Heroes taking on other heroes idenities.

Past couple years different characters have taken on the idenity of another hero, like Dick, Jason, and Tim being Batman, Bucky becoming Captain America, Osborn's Avengers taking an the idenity of an avenger member. In the past, Ben Rilley was Spider-Man for a while, anfd Hawkeye took an various idenities as well. Now Kaine is going to take on his clone brother's idenity, not to mwntion that Miles Morales in the ultimate universe is going to be Spider-Man. Even from time to time, Daredevil will have Spider-Man or Iron Fist be Daredevil.

I think its kinda cool how others will take on the idenity of another hero if they need to. It's usally interesting to see how another character would be like in that hero, but what if one of the other heroes take on the idenity similar to the other hero. Like Ben and Kaine being the Scarlet Spider, or Daken being Dark Wolverine. If more heroes or villains had abilites similar to other characters should they take on their idenity or should they make up their own idenity? Even if it was some kind of master/apprentance relationship like Bruce & Dick or Steve Rogers & Bucky, should they take on their idenity if something happens to their mentor?

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Posted by comkid100

You make an interesting point about people with similar abilities. In most cases the other person/hero (Ben & Kane) can take on identities similar to the heroes (much like some of the heroes in batman inc). The only time i can accept a hero taking another heroes identity is if that hero is either dead, gave up being that hero or needs to been seen with that hero to establish that they aren't them. (if that makes sense)

Posted by saoakden

@comkid100: It got me thinking when Bruce came back and said that Dick can be the Batman of Gotham while Bruce be the batman of the world. Plus I saw something online stating that Dick's idenity will always be Nightwing and Batman is Bruce right before the relaunch. I can't remember where though and I also remember when Steve came back and Bucky was Captain America.

I was also thinking IF Ben came back, then who would be the Scarlet Spider? Would ben return to his idenity again or would he take on a new idenity all together. Or for that matter Kaine becoming a different Spider person. Like the Crimson Spider or what?

Posted by comkid100

Yes Bruce and Steves story were similar but the passing of the torch allowed greater character depth for both Bucky and dick. Plus both Bruce and Steve gave them their blessing to continue in their name.

If Ben came back (which i'm hoping for since his death never made sense) and saw Kaine wearing the mantle of the Scarlet Spider there would be a fight and an argument but i think eventually Ben would see that Kaine has changed. IF they both wanted to be Scarlet Spider I wouldn't be upset or annoyed about that but its more likely that Kaine would give it up and re-name him self.

Posted by Jnr6Lil

@comkid100 said:

Yes Bruce and Steves story were similar but the passing of the torch allowed greater character depth for both Bucky and dick. Plus both Bruce and Steve gave them their blessing to continue in their name.

If Ben came back (which i'm hoping for since his death never made sense) and saw Kaine wearing the mantle of the Scarlet Spider there would be a fight and an argument but i think eventually Ben would see that Kaine has changed. IF they both wanted to be Scarlet Spider I wouldn't be upset or annoyed about that but its more likely that Kaine would give it up and re-name him self.

Posted by saoakden

@comkid100: Captain America and Batman kinda sound like they have some stuff in common. Oh yeah I just remembered Conner Hawke, Green Arrow's Kid, also took on his old man's advice, even after he came back to life.

@Jnr6Lil: Did you just want to repeat what comkid100 said or did you want to put your own opinion down too?

Posted by comkid100

Yh true his son did take over but that doesn't really matter anymore since of the new dc universe. It can be a show of skill and their level of commitment to the job if the side kicks or next generation take the mantle but in Conner's case i never really read about him that much.

Posted by saoakden

@comkid100: I never heard much about Conner after Oliver's return in Quiver. Honestly he could of been called the Emerald Archer or Green Archer.

Posted by comkid100

I think the last thing i read him in was blackest night.

Posted by Decoy Elite

This is a very old, but still good, idea.

I remember when I first saw such a stunt pulled off. Prowler pretended to be Spider-Man for a few minutes in order to help cement that Peter Parker wasn't Spider-Man.

It was a nice little moment.

Posted by Jnr6Lil

@saoakden said:

@comkid100: Captain America and Batman kinda sound like they have some stuff in common. Oh yeah I just remembered Conner Hawke, Green Arrow's Kid, also took on his old man's advice, even after he came back to life.

@Jnr6Lil: Did you just want to repeat what comkid100 said or did you want to put your own opinion down too?

Just repeat, I'll voice my opinion and when I get more insight into the topic from other users.

Posted by saoakden

@Jnr6Lil: Alrighty you do that.