This seldom happens, though. Normally, when a character claims to be an atheist or agnostic, he's being set up to soon or later be shown the error of his ways.
That may be the eventual fate of another hero who has recently admitted his atheistic leanings. Founding Avenger Hank Pym, (aka Ant-Man, aka Giant Man, aka Goliath, aka Yellow Jacket, currently know as The Wasp) recently related his rationale to the latest hero to take up his former title of Ant-Man. In the miniseries Ant-Man and Wasp, Pym has created a virtual reality world, and he has downloaded the memories and personality of a dead friend into it, creating a cyber-Heaven of sorts where digital "souls" can dwell. The computer systems containing this heaven are stolen, leading the pair of heroes to go after it and save Pym's friend. During the second issue this exchange between the pair occurs,
|from Ant-Man and Wasp #2 from Marvel Comics|
Even in a world where Norse Gods now live openly near a small town in Oklahoma, this line of logic makes perfect sense, though I could go without the overly florid "science is my god" spiel. I'm sure it's meant metaphorically here, but all it will do is add fuel to the "atheism is just another religion" argument.
Of course, this isn't an outing without a downside. Pym has been shown for years to be one of the less stable of old school heroes. He's gone through numerous superhero IDs and is currently using the name of his (presumed) dead wife. He's had a couple of mental breakdowns, and he even slapped his wife in anger once, making him the repentant poster boy for comic book spousal abuse ever since. Additionally, there's still one more issue in the mini to go, and it's possible that we're again being set up for the skeptical hero to find that faith is as important as facts, but one can hope.