WARNING: Spoilers for My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising Below
My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising very quietly brings up a question that could change everything we know about it. In the film, a character who up until now was only seen once and thought to have been completely unimportant is shown to be working with Tomura Shigaraki and The League of Villains.
I am speaking about the doctor who diagnosed a young Izuku Midoriya as quirkless.
Why He’s a Big Deal
In the film, this very same doctor is seen experimenting on the main villain, Nine, for the League of Villains. The experiments include the taking and giving of superpowers, or quirks as they’re known as in the MHA universe.
In the first episode of the anime, this mysterious doctor told a young Deku and his mom that he had no powers. Was this a lie? Does Deku secretly have his own quirk besides One For All? What if Deku had a quirk that the Doctor stole during Deku’s examination? And if either of these is true…why? Could this Doctor be the true mastermind above Tomura and All For One?!
Why This Could Change Everything
This rocks everything we know about MHA to its core! Not only narratively, but thematically. The idea that everyone can be a hero even if they weren’t born great is what attracts and inspires so many fans. Could a potential retcon be coming? Deku secretly having a quirk of his own all along could upset some fans who liked that the main hero is someone who wasn’t special.
On the other hand, if the series wanted to maintain that “even those without amazing powers can be special”, they could say that it’s not quite true that 20% of people are born quirkless. Instead, that common knowledge was wrong and everyone has a quirk, you just might not be able to see it at first. For example, a quirk that lets you breathe in space, but you’d only discover it if you were thrown into the vacuum of space.
Maybe the show’s core message could evolve slightly to “everyone has the potential to be amazing, even if their talent isn’t obvious.” After all, that seems to be the message the show wanted to communicate with Mirio Togata. He’s the walking embodiment of turning a strange skill into something great.
Without spoiling anything, manga readers who are ahead of the show are also currently spinning their own theories asking the same questions about the Doctor that us anime-only fans who just watched Heroes Rising are. This Doctor has a role to play in the world of My Hero Academia that we are eager to discover.
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