More Than a Costume







When I was little I used to have these vivid daydreams about being a superhero. Okay, that’s not exactly the truth. I still have daydreams about being a superhero. It’s geeky, nerdy, and eccentric; but I can’t help it, it’s my imagination. I’ll often find myself sitting somewhere and begin contemplating the powers I’d want to have. It would be awesome to have a combination of Colossus’ powers as a defense mechanism and have the ability to shoot energy from my fingertips. But being built like a female Colossus doesn’t sound so sexy, so I’d rather have the powers of Ms. Marvel.

Ms. Marvel and Wonder Woman are two of my favorite female super-heroines, but I really love Ms. Marvel.  She has the power of flight, super-human strength, durability and the ability to shoot energy bursts from her hands. Not only does she have some awesome powers and a sexy outfit, she’s 5’11.”  As a tall girl (6ft,) I of course love the fact Ms. Marvel is tall. I’ve always been a huge fan of Marvel Comics and it’s cool that Ms.Marvel is the iconic female superhero from team Marvel.

I know it’s impossible to have super powers, but it doesn’t mean a girl can’t daydream about it. In my spare time I like to draw female superheroes and create interesting characters. It’s just a hobby, a way to keep my artistic skills on point. Drawing superheroes is a fun hobby of mine and I love reading graphic novels and comic books when I can get my hands on one. Ms. Marvel is my favorite female superhero and that picture is actually my desktop background. It’s so cool how she looks when she’s pissed off and her hands began to glow with energy. She isn’t the only superhero that can shoot bursts of energy from her hands, but she looks extremely cool when she is fighting.

Real-Life Superheroes

Superheroes are an all American classic and there’s nothing wrong with being a comic book geek. They represent a symbol of strength. For people that are seeking an escape from reality and a heroic character to look up to, superheroes are the perfect representation of confidence. Even though superheroes don’t exist in real life (powers, flying, and other cool powers,) they are those people out there who aspire to be real-life superheroes.

Last night I watched the premiere of the HBO documentary Superheroes. The documentary chronicled the lives of a few groups of people in the United States who are real-life superheroes. A majority of them are average people with no actual martial arts training or lethal skills, but there are a few who actually hold black belts and titles in specific types martial arts.

This group of average people make it their mission to make their communities better. They participate in food drive initiatives and basic community service efforts, except they wear costumes. Basically it’s community service with a cape, masks, and gloves on, unless your anti-cape then perhaps just the gloves and mask. They have taken the entire concept of wanting to be a superhero to a whole new level. I mean, I daydream about being a superhero and play out scenarios of me saving the day from catastrophic events, but that is all in my imagination. I couldn’t possibly imagine myself putting on a costume and going out into the community attempting to stop drug dealers and criminals, that’s dangerous!

The documentary was an interesting in depth look into individuals who actually take pride in wearing costumes and making a difference in their community. I commend them for their efforts, but I don’t think average individuals should be dressing up and trying to fight crime. You can’t “talk down” a criminal who is holding a gun to your face, especially if you aren’t lethally trained in the tactics of defense. These real life superheroes need to be careful in their approach, but I give them credit for doing more than just wearing a costume and lurking for criminals.

The real-life superhero movement is about more than looking bad-ass or just completely idiotic in a costume, it’s about shaping the community. I think their approach is somewhat dangerous and weird, but they do make it a mission to bring positivity to the community. The documentary showed the real-life superheroes putting on food drives and passing out essential care packages to the homeless within their community. They make it their mission to help out with the small things in life, even if it’s helping a homeless man get across the street and giving him words of encouragement.

I don’t think the real-life superhero movement is stupid, but I think it’s dangerous and there should be some alternatives. It would be nice to see these folks actually get involved with some organizations or perhaps pursue an actual career that is all about improving communities. I’m all for the greater good of humanity and making a difference, but the world is a dangerous place. You can’t just walk up to a drug dealer posted on the street corner at 2am and tell him he better stop selling drugs. At one point in the documentary that actually happened to a martial arts instructor, who moonlights as a superhero during the night. This big Black guy began threatening him and the superhero backed down and called the cops. You could tell he was scared for his life and that was a dumb life decision moment.

Being a real-life superhero is a movement that is going to continue to grow, but is it really making a difference in stopping the crime? I think there needs to be a different approach to “saving the day.” These real-life superheroes should consider a less dangerous way in looking out for the greater good of humanity. You can’t make a difference if you’ve been killed by a vicious drug dealer. I’m just saying, perhaps these real-life superheroes need to find a safer way to make a difference. I understand the concept is more than just wearing a costume, but there has to be a more effective way to shape the communities and watch out for the greater good of humanity….


It just seems like community service with a costume on, but eh, watch for yourself.

If you missed the HBO airing of Superheroes, be sure to catch it on HBO on the following dates: Aug 11 (11:30 a.m.), 13 (1:30 p.m.), 16 (10:00 a.m., 12:30 a.m.) and 21 (4:45 p.m.) HBO2 playdates: Aug. 10 (8:00 p.m.) and 27 (4:30 p.m.)

©Jasmine McGee


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