I’d like to thank the good people over at NFL Memes and Daily Snark for teaming up like the SuperFriends to put this little project together. Obviously they’re doing the Lord’s work during the dead zone of the sports calendar.
So I want to be supportive rather than critical, I really do. But there are few things in this world I care about as much as NFL football and geek culture. So with all due respect I have one one word for the artists who put assembled this particular group of avengers:
Come on guys, Tom Brady as Gambit? That’s the best he gets? A second-tier X-Men character not even good enough to make it into more than a bit part in one the 27 movies they’ve made about them? That’s what the undisputed G.O.A.T. quarterback gets? Why? Because Gambit throws playing cards and Brady throws footballs? That’s some weak reasoning right there. Consider this description of him:
Few X-Men trusted Gambit, who was originally a professional thief, when he first joined the group. … Gambit remains fiercely proud of his Louisiana heritage, and speaks in a very thick Cajun accent. … [He] is just the sort of tortured soul that X-readers love…
A former thief with a thick Cajun accent and a tortured soul? Does that even remotely sound like TB12? Brett Favre, perhaps. But not the four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback. If anything, Brady is perfect for Captain America, whom you miscast as JJ Watt. Again, respectfully, who would have a good looking, clean cut hero who’s legendary for his leadership and who plays for the Patriots, and not make him be the Captain? It makes no sense.
And as far as Rob Gronkowski as Thor — sure, I get that Gronk’s spikes are a lot like Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. But Thor is a cerebral, almost Shakespearean figure. A vain, proud Norse god and a prince in his home realm. Gronk is Hulk. Pure unleashed power and rage. His name even sounds like “Hulk,” and there’s not a man, woman or child among us who hasn’t said “Gronk SMASH!!!” at least once when he was spiking the ball. But you gave that to Clay Mathews, for reasons that are unfathomable to me.
So while I appreciate the effort on this, I have to fault NFL Memes and Daily Snark for the execution. If you don’t get these things right, then we’re nothing but a bunch grown men with too much time on our hands obsessing over trivial nonsense that has no importance whatsoever.
P.S. Peyton Manning as Iron Man? Are you kidding me? The way he’s moving around the pocket now he’s more like Groot.