By Araceli Villanueva // @Aracelv1
Avengers: Endgame finally hits theaters tonight!
But what if instead of superheroes, this band of misfits was populated with MLS’ best players? Voted by the staff of MLSFemale, here are our top picks of who could fill in for Cap, Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers*:
Iron Man – Samuel Piette
Genius playboy billionaire philanthropist – this is how Tony Stark describes himself. Piette is the Iron Man of Montreal. That’s it.
Piette is a young defensive midfielder with a strong work ethic and desire to help the team. Like Stark, when on the defense, he is aggressive, strong and physical. But offensively, he is simple and effective with his passing and keeps the team in possession.
However, Piette is genuine, unlike his superhero counterpart.
Captain America – Aaron Long
Cap has a shield, a good piece of defense. Aaron Long is a great defender – so much so that he won the 2018 MLS Defender of the Year and has captained the USMNT.
The main difference between them is that one is scientifically enhanced to achieve peak human perfection – the other just thinks he is.
Thor – Johnny Russell
Because he’s basically a god now.
The Norse god of thunder and Scottish forward do have similar features. Similar to how Thor wields his mighty hammer to create thunder and lighting – Russell’s thunderous strikes can dismantle an enemy.
The Incredible Hulk – Nick Rimando
Nick Rimando’s physique is so similar to the rampant superhero Hulk that his fans nicknamed him Hulk itself – a name by which he is better known.
The footballer Hulk has a lot of similarities with our Gamma-ray affected superhero. Both Hulks are quite normal human beings when they aren’t angry. But when they are angry, which doesn’t happen very often, they dismantle everything that lies in their path – and, on a lot of occasions, that even ends up hurting their own team.
Hawkeye – Carlos Vela
Master archer Clint Barton can hit basically any target with his incredible pin-point accuracy. Vela can do the same with a crossfield pass. Just look at his stats.
Loki – Diego Valeri
Valeri is an enigmatic figure, sometimes the hero, sometimes the villain. Like Loki, he can do magical things, but maybe his greatest skill is being a master manipulator, playing five-dimensional chess with his own image rights.
Ant-Man – Latif Blessing
Modern footballers, not unlike a lot of superheroes, can be a solemn and humorless bunch sometimes.
So just like how Ant-Man was a breath of fresh air in the MCU, Latif Blessing is truly a blessing in disguise. The forward loves to goof around and showing off his dancing skills. But like Scott Lang, he gets focused when called into duty.
He probably got excited about meeting world-renowned footballers the same way Ant-Man did with Cap.
Black Panther – Alberth Elis
Do I need more proof?
I can already hear Shuri telling her big brother, “what are those?”
Doctor Strange – Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Has Zlatan ever been snapped wearing a cloak? I can totally imagine him swanning around in a massive cloak. He’s already got both the dodgy facial hair and the ability to manipulate reality to create space and time around him – all he needs is the cloak to truly become the Sorcerer Supreme of the football world.
And like Doctor Strange, no one is sure exactly what he does.
Spider-Man – Maxi Moralez
With great power comes great responsibility.
Maximiliano Moralez or better known as “Maxi,” is well-known for his web-slinging celebrations. And similar to his superhero counterpart, he uses his spidey senses to pick out certain players in tight situations and spins the ball around opponents to catch them in his web.
Star-Lord – Dom Dwyer
Their personalities. Enough said.
Dom could be the hero sometimes but his ego can get the best of him costing the whole team in the end. Right, Quill?
Groot – Roman Torres
The resemblance is uncanny.
The Vision – Wayne Rooney
Neither is the most powerful on the roster. But they still manage to help the team with their superhuman abilities.
Plus, Rooney is basically Paul Bettany’s doppelgänger.
*Writer’s note: For the purpose of this article, we have condensed the list of Marvel characters greatly.
Featured image of Avengers: Endgame poster from Forbes.com
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