The Akatsuki paved the way for the Kara Organization in the sequel series of the Naruto franchise, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, with the group of rogue ninjas attempting to control the world. While the villainous organization was eventually broken down during their fights with Konoha and the rest of the ninja world, their impression on the shinobi world continues to this very day. Now, one cosplayer has decided to hilariously merge the villain Kakuzu and Marvel's Avengers in a disturbing cosplay!
Kakuzu's masks on his back helped keep his body together, making him effectively immortal thanks to his technique of Earth Grudge Fear. The member of the Akatsuki was easily one of the most dangerous, taking a number of different body parts from other ninja to make himself stronger, housing four different hearts within his body. Of course, like so many other villains in the ninja franchise, he fell to both Naruto and a number of other ninjas from Konoha. We can only imagine just how powerful Kakuzu would be if he began harvesting the body parts of Marvel's Avengers!
Reddit User DraftDraw shared this impressive cosplay that takes various Avengers' masks and places them onto the back of Kakuzu, hinting at the idea that the dark ninja had made a trip to the Marvel Universe and taken body parts of the Avengers for himself:
Kakuzu did return briefly during the Fourth Ninja World War, resurrected by Kabuto employing the powers of Orochimaru to bring back all the villains and heroes of Naruto under his command. Though he hasn't appeared since his death, Kakuzu remains one of the most visually disturbing villains in the history of the franchise to date, thanks to his ragdoll aesthetic.
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Originally created by Masashi Kishimoto for Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999, Naruto follows a young ninja, with a sealed demon within him, that wishes to become the leader of his home village. The series ran for 700 chapters overall, and was adapted into an anime series by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex that ran from 2002 to 2017. The series was popular enough to warrant a sequel, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations which is set several years after the events of the original Naruto story and features the children of many of its key characters such as Naruto and Hinata.