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Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor have received solo trilogies, with the trials and tribulations of Steve Rogers standing tall as the finest of them all.
Ever since Avengers premiered in May of 2012, Marvel fans all around the world have asked the age-old question: “who’s in your top 5?” and I myself have battled with it constantly. Always torn between two iconic characters; or constantly debating with my friends why some newcomers should be added to the list. However, I’ve decided to not to make a top five but a top seven and on National Superhero Day nonetheless! For decades Marvel’s heroes have charmed us with their wit, warmed us with their hearts and reminded us that being different is okay. Everyone on this list defines what is to be a hero in their own way. Not everyone has the gift of strength or flight, but they all keep pushing forward even when things look uncertain.
I hope you see a couple of familiar faces and maybe I can even introduce you, to some of my favorites. If anything, I hope this list reminds you that we all have the ability to be super.
This might be controversial to many, but for me it’s a complete no brainer! Yes, I’m completely aware that Shuri’s older brother is the Black Panther, Marvel’s first black superhero. T’Challa is another one of my favorites, but when I saw Shuri in Black Panther she lit up the screen. Her intelligence places her amongst the best minds in the MCU; whether it be upgrading her brother’s suit, finding new uses for vibranium or using her inventions to aid in battle. No she doesn’t have super-human powers, but the princess of Wakanda has proven herself to be a valued member of the team. Insulting her brother’s shoes with beloved memes just solidified her place in my heart. Not only is she the voice for younger siblings everywhere (me Included!), Shuri shines a light on the lack of representation of WOC in the STEM field. Shuri showcases what the future can look like with equal representation. Shuri gets even more deserved attention in her first solo series, Shuri: The Search For The Black Panther written by Nnedi Okorafor. In Shuri, T’Challa has gone missing and it’s up to his determined sister to find him. Not to mention she’s expected to step up to the throne during his absence. Paired with beautiful illustrations this is an amazing way to follow up with Shuri’s story.
2. Black widow
It wasn’t until her heroic death in Avengers: Endgame was the general public finally giving Natasha Romanoff her much deserved flowers. However, I’ve been obsessed with Black Widow since I saw her in Iron Man 2. Trained as a master fighter in various forms of combat, hosting incredible levels of agility humanely possible and recognized as an amazing hacker Natasha is a formidable opponent. With her first solo movie slated for later this year, all I can say is finally!! Natasha is as resilient and determined as the boys on her team; so her solo movie will only show more of that. Her lack of super powers doesn’t make her less of a hero, not by a long shot.
What makes Black Widow special to me is her ability to rise above her checked pass and her willingness to turn over a new leaf. First introduced as a villain in Marvel’s Tales of Suspense #52, her rough past and complex history could’ve led her down a permanent dark path. However, after befriending the Avengers she switches sides. Not only does she show redemption is possible, but that all of us struggle to do what is right at times. Now that is extremely relatable.
3. Spider-Man (Miles Morales)
Were your Spidey senses tingling? Well they should’ve! You can’t have a superhero list without your neighborhood Spider-Man, but sorry Peter Parker, I’m talking about Miles Morales. I can go on and on about why I love Miles Morales, but to put it simply, when I came across his story I felt like I was hearing Spider-Man’s story for the first time. The simplicity, originality, and freshness in Miles’ story is enough to breathe some more life into the legacy of a fifty-seven year old super hero. His first solo movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is nothing short of captivating; the animation looks like a comic book coming to life. Miles is an Afro-Latino preteen who hails from Brooklyn, New York and like the Peter Parker before him, he hosts powers like agility, strength plus Spidey senses. As well as some new personal touches, Miles can channel electric energy that can paralyze his enemies by touching them.
Miles is extremely cool to say the least, but what’s remarkable about Miles to me is how much he wishes to stay normal. Even with his newly acquired powers (those pesky genetically engineered spiders!) Miles doesn’t rush into the role of the hero. Partly because in his universe Peter Parker is still alive, but it’s not until Peter’s death does Miles realize his new path. Even though he didn’t want this path at first, when New York needed him he showed up. Miles represent New York’s diverse melting pot and he should definitely be your favorite Spider-Man. Dive deeper in Miles’ origins in Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man: Volume 1 written by Brian Michael Bendis.
