En español | American 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Real Name: Charles Francis Xavier
Skills & Experience: Likely the world's most powerful telepath, can read minds, transport thoughts into others; founder of the X-Men; mutant-rights activist.
Encore Career: Lead a United Nations committee to protect and recognize the rights of persecuted minorities.
Ant-Man aka Yellowjacket
Real Name: Henry Pym
Skills & Experience: The brilliant scientist created "Pym Particles" that allow him to shrink to the size of an insect and then return to his normal size.
Encore Career: Work on new and revolutionary uses for nanotechnology, providing hands-on assistance yourself.
Real Name: Bruce Banner
Skills & Experience: When stressed, transforming into the ultimate destruction machine.
Encore Career: Design and sell Green Buddha, your line of ultra-ultra-ultra stretchy yoga clothes targeted to a young crowd. Encourage sedentary teens that log too much electronic time to get up and move, lest they make you angry.