6 Tips for Living with Superheroes from Our Super Scavenger Hunts

What to Do (and Not Do) in a Superhero City

Whether it’s the Multiverse of Madness and Ms. Marvel on Disney+, or Amazon’s The Boys, or the new Thor: Love and Thunder, you can’t swing an enchanted hammer without hitting a superhero movie or TV show. That inspired the Heroes & Villains Super Powers Grab ‘n’ Go Scavenger Hunt, which gives you a fun excuse to channel your inner superhero anytime, anywhere.

And that superhero-inspired scavenger hunt got us thinking about what it’s like for ordinary folks to live in a town full of superheroes. What should you watch out for, and what should you probably never do? So whether you live in Gotham City or down the street from Avengers Tower, here are some tips for living in a superhero city.

Pack Your Bags and Move Away

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The best piece of advice for living in a superhero city is: don’t! In every Batman movie, Gotham City is a miserable dump that’s always being terrorized by the Joker or the Riddler or Bane, and it really makes you wonder why anyone would choose to live there. If superheroes are real and you live in Metropolis or New York City, you know it’s only a matter of time before the next alien invasion or wacky supervillain mind-control scheme ruins your whole week. Time for a change of scenery. We hear Asheville’s lovely and superhero-free this time of year.

Don’t Even Think About Going to the Bank

OK, moving away isn’t totally realistic. So maybe the numero uno rule of living in a superhero city is to avoid the bank at all cost. Not a day goes by that some medium-power supervillain or a buncha goons isn’t robbing every bank in sight. Do people still rob banks in real life? Hardly. But it happens all the time in superhero land. So for your own sake, get very comfortable with online banking.

On a related note, if you ever see one of those armored cars that hauls around piles of cash? Run, don’t walk, in the opposite direction. That thing’s definitely getting heisted.

Watch Where You Work

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Are you an accountant at a company named for your city’s most famous billionaire industrial playboy? Do you work in a lab run by a vaguely sinister fellow who won’t shut up about how much he hates superheroes? Is your officemate almost definitely Superman’s girlfriend? Freshen up that resume and go get a job somewhere else, friend, because super shenanigans are headed your way.

Park Carefully

If you own a car in a superhero city, street parking is your enemy. You’re just begging for the Hulk to smash it. Or for some big guy to throw it at Superman. Or for the Flash to zoom by and shatter all the windows. Have you considered riding a bike instead?

Use Common Sense

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Just like in real life, living in a superhero city comes to down to using your common sense. If your city boasts an infamously dangerous place called “Crime Alley,” don’t walk down it at night wearing your finest pearls. If Doctor Strange just moved in next door, look into magic-proofing your place. If a giant, interdimensional portal opens up in the sky over the Avengers’ HQ, don’t stand there gawking at it like a goober. Keep your head on a swivel and you’ll be just fine in superhero city.

Find More Fun

Explore your own super city on scavenger hunts in amazing museums and famous neighborhoods. Or get your own Super Friends together and enjoy the Heroes & Villains Super Powers Grab ‘n’ Go Scavenger Hunt.


Image credits: Iron Man photo by Marjan Blan | @marjanblan on Unsplash; Batman and Superman photo by Yulia Matvienko on Unsplash; Avengers photo by Mulyadi on Unsplash