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I have always had two favorites;

1) Iron Man: The movie was great and I am looking forward to the sequel. Multiple weapons systems but limited power reserve that required frequent retreats to recharge.



2) Captain America: The 1990 movie starring Matt Salinger was awful. I hear they are making another.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0458339/
I hope it is better. His only weapon was his athletic ability and the use of his shield. And you gotta love a guy who goes around killing Nazis.

 

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Great article!

From - http://io9.com/5028956/how-does-your-hero-measure-up-on-our-wish+fulfillment-checklist

Sometimes you just want to escape into a heroic universe of wish fulfillment, with just the right kind of angst. And let's face it, some heroes do a better job of hitting your escapism sweet spots than others. We've put together a chart comparing the great action heroes, and seeing which ones hit most of the sweet spots of escapism.

The categories in the chart should be pretty self-explanatory. But here's some explanation anyway:

We love our heroes to be super rich, and to have an excuse for self-pity. If your fabulously wealthy parents got killed in front of you when you're a kid, so much the better. (Seriously, a tragic past seems to be a crucial ingredient for many escapist heroes, because it lets you project all your own real-life pain onto your hero, even as you're imagining rising about that pain and becoming a mega-adventurer. )

And it makes us happy when our heroes have two or more devoted acolytes/sidekicks, who follow almost without question, and awesome gadgets. Superhuman powers means what it says. "Gets laid" doesn't just mean your hero hooked up one time.

"Marked for greatness" requires slightly more explanation. If your hero is the subject of a prophecy (like Starbuck), or is "the One" like Neo, then he/she is marked for greatness. Captain Kirk wasn't marked for greatness on the original Star Trek TV show, but we have a strong suspicion that the new Trek movie, by revisiting his origins, will show that he was marked for great things from the beginning.

"Not tied down" doesn't just mean being single: it means that you get to roam around having adventures. And at the end of an adventure, you jump in your spaceship and zoom off to the next adventure somewhere else. Captain Kirk wasn't tied down, but Captain Sisko was.

"Becomes a god or king" means your character ends up with a lot of people looking up to him/her. The Hulk, for example, is destined either to become a ruler, the Maestro, or the last survivor of Earth. Captain Kirk becomes an admiral, but more importantly he becomes a legend in his own time. The Doctor becomes the last of the Time Lords, and gets called a god a lot. Neo turns into the blind buddha Jesus monster, or something
 

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My fave was always Hulk, and, although I loved David Brenner and the comics, he was def cooler in the movie! When I was a boy back in the 70's, I had the Hulk pump-up muscles and smash hands.

James- very cool article!
 

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Pleanty of people will probably think I'm crazy (don't worry, I'm used to it) but my favorite super hereos where the ones in the 60s and 70s cartoon shows (when I was a kid).

Superman, Batman, Aquaman, etc...

I know that these were the most "watered down" versions of them, but that's what I grew up with.

I've liked every incarnation of Batman...cartoons, movies, and TV. All very different, but I liked them all.

As for Superman, loved the old TV show (George Reeve), the Christopher Reeves movies (well, a couple of them) but not so much the last one.

Last (but not least) the best Aquaman? Vincint Chase of course! LOL
 

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Didn't John Holmes die a pretty horrific death?



I guess I don't have a superhero. I never got into the comics and cartoons, in terms of watching/reading about superheroes. I wanted too, but ADHD limits what you stay interested connected too.

I did like the movie version of Iron Man, but I can't say he's a favorite.

I think my "heroes" tend to be villains. :)
 

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I would vote for "The Flash" - I loved the comic and the TV show back in the early 90s was very good. I always hope for a movie. I also liked "The Green Lantern" - Guess I'm showing my age here !!
 

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Where is Wonder Woman, Must be and was a young mans dream. She could of been on top most of the time when it comes to super powers.
 

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TheWatchGeek wrote:
Where is Wonder Woman, Must be and was a young mans dream. She could of been on top most of the time when it comes to super powers.
I agree, she could and should be on top as much as possible. :%
 
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