Power Pack — first appeared in 1986 and created by Louise Simonson and June Brigman — is the first team of preteen superheroes in the Marvel Universe that operated without adult supervision. However, unlike many other young heroes, they had supportive parents and weren’t orphans.
The Power kids — Alex, Julie, Jack and Katie — each received their powers from a dying alien, with Alex gaining gravity control, Julie being able to fly, Jack getting mass control and Katie being able to disintegrate objects. The initial run lasted sixty-one issues along with Simonson and Brigman undoing some of the damage other teams did to the book in the Power Pack Holiday Special.
The same year that the comic was canceled, Paragon Entertainment Corporation and New World Television created a Power Pack pilot in the hopes it could be a live-action show for NBC’s Saturday Morning Kids block. They passed but Fox bought the pilot and aired it several times on Fox Kids in 1991.
This short finds the kids getting used to their new home and neighborhood while promising their parents — who unlike the comic know they have powers — that they will be as normal as possible. There’s also a haunted house and the spirit of Dr. Mobius (Greg Swanson, the class president from Terror Train) to deal with.
Alex was played by Nathaniel Moreau from Are You Afraid of the Dark?, while Julie was Margot Finley from Mighty Ducks 3. Jack was Bradley Machry and Katie was Jacelyn Holmes.
Directed by Rick Bennett (who was Juggernaut and Colossus on the animated X-Men series) and written by Jason Brett (who wrote and acted in the movie Checkered Flag, as well as writing episodes of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by way of Power Rangers by way of Dragonball Z live-action show Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills), this seems like it would have been a great show for kids if it ever got off the ground.
Power Pack is scheduled to be part of the MCU sometime. It’ll be interesting to see how they fit in.