EspnW has teamed up with Marvel to honor rad women in sports. The soccer star (and our real-life hero) is the first athlete to get the comic book treatment
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After a year of superhuman athletic accomplishments from amazing female athletes (Serena Williams and Ronda Rousey, anyone?), it seems only fitting they be honored as the superheros they are, right?

It's a no brainer, which is why espnW-which releases IMPACT25, an annual list which recognizes the female athletes and influencers who've made the greatest mark on women's sports, both on and off the field-is teaming up with Marvel Comics to create superhero illustrations of all the honorees, highlighting each of their special talents. (Be sure to check out our interview with the espnW founder Laura Gentile on the future of women's sports.)

The first image was just released, and it's none other than "American superhero" and soccer star Carli Llyod, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who propelled the U.S. women's national soccer team to victory this summer-their first since 1999. We're not going to lie, this rendition of her alongside Captain Marvel is pretty kickass. (Next up: world domination. Read all about Carli Lloyd's 17-Year Plan to Become the World's Greatest Athlete.)


"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."

We'll have to wait until December 7th for the full list of 2015 honorees (including the espnW Woman of the Year) and illustrations, but we have a feeling we won't be disappointed. In the meantime, we've got some fitspiration to keep you busy! We'd suggest starting with: 7 Female Athletes Reveal How Fitness Made Them Stronger.