Since 1939, Stan Lee has been responsible for creating or co-creating some of the world’s most popular superheroes- Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man.
Stan Lee explains his secret in a 1984 interview with the media.
“The whole formula, if there was one, I think was to say: ‘let’s assume that somebody really could walk on walls like Spider-Man, what would that person be like in the real world if he really existed? Wouldn’t he still have to worry about making a living? Or his girlfriend jilting him? I think that’s what made the books popular.” Super-humans with normal struggles.
We all know we need a superhero to rescue us from our enemies. But we also want this hero to be someone with whom we can identify. We need someone to save us and yet understand our struggles. This prepares the human heart for the redemptive work of Jesus.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)
Jesus did not simply rescue us from afar. He became a man and subjected himself to all the tyrannies of a fallen world. He saves as one who can sympathize.
Thank God for our real super hero Jesus who has been through it all and understands our struggles in life.