Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Power Rankings: Current Live Action DC and Marvel Superheroes (Vol. 3)

You love lists and Look to the Cookie doesn't do enough of them. This began as a way to highlight all DC and Marvel superheroes that are racial minorities, in current live-action productions (already aired or premiered, character living). We've expanded that list to include all superheroes, in a power rankings format. 

To determine the rankings of the biggest characters, in these rival companies, we rated them based on: 1) Portrayal (actor's performance, how well written, how well directed); 2) Power (invulnerability trumps gadgets which trumps black belt in taekwondo); Percentage (time on screen, starring roles, production named for character). Each category received a number rating from 0-10. A perfect overall score would equal 30.


Generally, here, a superhero is someone who: 1) does good deeds; and 2) has a superpower, access to gadgets unavailable to the general public, or has fighting skill above that of top real-world martial artists.


Though this list is purposed for entertainment, it is also a microcosm of our current (ongoing) class and racial divide--and the disagreement over that divide. First, of all the characters, women are only about 30% of the list, not 50%. Minorities make up about 33% of this list, which is a perfect representation of our country. But, as the list climbs, it becomes more white and more masculine. Even though people of color exist in optimal numbers, they don't exist in optimal positions. If not for Luke Cage . . . . Well, just read the list.


Oh, and Rocket Raccoon is not a superhero, or a raccoon apparently.


(FIND VOL. 2 HERE)

Power and Privilege: The Rich and White

25. Punisher - Portrayal: 9  Power: 4  Percentage: 10 (23)

He took Daredevil's city, his show, and his girl.

24. Colossus - Portrayal: 9.6  Power: 8.6  Percentage: 5 (23.2) 

Don't question it. The timeline changed.

23. Martian Manhunter - Portrayal: 7  Power: 9.5  Percentage: 7 (23.5)

#WhiteLivesMatter

22. Groot - Portrayal: 9.5  Power: 8  Percentage: 9 (23.5)
"Actually, I am not Groot. Your primitive aural receptors and meager brains cannot accurately interpret the sound produced by my vocal tri-folds. But I digress . . . often. My name is actually {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}. It's a very common name on my home planet--akin to your Michael or Smith. I AM {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}! That feels good."

21. Hulk - Portrayal: 6.7  Power: 9.3  Percentage: 7.5  (23.5)

"Yes, if I hook up with Black Widow, as Banner and get too excited, she dies. Widow guts everywhere."

20. Ant-Man - Portrayal: 7  Power: 7  Percentage: 9.5 (23.5)

One of these heroes is not like the others.

19. Batman - Portrayal: 9.5  Power: 6.6  Percentage: 7.5 (23.6)

"Invulnerable alien, goddess, super speed, king of the seven seas, alien-enhanced cybernetic . . . . I have an AmEx Black, hmph."

18.  Quake - Portrayal: 6.9  Power: 8  Percentage: 9 (23.9)

"So Hawkeye's an Avenger, but I slum it on ABC? Not cool guys."
17.  Ghost Rider - Portrayal: 9.5  Power: 9  Percentage: 5.5 (24)
"Since I saved the series, do I get like a promotion or something? Awkward, yeah, I know, but pretty sure it wasn't canceled because . . . yeeaahh meeee . . . twice . . . ssooo . . . Netflix? Thanos? What's next?"

16.  Kid Flash - Portrayal: 8  Power: 8  Percentage: 8 (24)
Well, at least they don't call me "boy."

15. Star-Lord - Portrayal: 9  Power: 7  Percentage: 8  (24)

"So my dad cheated on my mom . . . a LOT . . . and then he killed her . . . because he loved her. And I'm just supposed to be okay with this? Yep, nnnoooo issues here."

14. Luke Cage - Portrayal: 5  Power: 9  Percentage: 10 (24)
Cornball Coffee 
13. Deadpool - Portrayal: 8.5  Power: 6.9  Percentage: 10 (25.4)
"It's not that Colossus's balls were made of steel. They weren't there! He has no genitalia down there. He's a seven-foot tin Ken doll. And he kicked my ass."

12. Wonder Woman - Portrayal: 6.5  Power: 9.1  Percentage: 10 (25.6)
Wonder Woman, Warrior Princess

11. David Haller - Portrayal: 7  Power: 9  Percentage: 10 (26)
I'm the dude playing the other dude beside the dude that looks like a girl, with another dude inside of him.

10. Flash - Portrayal: 7.5  Power: 8.5  Percentage: 10 (26)
"Hold up guys. Last year the bad guy was our new friend. The year before that, same thing. If we get a new friend this year, let's lock him up immediately in our illegal futuristic prison and save a lot of lives, yeah?"

9.  Jessica Jones - Portrayal: 9  Power: 7  Percentage: 10 (26)
"I don't do lists."

8.  Professor X - Portrayal: 9.5  Power: 8  Percentage: 9 (26.5)
"Mystique isn't my biological sister. Technically, she could be anyone. The mansion gets lonely. I don't see anything wrong with it."

7.  Captain America - Portrayal: 9.9  Power: 6.9  Percentage: 9.8 (26.6)
Next time he holds that shield up and walks through a hail of bullets, one of you shoot his legs. That thing's not a bullseye. You're welcome.

6.  Spider-Man - Portrayal: 8.5  Power: 8.5  Percentage: 10 (27)
Well, you know what they say, "third time's a dud."

5.  Supergirl - Portrayal: 9.5  Power: 8  Percentage: 9 (27.6)
Superman's villains, Superman's allies, Superman's job, Superman appearances, but she's doing things her way.
4.  Thor - Portrayal: 8.8  Power: 9  Percentage: 10 (27.8)
Don't worry dude, this time Loki for sure will not betray you.

3.  Doctor Strange - Portrayal: 9  Power: 9  Percentage: 10 (28) 

3.  Doctor Strange - Portrayal: 9  Power: 9  Percentage: 10 (28) 

3.  Doctor Strange - Portrayal: 9  Power: 9  Percentage: 10 (28) 

2.  Superman (DCEU) - Portrayal: 9  Power: 9.5  Percentage: 9.9 (28.4)
"I never much liked my Earth dad. He was terrible in The Untouchables."

1.  Iron Man - Portrayal: 10  Power: 8.7  Percentage: 10 (28.7)
Tony Stank

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