10 Indian Superheroes Who Deserve a Place in the Metaverse

Supercraft Academy
July 6, 2022

Which names pop into your head when you first think of creators of superheroes? Undoubtedly, the likes of Stan Lee, Jerry Siegel and Bob Kane lead the race.

Why? Because they created the world-famous Spiderman, Superman and Batman.

And now, with the Metaverse expanding, these superheroes are being represented even more prolifically.

This opens a plethora of opportunities for writers who create superheroes to represent their work in the Metaverse and get both recognition and remuneration for it.

The opportunity is not merely for superheroes of the West. Indian writers, both ancient and contemporary, have created several superheroes who deserve to be right up there along with Batman and Superman.

How can these creators benefit from the ever-evolving world of NFTs? We’ll see that in the bit.

First, let’s talk about the Metaverse and how characters from books are making their entry into this virtual world.

Then we’ll enjoy a fun list where we’ll take a look at 10 Indian superheroes who can make the cut alongside the rest of the world out there in the Metaverse.

The Metaverse and Comic Book Characters

What is the Metaverse? Well, in the simplest of terms, the Metaverse is a virtual world powered by advanced technologies such as blockchain and micropayments.

It uses VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) to give users an almost real-world experience, accessible from their mobile devices. You can read more about it in this article, ‘5 Ways Writers Can Profit from the Metaverse’.

Users can buy lands, host live events, play 3D games, and more. As they go about their lives in this virtual world, they will be able to use NFTs to gain special access to events, own collectibles, buy and sell items, and be part of exclusive clubs.

It all sounds exciting, doesn’t it? So, where do fictional comic book characters fit in this world?

They’re everywhere, really. Comic character creators have begun to launch their superheroes into the Metaverse through 3D games, collectibles, interactive animation series, events and more.

For instance, Comic-Con India is entering the virtual world with its own Non-Fungible League and inviting comic book fans to buy limited editions of digital collectibles of their favourite characters.

As the Metaverse expands, they are also planning to launch live-action series, books, and other forms of interactive entertainment based on their league.

That’s not all. Remember Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle’s characters from childhood? They are all set to be on stage in the Metaverse.

The characters will be available as NFTs and the holders will get exclusive collectibles, modernized animated stories, 3D games and character props, to name a few.

Users can buy and sell these NFTs, thus not only making money themselves but also providing an opportunity to the writers of these books to increase their revenue.

With that thought, let’s move on to talk about 10 Indian superheroes who would totally rock the Metaverse and bring in the goods to the writers behind the scenes.

1. Shiva

One of the most revered gods in Hinduism, the lore of Shiva originates from ancient Indian texts penned centuries ago. Shiva’s mortal-world character represents a calm, serene being, who is also a loving father and a husband.

But when he dons his destructive skin, he can thrash demons and all evil beings just by the rage of his third eye.

Do you know why Shiva’s throat is blue?

The poison Halāhala was created from the Ocean of Milk when the Devas and Asuras churned it during the churning of the oceans, or Samudra Manthan, in order to obtain Amrita, the nectar of immortality.

Fourteen different ratnas, or treasures, were recovered during this exercise. But before Amrita could be formed, Halāhala was produced, which started injuring both sides.

As no one could bear the lethal fumes emitted by the poison, both the Devas and Asuras began to collapse due to asphyxiation.

They ran for help to Lord Brahma who advised them that only Shiva could help them. So both parties went to Mount Kailash and prayed to Lord Shiva for help.

In order to help them, Shiva started drinking the Halahala poison. His wife, Goddess Parvati, was alarmed, and she held her husband's neck with both her hands in order to stop the poison from going down to his stomach.

The poison turned his throat blue like a bruise. Hence, he is also known as Nīlakaṇṭha (the one with a blue throat).

Now, this is a story perfect for a video game, isn’t it?

Shiva has come back again and again to present-day bookstores, thanks to authors like Amish Tripathi, who brilliantly brings about all the facets of the god in his bestselling Shiva Trilogy.

2. Krishna

Did you know that all the protagonists in Chetan Bhagat's novels are named after Lord Krishna?

