Technology. It’s one of those things you either love or you don’t. As a society, we have entrenched ourselves so deeply in it that no matter how much we try or want, we can’t escape it. I mean, it’s everywhere. Facebook, YouTube, iPhones, computers, cars, thermostats, and the internet. Technology is, for lack of a better description, the driving force behind today’s times. Comic books are no different. Some superheroes understand this. In fact, some superheroes flat-out embrace it.
Today’s comic book characters don’t need special powers or God-like abilities to fight crime. Nope. All today’s heroes need is a little ingenuity, and some determination, and technology does the rest. Of the superheroes who use technology, 10 stand out from the rest. Let’s take a look at our ranked list of the top 10 tech-based superheroes.
10. Green Arrow
If you thought that Green Arrow was just a normal guy who is really good with a bow and arrow, think again. Oliver Queen is one of the wealthiest characters in comics. He runs an empire that many aspire to have and has more money than can be spent in 12 lifetimes. And with his money, he has created a base of operations that very few will ever see. Just look at his incredible setup on the CW’s Arrow. The technology that Green Arrow uses starts with his base, runs through his suit, and trickles into each of his arrows.
9. Blue Beetle
Like many other superheroes who use technology, Ted Kord is powerless. However, what he lacks in power he makes up for in know-how. Ted Kord is one of DC’s smartest heroes…and I’ll prove it to you.
This version of Blue Beetle uses many forms of high-tech weaponry and gadgets. Some of these include site-enhancing lenses, protective costumes, a BB Gun capable of knocking over a hippo, an airship, flight pads, and a mask that can’t forcibly be taken off his face. If it sounds like he embraces technology, he doesn’t. He flat-out needs it.
8. Hank Pym
Say what you want about Hank Pym’s questionable past, he is a genius whose entire run as a superhero requires technology. Hank Pym uses the aptly named “Pym Particles” to shrink down to the size of an ant or grow as big as a building.
When at either size, he’s able to be
Of all the technology that the X-Men have access to, none of it is as impressive as the stuff that Forge can make. Forge is a mutant whose ability allows him to create incredible technology. This means that if you can envision it, Forge can create it. In addition, Forge also has the ability to visually perceive mechanical energy as it works.
This ability allows him to instantly recognize the potential use of any piece of technology no matter the size. Couple these two abilities and Forge can create, assemble, disassemble, or create countermeasures to anything on the planet.
The death of Superman left a giant void in the DC Universe. More specifically, it left a giant void in Metropolis. Dr. John Henry Irons was someone who noticed this. Believing that it was up to him to keep the Superman-less Metropolis safe, Irons, a weapons expert, constructed a suit of armor. After a few revisions, Irons took his suit, weapons, and gadgetry to the streets where he began serving the innocents.
To pay homage to his idol, Irons fabricated an ‘S’ to his chest and called himself the Man of Steel. This was later shortened by Superman to simply, Steel.
5. Booster Gold
Booster Gold isn’t your average superhero. In fact, Booster Gold might not even be a superhero at all. Booster Gold hails from the future. In the future, he was nothing more than a run-of-the-mill and down-on-his-luck man. One day while working at the Metropolis Space Museum, he took a particular liking to the superheroes of the past. His liking turned to an infatuation and eventually, he began stealing the technology of the deceased heroes.
This meant that he took Rip Hunter’s Time Sphere, a Legion Flight Ring, Brainiac 5’s Force Field Belt, and a Power Suit. Because he was in the future, he was able to use the information that he possessed to thwart crime in the past. And he did it with technology.
His name alone should tell you that he’s fairly technologically advanced. Although Cyborg was originally a member of the Teen Titans after the New 52 Cyborg became a credible member of the Justice League. After a series of unfortunate events, Victor Stone (Cyborg) was left without a mother and a mutilated mess.
Fearing that he may lose his son, Silas Stone (his father) fitted Victor with an experimental advanced prototype he had access to. Once fitted, Victor regained consciousness and learned that he was now very different. Rather than being an above-average teenager, Victor was suddenly a half-machine man capable of single handily destroying an entire city block.
3. Black Panther
If you caught 2018’s Black Panther, you know exactly how technologically advanced the nation of Wakanda is. Wakanda is home to Vibranium and Vibranium is the Marvel Universe’s most expensive and useful material. Above being the main ingredient in Captain America’s shield, it’s also responsible for the airships, buildings, weaponry, and suits that Wakanda houses.
At the front of Wakanda stands King T’Challa, the Black Panther. Like Iron Man or Batman, Black Panther doesn’t inherently possess any sort of power. He can’t fly. He doesn’t heal quickly. And he isn’t immortal. Instead, he uses the technology around him to better serve those who deserve it most.
For reasons as obvious as why an egg cooks on a stove, Batman is one of a few superheroes who use technology. In fact, without it, he’s just a regular guy with a lot of money. Batman might as well of coined the term technologically advanced superheroes.
At his disposal lies the Batmobile, a utility belt with more gadgets than can be counted, the Batplane, computer systems that makes the Pentagon envious, and, of course, the Batcave. However, just because he has access to it doesn’t mean that he doesn’t share it. For every piece of technology that he has access to, a member of the Batfamily also has access.
1. Iron Man
Marvel’s answer to Batman, is Iron Man. Yes, I said it.
Iron Man is the most technologically savvy superhero on Earth. Not only does every fabric of his heroism depend on it, but it’s also what keeps him alive. Tony Stark has developed enough technology for multiple lifetimes and he shows no signs of slowing down. In addition to his many cars, and houses, and Iron Man suits lie his A.I. system that does whatever he needs, whenever he needs it.
Iron Man is the comic book definition of a superhero who uses technology.