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What


Superheroes


Should Today's Technologies Inspire?







We got to interview a visionary futurist with an eye on technology about what would inspire today's comic book writers to create our next superheroes with knowledge of real technological and scientific advancement.


You never know when it’s going to happen – that otherwise quotidian moment when you suddenly realize your entire thought process has just been tripped up and cast down a cerebral rabbit-hole destination unknown. Little did I know that what began as a typically pleasurable lunch with spyed and makepictures during the San Diego Comic-Con last year would morph into a mind-expanding mental wormhole voyage to the future courtesy of another guest at our table, JordanGreenhall, known to me only as the co-founder of DivX, Inc., the prestigious leader in software creation for video authoring and encoding.


The question was raised: what’s in store for the future of all this? (“all this”, i.e., the costumed conventioneers milling about the miles of booths promoting sci-fi movies, comics, toys, videogames and videogame systems, etc.)


Jordan began to answer the question … and that’s when the convention floor began to fade away into a surreal swirl of background static, as a true visionary began time-tripping my brain forward into the future. I now know why he’s at the top of the speakers’ list of every year’s futurist society conclave, philanthropic ethicist entrepreneurs summit and Aspen Institute-style fix-the-planet think tank confab. He sees through the pop clatter and clutter into the heart of what’s happening, where it’s all going, and what’s important and why.















So who is this guy rewiring

my cranial circuits, anyway?


Besides revolutionizing the way video is brought to all our digital devices with the DivX codec, Jordan is a trustee of the Santa Fe Institute, a non-profit research center dedicated to analyzing and addressing the planet’s “environmental, technological, biological, economic and political challenges.”





This is the key to knowing what Jordan is really about, besides being a new tech genius. He’s one of the good guys who has decided to devote his knowledge of and special position in the new media revolution to turn the world historic wave of change washing over us in the direction of something positive, a better world. To that end, he is indefatigable as a globetrotting guest lecturer, sharing his insights and visions as an advocate for the “efficient, collaborative, open” model of new media-driven information dispersal, and an opponent of the old “closed, centralized, inauthentic” model of information control. Jordan is a prophet for the new wave, and he preaches that enlightenment comes when one accepts that the wave cannot be possessed and controlled, but only understood and then utilized for everything that knowledge of it can bring to this world and future generations.



The “digitization/socialnetworking/participation” wave is as profound and world-changing as Gutenberg’s invention of movable type. And this wave cannot be “owned” and controlled – it can only be ridden by those who seek to understand it, build it and share it with their digital network communities.











That’s all well and good, but what about the future of sci-fi

and superheroes like Iron Man and Wolverine?




I can only attempt to adequately paraphrase his scientific reference-laden response: Quantum mechanics and new discoveries flowing out of our technological revolution (like what’s going on with the Large Hadron Collider in Europe) is going to fundamentally impact and evolve science fiction, not least of which the “origins stories” of its superheroes.


The caped superheroes prowling Comic-Con are the products of the science speculation that excited creative artists back in the 1950s and 60s. The “science fact” being exponentially produced and disseminated to writers and artists currently will soon result in a whole new paradigm, a radical new chapter in sci-fi stories and heroes. Soon new sci-fi heroes will have their “origins” in detours through extra dimensions (courtesy of string theory) rather than as a result of radioactive spider bites. Evil nemeses will be much more interested in enslaving humanity through data control rather than by death ray. Superheroes will become much more concerned with using their powers to avert environmental disasters and systems collapses. New sci-fi heroes will have their genesis in our artists’ dreams of solving our current world-catastrophic challenges. “Superman” was imagined by no more than a daydream of possessing superhuman strength and being able to fly.










Today’s “imagineers” need only click on the science page of their online newspaper to be provided the raw ingredients for new superheroes with quantum mechanical and interdimensional identities and powers far more mindbending than those possessed by the super heros presently haunting the aisles of Comic-Con.













An interview with:


Jordan Greenhall







Sci-fi at bottom has always been anchored in “possible futures” based on speculative science. What scientific “new idea” do you see really catching fire in the popular imagination which will become a new “standard” for sci-fi stories?




