Superheroes have been an integral part of popular culture for almost a century. The extreme superpowers and events that occur in comics allow us to extend our own selves in a way that is not possible in the real world. In the heroes we can see ourselves, completing heroic tasks, fighting evil, and saving the world time and time again.
Superheroes have seen an explosion in popularity that began at the turn of the millennia with the release of the first X-Men film. However, it wasn't until Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films released that the world saw just how much of a powerhouse superhero films could be. Since then, the stakes have gotten higher, special effects get better with each film, and each new iteration of a superhero franchise tries to bring something new and exciting to the table. This resounding success led to the creation of extended movie universes for comic companies like Marvel and DC.
But what is the most important thing for a superhero? Is it their powers that give them ability to go above the common man? Or the people they are sworn to protect that give them purpose and a reason to put their powers to use? Regardless of whether or not we can truly answer that question, one thing is certain: a superhero is nothing without their secret identity! Sure, some heroes ditch the mask and let the world know who they are at some point or another, but here we have a quiz to put your knowledge to the test on just who hides behind each superhero mask.
What is Cyclops' alter ego?
Cyclops was one of the founding member of the X-Men in the comic series by Marvel in the early 1960's. The group of mutant youngsters was organized by Professor Charles Xavier, one of the greatest minds in the Marvel Universe. In the comics, Cyclops was essentially the leader of the group and a level headed individual with the capability of shooting lasers from his eyes that are absolutely devastating. On-screen, Cyclops has appeared in a number of films as both an adult and teenager.
What is the Punisher's alter ego?
The Punisher has always been a black sheep in the Marvel universe. His use of deadly weapons and lack of mercy for his enemies make for quite the controversy in a world where heroes usually capture a villain and send them to jail. The early 2000's saw a few iterations of the Punisher on the silver screen but his appearance in season two of the Netflix Daredevil series where he stole the show by giving the character a multidimensional personality.
What is this Green Archer's real name?
The DC Universe has quite a lot green heroes from the Green Lantern to Green Arrow. This goateed interpretation of a modern day Robin Hood has been a popular character in DC comics thanks to his incredible skill with a bow and arrow. The character saw a resurgence in popularity thanks to his show on the CW that spawned a series of spinoffs like The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. In the digital world, The Green Arrow appears as a combatant in the Injustice video game series.
What is this hero's real name?
Aquaman is one of my favorite heroes in the DC universe and I think he always gets the short end of the stick. Thanks to the poorly executed animated take on the character in the 60's in conjunction with the endless stream of ridicule he's received on shows like Family Guy and Robot Chicken, Aquaman has become quite the joke. Thankfully, DC's New 52 series helped the hero bring himself back to glory as a powerhouse of strength and integrity.
What is Daredevil's real name?
Thanks to the popularity of the Netflix series, this question should be a no brainer! Daredevil gains his extraordinary powers from a childhood tragedy that left him blind, forcing his other senses into heightened levels of awareness and giving him superhero level strength and capability. His bright red suit and superior fighting style make him a nightmare for any criminal inside of Hell's Kitchen. Currently, Daredevil is planned to reappear on Netflix in the upcoming series The Defenders which airs later in 2017
What is this wallcrawler's alter ego?
Spider-Man has been one of the most popular comic book characters in pop culture since his first appearance in the early 1960's in the Marvel Comics series "Amazing Fantasy." His incredible spider abilities attracted fans of all ages and his boyish charm and personality made Spider-Man one of the most relatable superheroes to ever grace the panels of a comic book. He has appeared in thousands of comics as well as video games and multiple film iterations of the wallcrawler.
Who's behind this mask?
No, the answer isn't Christian Bale, but he did play Batman's billionaire civilian persona who operates as one of the richest individuals in Gotham City. Everyone knows the tragic story of murder and robbery that led to the creation of Batman. Criminals don't stand a chance against the world's greatest detective as he fights off enemies and keeps the streets and their citizens safe. Batman most recently appeared in the film Suicide Squad and will appear again in the upcoming film the Justice League.
What is Superman's secret identity?
One of the most powerful beings in the entire universe is Superman. He is rivaled only by the likes of Goku and the Hulk and fans will argue for hours over who would win in a fight. My personal money sits with the Hulk but that's a story for another quiz. Regardless, Superman first appeared in Action Comics back in the 1930's and has been portrayed many times on the big screen by Christopher Reeve and most recently by Henry Cavill.
What is Captain America's real name?
Captain America is the poster child for freedom and justice. Whether he's punching Hitler in the face or taking on endless hordes of Hydra Agents, Cap is always on the offensive helping to keep the world safe. Currently, Captain America is being portrayed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by Chris Evans who also played the Human Torch years ago in the Fantastic Four film series. Cap never leaves home without his Adamantium shield that he can toss around like a boomerang.
Who is the Iron Man?
Maybe listening to the Black Sabbath song by the same name will give you some insight into who the man behind the iron mask is. Need a few more clues? Well, he runs and operates one of the biggest technological and weaponry companies in the entire Marvel Universe and is portrayed by the charismatic Robert Downey Jr. Thanks to Iron Man, we now have the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe series of films that are currently leading up to the infinity war battle against Thanos.
What is the Hulk's alter ego?
Don't plan on calling him the Jolly Green Giant unless you're aiming to lose a few limbs! The Hulk is hands down one of the most powerful characters in any fictional universe. The angrier he gets the more powerful he becomes with an exponential increase to his strength and rage. A young mild mannered scientist underwent a horrific transformation into the Hulk after a freak radiation accident left him with quite the anger management issue. He is set to appear in the upcoming film Thor: Ragnarok.
