Weird Things You Didn’t Realize About Your Favorite Superheroes’ Parents (2022)

The trope of costumed crusaders having dead parents is so well-trodden that it’s surprising anytime one encounters a superhero whose parents still happen to be alive. As it turns out, not every would-be crimefighter needs to have their mother and father gunned down in an alley to give their career a head start.

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But a superhero having living parents isn’t necessarily a positive thing. Comic books are, after all, famous for their never-ending cycles of horrific revelations about the past, and that means that it’s generally only a matter of time before any given hero learns something weird about their dear old mom or dad – whether they’re still around or not.

The Red Skull Slayed Spider-Man’s Parents

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Unlike most superheroes with deceased parents, Richard and Mary Parker don’t play an enormous role in the superheroic backstory of their son Peter, save for the fact that their demise led to his being raised by Aunt May and Uncle Ben, the latter of whom did inspire his origin. It wouldn’t be until well into his career as Spider-Man that Peter would discover his mom and dad’s deep connections to the world of caped crusaders.

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Peter had grown up believing his parents had perished in a plane crash, and that much is true. Beyond that, however, Richard and Mary had met and married while serving as CIA agents, and a few years after the birth of their son – and a secret daughter, Teresa – they were sent on a mission to infiltrate an Algerian spy ring. It turned out to be run by the Red Skull, who discovered that the two were undercover and then orchestrated their demise as revenge. He also attempted to frame them for treason, though Spidey was later able to conclusively clear their names.

Iron Man’s Parents Were NOT Howard And Maria Stark (He Was Adopted For Truly Bizarre Reasons)

For most of his existence, whether in the pages of Marvel Comics or on the big screen, Tony Stark has been defined by his relationship with his parents, and in particular his domineering father Howard Stark. That’s what made the revelation that Tony was adopted such a shocker when it happened, with the reasons behind the adoption only adding to the extreme sense of dissonance experienced by readers.

As it turns out, Howard and Maria Stark had made a deal with an alien intelligence to save the life of their unborn son, but when Arno was born severely immunocompromised, they decided to renege on the deal. In order to trick the alien entity, they put Arno into hiding and adopted another child, Tony, to serve as a “decoy” – raising him without any knowledge of their biological son’s existence.

As Iron Man, Tony would eventually discover the truth, reuniting with Arno and then tracking down his own biological parents. His mother was rockstar turned S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Amanda Armstrong, who had to give Tony up for adoption when it turned out that his father, Jude, was secretly working for Hydra.

Nightwing’s Parents May Have Been Grooming Him To Become An Assassin For The Court Of Owls

When Batman uncovered the existence of the Court of Owls in Gotham City, it led to a series of other unpleasant revelations – including one that had some serious implications for his ward, Dick Grayson.

Records kept by the court made it clear that they had long been using Haly’s Circus as a training ground for future Talon assassins, and that they had marked Dick as their next candidate while he was a child. Though this would seem to indicate that John and Marie Grayson, or at the very least their employers, were raising their son to be an assassin, they perished in a trapeze accident before the truth could come out, leaving young Dick to be adopted by Bruce Wayne and saved from a life as an immortal enforcer.

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Superman’s Father Survived The Explosion Of Krypton

Most would consider Pa and Ma Kent to be Superman’s parents, with his biological mother and father having famously perished alongside the rest of their people when the planet Krypton exploded. More recently, however, the Man of Steel made a disturbing discovery – not only did Jor-El survive Krypton, but he also went on to manipulate the DC Universe from behind the scenes for decades.

Crossing over from the Watchmen universe, Doctor Manhattan apparently plucked Jor-El from the moment of Krypton’s demise – an act designed specifically to mess with Superman – and brought him to Earth, where Jor-El took up the name “Mister Oz.” From there, he attempted to police the various timelines of DC continuity in a way that would ultimately benefit Kal-El and his family, though the two have come into conflict as often as they’ve worked together since the revelation.

Luke Cage’s Father Was A ‘Mighty Avenger’ With Blade In The ’70s

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Luke Cage was born Carl Lucas, son of James Lucas, a former NYPD detective who disowned his son after Carl was wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. It took decades of Carl fighting crime as a superhero before James was willing to talk to his son again, which is why Cage only recently discovered that his old man was once an Avenger.

Though he has no superpowers to speak of, James discovered the corpse of a vampire-like creature in 1972, which led to him falling in with a group of superhumans like the Blue Marvel and Blade. Together, this group dubbed themselves the “Mighty Avengers” and worked as a team until the threat of the Deathwalkers had been stopped.

Captain Marvel’s Mother Was A Kree In Hiding

For much of her published history, Carol Danvers was thought to be a character only circumstantially related to the alien Kree, having been blasted by their Psyche-Magnitron and granted wondrous Kree powers. Some time after taking on the mantle of Captain Marvel, however, Danvers learned that her abilities weren’t the only Kree legacy she carried.

