Avengers: Infinity War opens on Friday in the US. American audiences will see Marvel’s greatest superheroes sprinting towards danger.
Avengers: Infinity Photoshop
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.
The 30-something designer and film lover has 3.5 million followers on the Twitter-like platform.
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.
“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.
Presumably James Bond will have no trouble outrunning the authorities.
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.
Hawkeye races to grab a train seat before they’re all gone.
The Dark Lord Voldemort as an aggressive vegetable seller.
Meanwhile, Newt Scamander from “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” becomes a streetside cobbler.
Master of disguise Jason Bourne is able to blend into all surroundings, including as a roasted sweet potato seller
And Gandalf learns to play Chinese chess: a game in which one cannot pass.