Alright, that may be jumping the gun a bit, but the Cleveland Avengers could be coming to a town near you. Thanos may or may not be joining them.
The Cleveland Indians could become the Avengers
After years of outrage and public outcry, the Washington Redskins rebranded themselves as the Washington Football Team. One of the NFL’s longest-active franchises dropped the Native American imagery that they’d embraced for decades.
Teams at all levels, ranging from high school to the CFL, have changed their names in recent years. The Cleveland Indians are next, and they’ve begun assembling a list of realistic candidates.
The team announced on its official website that they are currently narrowing down a list featuring nearly 1,200 name possibilities to several finalists. After totaling 1,198 names in the original list, the Indians have already gone through 14 rounds of brainstorming and evaluating options.
Among those names is the Cleveland Avengers. There is no word on which suit Robert Downey Jr. will wear when he throws out the ceremonial first pitch in 2022.
Part of the first ‘Avengers’ movie was filmed in Cleveland
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has dominated the pop culture world since Iron Man hit theaters in 2008. But things truly changed when The Avengers, starring Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Chris Evans as Captain America, debuted in May 2012.
Although the bulk of the movie takes place in New York City, part of the filming occurred in Cleveland. The scene of Captain America and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) fighting in Stuttgart, Germany? Well, they actually filmed it in Cleveland.
The Avengers made over $1.5 billion at the box office and changed the summer blockbuster forever. Elsewhere that year, the Indians went 68-94 and fired manager Manny Acta with six games before the season ended. Despite reaching the All-Star Break with a 44-40 record, Cleveland collapsed down the stretch because of poor pitching.
Cleveland should go with another name instead of Avengers
The crowd who wants to see Cleveland’s baseball team be called anything besides the Indians will likely gladly take the Avengers. However, the franchise will be better off picking another name.
Yes, the actual Avengers movies are wildly popular and a significant part of the cultural zeitgeist. But surely the Indians can pick something more original and meaningful to Cleveland, especially if they received nearly 1,200 options.
There have been two popular choices among fans for years, one of which is the Cleveland Spiders. Way back in the late 1800s, the Spiders played 13 seasons as a professional baseball team.
Others have also requested the Indians become the Buckeyes, but not because of Ohio State. Actually, the Buckeyes were a Negro League team that played from 1942 through 1950.
If we were Cleveland’s baseball team, we’d listen to the fans and harken back to history. Anyone wanting to sit down and get their fill of the Avengers can turn to TNT before an NBA playoff game.