We’ve always known that fiction can (and does) create reality. The often cited connection between Star Trek and a wide variety of our favorite toys (including the incorrigible efforts to fabricate teleportation) is a classic example. What is happening today is that the line between “future” and “present” is getting thinner and thinner. As a consequence, it seems that many of the “new ideas” that will hit the popular imagination are less widely speculative (in the Roddenberry, Asimov or Clarke sense) than they are practical conjectures that have been on the cutting edge for a while and are just about to move into the popular consciousness.










What do you think will be the “paradigm shift” in how new superheroes (or even our traditional iconic ones) will be conceived and how their stories will be told?




Personally I think that the next wave is going to be the re-absorption of the (super)hero into the hero. The superhero is largely the expression of the desire for power on the part of the powerless. One of the major themes of the current era is the “flattening” of power and new, more complex, challenges. I sense, perhaps, a return to the more human stories of adventure and heroism to which the normal person could, in principle, actually aspire. We will be witnessing the most dramatic “leveling up” of individual power since the invention of multi-cellular life. In many ways, a mid-21st century human will be a superhero. When you speculate about cybernetics, genetic and chemical modifications, and the more esoteric man/machine interfaces (for example, one mind controlling multiple geographically separate bodies) – not much of the “superhuman” is left outside of the “adjacent possible”.










With so much riding on how well a “tipping point” mass of the population of the Earth understands enough about climate change, etc, and how committed they become to changing things – how important is the “educational” and cultural role of comic books and sci-fi genre fictions generally in saving the world?




It’s clear to anyone who’s been paying attention that the “ComicCon” genres are (by far) the most effective “memetic organisms” yet devised by humans. It’s sometimes hard to recall that scarcely 70 years ago these genres were marginalized – by the marginal for the marginal. Can it be the case that the flashlight-lit passions of impotent nerdy teenagers have somehow come to utterly dominate the global zeitgeist? It certainly seems that way. And while the rich rewards of this domination still seem to flow more to Flash Thompson than to Peter Parker, the memetic ball is clearly in Superman’s court. Yes – it seems very likely that something like the memetic success of genre fiction is a necessary component to achieving a global tipping point.










Where should anyone who cares about the future of humanity keep their focus trained right now? What general information resources on the web or elsewhere should the concerned world citizen try to be aware of and monitor regularly?




What I’m seeing right now is that most of the best stuff is happening sub-rosa. Bloggers having “off-the-record” conversations. Private groups on Facebook or wikis. It seems right now to be about acquiring a certain sensitivity. A nose for who is saying something that smacks of the future – and a huge network of people who are mutually surfacing the below-the-surface conversation. When you find someone smart, see who they follow (and retweet) on Twitter. Who do they +1 on Google Plus? Whose answers do they like on Quora? Pretty quickly you’ll find yourself tapping into the vital flow of “the conversation” and, soon enough, contributing to the portions that are most important to you. After all, a primary theme of the Great Transition is interaction – not just monitoring.











What is the single most important inspiration or cause that keeps you motivated to keep on thinking, exploring and seeking solutions for the survival, extension and betterment of human life on Earth and beyond?




My kids. If you make the decision to have children you can no longer afford the luxury of being cynical.












Questions


For the Reader





1Do you prefer science fiction stories in which superheroes or average human beings are the main protagonists? Do you think advancing technology will shift sci-fi to being mainly about humans with tech powers, or will there always be the need for a super-human “superhero?”


2Which classic superhero do you think best fits and exemplifies the essence of the new Technological Age? Which superheroes do you think don’t fit so well and why?





3Which relatively “new” superhero (who reflects the times and tech of 2012 more than 1950) would you like to see raised up out of the pages of his or her graphic novels and turned into a major film or video game on the same level as “Superman” or “Batman”?


4Flying, x-ray vision, super-strength, shape-shifting, invisibility, mind control, etc. are so played out. Can you think of a “new” super power that could really give you the edge in your struggle for goodness to triumph over meanness and evil?











