National Superhero Day

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National Superhero Day is dedicated to celebrating superheroes. More than just comic book figures or movie characters, superheroes can also be those everyday individuals who commit acts of courage or kindness, empowering others and tackling adversity head-on. This Observance seeks to honour both these larger-than-life characters and the real-life heroes among us, acknowledging their role in shaping public consciousness, reinforcing values of justice and bravery, and serving as inspirations for generations.

National Superhero Day finds its origins in the United States, created in 1995 by Marvel Comics employees. It, however, gained traction globally, including in Canada, given the significant influence of superhero culture. Canadian connections to superheroes are many - in comic books, Canadian-born superheroes like Wolverine have resonated with audiences worldwide. Canada's own version of 'Captain America', 'Captain Canuck', embodies national identity and reflects Canadian values of peace, tolerance, and respect for diversity. Additionally, ordinary Canadians who make extraordinary contributions to society are celebrated, reinforcing the message that everyone can be a superhero.

In Canada, observances of National Superhero Day range from school activities, charity events, to public recognitions. School children are encouraged to engage in debates and discussions about their favourite comic book characters or dress up as their favoured superheroes. Organizations and charities utilize this day to recognize local heroes who make a difference in their communities. National Superhero Day takes place annually on April 28, a day to appreciate the heroism that permeates both the fantastical and everyday lives of Canadians.

Facts about National Superhero Day

  • In 2024, critics predict that the movie Deadpool 3 will be the highest grossing Superhero movie of the year.
    The highest grossing superhero film as of 2022 is the movie Avengers: Endgame, which grossed $2.7 billion worldwide.
  • The Hulk is actually Dr. Bruce Banner, who transforms into the Hulk when he gets angry. The character is a metaphor for uncontrolled rage.
  • Captain America's real name is Steve Rogers. He was created during World War II as a super-soldier to fight against the Axis Powers.
  • Alpha Flight, a team of Canadian superheroes, was introduced by Marvel Comics in 1979, and included characters like Sasquatch, Guardian, and Snowbird. This team, originally created as part of Wolverine's backstory (also a Canadian character), later spun off into their own comic book series.
  • There are real-life superheroes in Canada, known as "costumed activists," who dress in superhero attire and patrol the streets, intervening in situations where they see injustice being done.

Top things to do in Canada for National Superhero Day

  • Watch superhero movies or TV shows like Avengers, Batman, Spider-Man, or Wonder Woman.
  • Visit a comic book shop or attend a comic con event.
  • Popular events for National Superhero Day include cosplay events, comic book conventions, movie screenings of superhero films, themed parties, and charity events.
  • Attend the Montreal Comic-Con, held in July, which features panels, workshops, and exhibits dedicated to superheroes and comic book culture.
  • Visit the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) in May, which brings together Canadian and international comic book artists, writers, and illustrators.

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