Marvel x Lucha Libre Wrestlers Unmasked
Several new wrestlers based on Marvel Comics’ superheroes are heading to the ring.
Earlier this year, Marvel and Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide announced they would be teaming-up to expand the Marvel Universe into the world of professional wrestling. Comics and wrestling suit each other like peanut butter and jelly. So, it makes sense the collaboration is already leading to exciting new products and a group of brand new wrestlers inspired by some of your favorite heroic (and villainous) Marvel characters!
Don’t believe me that the Marvel x Lucha Libre collaboration is outta this world, then check out the Josefina by Vero Solis runway show (in the video above). The show features the designer’s signature colors and wearable art inspired by the collaboration.
Marvel x Lucha Libre
Marvel introduced the first four comic-inspired wrestlers at Triplemanía XXVIII, a wrestling event staged by AAA at the Arena Ciudad de México in Azcapotzalco, Mexico, in August 2020. (Here are the results at this link.) While the event happened behind closed doors, wrestling fans worldwide were able to stream the match through different AAA platforms.
The group of wrestlers introduced at Triplemanía XXVIII includes El Aracno (based on Spider-Man) and El Leyenda Americana (based on Captain America), who are technical wrestlers, and El Terror Purpura (based on Thanos) and El Venenoide (based on Venom), who are tough wrestlers.
Each of the characters has their own unique backstory, which you can read in their entirety on Marvel.com.
For example, El Aracno is also known as Alejandro “Alex” Arana, and he inherited the mantle from his father, Arana Sr., who was forced into retirement due to a severe injury. Alex has personal connections to some of the other wrestlers, too: El Leyenda Americana, A.K.A. Hugo Andrews-González, is something of an uncle-figure to Alex, having been a close friend of Alex’s father.
Meanwhile, some of Marvel’s greatest villains inspire the toughest wrestlers on the circuit, but with their own personal twists: under El Terror Purpura’s mask is Mauricio Mejia Torres, a successful businessman with some shady professional endeavors.
And while El Venenoide (A.K.A. Adriano Sanchez) was once Arana Sr.’s most promising student (and basically a brother to Alex Arana), he eventually betrayed the Aranas, adding a deliciously personal angle to the proceedings.
In addition to introducing new wrestlers inspired by Marvel Comics characters, the partnership will also lead to plenty of Marvel Lucha Libre branded products, including educational and household items, clothing and accessories, and toys. You can find the Marvel x Lucha Libre products online at Amazon.com.mx or disneylatino.com/shop.