4. Scarlet Witch
Arguably one of the most powerful beings in the MCU (seriously top three material); Scarlet Witch has proven herself to be to be a formidable foe, but an even better ally. Similar to Black Widow, Wanda Maximoff started off on the wrong side of the tracks; her early years were spent in a life of crime. Powers such as telekinesis, mental manipulation and energy blasts were taken advantage of by evil influences (*cough* Ultron *cough* Magneto). However, Wanda found a better path and lifelong friends with the Avengers. She eventually fell in love with Vision and even tried her hand at married life.
Scarlet Witch’s arc is truly remarkable; to see her grow into her own woman, her own hero is nothing short of inspiring. Scarlet Witch’s upcoming show WandaVision, which is supposed to premiere later this year on Disney+, honestly looks like nothing Marvel has ever done. A Wanda and Vision sitcom, with a dash of nostalgia? Sign me up!
5. Doctor Strange
Keeping up with the theme of magical power, Doctor Stephen Strange had to be on my list. I’m ashamed to say the first time I saw Doctor Strange was in Avengers: Infinity War, and he had me starstruck from the moment I saw him. Seeing his powers, intelligence, and amazing sarcasm I was sold instantly. Am I the only one who wants a sitcom with him and Ironman? I immediately went home to watch his solo movie and mentally kicked myself for not knowing him sooner. After making a successful career as a surgeon Stephen Strange got into an accident that injured his hands horribly. He attempts to save his hands by going to Nepal to find cures outside of modern medicine. It’s when he finds the Ancient One he learns the way of the Mystic Arts and eventually the Master of the Mystic Arts.
Strange gave up his selfish and egotistical ways in order to become Earth’s protector. Plus, his cloak of levitation has to be one of the coolest accessories in the MCU. See Strange’s first appearance in Strange Tales #110 written by Stan Lee.
Now I know this may be considered a wild card and even a deal breaker for some, but hear me out! I’m aware of Nebula’s turbulent past, but should that exclude her from being called a hero? If you’ve made it this far you should know I’m a sucker for a good redemption story and Nebula is no exception. When I saw her, I immediately thought ‘this girl means business’ and I wasn’t wrong. Adopted by Thanos, Nebula was trained by him and would be forced to battle her adopted sister Gamora. By being pitted against each other, Nebula craved a relationship with her sister. Even with the odds against her, Nebula persisted; ultimately becoming one of the best fighters in the galaxy, an expert pilot, and a fierce warrior. Eventually going after her abusive father Thanos, she even aids the Avengers in Avengers: Endgame.
7. Iron Man
A Marvel list without Iron Man? Completely unheard of, unorthodox, and frankly not done! I had to wrap my list up with the man that kicked the MCU off twelve years ago. I remembering dragging my mom to see the first Iron Man in 2008 and I walked away completely in awe. Every hero I named earlier is able to grace your movie screens now because enough people loved and believed in Iron Man twelve years ago. He’s a billionaire, playboy, philanthropist, genius, and heavy sarcasm user; what’s not to love? Whether he’s facing off Captain America (was totally on Iron Man’s side) or being a father figure to Peter Parker, his stamp on this universe can’t be erased. Iron Man’s death signaled the end of an era and that can be scary for some; for a decade we had a witty father figure, but now he’s gone (I’m still grieving).
Thanks Iron Man for giving me a childhood full of adventure, I love you 3000.
Ultimately this day isn’t defined by your favorite comic book heroes’ abilities. On National Superhero Day you should reflect on the lessons your favorite heroes have taught you. Everyday, but especially on this day, let us acknowledge the heroes that inspire and challenge us (Thanks Mom!).
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Once upon a time, we reported that Draco Malfoy himself, Tom Felton, had attended the opening at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando and joined AOL’s In The Know for a game of ‘Fact or Fanfiction?’ and, in the standout moment from the Q and A, Tom Felton was asked: What did he think of Draco’s relationship to Harry Potter?
