When you think of Superhero origins you think of death, sorrow, trauma among many other things. But do all origin stories have to be dark? Well, thankfully there are a lot of heroes who had a rather laid back origin. It isn’t always merry and cheerful for these heroes but they didn’t feel a sense of loss in their transformation to being a superhero. Surely, they have their fair share of problems but hello! they are superheroes, it is expected of them. So, here are some superheroes without a dark origin story.
It would be tricky to talk about Thor’s origin story as he is technically a God. “How do you make someone stronger than the strongest person? It finally came to me: Don’t make him human — make him a god” – Stan Lee
Wounded, captured and forced to build a weapon by his enemies, billionaire industrialist Tony Stark instead created an advanced suit of armor to save his life and escape captivity. Now with a new outlook on life, Tony uses his money and intelligence to make the world a safer, better place as Iron Man. It might sound like a dark origin but you’ll know it simply isn’t.
Hal Jordan is the first human ever inducted into the Green Lantern Corps and has been heralded as possibly the greatest Green Lantern of all time. As far as his origins go, Hal Jordan was initially a Pilot for the United States Air Force, he was chosen to be the Green Lantern of Sector 2814 inheriting the ring of the dying alien Green Lantern, Abin Sur. Through sheer will power and determination, Hal has established an impressive record of heroism across the galaxy with the help of his fellow Green Lanterns as well as his peers in the Justice League.
Virgil Hawkins was exposed to a mutagenic gas that swept his city of Dakota, which gave him and other ‘bang babies” superpowers. With the ability to control electromagnetism, Static joined the Teen Titans and continues to protect his city while serving on the team.
Squirrel Girl was born with her powers, Seriously! Doreen Green was born to Dor and Maureen Green. A few months after being born, her squirrel-like abilities manifested predominately in the form of her tail. When her parents consulted with a doctor, it was determined that Doreen suffered from modifications in her genes, but she wasn’t a mutant, even though she believed so for a long time. With naturally born powers she wished to be a superheroine under the name of Squirrel Girl. Nothing fancy here, isn’t it?