Although Thomas Kinkade passed away in 2012, his legacy lives on at Thomas Kinkade Studios, which partnered with Marvel Comics in 2021 to release an art edition of the baseball game played by the original X-Men lineup, as well as a few friends Mysterious Transformers. The painting recently appeared thanks to a Viral Tweet from ComicBook.com Editor Jamie LovettAnd, since then, we here at Polygon have been busy identifying all the cameos and Easter eggs in this massive masterpiece.
First things first: Let’s discuss the X-Men baseball phenomenon. Much like twilightvampire familythe X-Men often play baseball while in use The full range of their superpowers; They are also known to play basketball and American football. Powered sports are collectively referred to as “boom ball” by the characters.
All that said, Kinkade Studios’ description of this painting specifies that it depicts one of the rare moments when the X-Men plays baseball. without using their power. unheard of, but not necessarily the norm. Also is not the norm? They play in full superhero costumes. Moreover, the snowman and the giant clearly using their power. Anyway, here is the official description:
In this scene, Professor Xavier gathers superheroes to face each other in a baseball friendly to build their teamwork further. The golden rule of this game is “Play without using Super Hero powers”. While Cyclops is proposing to his girlfriend Jean Gray, Professor X sits quietly in the mansion, where he acts as an arbiter using his telepathy ability. Which team will win the match, or will the X-Men keep the score?
Apparently, Xavier is allowed to use his abilities, but no one is allowed to. (It looks like this). If you’re having trouble spotting Professor X, raise your eyes to the balcony of the X-Mansion; This is him sitting in his chair, with a woman in red next to him that I think is Moira McTaggert.
It is easy to identify most of the rest of the actors here, despite the fact that their costumes are all from different time periods. As the description shows, we see Scott Summers, aka Cyclops, promoting Jane Grey, aka Marvel Girl. Jean’s team consists of Beast (the runner at first base), Wolverine (the team at second base – which is so fun that Logan is on Jean’s team but Scott isn’t), and Rogue (at third base). Scott’s teammates are Colossus (the catcher), Shadowcat (first base), Storm (second base), Jubilee (Shortstop), and Iceman (third base).
The stadium is a bit of a challenge. The most obvious character here is Banshee in the right field, whose clothes are easily recognizable. But what about the midfield and left? The quarterback has long blond hair and a rolled up thigh; It could be magic. The left player stands near Lockheed, the little purple dragon crouched on the stone wall, but that doesn’t provide much clue as to their identity (Lockheed belongs to Kitty, though he was Eliana’s pet in new mutants film adaptation). My colleague Susanna Polo Cypher, who has short and thin hair but seems to be a very random pick, guessed it.
Then there are the mutants who don’t participate in the game. Warren Worthington III soars into the sky, his wings exercise. Someone is flying a blackbird. Perhaps Kurt Wagner is clearly absent? There is another flying creature on the right side of the sky as well, but it appears to be an ordinary bird. (or is Sauron.)
Did we miss anyone? You can enlarge the image by yourself in thomaskinkade.com. I think you can also buy it if that is your thing.