The most popular ancient philosopher, warrior, friend and guide, Krishna is worshipped for his eclectic spiritual knowledge and also for his extraordinary childhood filled with miracles. Krishna was the son of Vasudeva and Devaki but, when his maternal uncle Kamsa, the wicked king of Mathura, tried to kill him, he was smuggled across the Yamuna River to Gokula and raised by the leader of the cowherds, Nanda and his wife Yashoda.

Krishna’s stories come to us mainly from ancient literature, the Mahabharata and Vishnu Purana. Numerous contemporary works on Krishna and his superhuman powers have also found their way into the literary world.

Examples include ‘Blue God: A Life of Krishna,’ ‘Questions About Krishna,’ ‘The Complete Life of Krishna’ and more. In his book,Shyam’, mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik puts together the whole story of Krishna.

Some folk narratives of Krishna draw attention to his androgynous nature. He bends like a dancer, and he has a braid and nose rings to connect with his mother and to Radha. In many temples, his image is dressed in female attire (stri-vesha) on festival days to remind us of Krishna’s feminine form, Mohini.

If Krishna was to draw Arjuna’s chariot in the Metaverse, how do you think gamers would interact with the mighty Kurukshetra war?

3. Rama

The character of Rama as a mortal being endowed with supernatural powers was first brought into text in Valmiki’s epic, Ramayana.

The crown prince of Ayodhya was born into this world as an incarnation of Vishnu and we see demonstrations of his superpowers throughout the epic and many other ancient Indian texts as he fights Ravana and his army of demons.

Aside from Ramayana being retold by many contemporary authors across languages, the supernatural powers of Rama have found a voice in many fictional stories.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to get millions to flock to a section in the Metaverse where Rama’s character utilizes his powers to inspire millions of virtual lives.

Which are some of the most popular books based on the Ramayana?

  • ‘Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana’ by Devdutt Pattanaik
  • ‘Prince of Ayodhya: Ramayana Series’ by Ashok K. Banker
  • ‘Scion of Ikshvaku’ by Amish
  • ‘Asura: Tale of the Vanquished’ by Anand Neelakantan

4. Hanuman

An ardent devotee of Rama, Hanuman is one of the central characters of the Ramayana.

Lord Brahma gave Hanuman the irrevocable Brahma’s Curse, which ensured no one would be able to kill him with any weapon in war! He is also blessed with the power of inducing fear in enemies, destroying fear in friends, and being able to change his form to travel anywhere.

One of the most powerful stories on Hanuman revolves around the Medicine Mountain.

A battle breaks out between Ravana and Rama's armies. Lakshmana is so badly wounded in the battle it seems that he will die before sun-rise.

The monkeys and bears participating in the battle decide that Hanuman must leap to the Himalayas and bring back the healing herb from the Medicine Mountain to save Lakshman's life.

So Hanuman leaps over the ocean, and across the whole of India to the Himalayas.

Arriving in the Himalayas, it takes him a long time to find the fabled Medicine Mountain. Hanuman finds it at last - covered with herbs, but he doesn’t know which one is the magic healing herb.

So he wraps his arms around the whole mountain, pulls it out of the ground and lifts it onto the palms of his hand. He then flies with the mountain back to Lanka.

If there’s one game we would play in the Metaverse, it would be this one.

5. Nagraj

Superheroes in Indian texts have superpowers similar to those of a Batman or a He-Man.

One such superhero is Nagraj. The character was created by Raj Comics and the first editions were written by Parshuram Sharma – bet you didn’t know that.

Inspired by mythological characters of shapeshifting snakes and venomous human beings, Nagraj has superpowers that mesmerized children and adults alike back in the 1980s.

Widely considered to be the first superhero of India, Nagraj had super venom, which he used to instantly demolish bad guys.

If anyone deserves to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Superman and Spiderman in the Metaverse, it’s this guy!

6. Shakti

A true-blue superhero, Shakti stands for innate female superpowers.

Chandika has two forms: Chandi and Chamunda, who’s created by the goddess Kaushiki for killing demons Chanda and Munda.

Do you know how she came into being?

The great Goddess was born from the energies of the male divinities when the Devas became impotent in the long-drawn-out battle with the Asuras.

All the energies of the Gods became united and became supernovae, throwing out flames in all directions. Then that unique light, pervading the Three Worlds with its lustre, combined into one, and became a female form.

Devi projected overwhelming omnipotence. The three-eyed goddess was adorned with the crescent moon.

