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Post Reply What is the difference between superpowers and magic?
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Posted 10/13/16
Never thought there a difference. When I was thinking about the Highlander movie is it magic or superpower that made them become immortal (live forever!)?

What does that make Marcus Octavius from highlander to be?

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I never really thought about this question myself. But while there is often a lot of overlapping concepts, they just are not the same thing. To broadly analyze the two, I would say that superpowers are something that can be scientifically explained (just amplified far beyond something a normal human can do), while magic cannot. That's just my take and while there are many other differences, it's quite complicated to explain them.
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Actually, there really is no difference in their utility and resulting abilities. There's a lot of trends that you see in both, but that doesn't mean they don't overlap. Every argument that there was a difference is flimsy.

The REAL difference is source. Magic is the result of something spiritual or supernatural. Superpowers are based in some form or concept of science(fiction).

That's it.

Like, for example, Shazam is basically very similar to Superman in many respects. However, Shazam's powers are magical and Superman's are superpowers that result from his Kryptonian heritage and the yellow sun.

Another example of an overlap is Scarlet Witch. She's gone from mutant with superpowers, to magic user, to a combination of both, to what we saw with the avengers (again having superpowers)

So, again.... it's a matter of source and reason. Magic is fantasy, supernatural, spiritual. Superpowers are almost always grounded in some form of science(fiction).
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