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While her father was, indeed, a human being, Danvers’s mother turned out to be Mari-Ell, a Kree warrior hiding out in the guise of an earthling. This makes Captain Marvel a human-Kree hybrid, something that has led to countless changes in her personal life. Shortly after being confronted with the truth, however, Mari-Ell had to sacrifice her life to save her daughter from a Kree sleeper agent, limiting Carol’s chances to learn of her true heritage – though she has since also discovered the existence of a Kree half-sister.

Catwoman’s Dad Once Ran Gotham’s Criminal Underground As ‘The Lion’

Having grown up in various foster homes, Selina Kyle’s upbringing was typically thought of as a foil to the privileged orphan childhood of Bruce Wayne. In reality, however, she also had a biological parent with some deep ties to Gotham City’s history, and they weren’t necessarily positive ones.

Rex Calabrese was a mob boss known as “The Lion” who once ruled over Gotham as the head of its organized crime families. He had a daughter, Selina, but abandoned her when she was only 9. Later, his power was usurped by Carmine Falcone, leading Calabrese to go into hiding in federal prison under an assumed name.

Upon learning of her father’s legacy, Catwoman briefly attempted to live up to it by becoming a mob boss herself, though she soon reconsidered and went back to the Batman.

Thor’s Mom Isn’t Frigga, But Gaea, The Physical Embodiment Of Earth Itself

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are familiar with Rene Russo’s portrayal of Frigga, partner of Odin and mother to Thor and Loki. In both Norse mythology and Marvel Comics, however, Frigga is only the mother of Odin’s less notable sons like Balder and Tyr. Thor’s mom, on the other hand, is Midgard itself.

Seeking to sire a son that was as powerful on Earth as he was on Asgard, Odin specifically sought out and mated with Gaea, an Elder God alternatively known as Mother Earth and a physical embodiment of the planet itself. Since then, Gaea has remained on the outskirts of the Thunder God’s life, though their paths have occasionally crossed and they remain on good terms.

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Mister Fantastic’s Father Is A Time-Traveling Messiah

Mister Fantastic’s father disappeared during his adolescence, vanishing without so much as a note. Unlike most absentee fathers, however, Nathaniel Richards had a pretty valid excuse for abandoning his family: He was busy traveling through time and protecting all existence.

While Reed Richards was still young, his father was approached by representatives of an ancient order called the Brotherhood of the Shield, forebears of the modern-day S.H.I.E.L.D. His adventures with them brought him into contact with intellects as diverse as Howard Stark and an immortal Leonardo da Vinci, and they also resulted in him being catapulted through time. At one point, Nathaniel ended up in the 30th century, where he brought about an era of peace as “The Benefactor” and accidentally inspired the transformation of his own descendent into the time-traveling omni-villain Kang the Conqueror.

After decades lost in the timestream, Nathaniel was able to reunite with his son and his ever-expanding family, and he remains an important, if unreliable, ally of the Fantastic Four.

Miles Morales’s Dad Was Once An Undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent

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In the Ultimate Comics where he originated, Miles Morales’s father is also an NYPD officer, much as he is in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. But the comic book Jefferson Davis has a backstory that goes much deeper than that, and makes his strong dislike of superheroes all the more compelling.

As a young man, Davis was personally recruited by Nick Fury to join S.H.I.E.L.D. as an undercover agent, using his brother Aaron’s connections to the criminal underworld as an “in.” Jefferson ended up working for Wilson Fisk and helped S.H.I.E.L.D. shut down the Kingpin’s trafficking of Mutant Growth Hormone, after which he retired to a much simpler life as a cop – or so he thought.

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Do any superheroes have parents? ›

In fact, there are quite a few superheroes out there with incredibly powerful parents, and we're not just talking about Thor and Odin. We're talking about famous vampire hunters, time-traveling cyborgs, and parasitic monsters, but for one reason or another, their parentage has never been explored on-screen.

What Marvel superhero has parents? ›

Most of the legionnaires (from the Legion of Superheroes) have at least one parent alive (notable exceptions being Element Lad, Mon-El, and Kal-El) Raven, Starfire, Kid Flash, and Cyborg of the Teen Titans. Jaime Reyes, the new Blue Beetle. Stephanie Brown (Spoiler, then Robin, then her parents buried her)

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What superhero has a child? ›

With several superheroes, the existence of their children is well known. Everyone knows that Batman has kids (and he makes them fight crime). It's even well established that Superman marries Lois Lane and they have a child together. Thanks to Logan, people even know that Wolverine is a father.

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Almost all the main characters have at least 1 dead parent. I think the reason is the relationship between parent/child is important in everyone's lives and if you are telling an epic story about a large portion of a characters life, then that relationship will be a massive factor.

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Are Hawkeyes parents alive? ›

Their father was abusive, especially when he drank and continually beat his young boys like Clint; Barney taught Clint how to fight and helped him to improve his aim. Harold's drinking eventually cost him his life along with his wife when both died in a car accident.

