Leaving the theater after finally seeing Iron Man 3 a month or two ago, a question popped up in my mind: Why do we love superheroes so much?
I believe that deep down, we all know that this world is not all that different from Gotham City, and we could use a few superheroes to help us out. With terrorism and political corruption running rampant in our society, it would be nice to have a set of Avengers able to combat crime and chaos. It would be reassuring to turn on the television and see Spiderman on-screen, assuring me that he'll find the Boston bombers and reckless terrorists no matter what it takes.
Along with providing a sense of protection and national security, superheroes are our inspirations and idols. Of course, I personally am not aspiring to be the Hulk, although my little brother's goal in life is to be the next Iron Man. Think of any boy, or girl, under the age of 13: What percentage of them would turn down an offer to be given superhuman capabilities? Of course, most of them would not be able to comprehend the responsibility required with gaining such powers; however, it is doubtful that they would say no.
Why wouldn't an 11-year-old boy want to be a popular, heroic, powerful, crime-fighter? Even though they are constantly thrown into danger by battling with insane villains, superheroes live the high life, and the rewards are worthwhile. Superheroes are equivalent to demi-gods in the eyes of the public -- who wouldn't enjoy that? Certainly it is what many elementary school students dream of at night, lying under their Superman blanket.
Superhero stories often include perseverance. Spiderman lost both his parents; Hulk was outcast from society for being so abnormal physically and mentally; Iron Man went through severe health problems because of his new powers; Batman's parents were murdered right in front of him! Their endurance motivates us mortals to become better people and struggle through our own problems until we reach the light at the end of the tunnel.
To overcome our human limitation is our dream. Superheroes exceed the limitations of mortal life and do things that we all wish we could, therefore providing an icon for children all over the world. Superheroes serve as a role model to many: they are selfless, resilient, and capable of completing any task set for them.