I’m a big fan of super-heroes. In general, I limit my fandom to the Big Two (Marvel and DC), because otherwise there is just too much to keep up with. Plus, I grew up reading about the Fantastic Four (Mr. Fantastic, the Thing, Human Torch, and Invisible Woman), the Avengers (always changing roster, but mostly Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, and the Wasp), the Defenders (Prince Namor, Silver Surfer, Hulk, and Doctor Strange), and the X-Men (ever-changing members, but principally, the Beast, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Nightcrawler, and Colossus) from Marvel, and, to a lesser degree, the Justice League (Superman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Wonder Woman). But looking at childhood heroes with adult eyes tends to change things.
First, there is the glaring fact that women are under-represented in these teams – most teams had only one female member. Second, there is the blatant over-sexualization of women (an article here takes on both issues). Third, there is the tendency for female characters to be mentally unstable (Jean Grey/Phoenix, for example).
My interest lately, however, has been the idea of the actual sexuality of superheroes. There are very few married couples in the superhero genre – Reed and Susan Richards of the Fantastic Four, Hank and Janet Pym of the Avengers, and the Vison and Scarlet Witch of the Avengers (although the Vision is not actually human…so he might not count). Even fewer have children. While the Avengers introduced Starfox (Eros, the God of Love) who played the field, as far as I know, the She-Hulk stands alone as a female super-hero with a sex life (she and Juggernaut actually broke the bed…and the floor underneath it). Of course, most of She-Hulk’s hot-stuff happened in alternate universes…which makes sense, because we can’t deal with a horny woman in this one. Due to her super-strength, though, her dating pool has to be limited.
What I really wonder, of course, is which of these super-dudes submits to which of these super-fems?