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National Superhero Day (April 28th) – What's It All About?

This Friday marks one of those big days that all comic book collectors, superhero movie fans and sci-fi enthusiasts eagerly look forward to every year; National Superhero Day. Originally created by Marvel Comics (the makers of such iconic superheroes as Spider-Man and the X-Men) in 1995, National Superhero Day was set up in order to…

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This Friday marks one of those big days that all comic book collectors, superhero movie fans and sci-fi enthusiasts eagerly look forward to every year; National Superhero Day. Originally created by Marvel Comics (the makers of such iconic superheroes as Spider-Man and the X-Men) in 1995, National Superhero Day was set up in order to commemorate real-life superheroes (the ones that don’t wear capes or spandex), including firefighters and lifeguards, the types of people who protect us from harm on a daily basis (not to resort to cliché, but they’re the real heroes!).

To pay tribute to the world’s true superheroes, people are encouraged to dress up as their favourite fictional heroes as they go about their business on the 28th of April. A growing movement has led to many people dressing up as the likes of Captain America and Batgirl and doing good deeds, such as visiting sick kids in hospital or taking part in charity fundraisers. Others simply use the day as an excuse to turn up to their office dressed as Batman or Superman and acting as if this were a completely normal thing to do (you may need to check in with your boss before trying this though!).

Opportunities To Dress Like Superheroes

National Superhero Day is but one excuse to wear your cape, cowl or colourful spandex disguise. Between Halloween costumes, movie premieres and the many comic book conventions that take place around Ireland throughout the year (including Dublin Comic Con, MCM Comic Con, Limerick’s Brocon and Kerry’s K-Con), there are lots of occasions where you might see Supergirl or Deadpool strutting their way down the street. Long gone are the days when wearing costumes in broad daylight was just for kids (in the geek community, we call it ‘cosplay’ and it’s a lot of fun!).

No matter your age, gender or background, there are plenty of good reasons to put on your super-suit these days!

The Guardians of the Galaxy Are Back!

Based on a relatively obscure team of space-faring heroes made up of a genetically engineered racoon, a WWE wrestler and a talking tree named Groot (among others), Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy managed to be one of the surprise cinema hits of the last few years, and is one of the most successful superhero films to date (even though a lot of people didn’t realise it was a superhero film when it first came out!). Quite cleverly, Marvel Studios decided to release the much anticipated sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, to coincide with National Superhero Day. If the attendees of Tuesday’s Irish premiere are anything to go by, there’s plenty of appetite among the Irish people for more super-powered shenanigans; just ask these guys!

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From left to right: Drax (the Destroyer), Ego, Star-Lord (holding Baby Groot) and Yondu.

More Superhero Movies Are On The Way!

With the continued popularity of cinematic superhero adventures, there’s a whole bunch of new superhero films coming our way over the course of the next few years. DC’s Wonder Woman, the most iconic female superhero of all, will finally get to star in her own movie this June, before teaming up with the likes of Batman, Aquaman and The Flash in November as part of the first live action Justice League film.

Not to be outdone, Marvel have plenty more exciting upcoming films up their sleeves as well, with the mighty Thor and The Incredible Hulk finally getting their long-waited rematch in Thor: Ragnarok this November. Speaking of super-powered battles, the full Avengers team will finally re-assemble (along with the Guardians of the Galaxy) to face the impossibly powerful Titan Thanos in next year’s Infinity War. Before then though, everyone’s favourite web-slinger will swing back into cinemas this July via Spider-Man: Homecoming.

With no sign of the superhero hype slowing down any time soon, the only question left to ask yourself is, which super-powered team will you join; Marvel or DC? Choose your costume wisely

Remember ladies and gentlebots, geek is chic!

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Pictured: Sean (author) conducting ‘research’ for this article.

 

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