Should Superheroes be treated with more respect?

 


Since the beginning of superhero comics, superheroes have always put their lives on the line to protect innocent people from any harm that comes their way.   So, how come that even though most superheroes have often saved the world numerous times before and again, the public sometimes still view them as threats or don’t appreciate their heroic efforts?

One of the most famous examples of superheroes often being mistreated by the public is through the X-Men, as they are superheroes who constantly try to protect the public from strong enemies but they are often mistreated because they are mutants.   So one of the reasons why it’s possible that the public might dislike superheroes is because they have greater powers than a regular human being and it could be out of spite or prejudice for the superheroes.
 
 

Marvel Fanfare # 25

Another reason why the public might not show superheroes with much respect is because sometimes whenever the superhero does something wrong, then the public might take a negative view at the superhero.   For example, when Tony Stark (Iron Man) started having drinking problems, the public immediately considered him to not be in any condition to continue being Iron Man; for fear that he might endanger many lives in his drunken state.

 So, the question is, should superheroes be treated with more respect?   I personally think that they should be treated with more respect.   Superheroes not only have saved the world countless times, but they ended up sacrificing their personal needs and their lives to save the world from any harm, which means that they saved the world because they want to protect the world and not do it for selfish reasons.   Yes, superheroes will make mistakes, but they are human also and they are also prone to having emotional moments where they seem like they are not capable of protecting the world if they are emotionally scarred by any event that happens during their lives.   One of the problems that sometimes causes the public to mistreat superheroes if they make mistakes is that they considered superheroes to be able to accomplished anything when the situation calls for it and for superheroes who are just starting out, they might not get job done right the first time since it’s their first time, so the public needs to understand this notion from the superheroes.

 So what do you think? Do you think that Superheroes needed to be treated with respect or that the public should continue to criticize them to make them better at their jobs?

15 Comments
15 Comments
Posted by WarMachineMarkV

- Just like in real life the citizens of the Marvel U only gets to see whatever perception the media gives them on the actions of the superhero community, they would not get the same view we get through the 4th wall, showing the story in full. Your assuming the public knows all the details that we do and therefore reacting in bad form.

- The Avengers have (until recently) had the benefit of the doubt as their PR and built up goodwill has been for the most part sterling. This is why mutants like Justice, Firestar, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, etc were never treated as badly by the public as their X-counterparts.

- The Avengers have also had most of their heroic exploits highly publicized, while the X-Men have had similar feats ignored or covered up by their enemies or the government. One group is painted as world saving heroes, the other as a scary secret society of genetic freaks, hard to expect the public not to pick up on this and let it cloud their views.

- In a perfect world I agree that superheroes should be given the respect they are due, but I can also see why in many cases they will or do not

Posted by Rabbitearsblog
@WarMachineMarkV said:

- Just like in real life the citizens of the Marvel U only gets to see whatever perception the media gives them on the actions of the superhero community, they would not get the same view we get through the 4th wall, showing the story in full. Your assuming the public knows all the details that we do and therefore reacting in bad form.

- The Avengers have (until recently) had the benefit of the doubt as their PR and built up goodwill has been for the most part sterling. This is why mutants like Justice, Firestar, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, etc were never treated as badly by the public as their X-counterparts.

- The Avengers have also had most of their heroic exploits highly publicized, while the X-Men have had similar feats ignored or covered up by their enemies or the government. One group is painted as world saving heroes, the other as a scary secret society of genetic freaks, hard to expect the public not to pick up on this and let it cloud their views.

- In a perfect world I agree that superheroes should be given the respect they are due, but I can also see why in many cases they will or do not

I agree that the Avengers had the better luck of being accepted by the public since they tried to publicly state that they are heroes.  I forgot about the whole idea about how the public don't know the whole story and the media is to blame for that since the media only shows half of what is really happening.
Posted by Jnr6Lil

Yes, they should be respect. They risk their lives for you.

