With most of Marvel Comic’s greatest stories taking place in New York, it’s no surprise that superheroes deal with distractions, but it’s not just the crime-ridden city that keeps superheroes busy. As protectors of their communities and even the world, society often places superheroes on a pedestal.
Some may think that just because they have powers and appear to be fearless that the lives of superheroes don’t get stressful. When in reality, it is the balance between saving the world and maintaining a private life that tends to put a strain on the minds of most heroes. Whether it’s trying to keep up in school and work or maintaining healthy romantic relationships, these superheroes prove to be among the most distracted.
10/10 Black Panther Struggles With His Duties As A Hero And A King
King T’Challa may seem like a man that has his life put together, but even a king can struggle with numerous complications. Being the king of Wakanda isn’t T’Challa’s only priority as he vowed to use his persona as the Black Panther to help protect the rest of the world.
Whenever T’Challa is assisting the Avengers and there happens to be a disaster going on in Wakanda, T’Challa would immediately leave his mission to protect his home country. Though T’Challa became an influential superhero worldwide, his commitment to Wakanda distracts him from maintaining a full-time membership within the Avengers and sometimes causes fellow Avengers like Iron Man to question his loyalty to the team.
9/10 Hulk Has A Low Attention Span
Bruce Banner may be one of the smartest characters in Marvel Comics, but once he turns into his mean, green alter ego, Hulk, his IQ lowers substantially. With his low attention span, Hulk is easily distracted by the simplest things, which causes him to fall for the traps that other heroes set for him to stop Hulk from going full on berserk.
Hulk may not be smart, but he is most certainly one of the strongest superheroes, and he often tries to prove it even in the worst moments. If he hears any villain, and sometimes hero, refer to themselves as the strongest around, Hulk immediately proceeds to smashing which would often cause him to ruin certain mission plans for the Avengers or any other team-ups.
8/10 Deadpool Tends To Fool Around
Notably known as the “Merc with a Mouth,” Deadpool could go on talking for hours if one would let him. Deadpool’s annoyance can be easily irritating for his enemies, but the anti-hero is constantly distracted as well. With his eccentric flair and sense of humor, Deadpool can’t help but make a scene.
Oftentimes in combat, Deadpool either speaks while breaking the fourth wall or stops for chimichangas which results in him getting pounded without notice or losing his limbs. Even though he is immortal, Deadpool wouldn’t have to regenerate his body as much if he actually paid attention to his surroundings and did his job without fooling around.
7/10 Tony Stark Is Obsessed With Himself And His Iron Man Armor
Often described as a billionaire, philanthropist, playboy, and genius, Tony Stark has enough priorities to juggle for one man. After becoming Iron Man, he added superhero to his list of titles which placed more responsibilities that most men can’t handle.
While Tony Stark uses the Iron Man armor to protect people, his ego and obsession with his suits often serve as a distraction to his relationship with Pepper Potts. As a genius scientist and engineer, Tony Stark’s success feeds his ego and sometimes his self-absorbed persona causes him to underestimate his enemies. Though Iron Man’s intelligence eventually leads him to outwitting his enemies, sometimes Stark has to take a beating or two to succeed in the end.
6/10 Daredevil Lives A Conflicting Double Life
Most superheroes live a double life, but it’s hard to believe a man like Matthew Murdock would be able to get a good night’s sleep. With being a defense attorney by day and the “devil of Hell’s Kitchen” by night, it’s no surprise that Daredevil is one of the most distracted superheros in comics.
As a lawyer and a man of faith, Murdock often struggles with his nightlife as Daredevil and thinks of himself of a hypocrite for breaking the laws that he practices to withhold. As a Catholic man with a no-kill policy, fighting some of the most vicious supervillains sometimes brings him close to breaking his pact to a point where Daredevil doesn’t realize that he nearly killed.
5/10 Human Torch Is Too Hot To Handle Himself
A superhero doesn’t have to be serious at all times but as the most immature member of the Fantastic Four, Human Torch could learn to chill out every once in a while. One of Johnny Storm’s many distractions is being surrounded by beautiful women, and he often stops to flirt with his fans by showing off flaming abilities to make an impression.
Despite coming off as a playboy, Johnny is a hopeless romantic and seems to easily fall in love. Human Torch was so distracted by his love for Alicia Masters, that he didn’t realize that he actually married the Skrull Lyja who posed as Masters to help infiltrate the Fantastic Four in the Skrull’s mission to invade Earth.
4/10 Kamala Khan Has Many Priorities To Maintain
Like every other teenager, Kamala Khan has many obstacles to jump through. Unlike most teenagers, Kamala Khan has more stressful distractions as usual with her serving justice for Jersey City as the magnificent Ms. Marvel. As a nerdy fan girl, Kamala is often distracted when teaming up with Captain Marvel and other influential superheroes.
Similarly to Spider-Man, Kamala remained anonymous as Ms. Marvel to protect her family, but her secrets created distrust for her parents who noticed that Kamala has changed, and they don’t want her to lose faith in them or her Muslim culture. The thought of her family being disappointed in her, causes Kamala to lose focus and sometimes make her question herself as a hero.
3/10 Being Spider-Man Puts A Strain On Peter Parker’s Life
Peter Parker has to juggle between grieving for the death of his Uncle Ben and trying to maintain good grades in school while taking a job at the Daily Bugle to help his Aunt May pay bills. Being Spider-Man just piles onto his heavy load of stress within his personal life.
Spider-Man may seem like a care-free superhero with cool quips and fighting skills, but his career as a superhero made him miss curfews, tank his grades, put a strain on his romantic relationship with his many love interests, and tarnished his friendship with Harry Osborn. Peter Parker’s personal distractions makes his life seem realistic, which is the reason why so many comic fans connect with him.
2/10 Science Is Hank Pym’s Strength and Weakness
As one of the founding members of the Avengers who had several aliases within his history in comics, Hank Pym has had quite a lot on his plate. Hank Pym’s passion for science distracts him from his personal life which affected his relationship with Janet Van Dyne (Wasp) as she often felt like his love for his scientific experiments came before his love for her.
Pym was so inattentive while working on his scientific experiments that he accidentally created the android who would later become the supervillain known as Ultron. Not realizing that the android would eventually adapt to its environment and develop a mind of its own, Hank Pym inadvertently created one of the Avengers most powerful enemies.
1/10 Moon Knight’s Many Alter Egos Are A Lot To Handle
There is no question that Moon Knight is the most distracted hero in Marvel Comics. Being someone that struggles with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), Marc Spector’s ability to alternate between the personalities of Steve Grant, Jake Lockley, and Mister Knight can be a lot to handle at once.
With each personality being completely different from the other and the many voices whispering inside one head, it’s hard for Moon Knight to stay focused. Additionally, Khonshu, the god that gave Marc Spector the powers of Moon Knight, often communicates with Spector telepathically which makes him resistant to telepathic attacks, while also being invasive.
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