La Roja as… Avengers?
As a tribute to La Roja and in honor of there being just one month and a half to go before the 2012 Eurocopa, El Mundo Magazine asked Javier Bergantiño Menor, aka Bit, an illustrator with Marvel and a madrileño, to draw six of the players as protagonists from the team of superheroes, The Avengers. He also explained to the publication the reasoning behind his choices.
Iker Casillas – Thor.
“Thor is the god of thunder, one of the strongest superheroes in the Marvel universe, and he can even stop the Incredible Hulk, lift up 100 tons and battle for a long time without getting tired. Only other heroes can stop him. He has an almost indestructible hammer. For all these reasons, when I thought about Iker Casillas, Thor immediately came to mind, because the captain of the national team stops everything, and his arms are like the famous hammer,” says Bit.
Xavi – Nick Fury.
Nick Fury is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., a security organization. He lost an eye during WWII during which Wolfman saved his life. “He’s the leader of The Avengers, the one in charge, and I think Xavi Hernández is vital for the team both on and off the field. He’s a reference for his teammates and a nightmare for his rivals,” explains Bit.
Sergio Ramos – Iron Man.
Also known as Tony Stark, he’s a self-made superhero, as the consequence of an accident that left him with a piece of shrapnel near his heart. To avoid that from moving, he created a suit of armor that keeps it immobile magnetically. “With this protection, he can do everything, and he’s a superhero that draws attention, just like Ramos for the attackers.” [It would be a shame to cover up that body though, no?]
Gerard Piqué – Captain America.
“His official name is Steve Rogers and he’s a super soldier. He’s genetically modified so his body is perfect; it’s not that he has superpowers, but that his natural abilities are enhanced. He’s an expert in body to body combat, and he always does the right thing. Piqué shines on the field among other things for his physical presence, so he fits perfectly with this character.”
David Silva – Hawkeye.
Clint Barton, alias Hawkeye, is an ace with a bow and arrows, and his eye is specially developed to shoot them. He was a secret agent for almost 10 years in the United States, and he’s a friend of Nick Fury’s. “Wherever Hawkeye looks, he puts the shot. In addition, he’s an agile superhero, he’s not as large as the others, and that made me think of David Silva,” says Bit.
Andrés Iniesta – The Incredible Hulk.
The Incredible Hulk (or la Masa, as he was known in Spain), is the unstoppable Robert Bruce Banner, explains BitEspañol. His weight, his height and his eye color all depend on his mood. “There’s no force in the world that can beat him, and the more thing you put against him, the stronger he becomes. That’s why I thought about Andrés Iniesta, because when he has the ball, there’s no one that can stop him.”
What do you think about Bit’s choices? I think his reasoning is sound! And I also think Fernando Llorente would make a fantastic superhero!
UPDATE: Bit left us a comment! He says Disney and Magazine decided on how to match the players and superheroes, as well as the suits, which had to be the same as in the movies. And what a nice guy, he also said sorry if we feel that some of the players don’t match with our choices!