Help pack a million meals for struggling seniors on 9-11. Volunteer today

AARP Bulletin

Power of 50

Superheroes Celebrate 50th Anniversary!

Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Avengers still save the day, but here’s how these Marvel Comics crusaders can use their talents in an encore career. Check it out, Iron Man

A stack of books against an orange background.

Define your work and financial goals: Pick up Great Jobs for Everyone 50+ today!

En españolAmerican superheroes had a banner year in 1963. "The Amazing Spider-Man" comic book hit newsstands in the spring, and the original X-Men (Professor Xavier, Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, Marvel Girl aka Phoenix) and Avengers (Iron Man, Ant-Man, Thor, Hulk) debuted that autumn. Captain America joined the latter group a few months later.

Now that they're 50-plus or fast approaching it, these classic heroes — who qualify for their very own AARP membership — might want to start thinking about an encore career. How can they channel their talents into a Second Act? We have a few ideas.

Angel, Marvel Comics Superhereo


Real Name: Warren Worthington III
Skills & Experience: Sprouting wings to fly and carry to safety those in harm's way.
Encore Career: Create Mercy Deliveries, a service to transport wounded war victims to hospitals.



Real Name: Hank McCoy
Skills & Experience: Superhuman strength, flexibility, endurance and sensory abilities; can secrete pheromones to attract females.
Encore Career: Spend serious time in wild parks and zoos, encouraging mating rituals among endangered species.

Captain America

Captain America

Real Name: Steve Rogers
Skills & Experience: Physically perfect human specimen powered by "super soldier serum"; classic American hero symbolizing freedom.
Encore Career: You're 72 and a World War II vet. You're due the leadership role you've always deserved. Head up an Avenger All-Star USO Tour and fire up the troops with your inexhaustible patriotism.



Real Name: Scott Summers
Skills & Experience: Ability to project a destructive, laser-like force from eyes.
Encore Career: Train your gaze on eliminating evil. Targets will vary in size, form and scope.

marvel entertainment dc comics characters golden age hero heroes iceman


Real Name: Bobby Drake
Skills & Experience: Lowering body temperature enough to freeze any nearby moisture into weapons.
Encore Career: Stall the rise of the oceans worldwide by harnessing your sub-zero powers to reverse glacial melting in the Arctic.

marvel entertainment dc comics characters golden age hero heroes jean grey

Marvel Girl aka Phoenix

Real Name: Rachel Summers
Skills & Experience: Projecting thoughts into others; levitation.
Encore Career: Run for Congress and use your psychic prowess to broker unprecedented bipartisan collaboration across the aisle.

Next page: More crusaders, more recareering options. »

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts


Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Video Extra

2012 NEW YORK COMIC-CON RECAP: See what's happening in the world of comics.

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

AARP Bookstore

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Live Nation

Members save 25% or more when buying tickets in groups of four from Ticketmaster.

Cirque Du Soleil

Members save 15-30% on tickets to live Cirque du Soleil shows.

Regal Movies Popcorn and Soda, Member Benefits

Members can save $3 on any size popcorn and soft drink combo at Regal Cinemas.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.