8:41am PT by Etan Vlessing
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Turns Superhero on Marvel Cover
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has joined the Marvel comic book universe.
Trudeau appears on the variant cover of the comic Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5, where he teams up with Alpha Flight, a Canadian superhero team, to defend liberty alongside Puck, Aurora and Sasquatch, and with Iron Man in the background.
The comic book cover, due out Aug. 31, features Trudeau sitting and smiling in a boxing ring corner, having laced up red boxing gloves and sporting a Maple Leaf symbol on his tank top. Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5 features Alpha Flight in the middle of a titanic battle between Captain Marvel and Iron Man, and seeking advice from their old boss, the Canadian prime minister.
The issue also details a mysterious connection between Tony Stark and Trudeau. The Canadian leader is no stranger to the boxing ring four years ago after knocking out a rival politician in a friendly charity match.
More recently, Trudeau visited the iconic Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, New York, during a U.S. visit. The prime minister joining Marvel's eternal fight between good and evil as a mighty Alpha Flight combatant is portrayed by Canadian cartoonists Ramon Perez and Chip Zdarksy.
Justin Trudeau is following his father, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, a former Canadian prime minister himself who appeared as a character in the April 1979 issue of Marvel's Uncanny X-Men series.