Halloween season is upon us. All over America, children and their families will dress up in their favorite costumes, attend a festive party or two, and go trick-or-treating around their neighborhoods. As you embark on some Halloween fun, you will likely see many superheroes bustling about – maybe even your own son or daughter!
With movies like the Avengers peaking in popularity this year, some of the top-picked costumes this Halloween are superheroes. From Marvel to DC Comics, our current pop culture loves honoring these masked crusaders on All Hallows Eve. What many may not know, however, is that many of these superheroes were adopted.
In celebration of the spooky season, we decided to highlight some of the most popular superheroes of our time who were adopted. Perhaps it is their background, their adoption story, that gives them their super-strength and passion for protecting others! Read on as we share the stories of some of our favorite adopted superheroes.
As the classic comic goes, baby Kal-El comes crashing down to Earth from the planet Krypton like a meteor. His parents, Jonathan and Martha Kent, discover him, adopt him, and name him Clark. As he grows, he realizes that he has superhuman abilities, such as incredible strength and the ability to fly. His adoptive parents encourage him to use his powers for good. He goes on to help innocent people in danger from evil villains. In order to protect his privacy, Clark Kent lives a double life, wherein he is a normal guy who wears glasses in his everyday life, but secretly changes into a striking blue suit and red cape to fight crime. Thanks to his kind and loving parents, Superman is the ultra-superhero we all know and love. In fact, he is considered one of the best-selling comic superheroes of all time!
Peter Parker grew up with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben looking after him in New York City. A bite from a retroactive spider gave him arachnid abilities, such as clinging to surfaces, shooting spiderwebs from wrist-mounted devices, and detecting danger with his “spider senses.” Even though he was a quiet science wiz who could have used his powers to help himself, he decided to use his powers to help others. He wore a spandex, spider-like bodysuit and kept his identity from his guardians, to protect them from his dangerous double life. As his wise Uncle Ben told him, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Spider-Man, much like Superman, is one of the most iconic superheroes of our time. His costume is always a popular choice among little trick-or-treaters, too.
Kara Zor-El, better known as Supergirl, is Superman’s cousin. She takes on the identity of Linda Lee, an orphan who disguises herself with a brunette wig and helps the world by saving one person at a time. She also becomes “Superman’s Secret Weapon,” helping him many times before he introduces her to the public. For a time, while she is powerless due to a scheming villain, Linda is adopted by engineer and rocket scientist Fred Danvers and his wife, Edna. Eventually, Linda reveals her superhero identity to her adoptive parents, and this happens on the same day her cousin, Superman, introduces her to the world. Supergirl is a truly female rockstar for young girls to look up to, and her story has been told many times in TV and film.
Another strong female superhero is the iconic Scarlet Witch, recently portrayed on the big screen in the “Captain America” and “Avengers” films by Elizabeth Olsen. Created by Stan Lee himself in the 1960s, this Marvel star was really the unknown biological offspring of supervillain Magneto. According to the story of the 70s, Scarlet Witch and her brother are left in the care of their adoptive Romani parents and she is raised as Wanda Maximoff (later known as Wanda Frank). Much like the other superheroes mentioned in this list, Scarlet Witch has scientifically-enhanced magical powers, such as reality warping, probability, matter and time manipulation, and teleportation. This super cool superhero is a modern-day icon for young girls today.
As the name would suggest, Quicksilver has the superhuman ability to move at incredible speed. This Marvel character is most commonly found in “X-Men” stories, but later becomes a true superhero with the “Avengers” team. Quicksilver is the twin brother of Scarlet Witch, and therefore was adopted with his sister. In 2006, he was ranked at number 23 on Imagine Games Network’s list of “The Top 25 X-Men Of All Time”, being described as “…the shining example of a villain turned good.”
So there you have it. Five strong characters to share with your little one this Halloween, as shining examples of superheroes who were adopted at a young age. If you are looking for a last minute costume idea, any of the aforementioned crusaders will be easy enough to pick up at your local Halloween shop. Happy trick-or-treating!
If you would like to learn more about adoption, contact Adoptions With Love any time, day or night. Our caring staff can assist you and answer all of your questions. Reach out to us at 1-800-722-7731, or visit us online: adoptionswithlove.org/contact-us.