Now that Marvel is at the top of the food chain in comic book material, kids look up to their products to imagine themselves in superhero scenarios. As properties like The Avengers have made its movies must-see entertainment, there was bound to be interest in the powers showcased.
Unfortunately, we’re here to burst your bubble on that, because having superpowers the way the Marvel superheroes have would make your life very difficult indeed. Almost all of them would be a real pain, although a couple would be pretty rad. You can see for yourself in these 8 inconvenient superpowers and 2 that would be very useful.
10 Inconvenient: Flight
It sounds as if flying through the clouds is something like realizing your dream, but the superhero version of flight doesn’t count the stuff that’s flying around in the air. If you were to be granted powers of flight, then you’d also have stuff like water, wind, dust, and maybe even trash smacking against your face.
Since we’re talking about having only one power at a time, this also means you won’t have any durability while you fly. So, if you were to be hit by anything while you were in the air, it will most likely kill you due to your speed and the speed at which that object is traveling - flying doesn’t sound like much fun now, does it?
9 Inconvenient: Super Speed
You’ve watched characters like Quicksilver and figured that having the ability to be as fast as possible would be the ultimate ability, right? Except, that would also bring with it the lack of oxygen needed when you’re traveling at light speed. Humans can’t breathe at extreme speeds, so running that fast would be like suffocating yourself to death.
Another point to consider is that running in extreme rates would never allow your clothes to survive; as soon as you’ll take off, your clothes will be up in flames due to friction burn. This means that as soon as you stop from your run, you’ll be standing there bare and for all to see.
8 Inconvenient: Immortality
What would be the point of living forever? We saw a guy like Thanos, who made it his life mission to cull half the universe in Avengers: Infinity War. Come Avengers: Endgame, and Thanos had no use living after completing his mission, but the guy had no option but to live in pain.
If you were to gain an endless life, you’d start seeing it as a curse very soon because it would lead to you being totally alone when all your friends die. Later on, you’ll have to create fake identities for yourself, considering the government will want to apprehend and conduct tests on you if you were 200 and still looked 20.
7 Inconvenient: Super Strength
This power would only be useful if one were into some extreme manual labor. Even then, though, people would just take advantage of you and make you work ten times as much by lugging around heavy materials.
In general life, we have no use of super strength because, unlike Captain America, we’re not out there fighting HYDRA agents or beating up aliens from outer space. In fact, having super strength would be a great burden, as you’ll need to constantly be careful you don’t break anything or harm anyone. The only good thing would be having an easy time opening jars.
6 Super Useful: Telekinesis
Now this is an ability that would be awesome to have. How many times have all of us experienced sheer annoyance when something is out of reach and we have to go and get it? It would make life so sweet to never have to waste time running around gathering things when all of it comes straight to us.
Along with that, Telekinesis would make everyday life a treat, as all your chores can be done just swishing your hand around. If you want to think big, you could manipulate matter to do your bidding, thereby making repairs to things instantly or do stuff discreetly without having the hassle of going through large processes.
5 Inconvenient: Super Durability
None of us like to feel pain, but life without it would be a nightmare. After all, you find out you’re in danger because you feel pain. For instance, if you were to slash your own hand while cutting something, you would never know about it and maybe even bleed to death because you couldn’t feel pain.
Then there’s common human emotion that is fueled by how we feel touch. If you want to go to extreme lengths, how about if you were to get hit by a car and see the guilty party be let off because you didn’t show any injuries, despite you being liable for damages in court since they did knock you out with their car.
4 Inconvenient: Shrinking
Ant-Man made it look like being small in size was the coolest ever, as you can just sneak into places or hide in plain sight. However, if you did get the power of shrinking in real life, it won’t be two minutes before you’re insect food.
You won’t have Hank Pym in your ear giving you directions, nor would have the powers of an ant. This would leave you vulnerable to every insect who would now be the size of a tower in front of you. Even worse, spiders will jump you like you’re a hot taco, and you’ll be arachnid chow in painful hours.
3 Inconvenient: Fire Manipulation
Even though movies make it seem like you could fight fire with fire, it’s not really how it goes. If you figured you would use fire manipulation to add more fire to cancel the flames out, then you’ll just end up burning the place down.
If you have the ability to create or control fire, then what would you do with those powers? It’s not like we have any kind of entertainment that would have you invested in creating flames everyday, and using fire powers inside one’s home is an obvious hazard. Basically, you’ll now just be a guy who gets scared going near water.
2 Super Useful: Teleportation
This is easily the power you most want to have. The possibilities are endless when you can just teleport from one place to another. Instantly, the world will be yours to explore, and you can save millions in money by just jumping from one place to another.
You would never be in danger either, since teleportation would allow you to escape from whatever life threatening situation there is. If there are some places with restricted access, those areas won’t apply to you anymore either. All in all, teleportation will give you the perfect life - just hope you don’t get stuck looking like Nightcrawler, though.
1 Inconvenient: The Thing's Powers
This is even worse than having the powers of the Hulk, as that option would at least allow you to remain in your normal body as long as you don’t lose your temper. Having the Thing’s physiology is a one-way ticket to depression, because there’s no way you will be accepted into society.
If by chance you do gain admirers, everyday life would become an impossibility; you wouldn’t even be able to go to the bathroom because the bowl would break. There would be no more using touch screen devices because there are no fingerprints, and you’d never fit in a car ever again. The Thing’s life really must be very awful if you think about it this way.