We got to interview a visionary futurist with an eye on technology about what would inspire today's comic book writers to create our next superheroes with knowledge of real technological and scientific advancement. You never know when it’s going to happen – that otherwise quotidian moment when you suddenly realize your entire thought process has just been tripped up and cast down a cerebral rabbit-hole destination unknown. Little did I know that what began as a typically pleasurable lunch with +spyed and $makepictures during the San Diego Comic-Con last year would morph into a mind-expanding mental wormhole voyage to the future courtesy of another guest at our table, *JordanGreenhall, known to me only as the co-founder of DivX, Inc., the prestigious leader in software creation for video authoring and encoding.
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allygirl49 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Student Photographer
nice work!
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wrath9 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
This holds quite a lot of inspiring reading/research material in here and shall look out for more.
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maxtroid Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Its okay to just read the comics, although i agree with everytging said. I would love to be in an iron man suit or swinging tgrough town on a spiderweb. Ps, i need help developing my superhero comics at divpower.blogspot.com
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ltty75 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Interesting topic you have here.
I like it very much!
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sweetwood Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
And just to add, she has in her possesion a machine that can translate brainwaves. Like Xavier, she connect to all living creatures.

She has a habit of seducing men in their dreams aka. The Pure Anima
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sweetwood Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Super Sweetwood is my character. It is a woman with power of seduction.


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ideal27 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Batman !
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Dread16Knight25 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
And about that ~super-bro-66, that power with producing shock waves has alredy been done, Naruto did that with the character Zaku Abumi.
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Dread16Knight25 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
1. That depends on the story. Superhuman superheroes fit much better for handling supervillains and that kind of thing because that is how we know them. But averege human heroes fit better for handling tech-based villains and for more reality-based stories.
2. I know that he is a anti-hero and assassin, but Deadpool is sometimes described as a hero. Deadpool fits in the new Technological Age because the only "real" superpower that he has is his healing-factor, he has had many kind of high-tech gizmos including a teleporting device.
3. The Jamie Reyes version of the Blue Beetle. There was plans on a live-action television series with the Blue Beetle, but sadly it was never made. It would be so cool to watch Jamie transform into Blue Beetle and fly towards the screen to stop some bad-guy. Sure, the original Blue Beetle stepped into the comic-books 1939, but this verson is actually quite new, Jamie appeared in Infinite Crisis nr 3 in 2006.
4. A cool super-power that would make you nearly unstoppable is from the manga universe, more to be exact, Hidans Curse Jutsu from Naruto (or Naruto Shippuden if you're watching the anime). It may be a very gore and in all means freaky, but still, no enemy would be able to harm you without getting harmed himself. I think that could make any supervillan to give up, add immortality and you get a very dangerous and quite useful ability. PS. Kakuzus Earth Grudge Fear is also cool.
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DavidWilson93 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1. Definitely superhero protagonist. I mean The "super" part is what I think lets our minds wander to create whatever power or story you want. Not limited by the advancements of today's technology. There will always be a need for a superhero because if we set limits of making our hero's around modern tech, we will never strive to push the boundaries of today's tech to make tomorrow's technology.

2. Static Shock, and Batman. If you pick up a New 52 Static Shock comic, you will always learn something about how electricity effects the environment or the people. Batman always has an ace up his sleeve with some new high tech gadget that his company produced so he can wipe the floor with whomever he faces. Cap, Icon, and Supes are not very well fitting.

3. Cyborg would be an interesting game to play.

4. Superboy's Telekinetic powers are one of the coolest I think. I mean a thought gives him all his powers and if expanded it could give way to unbelievable power. If our mind's are stronger than our body, than imagine the kryptonian mind with those powers. It'd be beast.
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MarissaSunshine Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
1. Normal, vulnerable humans make better protagonists as we are them and it makes things more believable and relatable.

2. Iron Man fits very well, Superman, not so much.
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Kerevon Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
1. It really depends on the specific character. I suppose superhuman heroes are interesting, but only if they ACT in a believable human manner. So in the end I suppose it's the human characters that are more interesting.

