Tara – A Bangladeshi Buddhist superhero

17 Feb


The superheroined Enigma or Tara Virango makes her appearance in the Spider-Man series.

Comic book lovers from around the world would find this very interesting! The scriptwriters at Marvel Comics had adapted the popular Buddhist deity Tara into a superheroine character in an episode of the Spider-Man comics. It is interesting to see how Buddhism has infiltrated popular culture in America and the world over in this manner. After all, the comic has been a popular medium to entertain and also express different aspects of popular culture.

Here’s the gist of this comic story:-


Spider-Man receives a series of psychic messages from Enigma

This superheroine’s name is Enigma (Tara Virango) and she is a native of Bangladesh. Enigma was never referred by this name in the two issues that she appeared in. ‘Enigma’ and her real name were revealed by Tony Stark in Civil War: Battle Damage Report. It was through her mutation from a nano-virus that she gained her superhuman powers that apparently gave her a mystical connection with the Buddhist goddess, Tara.

Enigma made her appearance in Peter Parker: Spider-Man (vol. 2) #48. In this episode, she sought to bring AGK Inc to justice for infecting the Bangladeshi village of Malpura and so she sought Spider-Man’s help in this matter. Apparently, AGK Corporation was commissioned by the CIA to develop an intelligent metal nano-virus that enhanced the latent mutant abilities of its victims. It was during the AGK’s experiments at Malpura that killed four thousand people. Tara was one of the survivors of the experiment, which gave her supernatural abilities.


Mister Singh, an Indian religious guru tells Spider-Man that a Buddhist goddess had visited him.

Tara eventually moved to New York City and adopted the identity of Enigma and identified herself as Tara, the Buddhist goddess. She stole the fifty-million-dollar Star of Persia diamond from AGK’s vaults and bumped into Spider-Man. She contacted him via a series of psychic messages that showed him flashes of her memories of the Malpura disaster. That night, she traced Spider-Man to his apartment and led him across the city, which ended when she presented him with a red and yellow scarf (something akin to a khata). Then she bashed him in the head and when Spider-Man woke up, he finds himself in AGK’s headquarters.

Simultaneously at AGK, Enigma met up with AGK head, Kirkland and his security director, Corman. She demanded AGK pay an additional fifty million dollars in compensation to be paid to the Malpura survivors in return for the Star of Persia.

Midway through negotiations, Corman refused and threatened her with a squirt gun filled with a virus that would kill her instantly. At this moment, Spider-Man arrived to the rescue and broke the standoff. Both of the superheroes pursued Corman into a research lab where they fought. Suddenly, Corman accidentally shattered some of the test tubes unto himself, which quickly transformed himself into the virus and disappeared through the floor. At this point, Enigma disappeared as well. She later had a brief encounter with Peter Parker on the streets of New York. She thanked him for his help and disappeared through the crowd.

4 Responses to “Tara – A Bangladeshi Buddhist superhero”

  1. Joy January 8, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    Hey Pastor David, I just stumbled upon this story on your blog…. wowow I didn’t know Marvel actually did a story/character or Tara… how neat! Thanks for sharing… you should share it on FB 🙂 Super Neat!

  2. akku chowdhury March 23, 2015 at 10:45 am #

    oh wow thanks Marvel for including Tara from Bangladesh…joi manush

  3. lol April 22, 2017 at 3:15 am #

    lol lol lol lol , funny boy , funny boy , funny boy . writer has taken so much weed . Funny boy funny boy. We know whats going on you mind . We know everything . We are faster thn the Flash , You are powerful thn you 😀 😀

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    • Pastor David Lai April 26, 2017 at 11:54 pm #

      I don’t get it. What’s your point ?

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