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Talented Overwatch fan turns every character into a Marvel superhero

Published: 3/May/2020 19:28 Updated: 3/May/2020 19:31

by Theo Salaun

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An extremely talented Overwatch fan has redesigned every character in the style of Marvel’s comic books –with incredible results.

With Echo confirmed to be the last hero released before Overwatch 2, the original OW saga is nearly complete. But we wouldn’t feel satisfied without another project reaching its conclusion: Xtremee_ghost’s “Marvelwatch Madness” series.

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We’ve covered Xtremee_ghost, as they’re known on Reddit and Instagram, before. Like Torbjorn manages to build a perfect turret on cooldown, this artist seems to drop a beautiful, stylized superhero version of new Overwatch characters every release.

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Xtremee_art’s Marvel-esque take on Overwatch’s three hammered heroes is a classic.

 

With Sigma, Baptiste and Echo as the latest heroes to be released, Xtremee_ghost decided to reimagine each as characters from the Avengers: Magneto, Nick Fury, and Vision, respectively.

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Most of his art has been on-point, with the Thor series of Torbjorn, Brigitte and Reinhardt being a hilarious personal favorite (chonky Thor was such a hit in Avengers: Endgame, so it’s no wonder that mini and jumbo Thors are a delight to look at).

But something feels neatly poignant with this Echo piece. In 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Vision is the manifestation of the J.A.R.V.I.S. artificial intelligence programmed by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner into a synthetic body, powered by the Mind Stone. Echo, similarly, is a robot powered by adaptive artificial intelligence, programmed by Overwatch’s Dr. Mina Liao.

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Echo stylized as Marvel’s Vision, a perfect fit.

 

In Age of Ultron, Vision is a controversial ally who then proves himself to be pure of heart by being able to lift Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. In Overwatch canon, Echo is considered so dangerous, despite Liao’s helpful programming, that she is placed under a quarantine by risk-averse leadership – before being asked to, once again, join the fight.

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Aside from the similarities in their story, the two also share sharp visual characteristics. Particularly, both have smooth oval heads with something glowing in the middle of their frankly large foreheads.

Each can fly, each can shoot beams and, apparently, each can be redesigned seamlessly.

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Baptiste as Nick Fury is such a clean skin that Overwatch and Marvel should consider a collaboration.

 

Like most of Xtremee_ghost’s art, Sigma and Baptiste’s adaptations are also stunning. But we had to give a shout out to the Echo x Vision crossover for being so tight, both visually and narratively.

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On Reddit, he expressed feelings for this project and, like us, anticipation for the next installment in the Overwatch franchise: “It was fun doing this project, now I’ll leave it to rest until OW2.”

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Hilarious Overwatch clip shows the dangers of using D.Va’s ultimate

Published: 16/Oct/2020 0:14

by Theo Salaun

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In Overwatch, D.Va’s ultimate is one of the most dangerous abilities in the game. As some fans are just now learning, that’s because it can be just as threatening to herself as it is for her enemies.

In the young days of Overwatch, D.Va’s Self-Destruct could also kill the MEKA’s infamous pilot, Hana Song, if you didn’t get to cover quickly enough. Now, those days are gone, and everyone’s favorite Starcraft pro can stand defiantly in the blast radius of her detonation without suffering a scratch.

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However, the mobile suit conductor affectionately known as ‘Baby D.Va’ apparently faces an entirely different peril when sending out her imploding MEKA. Whether throwing the ultimate in a direction using her boosters or simply placing it where she stands, Baby D.Va has to hit the eject button and pop out of the back. This presents certain logistical considerations.

Normally, one throws the bomb and scurries to some amount of cover while awaiting the consequences of its blast. In pilot form, Song has just 150 health and a nice little blaster (appropriately named the Light Gun). The following clip is a PSA that enemies are not the only danger to her low-HP self, though.

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I am a pro D.va Gamer from Overwatch

As Reddit’s ‘SouredApple’ demonstrates, the professional D.Va gamer must not only estimate the trajectory of her ultimate’s destructive capacity, but also of her eject. While they are adept enough to angle the bomb in a surprising manner that pulls off a teamfight-winning 3K, their ejection leads to an untimely demise.

Taking a sneaky route to the side, the bomb hits the enemy team from an unexpected angle and kills off all three attackers who are moving the payload toward Rialto’s first checkpoint. Unfortunately, that route also puts the back of D.Va’s MEKA toward the beautiful (yet deadly) canals of the Venetian map.

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Overwatch’s Rialto map has beautiful canals, but they are very dangerous.

SouredApple therefore becomes the martyr of their team’s fight, eliminating three payload-preoccupied enemies while popping themselves backward into the canal.

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Not only does this moment give new meaning to the “Self-Destruct” moniker, but it also serves as an important PSA: you eject backward and Overwatch’s heroes can’t swim, so make sure water isn’t behind you.