Iowa League of Heroes will appear at 4 Seasons Fest

Ronna LawlessStaff WriterAll photos contributed
Iowa League of Heroes will appear at 4 Seasons Fest

Evil villains had better stay away from the Four Seasons Festival in Polk City if they know what’s good for them. From noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, Iowa superheroes will be on hand.

The Iowa League of Heroes, in the forms of many recognizable characters like Batman, Captain America and Super Girl, say its goal is to help others in whatever way they can. And they want to be more than fictional heroes. They are making a difference in the lives of Iowa’s children.

“We genuinely want to see people succeed, from the child dealing with medical issues or bullying at school to the local business trying to make a positive impact in our community,” said Matt Morgan, one of the founders of the group.

The Iowa League of Heroes was established in 2004 when two friends thought of an idea — visit children who were not able to see their favorite heroes under normal circumstances. After many years, dedication and investments, the group’s name was solidified and this simple idea grew from sharing one character to the league that exists today.

The Iowa League of Heroes strives for an authentic look. Setting the standard in character appearances, each member has invested hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in design, fabrication, location and purchase of parts for their suits.

“We want to make sure they don’t see a guy or girl in a costume, but a hero in a suit,” Morgan said. “Most importantly, we want to maintain high standards to honor the creators of these heroes — leaving no doubt that we hold each one in the highest respect.”

Members of the Iowa League of Heroes do not claim to be any original TV or film characters, only lookalikes.

Morgan has been a sanctioned Marvel actor for the entire Midwest region of the United States. Since 2004, Morgan has been a professional actor in character appearances throughout Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska. He has appeared at speaking engagements, motivational speeches and standard meet-and-greets as characters such as Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man and Thor — all through the Marvel Characters Appearance Program.

“The kids at children’s hospitals and charitable events are why we do what we do. The perks that come along with the territory can’t compare when a child looks at you and gives you a hug, saying you are his or her hero,” Morgan said.