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From Spider-Kid to Baby Thor: Marvel Superheroes as Kids

With the new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show premiering on ABC September 24th, we’ve been all about Marvel characters in our house lately. This got us to thinking about all the Marvel superheroes, and what they would have been like as kids.

Some of them, frankly, wouldn’t have been much different than my own kids. Assuming baby Bruce Banner had somehow absorbed massive amounts of gamma radiation while trying to save, um, a binky or something, I imagine toddler Hulk’s meltdown tantrums would have been pretty similar to my own kids’.

On the other hand, if Peter Parker had been bitten by a radioactive spider as a baby, he would have been literally climbing the walls, whereas my kids only do that figuratively.

Let’s take a look at what some of our favorite Marvel superheroes as kids.

  • Raising superheroes is probably harder than you’d think. 1 of 12
    Parenting Question: What Would It Be Like to Raise the Marvel Superheroes? - Babble

    All parenting is challenging, and raising superheroes is no exception. Click the arrows to scroll through!

  • Spider-Kid 2 of 12
    Parenting Question: What Would It Be Like to Raise the Marvel Superheroes? - Babble

    The main challenge with raising Spider-Kid isn't the fact that he can climb all the pantry shelves and reach your hidden stash of chocolate. It's that he's always watching.

     

    (Photo Credit: Flickr/Caden Crawford)

  • Captain Amerikid 3 of 12
    Parenting Question: What Would It Be Like to Raise the Marvel Superheroes? - Babble

    Sure, Captain America seems like he would be a totally responsible kid. Except he's always off saving something when he's supposed to be doing his chores. (Side note: the training wheels make this photo the best ever.)

     

    (Photo Credit: Flickr/bokeh burger)

  • Baby Thor 4 of 12
    Parenting Question: What Would It Be Like to Raise the Marvel Superheroes? - Babble

    You try raising a baby with a giant hammer. Just look at the absolute glee on this baby's face ... right before he smashes you.

     

    (Photo Credit: Elizabeth Robertson)

  • Wolverine Kid and Thor Kid 5 of 12
    Parenting Question: What Would It Be Like to Raise the Marvel Superheroes? - Babble

    And you thought your baby's nails were sharp? Also of note, Thor just gets stronger as he gets older. And it's not like that hammer gets any softer.

     

    (Photo Credit: Happy Kids Inc.)

  • Toddler Hulk 6 of 12
    Parenting Question: What Would It Be Like to Raise the Marvel Superheroes? - Babble

    Trying to avoid temper tantrums is pretty much your whole life when you're raising Toddler Hulk.

     

    (Photo Credit: The Sasse Life -- includes DIY info!)

  • Playdates can be tricky. 7 of 12
    Parenting Question: What Would It Be Like to Raise the Marvel Superheroes? - Babble

    All's fun and games until Captain America tries to take one of the Hulk's cookies. Also, new playdate rule: no hammers allowed.

     

    (Photo Credit: The Sasse Life; crafty readers may also want to check out The Sasse Life's tutorial on how to make a "Babies of Anarchy" costume)

  • Iron Kid 8 of 12
    Parenting Question: What Would It Be Like to Raise the Marvel Superheroes? - Babble

    Even when your kid is a superhero, you have to know who they're playing with, because there's always that one kid in the neighborhood who is obviously on the Dark Side. Keep inviting the other Avengers kids over for playdates — they're a better influence.

     

    (Photo Credit: Flickr/Karah Levely-Rinaldi)

  • Mini Magneto 9 of 12
    Parenting Question: What Would It Be Like to Raise the Marvel Superheroes? - Babble

    It's not like Magneto was born knowing how to control his powers. He walks through the kitchen and there are forks just flying all over the place.

     

    (Photo Credit: Flickr/Sean Biehle)

  • The Human Torch 10 of 12
    Parenting Question: What Would It Be Like to Raise the Marvel Superheroes? - Babble

    You'd think the Human Torch would be difficult (and dangerous) to raise, but in fact he's just sooooo helpful around the kitchen! Also, he's the best kid to take camping with you. Roasts his own marshmallows and everything.

     

    (Photo Credit: Flickr/wlashbrook)

  • Black Widow Baby 11 of 12
    Parenting Question: What Would It Be Like to Raise the Marvel Superheroes? - Babble

    Sure, you know she's a master of international espionage but everyone else just thinks she's a master tattletale.

     

    (Photo Credit: Comic Book Literacy)

  • Baby Nick Fury 12 of 12
    Parenting Question: What Would It Be Like to Raise the Marvel Superheroes? - Babble

    The great news about raising baby Nick Fury is that eye patching is pretty common in kids these days, so probably no one is going to ask about that. On the other hand, it's not like you can just buy Infinity Formula in the baby aisle at the grocery store. The worst part, really, is that slowing down the aging process this much is going to make potty training take forever.

     

    (Photo Credit: Comic Book Literacy)

Read more from Joslyn on Babble and at her blog, stark. raving. mad. mommy. You can also follow Joslyn on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

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