Superhero Obsession: Why We Love Fantasy

There's also a full slate of superhero movies over the next couple of years, including, "The Avengers," "Thor," "Captain" "America," "Green Hornet" and "Green Lantern." It's all part of that yearning to unlock the superhero within us.

"Superhero stories, all heroic myth stories teach us and tell us that it is possible, that you can do it," said artist and author Arlen Schumer. "In real life, we often cannot overcome our obstacles. We cannot get justice, we cannot right wrongs ... and we need stories to tell ourselves that we could be this; we could act this way."

Watch the full story on "SuperHumans!" a special edition of "20/20" Tuesday, June 1 at 10 p.m. ET

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