2. Iron Man, Batman, and Spider-Man are perhaps the most important heroes in a modern context. Iron Man and Batman are geniuses that control large corporations which have noticeable effects upon the world, and both use constantly updating tech to fight crime. Spider-Man's powers are not based on tech, but most people tend to forget that Spidey himself is a genius chemical engineer that invented the webbing he uses to fight crime (and it's one of the most important parts of his arsenal). He too depends on technology and intelligence over sheer brawn, which is increasingly important in a modern context.

3. Out of all "new" heroes, Cyborg and Oracle are perhaps the best candidates, and Cyborg is becomingly increasingly popular. Both are techies who make technology their superpowers, and they know that information is as much a tool and weapon as actual cannons.

4. Biomatter manipulation is a good one. I didn't invent it, exactly, but rather 'tis based off of the game [Prototype]. Basically, it allows whoever has this power to mold their body (and the body of any organic being they're touching) in any manner they so choose. One possible use would be the ability to quickly change organic waste matter into living plants in order to combat CO2. It could also be used to heal any living thing. From a "cool" standpoint, the power also allows the wielder to shapeshift into practically anything they want, giving them many tools literally at hands reach and allowing them to have a very ecologically friendly mode of transportation (wings). Also (and this part sounds gross), they could eat entire dead organisms (such as a tree or an entire cow) and use the biomatter to make themselves cellularly dense, increasing their durability. Basically one of the best superpowers ever, used creatively.
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cendedAvatar Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
I like heros who have inner strength and their own skills; caught in situations that take them out of their element. Character is king! 'Super Hero' and 'Comic Book' are, in a way, synonymous I don't think you can completely remove 'Super' and get people interested in 'to be continued'. That's what the news paper is for. Graphic novels, such as the Watchmen bridge the gap nicely as they are more durable and tell a more or less complete story.

Minus the extremeness of his character, I think the X-Men villain, Mojo comes closest to what people have now, also~ no Gladiators!

I wish Captain Planet fit our capabilities today, but he's being turned into a toxic revenger a little more every day.

I think the likeliest, 'common' future ability; beyond what we have now, would be an extremely long lifespan and effectively a form of agelessness. As medical device implantation becomes more prevalent; a new subspecies, via enhanced technology emerges, their existence is hardly noticed by the rest of the world except that they are vaguely recognized as powerful. They live vastly longer than those who can not 'afford' such enhancements causing isolation from the (or of the) rest of mankind. This plays well into vampirism but is not mystical nor (literally) bloodsucking. These are like hollowed out humans, full of plastic and metal living off a heavy stream of vitamins and mineral injections, constant treatment for their vital fluids and repairs.
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Anzkji Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In my opinion, the ability to link to the web mentally, and therefore have hacking come naturally to you, would be possibly the most powerful and dangerous power ever.
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JAKoriginal Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
im rely like the superheroes I think the world needs a superhero with the power of recycling and has a recycled metal suit and fight against companies that pollute the environment
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Kerevon Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
So... Captain Planet?
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JAKoriginal Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
YEA GREAT NAME I´M DOING TIME SKETCH
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JAKoriginal Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
im realy like the superheroes I think the world needs a superhero with the power of recycling and has a recycled metal suit and fight against companies that pollute the environment
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super-bro-66 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
1. I think in todays society we tend to lean on the fact that humans have tech powers and slowly, ever so slowly are abandoning the need of a superhero.

2. I would say Ironman exemplifies the essence of the new technological age because of the robotic suit and all his gadgets and weapons. I would say that Captain America doesn't fit the category because he's from World War II. He's old school. (which can be a very good thing)

3. A relatively new superhero that i think they should portray more is Green Lantern or Thor. It would be sick to play a full out video game about either one!