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Now anyone with even a passing glance to the franchise would see Draco and Harry a simple rivalry, a tale for the ages, but Tom Felton said, I’m quoting AOL here, “Harry was constantly crushing on Draco…He just couldn’t hide it.”
Let’s look at the facts:
- Draco and Harry do definitely have some tension going on.
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With this in mind we’ve decided to give you, dear readers, twelve literary couples that happened in an alternative universe. Taking twenty-four characters from all across literature, from different book series to classic standalone novels (copyright be damned!), we’ve compiled these characters into eleven distinct (and surely steamy) relationships that would have totally worked out…for the characters, at least. Trust us, we’re chemists here.
12-Bella and Count Dracula
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No more sparkling vampires, now Twilight‘s Bella Swan is getting an upgrade. Let’s face it: There’s a reason Bram Stoker called this novel Dracula and not Harker. Dracula’s got style, he’s got nice clothes, he’s not charm oozing from everyone pore.
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Heck, if Bella says “No, I’m married” then I’m asking Dracula out to get a nice love bite.
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Far before Twitter decided to give us the #givecaptainamericaaboyfriend fan campaign, we had the comic books. See Bucky died, Steve Rogers became a Commie smasher, and then the Commie smasher was retconned, and then the real Steve Rogers was thawed out from the ice.
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But Bucky remained dead, and Steve was inconsolable in his grief over his best friend and partner in crime throughout the decades of Captain America comics. In fact, it was one of the most foremost elements of his character
Fans looked at this and took the small hop and believed that Steve’s profound sense of loss than met the eye
So Bucky came back. In fact, he came back as the Winter Soldier in a comic book called The Winter Soldier, and ever since then we’ve been clamoring for Steve and Bucky to get a little closer.
They’re perfect for each other. The two buddies have been with each other since the beginning and will continue to stay together “until the end of the line”. They’re both “men out of time” from 1930s Brooklyn and are war buddies with great rapport who totally get along. They have so much in common.
At least go on a date and see if there’s anything there.
10-Ahab and Captain Hook
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We have Peter Pan‘s Captain Hook, and this man has been through a lot. Yes, he’s trying to track down and kill Peter Pan like he’s an animal, but Peter Pan is an animal! This boy cut off his hand and fed it to a crocodile. Wicked, evil, and savage beyond belief.
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Then we have Moby Dick‘s Captain Ahab who, like James Hook, wants to track down an animal whose savaged ships of all sorts.
But would they be searching for these monsters if they had, you know, found each other? Could their killer eyes turn into ones of passion and love if they only looked into each other’s eyes?
We here at Bookstr call out in a resounding, ‘YES!’
9-Boo Radley and Miss Havisham
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Charles Dickens’ gave us Great Expectations, which us the tragic story of Miss. Havisham. Left at the altar as a young lady, she has preserved her house as it was on her wedding day and lived there ever since, shut away from the world. She has a heart of gold, but no one has treated it well.
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Harper Lee gave us To Kill A Mocking Bird, which introduced the world to Boo Radley. Our Boo has lived in a house since he was a child, hidden from the world, but he has a heart of gold, giving young Scout a jacket on a cold autumn day.
If these two shut-ins have closed their doors to the world, would they open their doors for each other? Boo Radley most certainly wouldn’t leave Miss. Havisham at the altar, and Miss. Havisham wouldn’t let our precious Boo feel unwelcomed.
8-White Witch and Sauron
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Now this pairing might not be great for the world at large, but they would be great for each other. Both live in fantasy world, the authors who created them were in real life great friends, and both crave ultimately power.
While both skilled in the powers of magic, it wouldn’t take magic to get these two working side by side.
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Imagine it: the White Witch would kill all the lions and the hero in the land, freezing them in ice just in time…
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…for Sauron to get to swinging his mace around
Talk about a power couple. The White Witch might even slip the One Ring of Power on Sauron’s little finger….
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Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio grows every time he lies, and he’s made of wood, so lie a few times and cut off the excess, and Voldemort doesn’t have to be called He-Who-Must-Not-Have-A-Nose.
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Yes, Voldemort is a racist and a tyrant who thirsts for power more than a camel thirsts for water, but Pinocchio isn’t the pinnacle of innocence. After all, there’s a reason he’s cursed to have his nose grows every time he lies.
