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Marvel's Hero Project

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Marvel celebrates the young superheroes walking among us.

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Positive Messages

The series profiles young people who are living ordinary lives but making efforts to help communities with different challenges. Activism, perseverance, finding different ways of helping others, importance of community involvement are all addressed. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The kids profiled are from diverse gender, racial, ethnic backgrounds, and some face different physical challenges. All of them are heroes in their own way. 

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Some of the kids profiled discuss difficult issues like death of a parent, domestic violence, child abuse, etc. 

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The Marvel logo, and discussions about Marvel characters, are featured in each episode. Folks wear shirts and other clothing that feature logos from the community and charitable organizations they work for.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Marvel's Hero Project is an uplifting series that profiles heroic tweens and teens who are taking leadership roles in their communities and proactively trying to making a positive difference in the world. There are some difficult topics discussed, including the death of a parent, child abuse, domestic violence, and conversations about living life with physical challenges. But these are all offered within the context of sharing how these folks overcome what they are facing, and how they're actively trying to help others. The Marvel logo is often visible, and superhero characters and plotlines are discussed at certain points in each episode, but most of each show is dedicated to profiling the individual young person and celebrating who they are and the work that they do.

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What's the story?

MARVEL'S HERO PROJECT is a reality series that shows us that heroes live among us. Each episode features an inspiring young person that was brought to the attention of the Marvel Comics' editorial board, including VP of Creative & Content Stephen Whacker, Sarah Amos, VP of Development, and Rana Amanat, VP of Content & Character. It presents profiles of kids like 11-year-old Jordan Reeves, who founded Project Unicorn to help develop technology that can facilitate the use of learning technology for kids who are disabled, Elijah Lee, an 11-year-old ordained minister and anti-child abuse activist, and 15-year-old Adonis Watt, a talented high school football player who doesn't let his blindness keep him from setting his sights on the NFL. After accomplishments have been highlighted, the young hero is rewarded with a special jacket and a one-of-a-kind comic book created by Marvel that features them as a superhero and tells the true story of how they use their own special powers to save the world.  

Is it any good?

This heartening series celebrates outstanding young people who have made the choice to face difficult challenges and serve their communities by being positive, hard-working, and creative in their everyday lives. While the heroes are from all walks of life, and have individual interests and talents, they all exhibit courage and commitment as they take on leadership roles in their respective communities. Meanwhile, the Marvel staff makes a point of comparing each of the special kids to some of their favorite comic book characters, highlighting how their constructive, forward-looking ways of thinking and their active efforts to help others are comparable to superhuman powers. Marvel's Hero Project is both interesting and inspiring, and shows us how we all have the potential to be superheroes. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes a hero. Is it having superpowers? Helping a community? What about just smiling and helping someone's day get better?

  • Many of Marvel's characters are based, in some way, on real people and events. If they were to create a character based on you, what would it be like?

  • Marvel's Hero Project shows us the different ways young people are working hard to make the world a better place for everyone. What things (even little things) can you do to make a positive change?

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