Not everyone sees the potential in story-book princesses. Some people think they suck the empowerment out of little girls with all of their frilly and fluffy goals.
Others, however, see princess such as Rapunzel and Snow White are having the strength to lead by butt-kicking example.
Artist Christoper Stoll married off the Disney Princesses — but not to their Prince Charmings. Instead, he blended them with a team of superheroes known for bringing swift and forceful justice to the world — thus the birth of the Princess Avengers, based on the Marvel Comics characters of the same name.
Stoll said he initially embarked on the project to in an effort to practice digital art and manipulation and then continued it as a joke, but, surprised by the positive reception, he finished it and has been applauded for the mashups that give a new, strong take on the ladies mostly known for batting their eyelashes and pining for true love.
Take a look:
Princess Avengers 1 of 8
At the intersection of Lovely and LOOK OUT!
Captain America 2 of 8
"The leader of the Avengers! The top-dog! The big cheese! Frozen during a time of true patriotism, this fearless hero has leapt forward in history to stand for the real America she once knew! It's Captain Native America. I wanted to change up my formula a bit to bring across both the position of Captain America as the leader of the group and Pocahontas' willpower and self-sacrifice — ultimately, to try and make her look empowered."
Ironman 3 of 8
"Jasmine Iron(wo)man! This one was a series of design challenges and difficult decisions regarding the character and her position on the page. Ironman's armor doesn't lend itself to to characterization, so I needed to reduce it to suit Jasmine's wardrobe."
Black Widow 4 of 8
"Balancing the disparate gender-elements was the biggest challenge, next was reconciling the comical elements of the Sultan's cartoon face with the realistic style I have chosen for the Princess Avengers. Earlier versions gave him a very realistic Middle Eastern appearance, but it wasn't immediately recognizable as Aladdin's Sultan. [But] the real reason that I chose to switch genders on this one (at least in part) is to . . . simply illustrate the bizarre gender politics of the Avengers. To have only one female member of a 6 person team is unusual, and to have her be so conventionally attractive is troubling. Don't get me wrong, I don't have a problem with Black Widow herself being attractive... but to me it seems like the only body types available for comic heroines is well... insanely unrealistic."
Hulk 5 of 8
"I ended up going with an unusual mix of features for this one. Marrying the distinct visual styles of the Avenger's universe with that of Disney's cartoons is difficult enough, but this one had so many discordant elements that I must have drawn and redrawn it a dozen times before I found anything I liked. The realistic visual style adds another hurdle — I need to create a realistic revision of these old 2D cartoons BEFORE I even consider the addition of the Avenger character."
Thor 6 of 8
"I wanted to capture the awkward adolescent lightheartedness of Tangled's Rapunzel. Thematically, both Thor and Rapunzel have quite a bit in common, having lived insular existences before finding themselves in a strange new world to explore and fight for. In the piece I wanted motion to be primary: implied flight, the raised hands, and twirling hair are all there to give a sense of freedom. However, her awkward smile deliberately indicates that she might not be entirely sure of herself or her new-found powers."
Hawkeye 7 of 8
"It's Fa Mulan!"
Loki 8 of 8
"Bonus Princess Avenger: It's much cartoonier than its counterparts, and therefore was much easier to produce."
All images used with permission from Christopher Stoll
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