We here at The Mary Sue are all in favor of great tastes that taste great together. Who doesn’t like a crossover you can really sink your teeth into, especially when it comes to the well-worn territory of The Avengers? Fear not, comrades at arms. For those wishing this summer’s box-office bunker-buster had a little more samurai spirit amidst its sound and noise, the Internet has got you covered!
Artist Alex Mitchell, who has previously applied his knowledge of traditional Japanese yōkai, oni, arms, and armor to DC’s Justice League, here takes a more historical, but no less fantastical, approach to the current Avengers ensemble. Beyond the obvious appeal, there’s a carefully considered wealth of detail in these re-imaginings that compliments each character, allying them dutifully with Japanese cultural archetypes and real historical figures. Mitchell has even put thought into name translation, and a bit of alternative backstory for each. Now tell us this isn’t one anime-ification you would be thrilled to see.