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Marvel's 'Avengers: Endgame' characters are recreated into Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints

Avengers Ukiyo-e print

If you haven’t watched the multi-record-breaking blockbuster ‘Avengers: Endgame’, you'd have at least heard of the hype surrounding the film since it hit theatres at the end of April. Not only is this the closing chapter to phase three of the mega Marvel Cinematic Universe, the movie has also sparked a mass of inspiration (and merchandise) in everything from Lego toys to fan art, like these stunning ukiyo-e style illustrations.

Created by Japanese artist Takumi (who goes by @takumitoxin on Twitter), the illustrations showcase a unique visual take on beloved Marvel characters. In fact, each character gets a bit of a Japanese twist – the artist has written their name in kanji as well as embellishing them with Japanese medieval-era military costumes and motifs.

Take Ironman and Captain America for example, who have been turned into samurai, complete with the appropriate attire (in their signature colours, of course) and outfitted with samurai swords, weapons and the sort.

Hulk is turned into a muscular sumo wrestler while Thor has been leaned out into another rendition of the ‘God of Thunder’. On the other hand, Black Widow and Hawk Eye were re-imagined into stealthy ninjas. In fact, the illustrations are so well thought out that it's making us crave a Japanese rendition of the Avengers. How about a Ninja Avengers (just like 2018's 'Batman Ninja'), Marvel?

To see more of Takumi's take on the Avengers (including Ant-Man and Scarlet Witch), check out the artist's Twitter feed