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Marvel and espnW team up honor 'super' take on IMPACT25 list -- exclusive


There are few people more super than the honorees of espnW’s IMPACT25, an annual list which recognizes female athletes and influencers who have played a prominent role in sports.

Now, espnW announced it has partnered with Marvel to bring another “super” honor to these women: each will have their talents immortalized in comic form, thanks to various Marvel artists. The series will debut with an illustration by Emanuela Lupacchino and Rachelle Rosenberg, depicting U.S. Women’s National Team star Carli Lloyd, who helped bring her team to victory during this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup. Lloyd will be shown alongside superhero Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel. 

“Marvel’s mission is to celebrate the hero’s journey — and espnW’s IMPACT25 is a uniquely incredible way to do that,” Sana Amanat, Marvel Director of Content and Character Development, said in a press statement. “Like our powerful heroes, the IMPACT25 have made a remarkable impression on the world and this is our salute to them. By merging this exceptional group of women with our mighty Marvel artists we are able to truly capture their super human feats in a program that brings together talent from on and off the field.”

The full 2015 IMPACT25 list along with artist renditions will be unveiled Monday, Dec. 7 on, the hosts of the popular Women of Marvel podcast, including Amanat, Social Media Manager Adri Cowan, producer Judy Stephens and assistant editor Emily Shaw, will be guests on the espnW Presents: Be Honest with Cari Champion podcast. 

“Each of the IMPACT25 honorees is incredible in their own right, be it on the field or in the boardroom,” said Alison Overholt, editor-in-chief of espnW. “There have been some truly superhuman accomplishments in the last year, and there is no one better than the artists of Marvel to depict these women as the heroes that they are.”