Hi there! It’s Friday so, maybe a little entertainment. 2015 is the year for nerds. Film adaptations of comic book superheroes have dominated the box office — they have everything a blockbuster needs: a strong lead, equally strong villain, and plenty of special effects. A lot of superhero movies are slated to come out this year; and you are all going to watch them, techies and non-techies alike. So yeah, nerds win!
As you read this post, you may have the sense that the author may be a bit biased in favour of Marvel. Well, to clear all doubts, he is the self-acclaimed Marvel’s Nigerian biggest fan, so there maybe a little more Marvel characters in here than DC, but just a little bit.
Even though the Spiderman franchise has nearly been ruined by Sony — giving us such horrible movies over the past 12 years, Peter Parker remains one of our favourites.
As seen in almost all adaptations of the superhero, a nerdy high school student Peter Parker’s scientific prowess doesn’t stop him from being the target of bullies. However, after being bitten by a genetically altered spider, Parker develops superior physical powers and his famous “spider-sense,” which verges on clairvoyance. After the fateful incident, Parker continues to use his naturally sharp mind. He gives researcher Curt Connors his father’s “decay rate algorithm,” which is missing from Connors’ formula to regenerate limbs. He also assists Connors in his research – a bad move, as it turns out, since it helps create the Lizard. Parker also designs and creates his web-shooting devices, as in the new movie version, his spider silk is synthetic rather than natural.
Also known as the “Black Panther”, he is the king of the Wakandan Panther Clan (a technologically advanced African Nation). As king, the Panther is entitled to eat a special Heart-Shaped Herb which, in addition to his mystical connection with the Wakandan Panther God, grants him superhumanly acute senses and increases his strength, speed, stamina, reflexes, and agility.
The Black Panther is definitely one of my best most comic book characters, and of course my best character of colour (and I’m not just saying that because all other black superheroes suck, maybe except John Stewart a.k.a Green Lantern). What most people don’t know about T’Challa is that apart from being a badass king/superhero/Avenger/strategist/politician, he is also a brilliant inventor and scientist. I mean, this guy has a Ph.D. degree in physics from Oxford University. Considered one of the eight smartest people on the planet, he is a genius in physics and advanced technology. I’m super excited Black Panther is finally getting his own movie come 2017.
If you ask any Batman Enthusiast who would win in a fight between Batman and pretty much anyone, they’d say “Batman!” Why? “…because he’s BATMAN!”, and I totally agree.
Batman is one of the world’s most popular self-made superheroes. He has no superhuman physical abilities, and it is his practically genius-level intelligence and work ethic that helps him to keep Gotham safe. Princeton graduate, Bruce Wayne builds up a lot of his strength by training with the shady League of Shadows. However, it is his customized Batsuit and assorted high-tech gadgets that are essential to his vigilante crime fighting and which show off his ingenuity – although Wayne Enterprises’ Lucius Fox has something of a helping hand in their construction.
One of the lesser known superheroes, Henry Pym, also known as Ant man/ Giant man/ Yellow Jacket, is a scientific genius with a Ph.D in Biochemistry, along with expertise in the fields of quantum physics, robotics/cybernetics, artificial intelligence, and entomology. The character discovered the subatomic “Pym particles” that enable mass to be shunted or gained from an alternate dimension, thereby changing the size of himself or other beings or objects. Pym is the creator of the robot Ultron. Marvel recently released the trailer to the Ant man movie coming out this year and it was mind-blowing. Is it just me or can Marvel Studios not make a bad movie?
Mr Fantastic, a super genius who can stretch any part of his anatomy as needed, is often described as the greatest mind in Marvel’s planet Earth.
He is a founding member of the Fantastic Four. Richards possesses a mastery of mechanical, aerospace and electrical engineering, chemistry, all levels of physics, and human and alien biology. BusinessWeek listed Mr. Fantastic as one of the top ten most intelligent fictional characters in American comics. He is the inventor of the spacecraft which was bombarded by cosmic radiation on its maiden voyage, granting the Fantastic Four their powers.
Of course the most tech savvy superhero is Tony Stark, a.k.a Iron Man. If you want to be more tech savvy than this guy, you might as well be a robot.
This genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist is also an industrialist and ingenious engineer, Tony Stark suffers a severe chest injury during a kidnapping in which his captors attempt to force him to build a weapon of mass destruction. He instead creates a powered suit of armor to save his life and escape captivity. Later, Stark augments his suit with weapons and other technological devices he designed through his company, Stark Industries. He uses the suit and successive versions to protect the world as Iron Man.
Author: Terry Kanu-Iroegbu is a young tech entrepreneur. the Founder/Lead Designer at Terium Solutions
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