Captain Marvel Reminds Us of the Hangout Comics Superhero Fun

In Captain Marvel #34, Carol Danvers takes a much-needed break from heroics, opting instead to just hang out with one of her fellow Marvel heroes.

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Captain Marvel #37, available now from Marvel Comics.

In the majority of superhero comics, the fights between heroes and villains are treated as the main attraction. However, these images are only part of the content of a comic book, and Marvel Comics has earned a well-deserved reputation for the sometimes humorous, sometimes profound, and always memorable dialogue that flows between its heroes and villains.

Thanks to the uniquely sociable nature of its superhero community, Marvel’s heroes can often be found hanging out with each other in their rare downtime, and those interactions have often proven to be among the moments most memorable of the publisher’s ninety-seventh years. story of the year. Although heroes like Spider-Man are much more likely to find themselves in one-sided wars of wits with their many Rogues, Captain Marvel #37 (by VC’s Kelly Thompson, Julius Ohta, Ruth Redmond, and Clayton Cowles) proves that friendlier, smaller-scale interactions between heroes can be just as entertaining as high-stakes battles between the forces of good and evil. wrong.


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During her battle against the villainous Vox Supreme, Carol Danvers accidentally created a sentient copy of herself made of pure photon energy which she dubbed Binary. Feeling responsible for the entity she inadvertently brought to life, Carol took it upon herself to help Binary learn more about herself and the many responsibilities that come with being a hero. To that end, Carol and her longtime friend Monica Rambeau accompanied Binary on a normal day of life on Earth, taking her to lunch at a roadside restaurant and later at a nightclub, where they are joined by Carol’s half-sister, Lauri. -Ell and the other heroes She-Hulk, Spider-Woman and Hazmat. Although their attempt to lay low and have an uneventful day is hampered by repeated attacks from an alien villain obsessed with Carol’s revenge, their time together consists almost entirely of casual and fun interactions with each other, Binary developing a love for simple pleasures. like pancakes and dancing.


Carol’s day with Binary is a pleasant reminder of the benefits of being a member of Marvel’s superhero community. Due to the constant threat of supervillains, supernatural forces and cosmic calamities, the heroes of the Marvel Universe rarely have a moment to relax and enjoy everyday pleasures like going to the movies or sitting down for coffee. with friends. For some heroes, the constant act of balancing their personal lives with their heroic duties has been a recipe for disaster that ultimately forces them to choose one or the other, but many have found a community of support from their fellow heroes. This interesting dynamic has led to several memorable and defining interactions between Marvel heroes over the years.


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Freed from the life-or-death stakes that come with superhero battles, many Marvel heroes are most authentic when hanging out with friends, allowing readers to see a side of their favorite heroes that can’t be explored in other more “traditional” superhero scenarios. Despite his reputation as a foul-mouthed murderer, the poker nights Thing regularly throws with his fellow heroes prove he can be a cunning strategist and compassionate friend, and the friendly sports the X-Men enjoy with each other provide a break. welcome. the nerve-wracking interactions that typically define team dynamics. Even villains from across the Marvel Universe have shown a softer side of themselves within the confines of the Bar with No Name, sharing stories of their greatest triumphs and defeats with close colleagues and forming unexpected friendships that foreshadow partnerships. later.


Although superheroes are often remembered for their costumes, powers, or gadgets, these elements are rarely tied to who they are as people, and the personalities of these heroes can get lost in stories that focus only on the “heroic” aspects of their lives. Part of the appeal of popular Marvel heroes is their struggles with everyday issues that readers can relate to, such as maintaining a romantic relationship or having a job. As a result, down-to-earth, “relaxing” stories like the one depicted in Captain Marvel #37 are a great way to give the vibrant and entertaining personalities of the various heroes and villains in the Marvel Universe a chance to shine.


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