Chinese Illustrator and Weibo user Xia-a (xia1205), painted this awesome mash-up featuring the men and women of Marvel’s Avengers as the Eight Immortals of Chinese mythology.
These famous deities, icons of longevity and prosperity, each have their own distinct magical instrument that they use on their mythical adventures. One well-known adventure takes the group by sea to a celestial gathering, which is the inspiration for this crossover piece.
Check out the close ups and learn about each representation after the break.
This is an traditional piece depicting The Eight Immortals.
Captain America as Zhang Guolao
“Zhang Guolao is commonly depicted riding on a mule and carrying a tubular bamboo drum with two iron mallets in it. In Xia-a’s version, Captain America carries his trusty shield in one hand and a bamboo drum in his other arm, with an extra back-scratcher stowed in his bamboo drum. Even superheroes get itchy at times it seems.”
Hawkeye as Lan Caihe, Black Widow as He Xiangu
“Lan Caihe is usually seen as a young boy/girl dressed in gender-ambiguous clothing and carrying a flower basket. Hawkeye is too cool for flowers, so he’s carrying a stylish tote bag. He’s not without his bow and arrows, of course. He Xiangu is the only female among the Eight Immortals, as Black Widow is among the Avengers. She is often seen with lotus flowers.”
The Hulk as Cao Guojiu
“Cao Guojiu is believed to be the youngest of the group, and is usually dressed in an official’s court robe, holding a jade tablet. Dear Hulk, you are not supposed to snack on your magical instrument…”
Iron Man as Lü Dongbin
“The most popular and well-known among the eight, Lü Dongbin is known as the scholarly ladies man with a bit of a love for drinking. His choice of weapon is a sword which he usually carries on his back.”
Loki as Li Tieguai
“Li Tieguai is often depicted as a beggar-like old man with unkempt hair and a messy beard. He walks with the help of an iron crutch, which is probably how his name Tieguai, which literally means “iron crutch”, came about. His iconic magical tool is a gourd which contains medicine which he uses to help the weak and needy.”
Nick Fury as Han Zhongli (also known as Zhongli Quan)
“The jolly drinker of the eight, Han Zhongli is commonly portrayed as a bearded man holding a large magical fan, with his chest and wine belly exposed from his robe. Nick Fury needs to work on getting that belly, though.”
Thor as Han Xiangzi
“Han Xiangzi is said to have studied Taoism under Lü Dongbin. Also often depicted with a scholarly disposition, Han Xiangzi is always seen with his magical flute, which bears the power to give life. In this crossover piece, Thor’s mighty hammer becomes a surfboard for him.”
And Check out Spidey just sailing in the background.