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The Roma Cinematic Universe

Pairing every Roma player with their MCU equivalent

Marvel Studios “Captain Marvel” Premiere - Arrivals Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

It’s Marvel Week here at SB Nation, something that (somehow) not too many of our writers know that much about. Given that, I’ve been deputized as the Official Marvel Knower of CdT, and my first act is to create the Avengers from Roma squad players. Like it? Hate it? Let us know in the comments!

Pau Lopez - Falcon

Marvel Studios Hall H Panel
Anthony Mackie
Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

A promising replacement for an iconic and crucially important hero (in this case, Alisson). He’s got a lot of quality, but he probably won’t ever completely replace what’s gone, but he knows that and he’s okay with that.

Davide Zappacosta - Vision

Marvel Studios Hall H Panel
Paul Bettany
Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Taken out of action before the real fighting started. RIP Davide, come back again stronger next season.

Chris Smalling - The Hulk

2020 C2E2
Mark Ruffalo
Photo by Barry Brecheisen/WireImage

After a couple underwhelming seasons under previous management (glances towards Manchester), this hero found a home with his new friends in the Avengers and became a crucial part of the team almost instantaneously.

Aleksandar Kolarov - Doctor Strange

Lamborghini With The Cinema Society, Jaeger-LeCoultre & 19 Crimes Wines Host A Screening Of Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” - Arrivals
Benedict Cumberbatch
Photo by Matthew Eisman/WireImage

It’s not just the facial hair; Kolarov and Strange are both guys who don’t seem to have the most outgoing personality, but the team pivots around their ability to change the reality of an attack. See what I did there, change reality? Sorry, I swear I’m funnier when I’m not quarantined.

Alessandro Florenzi - Captain America after the events of Civil War

The Cinema Society With Audi & FIJI Host A Screening Of Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” - Arrivals Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage

Sure, he’s not with the team at this particular moment, but you know where his heart lies, and you know he’d give everything he ever could for the place he represents.

Federico Fazio - Thor

The Cinema Society With FIJI Water, Men’s Journal And Synchrony Host A Screening Of Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” - Arrivals Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage

Captain Caveman has never had Thor’s luscious locks, but he has consistently been one of the most powerful defenders Roma has seen in the twenty-first century. He’s one of the most tenured heroes on the team, but he still packs quite a bit of punch when he plays.

Gianluca Mancini - Mr. Fantastic

“Fantastic Four” - Arrivals
Loan Gruffudd (He played Mr. Fantastic like 20 years ago)
Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Sure, he’s never been in any of the MCU movies (yet), but the leader of the Fantastic Four has the potential to be one of the most important characters in the future of the MCU. Similarly, with a couple more seasons of excellence, Mancini can become the future of Roma’s defense.

Bryan Cristante - Black Widow

Marvel Studios Hall H Panel
Scarlett Johansson
Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Often underappreciated but quite important to the team. Maybe he’ll get the appreciation he deserves once his solo film comes out.

Lorenzo Pellegrini - Captain Marvel

FIJI Water With The Cinema Society Host A Special Screening Of “Captain Marvel”
Brie Larson
Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for FIJI Water

Quite obviously one of the most talented heroes on the side, but maybe you could show up a little bit more often? It would solve a lot of problems.

Cengiz Ünder - Star-Lord

Premiere Of Disney And Marvel’s “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2” - Arrivals
Chris Pratt
Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage

Incredibly powerful player, but he’s got a bit of an attitude problem.

Jordan Veretout - Hawkeye

Jeremy Renner
Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images

At first he doesn’t seem like he’s that important of a piece in the squad, but look what happens when he’s absent from a movie: half the universe gets snapped out of existence. The ultimate team player who makes the side tick.

Nicolò Zaniolo - Peter Parker / Spider-Man

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” Press Conference In Seoul
Tom Holland
Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage

The future of the franchise. Posters of him are on kids’ walls everywhere. There was a bit of a tussle over his rights a couple years back, but now he’s firmly where he belongs: Rome/Marvel.

Javier Pastore - Someone Who Got Dusted in the Snap

Sorry, this felt too easy and too funny not to joke about.

Bruno Peres - Drax the Destroyer

Premiere Of Disney And Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” - Arrivals
Dave Bautista
Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage

Funny guy, not really sure how he fits into the big picture in a long-term sense. Probably for the best if he stays on his home turf (space/Brazil).

Edin Džeko - Iron Man

UFC 248: Adesanya v Romero
Robert Downey Jr.
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

The star of the side. The centerpiece of this incarnation of the superhero squad. We’re all kinda wondering what will happen when he hangs up his boots, because who could possibly replace him?

Justin Kluivert - Ant-Man

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! Launch Ceremony in Hong Kong Disneyland
Paul Rudd
Photo by Keith Tsuji/Getty Images for Hong Kong Tourism Board

Sure, he’s smaller than your average hero, but that doesn’t mean his impact on the field is tiny. Funny, relatable, seems destined for bigger things in the very near future.

Paulo Fonseca - Nick Fury

“Captain Marvel” - European Gala - VIP Arrivals
Samuel L. Jackson
Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage

And of course, Fonseca/Fury, the man who has pulled them all together.