Dream Up A Villain
The Cliché: A hero isn’t a hero unless he has somebody/thing to fight.
Appears In: Captain America, X-Men.
How To Make It Real: Alright, you’ve got your hero. Now you need to create him or her an antagonist to do battle with.
To make it interesting, create a villain who’s analogous for the times we’re living in. Captain America’s Red Skull foe was all about Nazism, so how about something related to the recession?
An evil, corporate fat cat (quite possibly literally) could be a fun villain for your hero to go up against.
Next: Write a comic book