Does Power Girl have a child? ›

During the 1994 Zero Hour event, Power Girl experiences a mystical pregnancy and gives birth to a son (supposedly named Equinox), who ages rapidly. Finally he disappears, and has never been mentioned again in DCU.

Are there any MCU characters with their parents still alive? ›

Congratulations to the Wasp: the only MCU superhero who has two confirmed alive parents.

Do any Marvel characters have children? ›

Reed Richards and Susan Storm have arguably one of the most lasting relationships in Marvel Comics history. They have a son, Franklin, who received powers from the same cosmic radiation that affected his parents and essentially created The Fantastic Four.

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Who is the stupidest DC character? ›

Polka-Dot Man (AKA Abner Krill) started off as a minor villain who faced off against Batman, way back in Detective Comics #300 (1962). The character was sadly ridiculed and is still known to this day as one of the silliest characters created in the DC canon.

What superhero is a mother? ›

Hippolyta isn't only one of the most powerful superheroes who are moms, but she's also one of the most powerful superheroes… period.

Who is the youngest Avenger in Marvel? ›

Unfortunately, Thanos killed Vision in Avengers: Infinity War. By the time it happened, Vision was only 3 years old. Even though he didn't look and behave that way. That makes Vision the youngest Avenger.

What Avenger has kids? ›

The children are James Rogers, the son of Black Widow and Captain America; Henry Pym Jr., the son of Giant-Man and Wasp; Azari, the son of Black Panther and Storm; and Torunn, the daughter of the absent Thor and Sif. Stark secretly raises and trains the children for over twelve years.

Is there a Disney film where no one dies? ›

Toy Story (1995)

Why are there no moms in Disney? ›

Many Disney movies are also based off fairy tales where the mother wasn't present. In the same interview with Glamour, Hahn said the missing mother tactic is a way to address themes like growing up and maturing in the short time frame of the movie.

Why are parents mad at Disney? ›

More anger has arisen from parents who dislike the new content that Disney has been putting on Disney+. The new shows that were added show more graphic content, with the show “Daredevil” even receiving a TV-MA rating.

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Does Spiderman have a family? ›

Spider-Man is the alias of Peter Parker, an orphan raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben in New York City after his parents Richard and Mary Parker died in a plane crash.

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Eleanor Bishop is a major antagonist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ miniseries Hawkeye. She is the mother of Kate Bishop who, after the death of her husband Derek Bishop during the Battle of New York went to work for Wilson Fisk in order to pay off the debt her husband owed Fisk.

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By age 14, Barton appears to be quite mature for her age. She recognized her father's grief over the death of his best friend and comforted him when the play reminded him of her.

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Clint Barton and Kate Bishop have something in common that goes beyond archery, but it hasn't come up yet. They're both grieving over the death of a loved one. It's Black Widow for Barton.

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Eventually, it came out that Baby was born because Power Girl's magician grandfather, Arion, impregnated her with a demon's seed in order to birth the perfect being.

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Because of her maturity, Power Girl has a much more muscular and athletic body shape. Power Girl just has to flex her muscles to show how much stronger she is than Supergirl.

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One of the points of this list was that Power Girl is immune to kryptonite. While this may appear to hold her in good stead, it doesn't actually mean that she has no weaknesses at all. In fact, her weakness is far worse than kryptonite. Power Girl is weak to 'natural elements' that are 'raw and unprocessed'.

What is Marvel's mom? ›

History. Mother is an interdimensional parasite that lurks in the Multiverse, seeking out powerful beings and realities to feed on.

Who is the girl Thor adopted? ›

Love, being the adoptive daughter of Thor, is appropriately played by Chris Hemsworth's daughter, India Rose Hemsworth.

Who is the daughter of Thor in Marvel? ›

Torunn was the daughter of Thor and Sif.

Can superheroes reproduce? ›

Similar to their human counterparts, Supes are entirely capable of sexual reproduction. However, the children that are born from Supes will not necessarily inherit any super-abilities from their parent(s).

Who is the most powerful Marvel character? ›

He is at the top of this list because Uatu himself, the Watcher, has proclaimed that Molecule Man is the most powerful being in the Marvel multiverse.

Is Gladiator a hero Marvel? ›

Gladiator is a on & off hero from Marvel Comics. He usually appears in the X-Men series.

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Congratulations to the Wasp: the only MCU superhero who has two confirmed alive parents.

What superhero has a family? ›

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What is Marvel's mom? ›

History. Mother is an interdimensional parasite that lurks in the Multiverse, seeking out powerful beings and realities to feed on.

Who is the girl Thor adopted? ›

Love, being the adoptive daughter of Thor, is appropriately played by Chris Hemsworth's daughter, India Rose Hemsworth.

Who is the daughter of Thor in Marvel? ›

Torunn was the daughter of Thor and Sif.

What is a cool hero name? ›

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Spider-Man is the alias of Peter Parker, an orphan raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben in New York City after his parents Richard and Mary Parker died in a plane crash.

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