“Spider-Man: Homecoming” releases this week as the third time the hero has had a rebooted story since 2002. What separates this version from the others is a larger focus on Peter Parker juggling school life with wanting to be a hero. In the spirit of that, we looked at 10 other shows and films featuring teen heroes balancing their special abilities with trying to be a normal teen.
Avatar: The Last Airbender
“Avatar” follows Aang, a young boy with elemental powers who’s been on ice for years, and his friends on a journey across a war-torn world to restore peace and fulfill Aang’s destiny. A sequel series, “The Legend of Korra,” followed it up and centered on the next Avatar.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
In “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Buffy Summers must juggle the trials and tribulations of a high school teenager while simultaneously fulfilling her destiny of fighting of vampires and demons.
Three high school friends discover something at a party that gives them special abilities. As they learn to control their new gifts, their lives begin to spiral out of control.
There are definitely worse places to spend your time than a castle surrounded by your magical peers. Harry and each of his classmates bring their own talents and quirks to the table throughout the series seven books and eight films, as they work to thwart Voldemort.
While not everyone in the ensemble cast is a teenager, early on, it does center on one (“Save the cheerleader, save the world”), and though the show declines quickly in quality, the first season is still great TV and deserves a watch.
Discovered from the order “recruit teenagers with attitude,” the Power Rangers consist of six high schoolers who are given the ability to protect Earth — but mostly just Angel Grove — from monstrous threats.
“Sky High” is about a school for young superheroes taught by the older, more established heroes. The students are forced to learn to be high-flying heroes while also struggling with being teenagers.
Superman is an iconic hero, but watching his growing pains across 10 seasons of “Smallville” is almost more fun than seeing the finished product. As with most of the shows on this list, “Smallville” truly shines while watching Clark juggle his powers and responsibilities with typical teen angst.
It’s in the name. The teen heroes of the DC universe band together to not only fight crime, but also move into a ludicrous T-shaped skyscrapper where they constantly butt heads.
X-Men: First Class
While most of the “X-Men” films typically feature teens attending the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters, it’s “First Class” that features the opening of the school and most of the long-time favorites as much younger mutants, still struggling for a grasp on their powers.