With so many superhero movies out there, sometimes it’s easy to forget that a lot of the famous superheroes we know and love don’t have any powers. Iron Man, Black Widow, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Falcon and even Nick Fury nor Agent Coulson have any superpowers, yet their actions result in millions of lives saved in all of the Avengers movies.
How The Avengers Show That Anyone Can Be A Hero
Through many movies and even more battles, the Avengers prove again and again, that anyone can protect their world. This is how the Avengers show that anyone can be a hero, even if you don’t have any superhero powers!
The Powerless Heroes
The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Captain America make up the original Avengers team. The Avengers are supposed to be considered Earth’s strongest defense against outside threats, but out of this list alone, only three of these characters have any real superpowers.
While Iron Man does incredible things with technology, he doesn’t actually have any real superpowers. He is very skilled in both problem-solving and with technology which has allowed him to build his weaponized suits. Black Widow and Hawkeye are trained fighters as well, both skilled, but without any real powers. Black Widow is an ex-assassin and has amazing combat skills, while Hawkeye is a skilled archer.
Money may have played a large role in Iron Man’s ability to create his suit, but none of these characters have any skills that can’t be learned. While it’s easy to be wowed by the Hulk’s incredible strength, it’s important to remember that even Bruce Banner was a brilliant scientist before he had that mutation.
Heroes aren’t always Superheros
What makes someone a hero is not about the powers they have or even their fighting powers. You don’t have to be a trained archer in order to fight against evil or even have any fighting abilities. It takes no extra strength to help an elderly person cross the road, or report someone committing a crime. A hero can be someone who gives to someone in need when they have more than they need to survive.
A hero isn’t always the person wielding a magic hammer or indestructible shield. Sometimes it’s the person helping someone deliver groceries to the car or who brings flowers to the retirement center down the road.
Anyone Can Be a Hero
Avengers is just one example of how a superhero movie can teach us that it doesn’t take powers to make a hero. Even as far back as Disney’s Hercules, we learn that godlike powers don’t make the hero. It takes an extraordinary act of bravery in a time of crisis that makes the hero.
So next time you are considering passing up that donation jar for a cause, consider donating your spare change. Sometimes that’s the difference between a lifesaving operation or not. Help someone carry their groceries to the car, or help that elderly woman cross the road. Look for opportunities to do something extraordinary for the people you meet.
When you head to the theater to watch Avengers Endgame, don’t forget that both good and evil people exist in our everyday life, and it’s our job to do something to bring more good into the world.