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A new version of Disney Infinity is coming this fall, and it's going to focus completely on Marvel superheroes. Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and Hawkeye, the team from the first Avengers movie, will be the first batch of heroes available in Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes. There will be 20 playable figures released in all, with potentially more to follow.
Not only that, but the Marvel version of the game will feature stories written by Brian Michael Bendis.
So you know Stan Winston, the Academy Award-winning special effects designer who worked on Terminator, Predator, Jurassic Park and Iron Man? Well, it turns out that he founded a school, and if that list of movies wasn't enough to make you think you could probably learn a thing from it, then they now have the best possible advertisement they could ask for in Kai-Xiang Xhong, who builta life-sized, wearable suit of cardboard Iron Man armor and earned himself the nickname "The Taiwanese Tony Stark."
The suit -- which, fortunately, did not involve Xhong being kidnapped and held for ransom by terrorists allied with the Ten Cardboard Rings faction -- is just the tip of the iceberg for his creations. Check below for more, including Optimus Prime, lifelike animals and an amazing dragon that was his first-ever cardboard sculpture!
Tonight's Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe special didn't blow too many minds as it preempted Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but the hourlong Marvel
movie commercial special did succeed in revealing concept art of two characters fans have been waiting to see for awhile. Get a look at Scarlet Witch (played by Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver's (played by Aaron Johnson) potential costume designs from Avengers: Age of Ultron -- plus Iron Man battling the Hulk in his Hulkbuster armor -- after the cut.
Tony Stark must be furious, after all that work he did to keep the government from seizing his designs.
In a speech at a manufacturing innovation event at the White House Tuesday, President Barack Obama said, "Basically we're building Iron Man." He laughed it off as a joke, then said, "Not really. Maybe. It's classified." But it's a real thing, and the first prototypes are going to be ready in June, according to Sploid. They could be deployed by August 2018.
Having put their diecast spin on "The World's Finest" from DC Comics, Hong Kong toymaker 86 Hero has turned its attention to Marvel's armored Avenger. This June a 5.5" tall Iron Man donned in his Mark 42 armor from Iron Man 3 is set to arrive. It won't pack repulsors, but it will light up your life with LEDs.
Good Smile Company's The Amazing Spider-Man Figma won't be its lone Marvel hero for much longer. This past weekend at Wonder Festival in Japan, the toymaker displayed its painted Iron Man and Thor prototypes, along with an unpainted Captain America, assembling three of the biggest stars from The Avengers movie.
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