4. A new power that i say should be introduced would have to be the power to manipulate air and to produce shock waves! Or to be able to transform yourself into a metal man with abnormal strength. (like the guy from X-men)
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LAvenus79 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
interesting point of view, you got there...
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Ithinkofblack Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Student General Artist
where do i go to submit a new superhero
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rkzman11 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Two words... and a link "Bullet-proof"- Skin Made From Spider Silk [link] tch?v=YzQ-u70qhtI&feature =player_embedded.
This along with digital cloaking implemented, and digital projection on the body surface for disguise. This is now copyright, just in case I can not speak freely without having any one take my Idea and use it for there own.
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PBJArts Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Does anyone have their own superhero idea/character in mind? :)
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LoanSkunk Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
How do I submit my new superhero?
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mattjepiuh Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
1) Tough question. I'm down for both I guess...although i'm a little more inclined to have a an average human as a protagonist, just makes him/her a little more grounded n easier to relate to.

2) Ironman, no question. also batman coz of all the gizmos and gadgets and stuff he carries around with him. Superhero that doesnt fit so well would probly be Captain America(at least, thats the impression i got from the movie)

3) Maybe another Punisher film. The last two were pretty average to be honest:( Also I hear their making a new Ironman :D

4) the ability to grow trees n replenish the ozone layer and stuff like that would be useful skills to have i suppose, what with global warming and such. also, a power that generates preferably little (or no) collateral damage, because a lot of the slug fests i see in comic books typically end in large chunks of a city or town turned to rubble because two guys couldnt find a peaceful solution to resolve their conflicts:P the ability to clone myself would also be nice, coz i've always wondered what it would be like to have a conversation with myself :)
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SakaiKamichi Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student
Interesting topic you have here.

1) I'm always changing my opinion, I'll call it a draw for this question. But yes, I do believe several people feel the need to have a 'Superman'. But there wil also be a group that prefers the 'You can do anything' breed of protagonists.

2)I should say Ironman, what with all his gadgets and robots suit. But Batman also has a variety of high-tech weapons to choose from. Hard choice. Spiderman as well, looking into how he invented the web shooter he uses. Not to mention he was bitten by a radioactive spider.

3) I'm not particularily updated with modern society's idea of superheroes, human or not, but I have a vague idea from the movie commercials plaguing my TV. But I am still indecisive; it really depends.

