Earlier this week Marina talked about how we love superhero sex. But what is it about super heroes that make us crave super sex? Certainly, they are specimens of our concepts of physical perfection. So yeah, they’re hot. But there’s nothing particularly special about that. Lots of people are hot. So, what is it? The power? The ideals? The form fitting spandex? Let’s consider those options.
We all have power fantasies, some a little more creative than others. The powers that many super heroes wield can easily make for an interesting bedroom experience. We’ve all imagined this, in ways ranging from the comedically infantile, to the truly erotic.
It’s a rare treat to see these powers used sexually in mainstream media. Dr. Manhattan shows us multiple incarnations in Watchmen. We see the potential for psychic sex in Babylon 5. Far too prideful to be outdone, Eric and Pam give us the most entertaining depictions of super speed in True Blood. By and large though, we rarely get to see super powers used and abused for sexual pleasure. That’s a shame, because you know damn well we’d all be getting super laid given the opportunity.
The overwhelming belief in, and drive to do the right thing makes super heroes incredibly compelling, and attractive. Maybe that purity of purpose makes us feel like being their lover would direct that intense dedication on us. Or, like the serpent in the garden, we crave the power to be the one who stains that purity. In even rarer instances, we get to see the character’s return to purity through sexuality. One of the great recent examples is playboy Tony and Pepper.
Super heroes certainly could be modernized representations of mythological figures, some far more bluntly than others. I’m lookin’ at you, Thor. To that effect, we desire them because we always have. The stories are told multiple times throughout history, with variations fitting the needs of the teller and their audience. In a way, super heroes are modern days gods. We crave them because we’ve always craved intimacy with divinity.
The Form Fitting Spandex
Marina covered this already but yeah, maybe it’s just the ultimate tease of their costumes, both revealing and concealing. They rarely wear spandex anymore, but the costumes are still skin tight. We get to appreciate their perfect figures, but our salacious fantasies are still trapped within that second skin. Porn parodies cater to this impulse but seem to miss the mark when this is the only factor they appeal to. Without the plot and production value, it just comes off as second-rate cosplay.
3DX could really take advantage of this. By developing super hero stories that deliver on all three categories, the result will be far superior to what the live action parodies can deliver. The key to making it work, though, is pacing. The desire has to be kindled and allowed to smolder before the payoff. By diving in too soon, we lose the opportunity to deliver a more powerful experience.
Marie wanted me to share what super power would I pick? Probably omniscience. With that kind of knowledge, you could simply figure out how to duplicate any other power. Iron Man is just a smart dude that built a bunch of stuff to make himself super. That’s just regular human brilliance. Imagine the possibilities of godlike intelligence. I suppose the downside would be it would be nearly impossible to have a novel experience, and we crave novelty.
If I were picking a physical based power just for pleasure, it would probably be heightened senses. Well, enhanced vision would be pretty meh for sex. Hearing the specific details of your partner’s breath and groans would be amazing though. Drowning in the pleasure of enhanced touch would be incredible too. However, taste and scent would by far be my favorites. Imagine being drunk on your lover’s pheromones and aroused aromas. Tasting every loving detail of their body, their sweat, and their cum. Sure, we process these sensations, but being overwhelmed by them would be a truly intense experience.
What power would you pick for super sex?