Why do people argue over the powers of comic book superheroes when in fact they are just an imagination of writers?

No, I do not share That superheroes are only imagination of writers? Maybe, but they are also much more than that. The superheroes are based on a rhetoric of well-established literature, and this, in a mythology ríca. In such a way that Venom is not just "creation", there is also an implicit subtext that was already in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Just as Cyborg is a subtext of Frankenstein's monster, Sherlock Holmes' Batman ... and so on.

In fact I think Wade Wilson mentions it in Deadpool 2: the X men are a metaphor for racism (I think it says) It's true: it's not for nothing that the two speeches of the black movement in the US (Luther King and Malcolm X) have served of inspiration for the two most charismatic leaders of the X Men: Charles Xavier and Magneto, inclusion and separatism, pacification and rebellion.

Phenomena of culture and society affect comics

They are also symbols (in the way that Achilles or Heracles are), of what a hero or heroine must be or not be (as the same Deadpool, Hellboy ...)

Kal-El shares messianic characteristics with Jesus Christ and Bruce Wayne with the Holmesian canon. Two symbols, to which more different, one is almost invincible, another, unbearably human; the one believes in sacrifice, kindness, love ... the other has known the evil being very small and is prepared to fight it from its root. That is felt in their stories.

Bill says in Kill Bill 2 that

"... there is no one like Superman. Superman does not become Superman, Superman was born as Superman. When Superman wakes up, it's Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent ... ¨ {} ... Clark Kent is the critic of Superman for the whole world "

Bruce was not born Batman, he worked, he prepared and then he became the Hooded Crusader (Batman Year One is great to all this) is what they call "selfmade-man", the self-made man.

When someone says that Juggernaut can defeat Abomination, it is not expressing only someone's creation, it is expressing politics. When someone says that Kal-El is stronger than Kara Zor-El, it is not an opinion, it is a political message.

They can also give negative messages, and transform them. I remember that at the conventions they criticized the girls who were dressed in Harley Quinn. Of the type "why do you like Harley, you should dress like a real heroine, like Phoenix, Rogue, or Wonder Woman? (that is, the type of canonical heroines, sacrificed by the group, who are "kind", who fulfill their role as "woman"). Harley was uncomfortable coming from a relationship of codependency, abuse and violence. There was a "redefinition" of the character, where she leaves the Joker and starts a loving relationship with Poison Ivy. Now there was a Suicide Squad movie, and everyone (the majority, I think), adored Margot Robbie. For girls to idolize whoever they want, they are also changing the way women perceived themselves in comics.

The comics can give a message of empowerment to a reader who lives in an environment of violence.

Finally, the symbolic and the discursive of comics have changed a lot since they were political propaganda like Superman and Cptn. America: they have changed a lot, they are not what they used to be and less after so many "infinite restarts".

That is why it is important to monitor the contents of comics (and those of superheroes included), to detect the discourses and subtexts that are implicit, and that, childhood and youth learn, sometimes without noticing


This is a thought-provoking question! I like this.

I agree with you, people actually argue about the powers of certain superheroes. Sometimes, even comparing Marvel Superheroes with that of DC. You see questions like, who is your favourite superhero? Who would win when Superhero A fights with Superhero B?

The reason people debate over these superheroes is because of their impacts on psychological development, and how they even shape our societies.

You may wonder, how do superheroes affect you and I?

The psychological influence of comics and their superheroes have been there for many years. It usually starts from childhood, when we start watching or reading about them. When you look at the concepts of what you termed "imagination of writers", it actually shows a long history of reflecting societal change in most cases.

Superheroes are usually based on humans lifestyles, and we feed off their images. Spending times reading or watching theses superheroes integrates their characteristics into our personalities. It affects our ethics and morals. That is why it is possible to learn from a superhero.

When we read comics or try to understand superheroes, we develop our emotions. It doesn't stop there, it improves our reading ability and emotional vocabulary. It is common to see how people idolise celebrities, that is how fanatics idolise superheroes too.

Superheroes vs Villains

Superheroes vs Villains helps us to understand their perspectives in a particular situation. Also, superheroes also portray the consequences of their actions. At times, a superhero may die as a result of his/her action. This teaches that there is a result for every action. 


Super interesting question.

I hope  @glenalbrethsen  would see this question and answer it, that answer would be super interesting too, like the question is. Let's share my thoughts until then.

Sure, powers of comic book super heroes are imaginative, but if you think them ideas rather than mere imagination, then you'd more clearly understand the reasons behind these types of arguments. 

Why would we say them ideas. If you think a little bit deeper, you'd find out that more or less every super power of a super hero has a background and/or reasoning. Superman has the powers because of yellow sun, Flash & Captain America have their powers due to some experiments, Wonder Woman has her powers because of her being the daughter of Zeus (a god of Greek mythology) etc etc ... 

 Now, if you look around real world, our world is also full of the incidents/events and even wars, which were happened/fought because of some ideas.

Despite of some bad & deadly outcomes of these arguments, it is healthy to discuss the ideas, this process refines the ideas.

The people who argue negatively/critically over the super powers of super heroes, they actually want their idols (Super Heroes) to be perfect. Whereas those, who thinks, their heroes are perfect and need no change, otherwise this would take the idea more far from reality argues positively.


I guess this is the magic of the writers and comic book artist. They actually create this world where everyone believes in the power of the heroes and also want to debate about the different powers.

I guess it's this world that makes us feel that our lives are magical. Almost all of us grew up in the world of superheroes. The real world is where nothing much happens so in this world, the superhero world is where everyone gets their imaginations running wild.

Everything in this world works because of something that came from someone else's mind

. But let's imagine that everyone would not believe in any heroes powers. Then won't it be really boring.


People love to indulge themselves in virtual world because the reality much harder. It is easy to turn your eyes away from reality even for some seconds, which is full of bitterness, misery and harshness.

I don't know if it is right or wrong but it is the way it is!!!


Because it makes for an interesting discussion and intellectual stimulation

I find it fun when I think comic superheroes from different worlds coming together in an epic battle. And I'm not the only one, there're lots of videos on this one YouTube

They aren't real, I admit. But sometimes you become attached to superheroes and you believe they are invincible and then your friend says his is stronger. And that's how it all begins...



Because people will argue over anything....