A few posts ago, I wrote about a peculiar feature of most superhero universes – the appearance of superhuman individuals haven’t changed things much. It’s mostly our world that we see, except that heroes and villains duke it out above Manhattan every now and then (yes, there are a few examples to the contrary, but I will cheerfully ignore them for the purpose of this post).
If there were suddenly those around who could lift tanks, read (and re-write) anyone’s mind, bounce bullets off their chests, outfly fighter jets and so forth, would society really stay the same? I don’t think so. The technological gadgets that Mr. Fantastic and Tony Stark keep inventing would alone change the world beyond recognition within a decade, but there would also be deeper forces at work. This is due to a subtle but vitally important fact: superheroes don’t really need society.