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The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
(previously the second "Iron Man")
From: "What religion do superhero's belong to? [sic]" forum discussion started 18 July 2002 on "Toon Zone" website (http://forums.toonzone.net/showthread.php?t=41332; viewed 21 May 2007):
07-18-2002, 01:02 PM
What religion do superhero's [sic] belong to?
I'd like to discuss what religious beliefs are favorite costumed hero's belong to. Everyone knows Daredevil is Catholic. But beyond that, what do we know of superhero's beliefs? I'm thinking of mostly the Marvel Universe, but you DC fans feel free to contribute as well...
07-18-2002, 01:30 PM
This is a discussion I've had several times with my friends, and usually I step out of it when it turns offensive. (Which with my friends, it always does!) Thing to remember though that until recently, like the past decade, religion and talks of such were verboten in most main stream comic books. Now that's changed...
Peter [i.e., Spider-Man] is probably Protestant, and Steve Rogers I believe was raised Catholic but later supports his own self-styled beliefs.
Frank Castle was once a Catholic priest... But you could say he "fell from grace" there. The second Ghost Rider, Dan Ketch is also Catholic, whereas Johnny Blaze is Baptist. (That may have changed since I was reading it, but who knows.) Hawkeye is also Baptist too.
I don't think Dr. Steven Strange fits into any religious category.
Bruce Banner is actually a Christian. That's one of the defining points that Peter David brought him. The contradictory nature of science versus soul that Banner goes by. I remember it being an interesting story...
Black Widow is an atheist... And I believe Tony Stark is the same. (But James Rhodes is of faith, but what faith, I'm not certain.)
Daniel "Iron Fist" Rand is a Buddhist and Magneto is Jewish...
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