Holidays are meant to be special. Under other circumstances, they might be considered regular days. Like when Rocky Balboa tells Adrien, “To you, it’s Thanksgiving. But to me, it’s Thursday.” However, what gives holidays a touch of magic is the respect we give them.
Similarly, superheroes are usually regular people thrust into extraordinary situations. Sometimes they are granted godlike superpowers by chance, and other times they simply use what they were born with for the benefit of mankind.
Whatever the case may be, I had an interesting idea to compare the two. If holidays were superheroes, which ones would they be? Here is my list of what that might look like.
New Year’s Day – The Incredible Hulk
January is named after the two-faced Greek god Janus. It represents a doorway or a new beginning. I think one superhero represents this better than any other: The Incredible Hulk! He is constantly at odds with himself. His two natures represent some of the brightest and darkest things humanity has to offer.
Martin Luther King Day – Professor X
Professor Charles Xavier wants to live in harmony with people who are different than him. That pretty well sums up the idealized version of what Martin Luther King asked for in his peaceful activism and speeches.
Valentine’s Day – Ladybug and Cat Noir
Despite my frustration with the TV show Miraculous: The Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, I still think it’s an incredibly romantic concept. Its two main superheroes are madly in love; they just don’t know it yet.
Saint Patrick’s Day – Banshee
I’m pretty sure a Banshee is female in its original Irish myth. No matter. The Marvel Comics version of Banshee is an Irish member of the X-Men. So he can represent Saint Patrick’s Day nicely, especially with his greenish costume.
April Fools’ Day – Deadpool
Easter – Thor
Thor has never been the most popular Avenger, even though he claims to protect the whole Earth. But he is the only son of a king, and his brother is a master of mischief who seeks for control over humanity. Remind you of anyone? Where bunnies and eggs come into it, I have no idea.
Memorial Day – Spider-Man
Memorial Day is a time to look back and remember those who have fallen and sacrificed themselves for us. Spider-Man carries the guilt of his uncle’s death in his heart and tries to honor him through all of his heroic actions.
Mother’s Day and Father’s Day – Elastigirl and Mr. Incredible
The Incredibles is one of my favorite superhero movies of all time. Partly because it tells an incredibly engaging story, but mostly because the heart of the story is found in the relationship between its two leads: Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl. They are the ultimate father-mother superhero duo.
Independence Day – Captain America
Okay, this one is a no-brainer. Captain America is basically dressed up like a walking, talking American flag. It’s appropriate because he’s a reminder of good old-fashioned American values.
Labor Day – Iron Man
Few superheroes can claim to be as self-made as Iron Man. Without any superpowers, Tony Stark managed to save his own life by building a suit of armor. He is the ultimate working man.
Halloween – Batman
A man dressed as a bat. That concept alone is rather terrifying. It conjures up images of Dracula and Gothic horror. The fact that Batman refuses to kill people is all that prevents him from being the stuff of nightmares.
Veterans Day – Wolverine
No one has fought in more wars than Wolverine. The Civil War, World War I, World War II, and Vietnam War, at least. He’s spanned the globe learning how to become the ultimate warrior. It helps that he’s nearly unkillable.
Thanksgiving – Shazam
It’s tough being a superhero. It’s also tough being a kid. Combine the two, and you get a potentially crushing burden for anyone. Not for Billy Batson, though. Thanks to his amazing foster family, he is grateful for his newfound superpowers in Shazam!
Christmas – Superman
Christmas is the best holiday. Superman is the best superhero. They go together like bacon and eggs, franks and beans, death and taxes, politics and corruption. It’s rather appropriate that Superman: The Movie came out in the Christmas season of 1978. Because Superman is the ultimate Christ-type. Not that he has to get overtly religious. His mere presence is reassuring in our crazy world.
Feel free to let me know if you think I missed something. Or if there could have been a better choice.
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