Building/Becoming a Superhero

We’ve pulled a few threads from the script, weaving together the elements that lead Tramarion and Flat Joe towards the creation of the Maasai Angel, and Sabrina towards becoming the superhero of her own story.

(p.9) TRAMARION: I don’t know where I put my lucky T-shirt — (She holds up his worn-out lucky T-shirt, freshly laundered.) How’d you do that?


ESP (Extra-Sensory Perception): The psychic powers of telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance. A person who possesses ESP is called an esper. The spy organization SHIELD has employed an Esper Division.

— from the Marvel Fandom Wiki Glossary

(p.11) TRAMARION: Thoughts become things, Ma.

SABRINA: Is that what Coach Brackett says?

Elements of ESP…
Psionic Constructs: Avid usage of the psychic planes energies allows a user to construct mental energy into various shapes and forms be they weapons or otherwise. Because of the nature of said energy the psi forms are purely ethereal having no physical sway, but that doesn’t make them any less effective offense wise.

— from the Marvel Fandom Wiki Glossary

(p.20) TRAMARION: You think I’m playing, but I swear my mom’s got cameras hidden around here.

FLAT JOE: Sometimes, my Aunt Louise be saying that she has eyes in the back of her head. But your mama? Man, she’s got E-S-P or somethin’ for real. Like, for real.

(p.27) TRAMARION: (He grabs the comic, flips through the pages. He erases a line of text and writes) “I am the Maasai Angel. I stand up for those people society throws away. Or…I don’t.” (He tosses the comic in the box marked TRASH.)

(p.44) FLAT JOE: If you got powers, you don’t really have to do anything. You ain’t gotta fight crime if you don’t want to. you don’t gotta deal with people’s problems.

TRAMARION: Doctor Manhattan.

FLAT JOE: Word. He split. He was like, “I could save the world, but humans are stupid. So I’m just gonna be naked all the time on my own planet.”

TRAMARION: The naked part was kinda weird.

FLAT JOE: If you’re that powerful and you choose to help instead of run away…That’s admirable. You don’t abandon people. You don’t leave. You use your power to help all the people.”

(p.51) LADY VULTURE: “Superhero” might be generous. We don’t even know yet if [the Maasai Angel] has any real powers.”

(p.42) TRAMARION: I think she needs a superpower.

(p.64) DEEP THINKER: […] I’m all about that mind. The subconscious. See, your thoughts become… things? I think. Is that right?

MAASAI ANGEL: Things. Your thoughts become things. What’s wrong with you?

Elements of ESP…
Telepathic Control & Manipulation: The ability to manipulate other people’s minds achieving a variety of effects up to and including mind control.

— from the Marvel Fandom Wiki Glossary

(p.70) TRAMARION: Can we give Maasai Angel powers or not?

FLAT JOE: Nah. Not super powers. Just one. Power. Singular. And I know exactly what it should be.

(p.73) DEATH TAP: How’d you do that? You ain’t got powers.

MAASAI ANGEL: Just one. Power. Singular. E-S-P.
(She tosses the guns to the ground.)
Or it was just the one. But I chose what I wanted to do with it. And what I wanted to do, was expand it. Not only do I have precognition of your every move, I can control objects, too. Comes in handy, dontcha think? Cuz now, I can stop a bullet.

Elements of ESP…
Precognition: The ability to foresee events before they’ve come to pass.
Psychic Wave Manipulation: The ability to generate and manipulate thought waves. The user can manipulate their thought waves and utilize them either in a telepathic manner or materialize the waves into powerful energy for physical purposes; further compression of such psychic waves could become physical matter. It can create a barrier composed of compressed waves, materialized waves into appendages to manipulate objects and project mind waves into whatever is imagined.

— from the Marvel Fandom Wiki Glossary

(p.88) TRAMARION: You get to decide how you’ll use your power. But you have to be in the real world to do it.

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