What is this biker's human persona?
Okay so I know there are quite a few iterations of this character by different people, but for the purposes of this question, let's focus on the version of Ghost Rider portrayed by Nicolas Cage in the hilariously laughable series of films. The Ghost Rider is supposed to inhabit the face of terror as it carries around with it the spirit of vengeance that can see into the souls of its victims and determine if they are good or evil.
What is the name of this blue genius?
The Beast is one of the more acrobatic members of the X-Men group of mutants, capable of traversing areas with extreme ease and speed that would impress even the best parkour artist. In the original comics, the Beast was not covered in blue fur but was instead a large, burly man before he underwent his full transformation into the animal you see here. In the X-Men film series, this transformation becomes a cause of stress for the Beast as he tries to suppress his true nature.
What is the name of this rock colossus?
It's clobberin' time!!! That's right true believers, here before you is one of the members of the Fantastic Four, a family of superhero crime fighters created from a freak accident in space with cosmic rays that left each member with a strange set of powers. For the Thing, he was transformed into a walking rock formation capable of packing a wallop against his enemies. The Thing was portrayed by Michael Chiklis in the Fantastic Four films from the early 2000 series of films.
What is Mr. Fantastic's real name?
Mr. Fantastic is one of the OG Marvel superheroes, dating back to the early 1960's created by the dynamic duo of comic creation: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The Fantastic Four lived up to their name in every facet from their cosmic adventures that displayed some of the best artwork Kirby ever created, utilizing his technical prowess to create intricate mechanical works of art that you might even be able to spot in the new trailer for the upcoming Marvel film: Thor Ragnarok.
What is the Falcon's alter ego?
The Falcon is a great B-list Marvel hero and makes for an excellent sidekick to Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series of films. Played by Anthony Mackie on the big screen, the modern interpretation of the Falcon has a more mechanical and technical approach than his comic book counterpart. The live action hero even has a robotic bird ally that replaced a live falcon in the comics. My favorite appearance of the character was his surprise cameo in Ant Man.
Who is the Invisible Woman?
The Invisible Woman is one of the more underrated heroes in the Marvel Universe. Her cloaking ability allows her to blend into any situation but what is often overlooked by fans is her telekinetic ability. She is able to conjure shields and force fields that can stop bullets and other incredibly powerful attacks. In extreme cases, she has even threatened to use her telekinetic ability to create a small bubble inside of the brain of Doctor Doom and expanding it until his head burst. Hardcore!
What is the Comedian's real name?
Watchmen was one of the first graphic novels I ever read and it showed me how complex a comic could be. The fact that the book opened with the murder of a superhero and everything spiraled from there and the fact this was only the tip of the iceberg captured my curiosity so much that I read the entire book in one sitting. As controversial as the film was for its adaption of the book, I truly enjoyed Jeffery Dean Morgan's portrayal of the Comedian.
Who is Dr. Manhattan?
Dr. Manhattan is one of the most complex characters in the Watchmen comic thanks to his truly undefined range of powers. Whatever he thinks of, he can will in to creation, but he lacks any empathy or feeling. This lack of emotion seems to really dehumanize the character and distance himself from friends and family. Not to mention the fact that the radiation his body emits gives cancer to those closest to him. I still can't get over the fact that he killed Rorschach.
What is Nite Owl's name?
If I were to be any superhero in the Watchmen universe, I would probably have to choose Nite Owl. His reliance on technology and gadgets over pure brute strength put him on a plane close to Batman and his ship that he pilots was one of the coolest air craft that I had ever seen in a comic book at the time. I remember playing the Watchmen movie tie in video game with my best friend and I would ALWAYS choose Nite Owl!
What is Hawkeye's Alias?
If there is any character from the Avengers that deserves his own movie, it's Hawkeye. I think a team-up spy film featuring him and Black Widow would be a smash hit and show that Marvel can handle a wide range of genres. From the time I saw Jeremy Renner portray the character in the first Thor movie, I knew he was the right man to play the job. Since then, he has been a solid foundation and supporting character in the recent Avengers films.
Who is Ant Man?
Similar to the question regarding Ghost Rider, the iteration of Ant Man this question focuses on will be the one portrayed by Paul Rudd in the 2016 film. When the film was first announced, I was surprised to hear that it was being made. Considering all the harsh criticism it received leading up to its release, I was so thrilled to see what a success the film was. It was lighthearted and fun but also succeeded at being an emotional family film too!
What is Cyborg's real name?
T-E-E-N T-I-T-A-N-S GO! One of my favorite shows as a kid was the original Teen Titans cartoon that depicted a group of super powered young adults dealing with crime and growing up all at the same time. One of the best characters on the show was Cyborg, half man, half machine, with his one liners and stopping power to make any thug tremble. His appearance as a combatant in the Injustice fighting game was absolutely amazing and he quickly became one of my favorite fighters.
What is Wonder Woman's name?
With the live action Wonder Woman film starring Gal Gadot helping bring the character into the spotlight, this question should be a piece of cake! Wonder Woman is a powerful warrior from Themyscira. She has incredible speed and strength and is equipped with wrist cuffs that can deflect just about any projectile. Her lasso of truth can ensnare enemies and force answers out of them and her piloting skills were put to the test in the old Justice League animated series where she commandeered the invisible jet!
What is Rorschach's real name?
Rorschach's Journal. October 12th, 1985: Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout "Save us!"... and I'll whisper "no."