Searching for a real superhero |

Searching for a real superhero

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man, X-Men and other superheroes, said he’s often asked what special power he would like to have. “Immortality,” he likes to reply, stumping questioners.

But that’s just what a new reality TV series developed by Lee and fellow executive producer Bruce Nash is offering contestants, according to Nash.

The superhero character created and played by the winner of Sci Fi Channel’s “Who Wants to be a Superhero?” will be featured in a Lee comic book and in a Sci Fi Channel movie.

The series is about “fantasy and wish-fulfillment. Nobody’s trying to get a date. It’s really immortality we’re offering,” said Nash, whose TV credits include “Who Wants to Marry My Dad?” and “Outback Jack.”

Among those who made the final cut were Chelsea Ward as Cell Phone Girl, Matthew Atherton as Feedback and Nell Wilson as Fat Momma. They aren’t required to scramble up buildings but must prove their strength of character and fortitude weekly on the series airing Thursday.

One challenge called on them to beat the others to a finish line; in fact, the test was whether they were willing to forfeit the race to stop and help an apparently lost child (played by a young actress).

The challenges “are the kind of things that a normal person can do, but there’s always a twist to each,” Lee told reporters recently.

The dapper-looking Lee is the show’s host. If the winning character catches on, could its creator become a full-time superhero?

“Well, Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor,” Lee replied.

The Marvel Comics legend, now 83, said he doesn’t actually covet any super power for himself. “I would just like to be able to keep doing what I’m doing … and let it all be as much fun as it is, really,” he said.

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