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What Would the Marvel Heroes Read?

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Jessica, Hespeler | October 1, 2018

As the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) continues to grow with more and more movies, I can’t help but marvel (pun intended!) at how well we’ve gotten to know these characters through the years.  As we patiently wait for Infinity War Part Two, I wonder how the Marvel heroes spend their downtime.  Do they read?  What types of books would they like?  Maybe they don’t have time to find good books and need some recommendations!

Here are some of my suggestions for what these characters should read:

Harry Potter book coverCaptain America: Captain America is probably trying to catch up on all he missed while being frozen which is why I think he shouldn’t miss out on the Harry Potter phenomenon.  Cap will enjoy the struggle between good and evil and will appreciate the parallels between Harry’s struggle and his own during World War II.
 
BrainstormIron Man:  As Tony Stark continues to mentor teenage Peter Parker/Spiderman, I think he would find the book Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel J. Siegel incredibly useful.  The book looks at the changes happening at a biological level for teens and claims that, “if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another.”
 
Killers of the Flower Moon book coverBlack Widow:  Natasha Romanov doesn’t strike me as the type to waste time on something as frivolous as fiction.  For that reason I think she would like Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.  This book deals with the murders of the Osage Indians and the corruption and prejudice that plagued the case before the newly formed FBI took over.  Natasha will appreciate the complexity of the investigation and the struggles of law enforcement agents when corruption abounds. 
 
Anansi Boys coverThor: Thor doesn’t strike me as much of a reader (sorry Thor!).  He would definitely hate The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris.  Thor did have a lot of growth in the latest film so maybe he’d like to pick up a book and expand his mind.  I would suggest Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman which deals with two brothers.  One is level-headed while the other takes after their father, a Trickster God, and causes mayhem and mischief.  I think Thor will relate to the relationship between these brothers.
 
Dr Jekyll book coverHulk: I don’t think any book would speak to the Hulk/Banner relationship more than Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Although the Hulk isn’t as evil as Mr. Hyde, both Banner and the Hulk can understand the struggles of cohabitating the same body.
 
Americanah book coverBlack Panther:  The new king of Wakanda may not have much time for reading, but if he does I’m sure he would enjoy Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  Beautifully written, this book captures the same struggles T’Challa has to deal with, what it means to be black, and African, in a globalized world.
 
Ready Player One book coverGuardians of the Galaxy: I’m going out on a limb here hoping that I can get the Guardians to read anything.  I’m going to suggest Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.  Peter Quill will love all the classic references and I think the others would like the action and adventure.  If the Guardians really don’t want to read, then they can always watch the movie.  In my opinion, it is one of the rare cases when the movie is better than the book!