BY JEFF SLADE
Forget Iron Man and Captain America, Marvel Studios has a new superhero to add to the list, and his name is Bryce Harper.
Marvel, the juggernaut film studio behind “The Avengers” franchise, released on Monday the premier of their “Origins” series in collaboration with ESPN films, with Harper as their first featured “hero.” Watch the video here.
The brief documentary tells the story of Bryce’s early childhood and his first ever experiences with baseball. Among other things, he describes hitting beans and bottle caps with a broomstick in order to improve his hand-eye coordination. He also talks about the first time he played tee ball, and his first-ever home run.
The 22 year-old Harper finds himself batting third in the All-Star game on Tuesday, after a blistering first half of the season has found him atop the National League in on base percentage, slugging percentage, and wins above replacement, as well as being near the top in pretty much every other batting category.
Marvel is also making short films about the 'origins' of other elite athletes, such as Russell Wilson, Carmelo Anthony, and Alex Morgan. Few would deny Harper belongs as one of these 'heroes', displaying astonishing ability at such a young age.
Now – could he take on The Hulk in a fistfight? It might be the first battle in 2015 he’d lose.