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Miami Dolphins as Marvel characters

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Last week was Marvel Week for SB Nation, with a lot of fun discussions over on about the comic book heroes. We were going to get in on the fun, but the passing of Hall of Fame head coach Don Shula took precedence here on The Phinsider and we did not get back to the Marvel discussions. I did, however, at the end of the week ask for ideas of which Miami Dolphins player/coach/executive could be tied to a Marvel character. After getting responses, I have collected some of my favorites - and some I made - into this list of Dolphins as Marvel characters:

I started off the list with Shula being Nick Fury. I think it works perfectly.

Another one I would add is, Joe Robbie should be Stan Lee. Don’t you think that is fitting?

As for Captain America, well, there really is one right choice here, as Chris Delahunty pointed out:

Since we started with the Avengers, we will keep going, building out the roster with them. There was a lot of discussion about several of the members of the group - especially as people tried to decide who should be Hulk. I think the right answer for the Hulk is as Austin Farrell suggested:

But, what about Iron Man? He needs to be someone who just never stops, maybe is a little older, but it smart enough to keep playing even when it is rough out there. Well, Quentin Kinsey probably nailed the suggestion - and it is fitting in multiple ways.

Thor may have been the character with the most nominations for different Dolphins members. He had options such as Marino, Wake, Jason Taylor, and Ricky Williams. However, I will go with Raist’s suggestion:

Larry Csonka as Thor seems to make sense. There are some other options where I would like to slot him, but Thor does work nicely.

If you are sticking with the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 1 Avengers, we still need a Black Widow and a Hawkeye. I go back to Raist for Black Widow - Jason Taylor would crush it in that kind of role. And, hey, we have women as Thor in the comic books (and rumored in the next version of the Thor movie), so why not? Plus, Raist explained it well:

I thought we might struggle to find a Hawkeye answer, but Raist again came through with another suggestion.

I really like Griese as Hawkeye.

That rounds out the “Phase 1” Avengers. Phase 2 added in the Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man. Jumping to Ant-Man, there were a few here that made sense (I really liked the Zach Thomas suggestion here, because it does fit well, but I want to use him somewhere else), but one that surprised me was from Brian Fortner. I honestly had not thought about this one, but it is really good:

I nearly went Brent Grimes as Ant-Man, but Jake Scott works nicely in that role.

The Guardians of the Galaxy means we need a Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket.

Jumping back to Raist’s previous tweet, he recommended Bobby McCain as Star-Lord. I can see it, so we will go with that.

I did not receive a recommendation for Gamora or Drax, so I get to pick those two myself. Gamora is an assassin who escapes the evil ways of the rest of the AFC East - I mean Thanos - to fight as one of the Guardians. I want to make this Kyle Van Noy here, but since he has not actually played for the Dolphins yet, I will move this over to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

That brings us to Drax, an incredibly strong Guardian, who simply wants revenge and gets himself into trouble sometimes for rushing too quickly into a bad situation. One name immediately popped into my head: Richie Incognito.

Miasmi has what may be my favorite recommendation of any of the Twitter submissions. For Groot, he selected Dwight Stephenson.

And the smallest member of the Guardians (not counting Baby Groot), but one who brings a ton of firepower, is Rocket, with J giving us a perfect option here:

Moving towards Infinity War and Endgame, some more characters were introduced to the MCU. Now we have Dr. Strange, Spider-Man, Black Panther, the Wasp, and Captain Marvel jumping into the discussion.

For Dr. Strange, I feel like we need some one magical, some one who made people look foolish with his ability to contort himself - and seemingly reality. Maybe someone who is literally super. Mark Duper fits this role.

Raist came back to give us two more recommendations that make sense, filling the Spider-Man and Black Panther positions:

Now, we need someone who can fly but also hit hard to fill the Wasp spot on our roster. That feels very tight end. I think that leads me to Randy McMichael.

As for Captain Marvel, I was trying to find the right person to fill the role. I asked Twitter, and immediately received the right answer. Well done Vin Doggo and The Captain.

That gets us through most of the main characters in the MCU, but we do have some other noteworthy characters, like Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier and Falcon. Raist had Mark Duper as the Winter Soldier, and I like that suggestion - it could have worked well to have him in that role then Mark Clayton as Falcon, but I already used Duper. Plus, I like Gabriel Sanchez’ idea:

If only Miami would have been able to get the arm from Barnes, maybe CP10 could have had a few more stellar years in South Florida.

For Falcon, I am looking for a do-everything type of guy who just wants to help the team win. To me, Michael Thomas is that guy - and I wish he were still wearing aqua.

You also have to have some villains, or maybe anti-hero, types to have a true representation of the Marvel characters. Someone like Loki has to make an appearance. Miasmi has the answer for Loki:

And since we are on the antagonists, we will continue with Red Skull:

Earlier, we saw the Thanos suggestion from Raist, giving a non-Dolphins member a spot in our universe as Bill Belichick takes the role as the Mad Titan.

Since we are on coaches in this section, this one made me laugh. Howard the Duck is only in the MCU via end credit scenes/cameo-style appearances, but this is funny:

That will complete our look at the MCU - there are more options out there (Vision? Scarlet Witch? Mantis? War Machine? Nebula? Heimdall? Hela?) but I think we pretty well covered most of the major characters. We will now turn to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. We did not get a lot of recommendations for these teams, but a few did get submitted.