Plus, if he and Voldemort got together, Pinocchio can use his nose for…
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Prince Eric isn’t a good fit for Hans Christie Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. He has legs, Ariel is half-fish, and if she gets together with him then she has to abandon her family. That’s a bad move, Ariel.
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But if she wants to take a walk on the wild side and still remain in the ocean, she can always go with the shark from Peter Benchley’s Jaws. Call him what you will (I call him Bruce, but others have called him Jaws or Sharkie or even Craig), but he knows his way around the wide ocean and can show Ariel a whole new world under the sea.
Ah, they always say there’s plenty of fish in the sea, but at least these two fish found each other. Maybe that’ll be the new plot for the new Disney remake!
5-Mrs Robinson and Oedipus
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Mrs. Robinson from Charles Webb’s 1963 novella The Graduate is trapped in a loveless marriage. She’s only married to her husband because she got pregnant and needed to avoid a scandal, and thus she hooks up with young Benjamin Braddock. But Benjamin is only into her because he’s bored. He doesn’t love her.
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Oedipus from the seminal play Oedipus Rex has a thing for older women. Yes, he didn’t know he was married to his mom, but she was still older than him. So maybe we can avoid the whole I-gotta-pluck-out-my-eyes thing and just have Oedipus meet up and see where things go with Mrs. Robinson. She’s old enough to be his mom, and that should be enough for dear old Ed.
4-Paul Bunyun and Jack Torrence
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Straight from American folklore is the biggest and the best lumberjack in the business: Paul Bunyan.
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Straight from the mind of Stephen King is Jack Torrence. Now Mr. King was quite unhappy with the changes Stanley Kubrick made in his film adaptation, so we’ll have a chance to mend things here.
In the book Jack Torrence has a roque mallet, so maybe Paul can give him his iconic ax. Plus, since Paul’s ax might be a bit big for Jack, he can buy one here and, once Jack has his iconic ax, well…
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Or maybe something more…
3-Katniss and The Chershire Cat
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This goes beyond the fact that ‘Katniss’ kind of, sort of, sounds like ‘cat’ and the Cheshire Cat is, well, a cat.
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For one, Katniss from Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games never really loved Peta. Two, Cheshire Cat from Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland knows his way around the block and would have helped her big time before, during, and after those pesky Hunger Games.
Plus, the Cheshire Cat is funny, and you know what they say….
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..and an evil clown, what could be better? We already know Pennywise has a thing for cars…
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So maybe it’s time for Christine to rev Pennywise’s engine.
1-The Grinch and Cat in the Hat
These two iconic characters from the Dr. Seuss universe are meant for each other.
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…but we all know it’s a much made in heaven.
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Kit Harington may be done with his role as Jon Snow but he isn’t taking a break from working anytime soon. The actor will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as revealed as Disney Expo this weekend. In addition to some major announcements, it was revealed that Kit Harington has joined the cast for Marvel’s upcoming Eternals film, which is slotted for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4. Rumors of Harington’s enjoyment were propagating for sometime but it was confirmed when Harrington joined his fellow cast and crew on stage August 24th.
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Kit Harington has been announced to play the role of Dane Whitman, better known as the Black Knight in the comics. The character is a swashbuckling swordsman, with the title and role passed down through the generations since Arthurian time. Each Knight is different but each wields the Ebony Blade, a magic sword that was forged by Merlin himself. Dane Whitman became one of the Avengers, fighting alongside Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America against the world’s greatest threats. The Black Knight doesn’t have much relation to the Eternals, so its likely his origin will be tweaked to better fit the cosmic nature of the characters. Still, we’re sure the MCU will stay true to the character and showcase his knightly visage in all his glory.
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Other Game of Thrones actors are joining the Eternals cast, including Richard Madden announced in the role of Icarus, alongside Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, and Kumail Nanjiani. Harington has not commented on his role yet, nor as Marvel given away many plot details but based on the source material and the cosmic nature of the MCU, we expect it to be a big superhero epic.
Are you excited to see Kit again on the big screen? How about the Eternals themselves? Tell us in the comments!
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