Off My Mind: Nannies for Superheroes
Jessica gave up on the superhero game a while back. Since she's been with Luke and the New Avengers, it was only a matter of time until she admitted to herself that being a hero was still in her system. The problem is, what does a superhero couple do with their kids when they're out saving the world?
In New Avengers #7, Luke and Jessica will decide that the time has come for them to get a nanny. They can't just get any nanny. They need a superpowered nanny. Who would make the perfect candidate?
== TEASER ==
In the past, Reed and Sue Richards used Agatha Harkness to watch over little Franklin Richards. With all the magic and dark arts she has at her disposal, anyone would have to be crazy to try to mess with any children under her care. The problem is, Agatha hasn't always been completely stable. There's also the matter of what her current wereabouts are and is she the "Aunt Agatha" that the Scarlet Witch mentioned to Clint Barton back in New Avengers (first series) #26?
Another nanny that the Fantastic Four hired turned out to be a semi-crazed Sue Richards from 500 years in the future. Perhaps Luke and Jessica shouldn't ask the FF for any suggestions.
For some reason, Elektra comes to mind. She may not be exactly mother material, but you know if she can take on a room full of the Hand, she could probably take care of an infant. Elektra did take in a young runaway in her series in the 90s. It would really depend on what "version" of Elektra we currently have. Besides, the recent Marvel teasers place her as an assassin for hire instead of a child care provider.
Let's not stick with the stereotypes and say the nanny has to be female. What about Hank McCoy, the Beast? He's super smart. He may not be an expert in infants but could easily read up and adapt to the new situation. He has a soft and caring side to him and his warm fur would be perfect for any child to cuddle up against. He's shown a fierce side as well which would make him good for protecting the kid against enemies. I just wonder if Beast would be willing to quit the Secret Avengers and if Luke and Jessica would want to clean up any fur that he sheds.
Maybe Luke and Jessica should just take turns watching their little girl. Being a hero places a giant target on yourself. That also makes their child a target. Could they live with themselves knowing that they were out trying to save the world but weren't there for their own child? It almost makes you wonder if they would be better off having a team of nannies instead of just one.
We shall soon find out who they choose as their nanny. It's a tough decision they're facing. They owe it to the world to use their gifted abilities to protect those that can't fend for themselves against the evil menaces lurking about. It just seems that they should be placing a higher priority over their own child. Let's hope they make a wise choice.
Who do you think would make a good nanny for superpowered parents?
Eh, the Fantastic Four may not have the bast track record with nannies, but they do have the most experience. It does seem likely that Cage and Jessica will go to them for advice, though they could simply ask for some security measures that Reed uses to keep his kids safe during attacks.
Wait! Perfect nanny:
Considerably caring of others, and also has the (unbelievable) rep of taking down Dr. Doom, MODOK, and Thanos on her own. In an eery way, it makes a lot of sense...
At the Avengers panel at New York Comicon they announced that Luke and Jessica's Nanny is actually SPOILER WARNING: Click here to reveal hidden content.
Hmm...what if a team of B-listers started up a superhero babysitting service; something along the lines of "Heroes for Hire," but willing to change diapers? They don't need to be heavy hitters, just competent enough to act as a deterrent to anyone thinking a superhero's kid would be an easy target.
why do they need a nanny, doesn't Jessica just take the bady over to her mom's place- at least that seems to be the case through out the run of New Avengers that I have read. And if they truly do need a nanny, hire out Wind Dancer, with the New Warriors comic cancelled, the depowered mutant could probably use a job.
" At the Avengers panel at New York Comicon they announced that Luke and Jessica's Nanny is actually SPOILER WARNING: Click here to reveal hidden content.Your Spoiler is not working. Here is the spoiler nanny. I hear Bendis says he already wrote the issue."Squirrel Girl lolz.
1. They need a superpowered nanny. Who would make the perfect candidate?2. What about Hank McCoy, the Beast? He's super smart.
3. Could they live with themselves knowing that they were out trying to save the world but weren't there for their own child?
4. It almost makes you wonder if they would be better off having a team of nannies instead of just one."
I didn't answer this one right away because it was hard thinking of super powered Marvel characters that have the human characteristics you'd want passed on to a child, that are sufficiently attentive and undistracted by larger responsibilities, and with a relevant powerset to keep a child safe. After deliberation I think the best candidate would be Shadowcat or Kitty Pryde (with the caveat that she overcome her current status).
Kitty is the most human and normal of the X-Men, the most well adjusted, the least baggage, and her tenure as a teacher during Astonishing means she can relate to children. Given her recent trauma she'd probably want to give the hero thing a backseat and she doesn't have any active responsibilities, so caring for a child with special needs would be right up her alley. Her powerset's application here needs no explanation. When things get hairy she can all but promise the child's absolute safety out of phase with the harms of the world. Otherwise, she's a perfectly normal woman... pretty much what you'd want your kid to be raised by.
Additionally, Lockheed would make an awesome additional guardian to any child and inject just a little bit of weirdness into the kid's life making them able to adjust to the parents' superhero lifestyle eventually. And Kitty's chrome boyfriend is a stable relationship with a similarly protective power and detachment from the current X-Men roster... so all in all your kid's going to be in good hands.
2. Beast is a good candidate except for the distractions of being an Avenger and his own scientific, public, political, and social endeavors... he's just as likely to be lost in a microscope as he is writing a paper or book, fighting a supervillain, or trying to restart his languishing romantic life now that he's cut ties with the X-Men. Despite his intelligence and maturity he's still a somewhat unsettled bachelor with too many pots on the stove to be fully attentive to a child.
3. I think so. There are plenty of real world parents who do extraordinary things and take extraordinary risks for a strong belief or greater good at the risk of their own lives or those of their children. Becoming a public figure, say President, dissolves any hope of a normalcy for your kids but it's still a worthy calling that the person is justified in pursuing and able to sleep at night doing so.
4. Definitely something American culture can pick up from other cultures with larger emphasis on extended families or communal living. As a matter of practice our kids are more or less raised by public schools and their peers but we don't really acknowledge it (but when the bulk of your social interaction in a day is spent there, what else do you call it?)... but it definitely isn't the same thing as being raised by people who are deeply interested in your life and its outcome.
If it's safety they're worried about.. Then there is no one safer to watch the kid than one of it's parents. So until the kid is old enough to wear tight pants, and open shirt beat up crack dealers in his middle school.. One of them should stay home and take care of them. WTH? Squirrel Girl? Sorry Baby.. You just got kidnapped by Dr Doom.
It is like in the Longbow Hunter of Green Arrow, Diana told Oliver she would NOT marry him because she did not want to make orphans. Super Hero is a very dangerous business even if the creators can kill them off and bring them back. If they have kids, the children should become their TOP prioity in their lives, in other words RETIRE.
" @ForbushBug: Ms Marvel had a baby? "Yeah, it's a lot more complicated and.... disturbing than that.
I'll let this humorous Cracked article take it from here.
Fear squirrel girl. She lately fought Galactus. She also has full supervision with every squirrel in the city keeping on the kids.
Night crawler is a good option. He caring, able to move fast and he can teleport the child to a safe place if there is trouble.
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