Heres What Would Happen If Superheroes Had Babies (14 Illustrations)

People say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and we have to agree. But could it possibly fall any closer than this? The father’s genes most definitely won the womb wars in this artist’s imagination when he decided to illustrate the world’s most beloved comic book characters becoming dads.

Brazil-based artist Lucas Eduardo Nascimento, also known as Dragonarte to his 110k fans on Facebook and over 80k Instagram followers, drew a series of badass, yet adorable babies of superheroes and their first meetings with their fathers in the maternity ward. With the uncanny resemblance for all to see, these superbabies are already making their dads proud and our hearts melt.

We wish these mini versions of superheroes had their own sequel to the famous comics but it seems that Marvel and DC have yet to appreciate the creative potential of this illustrator.

Whether you are a fan of cute newborns or menacing superheroes, you will definitely enjoy these ‘father and son’ moments this artist has prepared for you.

#1 Batman’s Baby

#2 Deadpool’s Baby

#3 Spider-Man’s Baby

#4 Iron Man’s Baby

#5 Alien’s Baby

#6 Robocop’s Baby

#7 Chuck Norris’s Son

#8 Flash’s Baby

#9 Hawk’s Baby

#10 Fantastic Baby

#11 Wolverine’s Baby

#12 Aquaman’s Baby

#13 Torch’s Baby

#14 Martian’s Baby

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Spider-Man: Homecoming at last a superhero film for millennials

With an authentically awkward star turn from Tom Holland, the latest outing for Marvels web-slinger is perfectly tuned for a teenage audience

Comic books arent for children any more, and neither are comic-book films. Yes, you can take the kids to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but the parents next to me, who had brought their five-year-old along, should start setting aside some cash for therapy. The Marvel cinematic universe has a lighter tone, but in the past decade big-screen superheroes have been aimed more at eternal adolescents rather than actual ones the people who can now afford the toys their parents never bought them, who lived to see the secret passions of their youth become studio tentpoles and newspaper thinkpieces.

This is a big part of the reason why Spider-Man: Homecoming, despite being the sixth Spider-Man film in 15 years, feels so fresh and lively. Its the first costumed caper in what feels like forever to be aimed squarely at the high-school crowd it so vividly portrays, replete with an actor who was actually a teenager when he pulled on the tights. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the Millennial Spider-Man.

The quiet genius of Jon Watts film is the way it casts Marvels cinematic cash cow, the Avengers, as uncool grownups who just dont get what the kids are up to. Robert Downey Jrs Tony Stark can break the sound barrier in his Iron Man suit, but cant avoid or understand the daddy issues that come into sharp focus around Peter Parker. Chris Evans Captain America makes an appearance, hilariously memefied into a public service announcement in which he tells kids to keep fit and stay in school precisely the sort of paternalistic patter regarded as white noise by anyone under 18.

As Spider-Man, however, Tom Holland feels far closer to the average teenager, smartyet insecure, and with a mouth that just wont stop. Yes, hes as awkward in the suit as he is out of it, but Spider-Man: Homecoming never sets up a hackneyed nerds-v-jocks scenario. Instead, it depicts high school in a way that most people in their teens would see as being perfectly normal.

Its not Peters playing in a band or other school activities that make him uncool, its his decision to quit them. His longtime nemesis Flash is part of the same academic decathlon team as Peter, but hes also the go-to DJ at parties. The characters diversity is presented casually and without comment, and is certainly closer to real-life New York than the monochrome casting of previous Spider-Man outings. The film even opens with an extended nod to teen YouTube culture something that may well seem alien to the sort of people (like me) who are surprised to learn that the scene-stealing Zendaya has 8 million Twitter followers.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a superhero film for a generation that isnt mine, and that is what makes it special. Yes, it is also a cash grab by a studio keen on milking as many demographics as it can, but there is something joyful in seeing a baton passed as nimbly as this, in seeing the characters and archetypes that mean so much to me take on a new lease of life. Its a film that is funny but never ironic, as sweet as it is silly, with characters who can shrug off injury but cannot avoid heartache. I cant wait to see it again.

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The Spider-Man: Homecoming poster was very bad, but look the options they rejected

The other day, we finally got our first look at the new Spider-Man: Homecoming movie poster. And it was pretty bad.