With the X-Men, we are going to stick to the core team most people know. There are obviously members who were in the original teamup, as well as members who have come and gone - just like in the Avengers - but we will go with Wolverine, Cyclops, Phoenix, Beast, Storm, and Professor X. Wolverine comes from a suggestion that multiple people provided, and one that makes a lot of sense:

I really like the image of Thomas as Wolverine.

The rest of the team, I get to assign. For Cyclops, a guy who leads the team, but often gets into a battle with Wolverine for just who is in control, He is not an impulsive character, as is Wolverine who just attacks, but instead considers the situation and makes the right choice to put himself in position to succeed - then when needed, he just blasts people out of the way. He feels very running back, or maybe a pulling guard type of player. I’ll go with the patient running back, looking for his hole before blasting through it.

I’ll take Ricky Williams as cyclops. (Especially with the helmet visor.)

Phoenix is a psychic who does not know her own power until she has moved from being Jean Grey into Phoenix. I am going to go with the rise back up after a fall. Marino and Wake both had major injuries and could fill that role, but they have both been used. I am going to give it to Ryan Tannehill, whose knee injury seemed to ruin his career, but he has now risen from the ashes to find success - albeit with another team.

Beast is a brilliant doctor who is also incredibly athletic. I’m going to look toward the defensive line here, nominating a player who maybe does not get the recognition as a major part of the team, but one without whom, no one else could do their job. I will give the Beast role to Manny Fernandez.

For Storm, I need someone who is powerful, but maybe only gets unleashed at certain times. Someone who can make things fall out of the sky like rain and lightning, and who does not seem to let weather impact him. I like Reggie Roby here.

Professor X is the leader of the X-Men, but he is often on the sideline as a coach/mentor more than actually in the fight. When he does enter a battle, he takes control of the situation and he often finds a way to turn around a bad situation. The Dolphins added quarterback Earl Morrall to provide that mentorship and to be a force if he became needed - which he absolutely was during the Dolphins’ Perfect Season.

The Fantastic Four provide us with Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, and Thing as roles. There are a lot of options here, especially for offensive linemen. There are a lot of aspects of the team that is protective, which plays well for the offensive line. Mister Fantastic can stretch himself into a wall, which could be used to protect the quarterback - and it could also allow him to go up and snatch high passes as a receiver or cornerback, but I am going to go offensive line. Since we already have Dwight Stephenson as Groot, I will give the Mister Fantastic role to Jim Langer.

Invisible Woman can use her powers to, well, turn invisible, but she can also project an invisible force field. I will slide Jake Long into that force-field producing type of role.

Human Torch ignites into flames and can fly. We need someone who is brash, disruptive, and can use his speed and flying ability to disrupt the opponents. We already added Patrick Surtain to the roster, but we do not have Sam Madison as of yet. Now we do.

And finally, I will go with a suggestion from Twitter for Thing’s role.

Below you will find the full roster. What do you think? Who would you change? Who would you add?

Miami Dolphins as Marvel Characters:

Stan Lee

Joe Robbie Appearing In ‘ABC’s Wide World Of Sports’ Photo by Al Satterwhite /Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Nick Fury

Miami Dolphins Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images

Captain America

San Diego Chargers v Miami Dolphins Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Iron Man

Atlanta Falcons v Miami Dolphins Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images


Super Bowl VII, January 13, 1974 - Minnesota Vikings v Miami Dolphins Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images


Buffalo Bills v Miami Dolphins Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

Black Widow

Miami Dolphins v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images


New Orleans Saints v Miami Dolphins Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images


Super Bowl VII, January 13, 1974 - Minnesota Vikings v Miami Dolphins Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images


Buffalo Bills v Miami Dolphins Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images


Miami Dolphins v New England Patriots Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images


Buffalo Bills v Miami Dolphins Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images


Miami Dolphins v Buffalo Bills Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images


Miami Dolphins v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

Dr. Strange

Los Angeles Raiders v Miami Dolphins


Miami Dolphins v Cleveland Browns Photo by: Diamond Images/Getty Images

Black Panther

Patrick Surtain #23...


McMichael catches the football Photo by Josh Merwin/Getty Images

Captain Marvel

NFL: DEC 20 Dolphins at Chargers Photo by Tom Walko/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Winter Soldier

New York Jets v Miami Dolphins Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images


Miami Dolphins v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images


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Red Skull

Miami Dolphins vs San Diego Chargers


Super Bowl LIV - San Francisco 49ers v Kansas City Chiefs Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Howard the Duck

Miami Dolphins Rookie Minicamp Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images


Miami Dolphins vs Jacksonville Jaguars


Cleveland Browns v Miami Dolphins Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images


Miami Dolphins v Buffalo Bills Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images


Super Bowl VII - Washington Redskins v Miami Dolphins


Buffalo Bills v Miami Dolphins Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images

Professor X

New York Jets v Miami Dolphins Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images

Mister Fantastic

Dolphins Griese and Langer Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

Invisible Woman

Miami Dolphins v Dallas Cowboys Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Human Torch

Jets v Dolphins Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Thing

Miami Dolphins v Buffalo Bills Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images