Her multiple arms held auspicious weapons and emblems, jewels and ornaments, garments and utensils, garlands and rosaries of beads, all offered by the gods.

With her golden body blazing with the splendour of a thousand suns, seated on her lion vehicle, Chandi is one of the most spectacular of all personifications of cosmic energy.

In other scriptures, Chandi is portrayed as assisting Kali in her battle with the demon Raktabīja. Chandi wounded him, but a new demon sprang up from every drop of his blood that fell on the ground. By drinking Raktabīja's blood before it could reach the ground, Kali helped Chandi to first destroy the armies of demons and finally kill Raktabīja himself.

Now, wouldn’t this story make for a rocking video game!

7. Chakra

If you are used to watching Marvel superheroes take down rogue criminals through robust sci-fi technologies, you are no stranger to superhero suits.

From Iron-Man to Ant-Man to Captain America, each of them wears suits that perform very specific functions when battles rage.

It was no surprise then, when the creator of the Marvel superheroes, Stan Lee, chose to collaborate with Indian creators to design a superhero with a suit! This superhero is Chakra.

He is the boy-next-door living in Mumbai whose high-tech suit harnesses the extraordinary powers of the Chakras – energy vortices present in all humans according to ancient yogic philosophies.

The writers who worked alongside Stan Lee to create this Marvel-like superhero are Sharad Devarajan and Gotham Chopra.

Needless to say, they are capable of fetching more recognition on the Metaverse than they got so far in the real world.

8. Dhruva

Widely known as Super Commando Dhruva, the acrobat-turned commando fights crimes within the law. He uses high-tech gadgets, including a utility belt and a bracelet with a Starline rope with blades popping out of it to keep the enemy at bay.

Dhruva, unlike most superheroes, doesn’t have any mystical or fantastic superpowers. He beats the lawbreakers through his wit, energy, conviction and a plethora of gadgets.

Sounds a bit like Batman, isn’t it? Well, the difference is that Dhruva doesn’t hide his identity.

He doesn’t have an alter ego. He is what he is – a representative of the law fighting for justice – whether he is at dinner with his adoptive family or out there on the streets of Rajnagar with the cadets of his Commando Force.

If you are looking for an Indian superhero to find a place in the Metaverse at the same pedestal as Batman, look no further than the bold officer Dhruva.

9. Devi

Another contemporary Indian superhero born of ancient Indian mythological concepts, Devi symbolizes the power of Goddess Durga born as a human being. She is the supreme invincible goddess Mahishasuramardini, who slays the demon Mahishasura.

She has 9 different avatars, each a goddess with a unique power!

Devi as a comic book was first published by Virgin Comics back in 2006, with creator Shekhar Kapur working with several other writers such as Siddharth Kotian, Samit Basu and Saurav Mohapatra. There are a hundred other books on her.

The mix of modern life with mythological superpowers makes Devi a unique superhero – someone who could have her very own distinct set of followers in the Metaverse.

10. Bantul

Here’s a comic book superhero who actually provides comic relief through his superpowers. Bantul was created by the noted comic book artist Narayan Debnath and originally published in a monthly magazine, ‘Shuktara’.

Although Bantul fights the bad guys with his superhuman strength, his actions are written in a light-hearted manner as opposed to the serious, war-like atmosphere created in most superhero stories.

Having said that, Bantul’s unique characteristics that enable him to lift an entire road or break a door with his thumb indicate that he has a lot of potential to awe audiences through the virtual reality techniques used in the Metaverse.

When it comes to matching strength with wit and humour, to date there are hardly any equivalents to Debnath’s everlasting creation.

How Superhero Creators Can Use NFTs to Augment Earnings

If you are a writer who conjures up a host of superhero strengths through your imagination, it’s time to get your dues.

While some of the creators of the superheroes we talked about are long gone, others like you who are currently creating new characters or revisiting old ones in their contemporary avatars have an immense potential to create games and collectibles in the Metaverse.

You can create NFTs based on the characters, their costumes, their powers, props and much more.

These NFTs can be used to create buzz around new book releases on superhero characters, inviting fans to exclusive events within the Metaverse or in the real world.

Fans can resell these NFTs in a secondary marketplace to further market your book about superheroes to a larger reader base, bringing in more revenues for you, the author.

If you’re creating a superhero series, you can use NFTs to release every chapter in an episodic format.

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