Teenage heroes in the Marvel Universe are rarely sidekicks. With the creation of Spider-Man in 1962, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko set a template for the young adult hero in superhero fiction; the inexperienced student learning about the responsibilities of adulthood, coming of age as they come into great power.

Marvel has revisited the model a few times in the years since, usually in a team setting, starting with Kitty Pryde in 1980, and continuing with Cloak and Dagger in '82, Power Pack in '84, and the New Warriors in '89. In 2003 the success of Runaways kicked off a new wave of teen heroes at the publisher, but which of those post-Runaways heroes have really connected with the fans? With this poll, we're letting you decide.

With dozens of heroes to choose from, we've limited our selection to the past ten years, and only those heroes big enough to head up their own ongoing titles or appear in an All-New All-Different title.

You can vote for up to three choices in this poll. Here are the contenders:

  • Wiccan (Billy Kaplan)

    Created by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung, 2005.

    Magic-wielding mutant son of Vision and the Scarlet Witch. Possible future Sorcerer Supreme. Next appearing in New Avengers.

  • Hulkling (Teddy Altman)

    Created by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung, 2005.

    Half-Kree, half-Skrull super-strong shapeshifter. Boyfriend of Wiccan. Next appearing in New Avengers.

  • Hawkeye (Kate Bishop)

    Created by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung, 2005.

    Skilled archer and martial artist with no superhuman powers. Currently co-starring in Hawkeye.

  • Gravity (Gregory Willis)

    Created by Sean McKeever and Mike Norton, 2005.

    Gravity manipulation powers. Sometime member of the Fifty State Initiative, the Young Allies and Great Lakes Avengers.

  • Amadeus Cho

    Created by Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa, 2006.

    Sidekick to Hulk and Hercules, and one of the smartest people in the world. Will become the next Hulk in Totally Awesome Hulk.

  • Hope Summers

    Created by Mike Carey and Chris Bachalo, 2007.

    Mutant messiah with the ability to mimic other mutants' powers. Raised by Cable in the future. Helped save mutantkind from the Scarlet Witch's decimation.

  • Power Man (Victor Alvarez)

    Created by Fred Van Lente and Mahmud Asrar, 2009.

    Sole survivor of a terror attack, granted the power to absorb and channel chi energy. Next appearing in New Avengers.

  • Oya (Idie Okonkwo)

    Created by Matt Fraction, Kieron Gillen and Whilce Portacio, 2010.

    Mutant with temperature manipulation powers. One of the first mutants 'restored' by Hope Summers. Next appearing in All-New X-Men.

  • White Tiger (Ava Ayala)

    Created by Christos Gage and Tom Raney, 2011.

    Legacy hero imbued with superhuman abilities by the mystical tiger amulet. Next appearing in New Avengers.

  • Genesis (Evan Sabahnur)

    Created by Rick Remender and Esad Ribic, 2011.

    Latest incarnation of the ancient immortal villainous mutant Apocalypse. Next appearing in All-New X-Men.

  • Spider-Man (Miles Morales)

    Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, 2011.

    Spider-based powers from a bite from a genetically modified spider. Comes from the Ultimate Universe. Next appearing in Spider-Man and All-New All-Different Avengers.

  • America Chavez

    Created by Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta, 2011.

    Super-strong flying hero from another dimension, with the power to move between dimensions. Next appearing in Ultimates.

  • Nova (Sam Alexander)

    Created by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness, 2011.

    Latest human representative of the powerful intergalactic Nova Corps police force. Next appearing in Nova and All-New All-Different Avengers.

  • Ms Marvel (Kamala Khan)

    Created by Sana Amanat, Stephen Wacker, G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona and Jamie McKelvie, 2013.

    Inhuman superhero with body morphing powers. Next appearing in Ms Marvel and All-New All-Different Avengers.

  • Starbrand (Kevin Conner)

    Created by Jonathan Hickman and Dustin Weaver, 2013.

    Bearer of Marvel Universe version of the starbrand tattoo, granting power limited only by the imagination. Next appearing in Starbrand and Nightmask.

  • Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes)

    Created by Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore, 2014.

    Possessed and empowered by a demonic spirit. Drives a cool black muscle car.

  • Spider-Gwen (Gwen Stacy)

    Created by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez, 2014.

    Spider-based powers from a bite from a radioactive spider. Lives in an alternative reality where Gwen lived and Peter Parker died. Next appearing in Spider-Gwen and Web Warriors.


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