Watch a Navy veteran morph into a Marvel superhero
Marvel Entertainment has teamed up with the Wounded Warrior Project for the final set of episodes in the Marvel Make Me a Hero digital series, and the premiere stars Navy veteran Miki Padgett.
Of course, Padgett is already a hero due to his service in Iraq and the Purple Heart he received for his combat injuries. But the Marvel series aims to recognize real-life heroes by creating a comedic superhero version of themselves based on the amazing things they do.
You can watch Padgett’s Marvel superhero video below.
Padgett points out that the Purple Heart is the medal “nobody wants to get”. It was detonated by several improvised explosive devices and suffered traumatic brain injury in 2007. Padgett first served in the United States Marine Corps and followed with service in the Army. He completed periods of service in Iraq, Afghanistan and Asia.
Born in Costa Rica to a family of missionaries, Padgett moved to New Jersey at the age of 13 and joined the Marines after high school. Since completing his service, Padgett has been involved with the Wounded Warrior Project and helps put together the group’s versions of the Carry Forward 5K race each year in Nashville, Tennessee.
Padgett reveals that his favorite comic book hero growing up was the Incredible Hulk. Superhero Miki incorporates a nod to his Purple Heart, love of running, “don’t see me” glasses, shiny dome and shaggy beard. There is a first aid kit on his left leg and a runner’s banner that says “2003” in recognition of his first fight in Iraq.
Upcoming episodes will feature WWP veterans, caregivers, and supporters. If you want to see the new episodes as they release in September and October, be sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel after you’ve watched the Padgett video.
The most recent series won a 2021 Webby Award for its focus on essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including registered nurses, EMS volunteer workers, doctors, teachers, postal workers, and pets. ‘assistance. These episodes are still on YouTube if you’re looking for a little positivity online.
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