and Marvel comics.
But you know, it's stuff like this that makes you wonder if they're not as fictional as we originally thought. So the next time you feel lonely, or confused or your just curious, then why not pick up a comic book.
What do you think? How have heroes made an impact in your life?