As powerful and extraordinary as superheroes are, they are not without their weaknesses. Easily the most iconic superhero weakness is Kryptonite, which is one of Superman’s few weaknesses alongside red sun radiation and magic. To serve as a countermeasure against superhumans in my new superhero series, the government will be employing a weakness that does not just affect one superhero but all superhumans in general. This weakness can kill the weakest superhumans in seconds or minutes while the strongest superhumans take between a half hour to an hour to kill. I won’t say what this weakness is, but the way it kills its victims is going to be gruesome.
In my new superhero book, I will be featuring a character with a mutated arm. This arm will be a grotesque mixture of bare muscle, sharp bone claws, and dozens of tentacles that are tipped with sharp barbs. This arm is going to be a deadly weapon when used in hand to hand combat and the damage it inflicts will be frightening.
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.
What would you do if you could make anything explode with the power of your mind? This power can be achieved by infusing your target with energy until it explodes. For example, if your target is a person, then you turn them into a living bomb. To quote the first Ghostbusters movie, “Imagine life as you know it ending instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.” That pretty much sums up what happens to the target of this power.
Imagine having skin and muscles that are so flexible and durable that they can absorb the impact of any attack. Punching characters with this ability has been described to be like punching a pillow. This would make a character like a living punching bag, but they would be a punching bag that could punch back. I am thinking of including a Hulk-like character in my new superhero series with this power.
I remember watching 2001: A Space Odyssey in my film history class and this particular scene came to mind instantly. This is easily one of the most iconic scenes in film history. Three million years ago, a troop of apes came in contact with monolith that was alien in nature. Through the monolith’s influence, these primitive apes started to evolve into the dominant species on the planet. I have always liked the idea that aliens influenced our evolution and development as sentient beings. In fact, I am thinking of doing something similar in my new superhero series. Similar to Captain Marvel, the powers of the superhumans in my new series will be alien in nature. I have chosen this route because it is clearly obvious that acquiring superhuman powers is not possible through Earth’s technology. Therefore, more advanced civilizations may have a way to make us superhuman without killing us.
There have been countless examples of superhumans that possess multiple powers. A few cases involved these characters combining several powers to create powerful and unpredictable techniques. For example, the supervillain known as All For One from My Hero Academia (pictured above) displayed the following mixture: air pressure manipulation, muscle mass manipulation, four kinetic energy boosters, and three strength enhancers. The end result produced a shockwave that was powerful enough to overwhelm even the mightiest of opponents as well as demolish his surrounding environment for miles. In my new superhero series, both the main hero and the main villain will each have many powers and can combine these powers into complex mixtures. This will make their duel to the death even more epic and destructive than if they each had only one power.