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    Avengers: Infinity Photoshop
    Avengers: Infinity Photoshop
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    Avengers: Infinity Photoshop

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    Adam White and Viola Zhou
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    Viola Zhou
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    Avengers: Infinity War opens on Friday in the US. American audiences will see Marvel’s greatest superheroes sprinting towards danger.

    But in China, they’re sprinting away from the authorities.

    At least, they are in Weibo user Qinghongzaolegebai’s creative mashups of Chinese street life with Hollywood superheroes and villains.

    Wonder Woman appears to have a lucrative side-business selling Korean-style grilled noodles.
    Wonder Woman appears to have a lucrative side-business selling Korean-style grilled noodles. Photo: Qinghongzaolegebai

    The 30-something designer and film lover has 3.5 million followers on the Twitter-like platform.

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    His recent series “The chengguan are coming” has gone viral on Weibo.

    The pictures show Marvel superheroes photoshopped to look like Chinese street traders and food vendors, running away from the chengguan – urban management officers responsible for Chinese cities.

    The officers have become widely despised for their harsh, sometimes violent, treatment of unlicensed street vendors.

    Ever since Captain America: Civil War, Cap has been on the wrong side of the authorities. His sign reads ‘Professional screen protector application.’
    Ever since Captain America: Civil War, Cap has been on the wrong side of the authorities. His sign reads ‘Professional screen protector application.’ Photo: Qinghongzaolegebai

    “I am trying to make what is impossible happen,” says Qinghongzaolegebai.

    “Captain America is a superhero. How can he be selling phone screen protectors on the street? People want to see those god-like characters become part of their daily life.”

    Check out some more of his work below.

    Black Widow may be versed in many ways to kill a man, but she can’t beat a group of middle-aged ladies at the mahjong table.

    “I didn’t win any of the past three rounds. Keep smiling! Keep smiling!”
    “I didn’t win any of the past three rounds. Keep smiling! Keep smiling!” Photo: Qinghongzaolegebai

    Presumably James Bond will have no trouble outrunning the authorities.

    ‘Green onion, 80 cents per catty.’
    ‘Green onion, 80 cents per catty.’ Photo: Qinghongzaolegebai

    The Spring Festival travel rush, or chunyun, is the world’s largest annual human migration. In 2018, some three billion trips were made during a 40-day period.

    ‘Spring Festival Rush and Furious’
    ‘Spring Festival Rush and Furious’ Photo: Qinghongzaolegebai

    Hawkeye races to grab a train seat before they’re all gone.

    ‘League of Seat Grabbers.’  The Chinese title of ‘Avengers’ is ‘League of Avengers.’
    ‘League of Seat Grabbers.’ The Chinese title of ‘Avengers’ is ‘League of Avengers.’ Photo: Qinghongzaolegebai

    The Dark Lord Voldemort as an aggressive vegetable seller. 

    ‘It’s 30 cents, give me 10 cents more!’
    ‘It’s 30 cents, give me 10 cents more!’ Photo: Qinghongzaolegebai

    Meanwhile, Newt Scamander from “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” becomes a streetside cobbler.

    ‘Focus on repairing my shoe bro, don’t get distracted all the time.’

‘Oh, just checking on how that fortune-teller is doing.’
    ‘Focus on repairing my shoe bro, don’t get distracted all the time.’ ‘Oh, just checking on how that fortune-teller is doing.’ Photo: Qinghongzaolegebai

    Master of disguise Jason Bourne is able to blend into all surroundings, including as a roasted sweet potato seller

    Wouldn’t want to be the Chinese official who caught up to Jason Bourne.
    Wouldn’t want to be the Chinese official who caught up to Jason Bourne. Photo: Qinghongzaolegebai

    And Gandalf learns to play Chinese chess: a game in which one cannot pass.

    ‘Does the horse move in a square pattern or rectangular pattern?’
    ‘Does the horse move in a square pattern or rectangular pattern?’ Photo: Qinghongzaolegebai
    ADAM WHITE
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    Adam White is a contributor to Inkstone. The Hong Kong­-born-and-raised journalist and editor has written for CNN, Time, Monocle, HK Magazine and the New Statesman.

    VIOLA ZHOU
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    Viola is a multimedia producer at Inkstone. Previously, she wrote about Chinese politics for the South China Morning Post.

    ADAM WHITE
    ADAM WHITE
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    Adam White is a contributor to Inkstone. The Hong Kong­-born-and-raised journalist and editor has written for CNN, Time, Monocle, HK Magazine and the New Statesman.

    VIOLA ZHOU
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    Viola is a multimedia producer at Inkstone. Previously, she wrote about Chinese politics for the South China Morning Post.

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