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NEW SUPERHEROES PREVIEW

Allow me to give you a little preview of the new superheroes in my latest superhero story. I will not mention their names (which will remain classified until publication), but I will give you an idea of their respective personalities.

The male lead will be an artful individual who loves being theatrical. His interests include acting, reading manga and superhero comics, practicing martial arts, and music. Before becoming a superhero, he dreamed of being an actor. At the start of the story, he is aware of the flaws of the world around him, but does not give them much thought. When his powers manifest, he is initially unaware that he even has powers. When he becomes aware of his powers, he can barely control them and one of his main challenges throughout the series is learning to control his growing powers and achieve even greater heights to do good.

The female lead has two distinct personalities. One personality is shy, kind, and gentle while the other is sadistic, cruel, and bloodthirsty. Her gentle personality is a deeply religious girl while the cruel personality is a cynical atheist. The development of these two personalities is due to psychological trauma as well as the manifestation of her powers. When her gentle personality is in control, her powers are hardly significant, but when her dark personality is in control, she is virtually unstoppable. Her main struggle is learning to reconcile the two halves of her personality.

The third main character is the brains of the group. He is an eccentric, quirky, and borderline insane genius who is more connected with technology than people. He views everything in the world to be a test subject for his experiments including himself. He becomes a superhero not out of some moral obligation, but because he wanted every opportunity he could get to test his inventions. His main struggle will be learning how to connect with other people and develop a form of empathy.

Overall, these characters are among the most complex and morally ambiguous I have ever created. I look forward to deepening their respective character arcs.

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PREHISTORIC MOBY DICK

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A couple days ago, I discovered something fascinating. We often think that Megalodon was the most terrifying sea monster in the Miocene oceans. However, it turns out that Megalodon had an arch nemesis that was as big and ferocious as it was. That creature was a close cousin of the sperm whale known as Livyatan Melvillei. It was named after the biblical sea monster Leviathan and Herman Melville the author of Moby Dick. This beast had teeth bigger than Megalodon’s and was an apex predator that attacked and ate everything in the ocean including the occasional Megalodon. I have seen videos of whales outsmarting and killing sharks. Due to this, this creature would have Megalodon’s size and power, but would be much smarter. If you heard whales sing, then imagine how this thing would sound in the water. I can imagine it being louder and deeper than any modern whale call, which would be far more ominous and haunting. I am thinking of writing a book about this whale in the future once my schedule opens up. I am aiming to make this creature the modern Moby Dick!

MEGACITIES

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In the Curiosity Stream documentaries, I discovered several segments that talked about the concept of megacities. We often think we can build cities horizontally forever, but the truth is that the Earth’s surface is finite. As our population grows, it would make sense to build cities vertically to accommodate our increasing numbers. Megacities are essentially super sized skyscrapers and can house tens of thousands of residents. Some megacities could be built on land, on artificial islands in the middle of the ocean, be 3D printed, or have plants and jungles growing from their walls. I am thinking of featuring a megacity in my new superhero series that could house a quarter million residents. It will be the last of its kind.

SYNTHETIC MEAT

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In another Curiosity Stream documentary, I became aware of attempts to create synthetic meat as a food source. To achieve this, scientists in the Netherlands have discovered that lupine seeds have more protein than meat by a third. In addition, when properly ground, the lupine seeds have the taste and texture of meat. In a world where traditional livestock are not an option, this would make sense as an alternative food source in a futuristic world. I will keep this in mind while writing my superhero story.

ENHANCED MUSCLES!!!

While watching futuristic documentaries on Curiosity Stream, I discovered ways in which people can be made superhuman through artificial means. Experiments were done to increase the muscle mass of cows and mice through genetic engineering. These animals were injected with the IGF1 Gene, which stimulates muscle growth on a cellular level. Unlike steroids, the IGF1 Gene is a natural protein that does not break the body down. The muscles of these cows and mice were increased in size by 400 percent. Imagine if the Running of the Bulls involved unleashing bulls that were as large and powerful as these super cows. Also, the super sized mouse in the picture above would be a real life Mighty Mouse and it reminds me of something from a Tom and Jerry cartoon. Both of these animals could be test subjects for a real life super soldier program like Captain America! Based on these test results, I wonder what these muscle enhancers will do to humans. We can have a real life Hulk on our hands! I will toy with this concept of genetic engineering in my new superhero story and it will serve as a potential countermeasure for humans against real Superhumans.

STAN LEE TRIBUTE

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I had an idea I would like to try for my new superhero story. I have always been a fan and admirer of Stan Lee, the founder of the modern superhero genre. I kept track of all his cameos, attended some of his conventions, and watched a number of his shows. Now, however, a bright light has gone out in the universe when Stan Lee died. He was two years older than my sainted grandmother. Thanks to his decades of creating superheroes, Stan Lee has left an overwhelmingly fruitful legacy. He gave us superheroes such as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, and the X-Men. To honor and pay tribute to Stan’s memory and legacy, I am thinking of basing a major supporting character in my new superhero story after him. The character will not share his name, but he will share some aspects of Stan’s physical appearance and personality. This character will serve as a homage and salute to this great man!

P.S.

When Marvel Studios did a montage of all of Stan Lee’s cameos over the years in the opening of Captain Marvel, the only words that crossed my mind were, “We love you, Stan!”

CURIOSITY STREAM

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Tonight, I hit the mother load! I came across this streaming website called Curiosity Stream, which features all the documentaries I will ever need for inspiration for my books. The genres the documentaries came in included history and science. The history documentaries will come in handy while writing my fantasy books because there are plenty of medieval documentaries. The science documentaries will come in handy with my science fiction and superhero books due to having futuristic and biological documentaries. I look forward to start watching everything this website has to offer and I will share what I have learned with you.