You find yourself falling from a building, or strapped to a bomb by some crazy villain, or tied to a train track. In our real world, you are pretty screwed. But all of a sudden here comes a bird, or a plane, or wait! A superhero and you are saved!!! Wait… What!?
What if scenario #1: There were always superheroes.
Life is pretty normal. There are still kids riding bikes in the streets, people struggling to pay their rent, superheroes trying to ward of the recent threat of nuclear destruction by the recent up and coming villain…
This is a popular scenario and always an interesting one. Many stories of this nature involve segregation (X-Men), militarization (Hydra), and eradication (X-Men… again). The differences between people have caused real harm to our actual history and would most likely translate to this scenario. Which is bad! Imagine the if the X-Men movies were real! Devastation and mutant wars and mind control – oh my!
What if scenario #2: All of a sudden, there are superheroes.
Ok, let’s say a Particle Accelerator exploded, you know, like in the Flash, and now there are “metahumans” all over the freaking place.
First, most might not be so bad. Some people might just get the ability to pass calculus, other might get hecka good at tying shoes. However, to the lucky few, you may find yourself able to fly, have x-ray vision, telekinesis, the usual.
That’s if all ends well. Remember in the first X-Men movie, when Magneto builds a machine to change all humans into mutants? Well, that didn’t work out for the best in all cases… Yuck.
What if scenario #3: Us “normal folk” have no idea there are superheroes (or very many of them).
This scenario is usually the shortest lived. In most original superhero stories that try to keep it a secret of their powers, something happens to blow the cover. In the pilot of most recent Supergirl show, she finds herself having to save a falling plane containing her adoptive sister. Nice of her to save just the one after all these years, take what you can get I guess.
It’s not hard to imagine why a mutant, metahuman or alien would want to stay under the radar. You may risk what normal life you have with imprisonment, experimentation, and all sorts of bad stuff. If I had some sort of super powers, I would certainly keep them to myself. It’s hard enough having to help all the old ladies reach the top shelves at the supermarket… 😉