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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

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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

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.


Beast

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

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.


Cyclops

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.


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 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. »

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