The World Cup is a great opportunity for different nations of the world to come together and engage in multiculturalism, sportsmanship, and overall unity… unless your team gets knocked-out by Belgium with a heartbreaking loss in extra time. That was a hard loss to take. Still, I can’t help but wonder what might have happened if the United States had a few superheroes on the roster.
In today’s post I’m picking 11 heroes that I think would make the perfect World Cup team. My picks are all coming from the Marvel comics universe, and they must all be United States citizens.
Team Captain: Captain America
Cap is an obvious choice for my team. His speed, strength, agility, and strategic skills make him an incredible athlete and competitor as is, but he also has the fiercest leadership skills out there. Can you imagine the pep-talks he would give in the locker room? With Cap as team captain, all of the players would be sure to give 110%.
Iron Fist is a martial arts expert. This means that he has incredible speed, balance and agility. He’s also accustomed to using his legs for kung-fu kicks. Kicking a soccer ball would be easy for him.
His Pym Particles let Hank Pym become Giant Man and grow to massive sizes. This means he could cover the entire distance of the field in a matter of seconds. It would also make him a tough defender.
Quicksilver (naturalized citizen)
So Quicksilver wasn’t technically born in the United States, so he is not technically a US citizen. However, I’m still including him on the list because he has naturalized US citizenship according to Marvel Wiki. And naturalized citizens are allowed to play for their new countries in the World Cup. Quicksilver is one of the fastest heroes in the Marvel universe, that fact alone gets him a spot on my team.
What?! A woman on the World Cup team? Yup. Actually, I picked a few lovely ladies for the team. Gender is not an issue when we’re talking about about superheroes with this much power, and the Invisible Woman’s power is especially useful in this case. Think about it. She can become invisible and therefore be anywhere on the field. She can also put up invisible force-fields for defense and turn the ball invisible.
My team needs a telepath, and Jean Grey is one of the strongest ones ever. She would be able to telepathically communicate with her teammates. She also has telekinetic abilities, which would give her great control over the ball.
Blink is another teleporter. But hey, you can never have too many teleporters! What attracted me to her character is she has the ability to throw teleportation portals like javelins. So if she could hit the ball with one of these javelins, she could teleport it into the opponent’s goal.
Goalkeeper: Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic can contort and stretch his body to any shape. His stretchy abilities make him the perfect goalie. Just try and get one past a man who can make his body the exact size and dimensions of the goal!
So there you have it, that’s my team! And I think the US would stand a much better chance in the World Cup with a few of these guys on the roster. Who would you pick for your team? Maybe someone could put together a superhero roster for a different country’s team. Canada could be interesting…
Like always, let me know what you think in the comments section below.