4) The power to do anything would be nice, hm? But creators like giving their heroes challenges, so I suppose that suggestion is out of the picture. What about bringing illusions to life? The ability to create illusions and, if one had the mind to, make them real. Would come in handy, too.
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VALMAR3000 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
I think more of the anti-hero for this day and age. Due to their dark nature, but they still save the day, their tactics brutal, but effective. But they do not harm innocents, They known better than that.
I made a character that is tragic. He doesn't live by hope, but by determination. He has all powers known or unknown. Very strong, very fast, but he also has combat skills. So he'll change his tactics to confuse the enemy, which I call tactical confusion. No one knows when he'll appear, but when he does, he burns heaven and hell to the ground.
He hates evil and will question good when good people allow fear of whatever and cling to hope.
He lives in shadows; not good or evil.
He's worse than broken, he's shattered, no physical weakness, but mental weakness that he inflicts on himself, after all he suffers from PTSD.
He doesn't live by justice, vengeance, nor punishment. But by suffering. It took me long long time ever since I saw T2 when it came in 1992.
His name is Valmar The Lord Of The Damned.
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TAV15 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student General Artist
1 I think both are necessary for balance. 2. Iron Man 3. How about Warlock? 4. Ability to see consequences like in the movie Next with Nicholas Cage
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JesseQuam Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I would say... I've only owned a computer for 8 months of my life. I've seen alot of art over the past few years from my travels around the United States. What I see in the future is the collaboration of the pop surrealim world and the comic book creators. That will create a paradigm witch will give the subconscious mind a voice. The super hero will become a thing of the past. The powers will come from the imagination and the mind will be It's tool. Creative freedom and bliss.
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Soul-Bell-M Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Re: question 2, I would say Ironman best exemplifies the essence of the new technological age. Superman on the other hand is just that - super. The essence of his character seems to make him independent of and even perpetually anachronistic as it relates to technological development. The only loophole I can see for his character is that he can represent the final destiny of the average human being - to have evolved to the point where we no longer look up at God, but have become gods ourselves. Least that's what i think...
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MiloQuifyro Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Woow amazing!
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ADONIY Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
1.KNOWING WHAT TO DO WITH TECH IS A SUPRA-HUMAN ABILITY IN ITSELF.THE FORTUNATELY HEIGHTENED IN PERCEPTION & ABILITY WILL NEVER BE EXPENDABLE EITHER.
2.'BOX' FROM MARVEL'S ALPHA FLIGHT IS,TO ME,UNFORGETTABLE.AZRAEL FROM DC , TOO,I REMEMBER THE K.G. BEAST TOO.BLOODSPORT IS STILL VERY MUCH ONE OF MY UNMISSABLES.I THINK MOST OF THE MAJOR CHARACTERS NEED A REST AND,AT THE LEAST,A VARIANT UPTAKE.
3. I'D LOVE TO SEE LARA CROFT GET SOME MORE ARMOUR AND TECH.THE PUNISHER IS ALWAYS,ALWAYS AT RISK.HE NEEDS THE KIND OF SHIELDING HE CAN AFFORD.I DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE NEW PEOPLE,I'VE BEEN OFF THE CIRCUIT FOR A WHILE.
4.ABSOLUTE REALITY,AS A TACTICAL PHILOSOPHICAL CIRCUIT ; FACTUAL CIRCUMSTANCES,A REALISTIC BACKDROP.I THINK WE MIGHT SEE OUR SUPERHUMANS BETTER AGAINST A FACTUAL BACKGROUND.FACTUAL TECHNOLOGICAL HEIGHTS AND LIMITS MIGHT GIVE US ANOTHER ASPECT ON CHARACTER.WE MIGHT ALSO BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN SOME REAL NEWS AND INFORMATION UNTO PUBLIC PAGES [HIGHLY UNLIKELY FOREVER].
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FriendshipCube Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Super Friendship Cube Man!

He is telepathic and he fights for freedom and justice with his Friendship Cube Group!

www.FriendshipCube.com
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Haru-Kaede Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
"Matter-morphing" would be pretty cool. Whenever I've seen shape-shifting, Its always into a living noun, such as animals or different people. Take it to the next level by being able to morph your atoms and others into different forms, such as transforming yourself into a gas that can magically travel over or through a wall! Not that this is possible, bt maybe even be able to chage yourself into the"absence of light". I'm speaking on a scientific level here, and I am not in high school yet, so if I sound stupid, that's why.
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IceCreamBubblegum Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good luck ;)
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Woodywood03a Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Good luck!!!
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SideQuestPubs Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I don't know what today's technology should inspire, but I do know I had a document created a few years ago (I think when the Fantastic Four movie first aired on cable) about all different kinds of superheroes.
And I still managed to tie them into my fantasy. ^^;

I really ought to finish editing that document and maybe put it up here.


To answer your questions:
1) If I'm reading a "science fiction story," I'd rather the average (and sometimes not-so-average) person be the main character/hero.
If I'm looking specifically for a superhero story/comic book, on the other hand... ;)
I believe there will always be a need for a superhuman; it just depends on what you define as "super." In a world were everybody is tied into the internet and nobody moves, someone who stays physically fit outside of his/her programmable computer avatar could certainly be defined as "super."

2-4) That's going to rely on whatever I come up with if I ever finish that document.
But I'd always had a thing for shape-shifting. And with advances in genetic engineering, that could be considered a "technological" super-power.... :shifty:
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TakuaNui Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1. I tend to like average human beings who become superheroes! People like Batman, Iron Man, and Spiderman are the first heroes I think of that could fit into that category. They are (or were) average human beings, but had to become superheroes for their own reasons.

While I don't doubt that advances in technology will give birth to more realistic superheroes, I don't think that 'superhumans' will EVER disappear from fiction.