Posted by Jorgevy

I mean, obviously they should be respect, and as already someone said, the public doesnt always know the entire truth or how things play out.

But I also think super heroes (for comic book reasons) dont do as much as they could. They could bring down dictatorships, help solve world hunger, cure many diseases, they basicly could make mankind advance (obviously they wouldnt make some utopia but they could make things better).

So I think the public opinion is more of a "they have so much power, why don't they do more?" It's like people in RL and religion, who keep doubting about God or whatever other religious aspect because they dont see thing being done. So even if heroes (who IMO dont do as much as they could), did everything they could and more, people would still complain. People will always complain because they always want more.

On a final note, people also fear what they don't understand, they fear difference, and super heroes are extremely different in the public opinion's eyes because of their god like powers and because even if they dont want to, they are above the law (the law cant really do anything to them).

I think this whole thing was played out in Civil War but I dont think they did it in a nice manner, they just rushed it all and bang bang let's make them fight.

So, yeah, super heroes should get more respect, but because it's a comic book world, they won't get it.

Posted by Jnr6Lil

@Jorgevy said:

I mean, obviously they should be respect, and as already someone said, the public doesnt always know the entire truth or how things play out.

But I also think super heroes (for comic book reasons) dont do as much as they could. They could bring down dictatorships, help solve world hunger, cure many diseases, they basicly could make mankind advance (obviously they wouldnt make some utopia but they could make things better).

So I think the public opinion is more of a "they have so much power, why don't they do more?" It's like people in RL and religion, who keep doubting about God or whatever other religious aspect because they dont see thing being done. So even if heroes (who IMO dont do as much as they could), did everything they could and more, people would still complain. People will always complain because they always want more.

On a final note, people also fear what they don't understand, they fear difference, and super heroes are extremely different in the public opinion's eyes because of their god like powers and because even if they dont want to, they are above the law (the law cant really do anything to them).

I think this whole thing was played out in Civil War but I dont think they did it in a nice manner, they just rushed it all and bang bang let's make them fight.

So, yeah, super heroes should get more respect, but because it's a comic book world, they won't get it.

That;s a point. They could bring down dictatorships, Guys liek Dr. Strange could easily solve hunger, disease, etc.

Posted by Rabbitearsblog
@Jorgevy said:

I mean, obviously they should be respect, and as already someone said, the public doesnt always know the entire truth or how things play out.

But I also think super heroes (for comic book reasons) dont do as much as they could. They could bring down dictatorships, help solve world hunger, cure many diseases, they basicly could make mankind advance (obviously they wouldnt make some utopia but they could make things better).

So I think the public opinion is more of a "they have so much power, why don't they do more?" It's like people in RL and religion, who keep doubting about God or whatever other religious aspect because they dont see thing being done. So even if heroes (who IMO dont do as much as they could), did everything they could and more, people would still complain. People will always complain because they always want more.

On a final note, people also fear what they don't understand, they fear difference, and super heroes are extremely different in the public opinion's eyes because of their god like powers and because even if they dont want to, they are above the law (the law cant really do anything to them).

I think this whole thing was played out in Civil War but I dont think they did it in a nice manner, they just rushed it all and bang bang let's make them fight.

So, yeah, super heroes should get more respect, but because it's a comic book world, they won't get it.

I agree with everything you said! The sad thing is that the public thinks that the superheroes can do absolutely anything, but superheroes have their limits too, and even though I want to see them make an attempt at world peace, I don't think it would be that easy.
Posted by difficlus

@WarMachineMarkV said:

- Just like in real life the citizens of the Marvel U only gets to see whatever perception the media gives them on the actions of the superhero community, they would not get the same view we get through the 4th wall, showing the story in full. Your assuming the public knows all the details that we do and therefore reacting in bad form.

