According to new research, time is not on Marvel’s side.
Researchers from Australia’s University of Queensland, Australia reviewed 25 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies that were released between 2008-2020. The focus was on main characters and their health.
The team looked at what heroes did most often, their personal histories, and any triggers in the past such as abuse, surgery, or other forms of trauma.
The discovery that certain people are more likely to succeed in old age than others led to the creation of Iron Man, Black Panther and other greats who benefited from their wealth and intelligence.
Marvel’s elite can be healthy by staying active, and they also have the ability to enjoy socializing within the Avengers.
These problems are caused by some of the substances that they use to obtain their power, as in Black Panther’s past trauma.
The time factor is not favorable for Marvel’s super-heroes. According to a recent study, it’s also the possibility of Thanos taking them out of existence.
Spiderman (Peter Parker), is not likely to get enough sleep. This increases the likelihood of being overweight, suffering from mental illness, and experiencing pain later in life.
Black Panther (T’Challa), takes a potion to improve his mental and physical capabilities. However, adverse side effects remain unknown.
The new research, which was published in December’s issue of BMJ, found that heroes as well as ordinary mortals need to engage in regular exercise and form strong social relationships.
Positive behaviours that are learned earlier in life can reduce your risk for health issues later on in life, such as heart disease, dementia and chronic pain.
The Australian team was interested in understanding the impact of these traumatic and unusual situations on superheroes’ health.
“Superheroes tend to live longer than average people so it makes sense to consider their health and association with ageing,” the team said.
How much income you make and where you live can have a major impact on your long-term health.
A team from Australia used Marvel heroes to study the differences between normal humans and superheroes in order to make an analog.
The team reviewed 24 Marvel films, beginning in 2008 with Iron Man and ending in 2021, with Black Widow.
The heroes were assumed to have an age, and that their aging trajectories can be changed by their personal traits the same as any other person.
It began by looking at positive behaviors and “health assets”, and discovered that super heroes regularly exercise and engage in other physical activities.
Both are associated with healthy aging, explained the team.
Marvel also displays a high level social cohesion, and connection in their movies.
According to the Australian team, this is linked with lower dementia risk.
These superheroes have a positive outlook and are optimistic.
These individuals also showed psychological resilience and an understanding of their purpose.
Healthy ageing has been linked to all of these factors.
The superheroes, except for Iron Man and Thor, don’t smoke or drink much, as they have discovered.
Multiple childhood traumas, including Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff), increase the likelihood of her developing mental and physical illnesses as she ages. The risk of developing dementia and cardiovascular disease is higher when you are young.
Black Panther (T’Challa), with his wealth and social standing, and his vegetarian diet decreases the risk of obesity and heart disease.
Avoiding smoking and drinking less are two behaviors that can lead to a longer lifespan and healthier aging – for both people and super heroes.
They then looked at risk factors and bad behaviours that can lead to health problems in the long term – both physical and mental.
The researchers found that superheroes are at greater risk for dementia and life-altering physical injuries and disabilities if they have been exposed to noises and air pollution repeatedly.
The researchers then examined the personal traits and health behaviours of five of the superheroes – Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Black Panther, and Spiderman.
Both Iron Man and Black Panther are highly intelligent and wealthy, which reduces their risk of developing dementia.
Bruce Banner, Hulk and Bruce Banner have a very high heart beat. This puts Bruce Banner at greater risk for developing strokes, cardiac disease or dementia.
Avoiding smoking and drinking less are two behaviors that can help you live a healthier life.
Black Panther can also be vegetarian. This is known for its support of healthy aging.
Hulk’s poor health contrasts with Black Panther’s. Hulk is prone to heart disease, high body weight index, anger, and other chronic conditions later in his life.
Black Widow’s traumatizing childhood experiences can increase her chances of developing mental and physical illnesses with age.
Spiderman’s strength and flexibility may reduce his chances of falling, but his nights spent fighting crime means he will not be getting 8-10 hours sleep, as recommended for teens of his age.
The researchers warn that obesity can result in lower mental health and increased rates of unintentional harm.
Iron Man (Tony Stark), is extremely rich and has a high level of intelligence, which reduces his risk for dementia. Health Risks – Not known, but linked to heart disease.
Researchers suggest that the Avengers focus on the task of providing social and high-quality health care to an aging population.
The Marvel heroes’ collective efforts have focused on issues such as maintaining safety in the multiverse.
According to the authors, they also addressed the creation and modulation of consciousness as well as artificial intelligence.
But, the experts suggest that you start to focus your attention on the challenges of providing social and high-quality health care to an aging population.
They conclude that this would allow people from all over the universe, even superheroes to enjoy a high quality life into old age.
The journal BMJ published the findings.