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
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
Taken out of action before the real fighting started. RIP Davide, come back again stronger next season.
Chris Smalling - The Hulk
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Incredibly powerful player, but he’s got a bit of an attitude problem.
Jordan Veretout - Hawkeye
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
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
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
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
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
And of course, Fonseca/Fury, the man who has pulled them all together.