Nothing really makes sense here. The colors are all over the place and Iron Man is on there twice. All the trailers have been electric, and all the previous posters have looked really good, so what happened on this one?

That’s right, budget issues. They blew their entire budget on the first few posters and had little to nothing left to spend on this poster. They commissioned six very inexpensive, novice graphic designers and the one they went with was the best one by a mile.

Just check out the other five right here and you’ll see what we mean.

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Uh oh! Looks like they only gave this designer the subtitle and forgot to tell them it was a Spider-Man movie. They did the best they could.

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This one is just way off. Jimmy Fallon isn’t in the movie and there’s no mention of our lead actor Tom Holland anywhere.

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Kind of confusing.

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Not even close. Marvel, next time make sure you save some budget for the posters.

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Why you need to read Marvel’s new America Chavez comic

America Chavez has finally gottenher own solo series, swapping intergalactic adventures for college life. The first issue bursts with energy and personality, balancing explosive action scenes with a more grounded setting for the dimension-hopping superhero.

America falls into the same category asMs. Marvel andSquirrel Girl: a superhero comic with an authentic youthful tone. This is a surprisingly rare achievement, because while Marvel and DC publish plenty of comics withyoung heroes, they’re often written by middle-aged men. And this inevitably leads to some“How do you do, fellow kids?” awkwardness.

America went in a different direction, hiring YA author Gabby Rivera to write Marvel’s first queer Latinx lead, collaborating with artist Joe Quinones and colorist Jose Villarrubia.

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So, who is America Chavez?

Created by Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta for the 2011 Vengeance miniseries, America Chavez is a reboot of the Golden Age hero Miss America.She’s a super-strong badass whocan fly andkick holes into other dimensions.

Chavez was born in an alternate realitycalledthe Utopian Parallel, leaving home to travel the multiverse after her mothers died. Followinga brief stint in the Teen Brigade inVengeance,Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’sYoung Avengerstransformed her from C-list side-character to cult favorite. (It also transformed her costume from this cleavage/butt-crack nightmareinto something a young woman would voluntarily wear while kicking ass.)

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Young Avengers set the tone for America’s role inlater teams like A-Force and the Ultimates,as an independent heavy-hitterwho always sticks to her guns. She fulfillsthe same wish-fulfillment role as early Captain America: an underdog with a relatable anger about injustice, armed with more confidence and power than us mere mortals in real life.

Fans spent years clamoring for Chavez to get her own solo series, partly spurred on by Marvel’s frequent PR statements about promoting diverse characters. Thedesire foran America Chavez comic was so strong that Image Comicsgreenlit a series about “America Vasquez,” a similar character from Chavez’s creators Casey and Dragotta. But Marvel eventually saw the light,launchingAmerica in March 2017.

America #1

The new series ties up America’s relationship with the Ultimates, creating aneasy starting point for new readers. Chavez is stilldating her girlfriend Lisa and is still BFFs with Kate “Hawkeye” Bishop, but she’s basically flying solo for the first time in years. Issue #1marks her arrival at Sotomayor University, a college catering tosuperpowered students.

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America deftly handles two issues that inspire frequent criticismin superhero comics: sexuality and character design. America Chavez isn’t just incidentally queer, and her sexuality isn’t confined to scenes she shares with her love-interest. It’s a central part of her identity.

The comic also features another queer character (Prodigy fromYoung Avengers), solving a problem that many superhero writersdon’t seem to understand. Queer characters are usually portrayed as lone wolves in a sea of straight people, only interacting with other queer characters in a romantic context.This isn’t really true to real-life experience, so it’s refreshing to see Prodigy and America as college friends.

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Finally, there’sAmerica‘s fashion choices. Female superheroes are often drawn inimpractical,sexualized outfits, but that isn’t the only problem. A lot of those outfits are also wildly out-of-date, borrowing looks that belong in anearly-2000s Britney Spears photoshoot. Jamie McKelvie’s Miss America redesign was a cosplay hit because it looks trendy and realistic, andAmerica follows in its footsteps with stylish fashion choiceseven for background characters. This kind of detail is vital for a comic likeAmerica, bolstering that indefinable sense of cool.

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