to the glorious dwelling, the sacred seat of Anu and Ishtar,
to the palace * of Gilgamesh, (the hero) who is perfect in
strength, surpassing, like as a mountain bull, men in power."
Enkidu, to Shamhat in the origonal English Translation by Arnolt_
He/she is special, this superhero is, stronger, faster, wiser, more learned, or even all of the above. He/she has a special friend, powerful in his/her own way who assists and aid him/her. They protect the weak, defend the king, and save the day.
This meme is by no means new, "The Epic of Gilgamesh" started out as a series of oral tradition shorts that was gathered together in fairly recent times. The story of how the most recently translated version was developed is an epic in of itself ranging from a lucky train breakdown and a sharp eyed British archaeologist to clever Iraqi museum preservationists who got a little more than they bargained for when they started buying back looted goods.
Every generation has had its own super heros. from Paul Bunyan to the iconic Superman himself. They are a reflection of what a culture needs, or what it thinks it needs. Bunyan came to be in a land that was still wild and untamed with dangers lurking around every tree. Superman was born of the horrors of the Holocaust from the mind of a man who had seen no protector come in real life.
Creating new superheroes has of course now been streamlined and processed these days. Every brightly colored meta-human who shows up on a comic book page has no doubt been analyzed and groomed to be marketed. But the world still loves its superheros. #TheSuperheroWeActuallyNeed