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Canada's PM Justin Trudeau Is Now A Marvel Hero

His boxing skills play a part.

Cover image via Ramón K Pérez/Marvel Comics

You know Justin Trudeau as the Prime Minister of Canada. But did you know that the people's favourite is now also a comic book hero?

Yep, that's Justin Trudeau on the cover of a Marvel comic, "Civil War II: Choosing Sides", sporting red boxing gloves and a sleeveless top emblazoned with a red maple leaf, looking all relaxed while sitting in a boxing ring, surrounded by a group of Canadian superheroes

Trudeau will appear on the variant cover of Marvel’s Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5, slated for release at the end of August. The cover is an alternative to the main cover.

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It’s written by Canadian writer and cartoonist Chip Zdarsky and Trudeau plays a role in the story. Trudeau is now advising superheroes. But are the boxing gloves just for show or does he actually punch somebody? “Yes,” Zdarsky said.

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Justin Trudeau getting ready for a little sparring.

Image via Carlos Osorio — Toronto Star via Getty Images

The cover designed by Toronto-based cartoonist Ramón Pérez

“I didn’t want to do a stuffy cover – just like a suit and tie – put his likeness on the cover and call it a day,” he told Canadian Press.

“I wanted to kind of evoke a little bit of what’s different about him than other people in power right now. You don’t see [Barack] Obama strutting around in boxing gear, doing push-ups in commercials or whatnot.”

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Pérez used multiple photos of Trudeau as inspiration to create a character that looked like him but also had a comics element. “There’s a particular twinkle in the PM’s eye, and his smile is quite characteristic,” he said.

Pérez used multiple photos of Trudeau as inspiration to create a character that looked like him but also had a comics element. “There’s a particular twinkle in the PM’s eye, and his smile is quite characteristic,” he said.

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However, Justin is not the first politician to be added to the Marvel Universe. In fact, his late father Pierre Trudeau was the first one who was portrayed in Uncanny X-Men in 1979. Then in 2009, Obama made his comic book debut in Secret Invasion #8.

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