2. As I've said above, certain superheroes (Bats, Shellhead) are normal human beings that use their physical ability, technology, and intelligence to fight crime. Batman and Iron Man are both heroes that can, essentially, exist forever as they would only need to include more technological advancements into their characters. For example, Batman went from nylon tights to body armor and next-generation gadgetry in the span of his existence in media. Iron Man's suits, where as they are all years ahead of us, take inspiration from current tech.

Even Spiderman fits the essence of the Technological Age. He was a geek who got his powers from a lab experiment. In Mark Webb's upcoming film, The Amazing Spiderman, it looks as if that the movie will keep our favorite web-slinger grounded in science.

There are plenty of heroes that fit the Technological Age, even though it may not seem that way at first. The Green Lantern rings could be a form of nanotechnology that connect with the users' brains, allowing the bearer to create hard-light constructs with his thoughts. Even Superman could be said to suit the new age. Krypton could have been extremely advanced scientifically, with their people genetically modified by science. This list could stretch on farther than I know, but I'll keep from doing that.

When I think of heroes that don't work with the technological age, Wonder Woman comes to mind. She lives on the hidden island of Themyscira among woman-warriors and has the ability to fly and superhuman strength. That I don't get.

3. With all the new movies (even bad ones) about Superheroes popping up nowdays, I can't say for sure. I would enjoy a GOOD Green Lantern movie that makes it more realistic and believable. Also, even though I prefer Peter Parker, I would like to see a Spiderman movie/TV show (or even videogame) with Miles Morales as Ultimate Spiderman. The character has a lot of potential, and with a few more years of being around, I think he'll be ready for the big screen.

4. Well, I'm big on coming up with realistic superhero concepts, and powers is the big thing. A superhero is who he is because of his powers. It seem like everything good is taken already, but that is incorrect. Only basic ideas have been used up, but their are plenty more that we could tap into. I, for one, would like to see a hero who can manipulate his personal gravity, and use this to make impossible jumps, "fly", and pull himself towards objects by changing his center of gravity (or is it polarity?).

Most of my "dream superpower" ideas are either no powers, of something involving technology. As of the time being, I'm working on a character who is a vigilante/hero with no powers trying to stop the creation of superhumans. The idea is use of 'bombs' that transfer a certain abilty (telekinesis, molecule disruption, etc) to the person using it via a blast that bonds certain properties to the subject's atoms/atom structure.

I think that the problem is thinking of new superpowers. The solution is not making new powers.

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I hope my answers have helped. Takua Nui out.
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841376252 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
GOOD
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konner08 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Awesome
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Psyko6669 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Now that you mention it, I did have PLENTY of decent superheroes: Jupiter Justice, Moon Star, Pheonix, White Wizard and Mage, it used to be quite an extensive list, and that's not even counting some of the other comics I wanted to do or that never got off the ground. Some of them I only had the titles for. I can honestly say that I think that I may have made too many 'traditional' superheroes (Captain America, Spider Man, Superman, for example), a lot of magic-based heroes (like Wonder Woman, Xatana, and Captain Marvel), but very few tech-based or relatively powerless superheroes/heroines. I'd love to have my work showcased in a more wide light. The comics industry isn't really the young man's game it used to be.
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AnaoAWAY Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
1 Gosto de historias de super heróis fortes, como super-man, hulk, thor etc, mais gosto também de caras que não tem poderes ou dependem de objetos para salvar a terra, batman, homem de ferro, maquina de guerra etc(Ps gosto do flash apesar de ser super veloz, é muito forte por causa da velocidade, prefiro os fortes =D
2 O batman é um herói que te tempos em tempos vai evoluindo mesmo pelo personagem, ele é inteligente e faz varias coisas, acho que um herói que ia melhorar com a tecnologia ia ser o coisa, sr fantástico, ajax, lince negra, super choque etc
3 Batman Arcan city
4 sim, poder de prever perigos (sensor aranha, só que mais evoluído) pressentir o mal, saber oque vai acontecer e tal =D
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LauraSeabrook Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
1: I think it really depends on what the author is trying to say, and often the plot of an SF Story is merely the framework that the message or question hangs from. For example, TIGER TIGER! features a mix of average and enhanced people. The protagonist is driven by his thirst for revenge to become much more than anyone (including himself) expected him to be.

