After watching the video I posted yesterday with the player carrying around the little sack man, I started to think about how odd that looks out of context. I wanted to create something to use as a placeholder for the civilians. That eventually got me to thinking that a cool tutorial level could be an older character passing the torch to you as you begin your career as a superhero. Gameplay wise: its a way of teaching the player the mechanics.
So the idea is that your mentor has created a dummy for you to practice rescuing. Its dropped from the sky or left places for you to retrieve and then take to safety. Hopefully it will work out the way I have planned in my head.