Superheroes are a big part of our culture. Comic book and movie fans love to see someone come into the scene and just decimate the bad guys. Superheroes get their abilities from a number of different sources, including the insect world. These three superheroes are among the more widely known and popular of the bug-inspired superheroes of the comic world.
The Human Fly
Not well known by anyone other than long-term fans of the Marvel Comics Universe, the Human Fly is actually two characters. One is a super villain who paired off against Spiderman, and the other is a Superhero who starred in his own comic book series from 1977 to 1979. The Human Fly had developed most of his abilities after a car accident that left most of his skeletal structure replaced with steel. He endured years of physical therapy and training to recover his strength. In the process he developed extra strength, the ability to withstand hard falls and blows, and became a master aerialist, gymnast and expert in hand-to-hand combat. The Human Fly’s name comes from his great skill in the air.
The Spiderman is perhaps one of the most popular and well-known superheroes with insect abilities. This character was first introduced in 1962 and has enjoyed a long, almost continuous career fighting villains ever since. Spiderman developed his abilities after being bitten by a radioactive spider in a University research lab. His abilities include increased strength, speed, stamina, and endurance, increased ability to regenerate, ability to cling to walls and ceilings with ease, increased intellect, a precognitive ability called, “spideysense”, and the ability to spin and shoot webs from glands in his wrists. The Spiderman’s most notable wall clinging and web spinning abilities are where he gets his name.
The Wasp & Ant-Man
Fans of the Ant-man know that the Wasp is his girlfriend and eventual wife in a number of Marvel Comics including, Avengers and Marvel Features. She received her powers from Ant-man who had developed a formula capable of giving humans the ability to shrink and grow to almost any size. The pair had a long and troubled relationship fraught with danger and emotional difficulties. Both derived their names from the ability to shrink to a very small size, and the ability to communicate with insects and get them to do their bidding. The Wasp also grew wings when she shrunk to the size of a wasp and could fly. The Wasp could also emit bio-electric shocks to stun others, similar to a kind of wasp’s sting. Both retained their human strength even at small sizes.
These few heroes are not the only ones in the comic book world to get their inspiration from insects. The three above are among the more popular heroes with abilities directly related to insects. Lots of heroes have tried their hands at insect names and strengths from the Mosquito, to the Black Widow.
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