2: If we extend this to Silver Age, then maybe any of the DC silver age reinventions of the Goldern age heroes. Most were based on scientific doubletalk to explain their abilities, but the stories (often written by the likes of Gardener Fox) always had a kernal of scientific fact, even if it was bent totally out of shape.

Contrawise most of the Golden Age heroes (including Superman and Batman) have no or very little link to science. The original Superman was inspired by the short story Gladiator, but he was just a tough guy who forced crooks to pay for their misdeeds. Batman was the same but creepier. Superman's powers for a long time were based more on the English language than any scientific principle.

3: The crew in the POWERS series. They're specialist cops in the murder squad who investigate crimes and deaths of super powered folk. Very police procedural, and in its own way very "realistic".

4: The ability to inhibit others from exercising their abilities and powers for a length of time - an "Off switch". Wouldn't matter if this were psychological or somehow based on physics (depends how the super abilities are derived) but being able to turn them off would make one safer - provided one didn't draw attention to oneself.
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JustAlchemy Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1)I love Superheroes, though I tend to prefer anti-heroes than purely good ones like that in Watchmen. Then again I classify Batman as a Superhero even though he doesn't have any powers.

2)Batman is also my answer when it comes to question 2 on who I personally think fits best into the New Technological age. Iron man is also up there but as he's not my favourite I'll throw him in as a close second. I think that Superheroes have been adapted to fit into Modern times, I mean 1966 Batman with Adam West is completely different to the Batman in even the 90's films let alone 'The Dark Knight.'

3) I don't really know... I suppose I'm not so knowledgeable on 'new' heroes. Plus who can defeat the greats?

4) Best power if one was to only have one power (not even side-effects like the Flash being able to run ridiculously fast without having his skin torn off) is time manipulation. Not a new power really but a handy one for sure.
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theholodoc Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I am not much interested in SuperHero's. We, as a specie, have just about played out the game of He who has the biggest stick wins. We have brought ourselves to the edge of doom in so doing. Real human corpses filling the streets and what resources we have are burned up in the process. Once again the threat of nuclear annihilation looms. Our new hero's are going to have to have powers of peaceful persuasion, charm, wit and grace, if we are to establish a new paradigm in time to save the earth from our depredations. Dr. Robert
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FicticiousAnimation Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it just me, or have like nine major superhero movies been released in the last year? On top of that, superhero cartoons in the last year? AND!!! Many of these superhero cartoons are based off the movies that came out recently.
I think the world has gone superhero crazy for 2012. I guess since the world is going to end on december 23rd everybody wants to believe in superheroes so we can be saved? (LOL :rofl:)
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DaemonKitty1316 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Also, you could incorporate creative weapons that are different from the most used & well known amenities. Like super sonic headphones that shoot waves towards enemies & other beneficial stuff for the user or a wrist band w/ multiple weapons that slide out from the side when activated or my favorite non weaponry power: the evil death stare that does different types of damages. >: D
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DaemonKitty1316 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
By the way: this comment answers #4 for my opinion... sorry about that...
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DaemonKitty1316 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Idk... I've always liked some super hero whom was human, but either died & came back as some creature & saves others because he/ she didn't want them to suffer the same fate & meets others alike or be more unique about it & go off the wall crazy fantasy, including humans & modern day technology as if people got their hands on it & experimented on themselves.... maybe make it an artistic point of view... can do different things w/ it... creativity...
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thesoniczone11 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1) Not sure. I guess I like those with the SUPER Powers. I think there will always be need for the super natural.

2) I think Iron Man fits the techno era. I guess any super hero can be tweaked to fit in.

3) IDK.

4) Um... I'm thinking of a base power that, over time, the hero develops other powers connected to the base one.
(Ex. Electricity-Super Genius-Levitation-Telepathy-Psychic Powers)
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