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Super Time
Authored by: Monica  

What do you day on an average day? How do you pass time? Catching up with friends, looking after family, working, reading, resting… normal list right? Your day and time; as everyone else’s; would be measured in 24-hour days, 7-day weeks and 365-day years. But if you had bionic limbs, biologically impervious skin, X-ray vision and the unimaginable ability to manipulate time or treat it very differently, what would you do? Well, for one, you would be a super hero for sure!

 

In the world populated by super men and super women, time takes on some fascinating dimensions indeed. Take Professor X for instance. Professor Charles Francis Xavier or Professor X is the leader of the X-Men. A wonderful bunch of mutants, X-Men is indeed a team of the most fascinating characters that changed the world we live in. One of the things that Professor X can do is manipulate time. There is one instance where he enabled a group of young mutants go through several months of training even though in real time, only a few hours have elapsed.

 

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No discussion on time and superheroes will be complete without dwelling on Superman! Massive strength and utter invulnerability aside, Superman also can effortlessly indulge in travelling at a speed that will put the speed of light to shame! Imagine being able to move even faster than thought! Trust Superman to do so. Stories also state that the length of one year on Superman’s home planet – Krypton – is equivalent to 38.7 Earth years. Now that is a marvelous way to spend lots of time is it not!

 

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Speaking of which, Captain Marvel is another extremely popular superhero who combined superpowers from various mythological figures such as Hercules, Atlas, Zeus and so on.  But it was the power derived from the Roman god of commerce; Mercury; that allows Captain Marvel to travel faster than the speed of light. When it comes to time, the power of Zeus allows Captain Marvel to indulge in inter dimensional travel as well. Despite this ability to travel immensely, Captain Marvel is bound by the need to return within 24 hours to the Rock of Eternity!

 

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Most women are capable of juggling a large number of things at one time. And one superhero who epitomizes this is Wonder Woman! Akin to the source of powers bestowed on Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman has been granted the ability of travelling almost at the speed of light. But perhaps the most important association of time with Wonder Woman is the fact that she represented the unconventional and forward thinking woman when she was introduced to the world in the early 1940s.

 

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Perhaps one of the most technologically advanced usage of time occurs with the superhero known as Green Lantern. The iconic power ring that this superhero wears is capable of generating a force field, enabling Green Lantern to undertake time travel and even acting as analysts of information.

 

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Time in the superheroes world really does seem to be all about travelling at the speed of light and enjoying a completely new dimension altogether. Being bound by a human 24 hours seems such a mundane thing at times! But perhaps we can end on a note of unabashed optimism by stating that what we do with the time that is given to us has the potential to turn all of us into superheroes!

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