- The Avengers have (until recently) had the benefit of the doubt as their PR and built up goodwill has been for the most part sterling. This is why mutants like Justice, Firestar, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, etc were never treated as badly by the public as their X-counterparts.

- The Avengers have also had most of their heroic exploits highly publicized, while the X-Men have had similar feats ignored or covered up by their enemies or the government. One group is painted as world saving heroes, the other as a scary secret society of genetic freaks, hard to expect the public not to pick up on this and let it cloud their views.

- In a perfect world I agree that superheroes should be given the respect they are due, but I can also see why in many cases they will or do not

i agree it's easy to see why the public would dislike someone like spider-man and with all the spider tracer murders and stuff. Without great PR like the JLA or Avengers obviously they would be very scared of these guys in tights running around amok.

Posted by Tigerstriper

I think Phil Sheldon said it best in Marvels. "What are you worrying about? The Fantastic Four will save us. Or The Avengers will. And when they do, we'll poke 'em in the eye for it!"

Posted by Rabbitearsblog
@Tigerstriper said:

I think Phil Sheldon said it best in Marvels. "What are you worrying about? The Fantastic Four will save us. Or The Avengers will. And when they do, we'll poke 'em in the eye for it!"

That is a great quote and unfortunately it's true since even though some superheroes would save the day, sometimes the public will still not be satisfied with their efforts.
Posted by joshmightbe

A prime example for the point of this thread is Spiderman, he gets sh!t on more than any other hero in the Marvel universe even by other heroes who've seen him risk his life to save the day while praising others who haven't done half the good spiderman has

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

There is a fine line between super hero and super villain, all the regular joe see's is groups of extremely powerful pepole punching ech other and wrecking the place, there not really going to know whos good or whos bad unless the heros are government sponsored like the Ultimates 

Posted by Rabbitearsblog
@joshmightbe said:

A prime example for the point of this thread is Spiderman, he gets sh!t on more than any other hero in the Marvel universe even by other heroes who've seen him risk his life to save the day while praising others who haven't done half the good spiderman has

Yeah, I can't believe all the trouble Spider Man gets whenever he's trying to save the world, especially when the newspapers constantly pits him as a bad guy.
 
@spiderbat87 said:
There is a fine line between super hero and super villain, all the regular joe see's is groups of extremely powerful pepole punching ech other and wrecking the place, there not really going to know whos good or whos bad unless the heros are government sponsored like the Ultimates 

That's true. I guess the reason why the Ultimates have it so easy is because the government sponsors them and the people are not really going to know who is the good guy unless the government is involved.
Edited by RedOwl_1

Of course they should, sadly people there fears what is different or more powerful and that they can't control and that drive them to hate, prejudge and discriminate. Ah you can't stop that, or at least not soon.

@joshmightbe said:

A prime example for the point of this thread is Spiderman, he gets sh!t on more than any other hero in the Marvel universe even by other heroes who've seen him risk his life to save the day while praising others who haven't done half the good spiderman has

Ah the old Parker luck

@Tigerstriper said:

I think Phil Sheldon said it best in Marvels. "What are you worrying about? The Fantastic Four will save us. Or The Avengers will. And when they do, we'll poke 'em in the eye for it!"

Oh it's sadly the truth

Posted by Rabbitearsblog
@RedOwl_1 said:

Of course they should, sadly people there fears what is different or more powerful and that they can't control and that drive them to hate, prejudge and discriminate. Ah you can't stop that, or at least not soon.

I agree. I think that the X-Men had the hardest time with this since they are mutants and people still fear them no matter what.
Posted by RedOwl_1

@Rabbitearsblog said:

@RedOwl_1 said:

Of course they should, sadly people there fears what is different or more powerful and that they can't control and that drive them to hate, prejudge and discriminate. Ah you can't stop that, or at least not soon.

I agree. I think that the X-Men had the hardest time with this since they are mutants and people still fear them no matter what.

Eyup I hate that side of humanity, between jealousy and fear