I've been mainlining Avengers related media for months now. In addition to all of the recent Marvel movies, I've been loving the Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes cartoon. I've even gotten my 6-year old son into The Superhero Squad.
What do superheroes have to do with creativity?
Whether you're a musician, writer or visual artist, constructing a piece of art is a super power. Most folks just can't do it.
Every hero has an origin story. Lots of heroes are born with mutant powers, like The X-Men. Some obtain their abilities through a freak accident, like The Fantastic Four.
Then you have Thor.
Thor has lots of cool powers, including:
- Superhuman Strength
- Weather Control
He's a frikkin' god.
Did you obtain your ability to create because of a freak nuclear accident?
Are you a mutant?
Are you a god? (Ghostbusters has taught us to answer this question in the affirmative, but I think it's okay to respond negatively in this case)
I'm guessing your answer to all of these questions is no.
Which brings us to the superhero that we can all relate to:
Iron Man isn't a god or a mutant and he didn't get his powers through an accident. In fact, Iron Man doesn't really have powers at all. He has a suit of power armor... that he built... by himself.
How can we build our own suit of armor? By practicing our craft... every day. Tony Stark works tirelessly at improving his technology. He's constantly tweaking the armor to make it better. As creators, we have to continuously improve, by working every day. Every. Single. Day.
You don't need to be a god or a mutant to do that.
Be Iron Man.
So who are you? Iron Man or Thor?
Please share your thoughts in the comments.