With so many superheroes in films and in comic books, it’s hard to keep track. While some have reached skyrocketing levels of popularity, most of them stay under the radar. There are so many underrated and unknown superheroes that are worthy of discovery and fame.
Here is our list of underrated and unknown superheroes. We invite all comic book and superhero movie fans to explore their stories.
Underrated/Unknown Superheroes that Deserve Popularity
Natasha Romanova isn’t the only Russian government agent in town, folks. Introducing: Melina Vostokoff.
Melina Vostokoff has been trained as a Russian government agent every since she was young. Unlike Natasha, Melina wears a suit that allows her to achieve super-strength. She also despises Natasha for overshadowing her. If we see her in any future Black Widow film, then we wouldn’t be surprised.
Black Lightning has a show which debuted on the CW earlier this year. He’s slowly gaining the spotlight, but still pales in comparison with The Flash, Super Girl, and Green Arrow.
Despite being underrated, Black Lightning’s story is something worth following. Here’s why. First, he’s an African-American. As a person of color, he deserves the recognition as much as T’Challa, Ororo Munroe and FroZone. Second, he’s a high school principal who goes by the name Jefferson Pierce. Even without a suit, he’s already doing something noble.
The third and most important reason is his narrative. Pierce resurrected his mantle to protect his town of Freeland from gang violence. This story is very important as it resonates with young black males in troubled communities in the United States. Hopefully, DC would work harder to make him known among more people of color.
Mantra is full of depth, philosophy and social relevance. That is why it’s shameful that his story was discontinued. Its main character Lukasz is an ancient warrior whose soul travels from one body to another in order to defeat his eternal archenemy, the villain Boneyard. His final reincarnation came in the form of a woman named Eden.
Lukasz story is actually similar to the Netflix hit sci-fi drama series, Altered Carbon. Like Altered Carbon, the series dealt with moral dilemmas, particularly in dealing with the bodies Lukasz used. The graphic novel also explored gender issues.
Now, more superhero films and comics are tackling the issue of the protagonists’ moral compass. It would have been interesting to see how Lukasz would navigate morality, now that more superhero comics are openly including them in their narratives.
The story of Luther Strode is just so epic, funny, and grounded that it deserves a film. It follows the story of Luther Strode, a normal guy who gains super-strength after trying out the Hercules Method workout (Yes, it does sound campy). Strode finds difficulty in controlling these powers, thus affecting those around him.
As the story progresses, he discovers that being a superhero is not all its chalked up to be.