In The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, nine-year-old Chris Eriksen sets up a tower of his father's beer cans for his superhero alter-ego, Captain Spirit, to blast into the abyss. He had to practice his aim for that day's big, imminent fight against his arch nemesis, Mantroid.

While his dad slept in a drunken stupor, he took out the recycling, briefly suffering a whiff of the sour smell of stale beer. In Captain Spirit, released yesterday, a superhero always finds good use for a garbage situation.