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The question that has been a hot button topic amongst comic book fans – and even those who are not – has famously been, “What is the best superpower to have?”. Our Joseph Gioeli breaks this question down with superhuman skill.
The Best Superpower: What Would You Choose?
What is the best superpower?
Many of us have been asked this question, and may have even asked ourselves; typically, this starts quite the debate. Some may believe the best power to have is flight, while others may think it is invisibility, and there are always some outside-of-the-box thinkers that say something like elasticity.
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These debates are entertaining and fun, but many discussions leave out a very human trait that some of the most popular and greatest superheroes all share.
Some may say, “Well, being smart isn’t a superpower!” and on some level, they’re right; technically, it's not a superpower. But having the level of intelligence that some of these heroes have may border on superhuman ability.
While most heroes’ IQ levels are not unanimously agreed upon, it is somewhat well-known that some of the most intelligent of them are Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), Bruce Wayne (Batman), Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Bruce Banner (Hulk). All four of these characters are reported to have IQ levels “well above” genius level (140).
Dr. Reed Richards possesses a mastery of electrical, mechanical and aerospace engineering, electronics, chemistry, all levels of physics, and human and alien biology. He has also made breakthroughs in space travel, time travel, extra-dimensional travel, biochemistry, robotics, computers, synthetic polymers, communications, mutations, transportation, holography, energy generation, and spectral analysis amongst other fields.
Not only has Reed mastered virtually every science on Earth, he has also shown himself to be more knowledgeable than even some of the most highly advanced alien civilizations in the known universe as well.
Dr. Bruce Banner is a super-genius in nuclear physics, possessing a mind so brilliant that it cannot be measured by any known intelligence test.
He is regarded by Tony Stark as the greatest nuclear scientist on Earth.
Some lesser known heores include Clark Kent/Kal-El (Superman), Hank Pym (Ant-Man), T’Challa (Black Panther), Henry McCoy (Beast), Michael Holt (Mister Terrific), Dr. Stephen Strange (Dr. Strange) and Peter Parker (Spider-Man).
While this list is impressive in terms of just superpowers – elasticity, super strength, flight, etc. – the massive amount of intelligence across a plethora of different subjects is astounding.
Although, two of these heroes are unique from the rest.
Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne.
For the simple fact that intelligence is basically their superpower. Yes, Bruce Wayne does have combat training from the League of Assassins, but other than that (and his wealth according to the recent Justice League trailer), intelligence is his superpower.
Very similarly, Tony Stark’s only powers are his wealth and intelligence. Stark did not have the physical training that Bruce Wayne underwent, although with an intelligence level considered “super-genius”, he is easily one of the smartest people on Earth.
Steve Rogers: “Big man in a suit of armour. Take that off, what are you?”
Tony Stark: “Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.”
This retort to Cap’s question in Avengers (2012) proves this point. If you strip Stark of his extremely high-tech suit that many believe makes him a superhero, he is still one of the wealthiest, most popular, and most intelligent people in the entire world; the suit of armour is basically an added bonus.
Tony Stark is not Iron Man – Iron Man is one of Stark’s many creations.
Arguments will be made for years to come about which superpower is the best to have, but many will unknowingly ignore the most common one of all.
Do you agree? What do you think the best superpower is? Let us know in the comments below!
Joseph Gioeli is an Expert ComiConverse Contributor. Follow him on Twitter: @joegioeli