We've covered the X-Men, and the Avengers teams. Now we're into potentially the biggest group, the Avengers solo titles, which includes some heroes getting their own ongoing books for the first time. In fact, this group is so sprawling, we've held a couple of characters who are technically Avengers for a later post. Everyone is an Avenger now. Jonathan Hickman made it unwieldy. So here are just eight of the infinite solo Avengers titles.
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Marvel needs all the help it can get in promoting Ant-Man, a superhero who’s not nearly as well known as Captain America, Thor and Iron Man. So, how do you give the film a boost? Well, you call in some help from Captain America, Thor and Iron Man.
Everyone wants a piece of the Avengers pie. When a movie with a global audience this large is at stake, there's no brand deal that doesn't make sense to at least attempt. We've already seen Under Armour, Samsung and Gillette, among others, team up with Marvel and Disney to produce a few Avengers-themed goods. It would seem however, that Adidas, already responsible for Quicksilver's sneakers, isn't content with just running shoes with Avengers designs.
According to Chinese sneaker site Dunk, Adidas is planning on revisiting some of its more well-known basketball sneakers from years past, albeit with a comic book twist. Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor will all get retrofitted onto kicks from the Adidas catalog, though your mileage may vary as to how attractive these shoes really are. Though I guess it doesn't really matter given that comic book-themed footwear for adults is rather limited outside of Journeys.
For years, Mattel's Hot Wheels line has been bringing the very best comic book and superhero vehicles to life. We've gotten dozens of different Batmobiles over the years, and characters like the Avengers and Spider-Man have gotten their own vehicles with cool designs and paint jobs for almost as long as Hot Wheels has been in existence. At this year's San Diego Comic Con, that trend will continue with an exclusive Secret Wars-themed three-pack.
Featuring Captain America (Sam Wilson), Superior Iron Man, and Spider-Man (Miles Morales), the Hot Wheels Marvel Secret Wars Character Car 3-Pack will give each of these characters their own new model of sophisticated auto-weirdness. They'll also all come in a window box display, showing the cars in action as if they were the heroes themselves. For reasons.
Yes, yes, it's another Iron Man figure based on the movie version of Marvel's genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist. Yes, it's another extremely pricey high-end collectible recreating the Hulkbuster armor at a size that will actually allow it to fit in most homes. What sets King Arts Hulkbuster apart, aside from the 1/9 scale (who does that?), is that you can actually fit a 1/9 scale Iron Man figure inside. Guess it's a good thing that King Arts has one of those, too, isn't it?
King Arts has previously dabbled in 1/9 scale Iron Man figures in the past, but is taking its commitment to the scale to new heights with this Hulkbuster. It's also crafted some extremely expensive mobile phone charger statues, too, but even those pale in comparison to the Hulkbuster. Which, to be fair, isn't all that big an accomplishment considering those are statues, and this figure is fully articulated and fits an Iron Man inside. It's kind of a big deal.
For years, Hot Toys has been releasing licensed figures as part of its Movie Masterpieces line. Anticipation for what the 300th figure in the long-running collection would be started peaking earlier this year as the number of new announcements drew us ever-closer to the magical tricentennial collectible.
If you've been following the company's release slate for the past seven years, you'd know Hot Toys has a certain affinity for Iron Man. As such, it came as little surprise to learn that Hot Toys MMS 300 would be yet again another Iron Man figure. Hey, at least it's an all-new design this time.
After not so subtly teasing a special variant edition of its new Galaxy S6 Edge for the past week, Samsung has formally unveiled the Iron Man edition of the new smartphone. As part of a brand partnership with Marvel, Samsung has already released a handful of Avengers themed goods like phone cases for the Galaxy S6 and a wireless charger that looks like Captain America's shield. All of those goods however, pale in comparison to a phone designed to put Iron Man right in your pocket. Sort of.
We've already seen the rest of Bandai's planned offerings from Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the Hulkbuster was teased not that long ago. Now we've got our first official look at the magnificent beast, and it is glorious. And expensive.
There are currently very few ways to get a standalone Hulkbuster action figure, and there are even fewer ways to get one at a reasonable price. While the price point on the upcoming SH Figuarts Hulkbuster is likely to turn many of you away, it is still quite a bit cheaper than the Hot Toys version. It'll also be just a tad bit more expensive than trying to hunt down all the figures in Hasbro's Hulkbuster BAF wave coming this summer.
Whenever you watch a major action set piece in a modern movie, you are watching a sequence that probably came together months before the cameras started rolling. Complicated effects-driven scenes are often assembled in an early rough form so that the actual shooting of the scene can go smoothly. Avengers: Age of Ultron was no different; to watch the animatic of the massive battle between Iron Man and the Hulk is to watch how an action scene can change from origin to execution.
The Avengers are very famous indeed. After the success of their second movie as a team — and the tenth movie to feature any of the members — the Marvel heroes have a presence and profile in our culture like never before. It's a strange new reality to adjust to for those of us who remembers when co-workers, cousins and schoolmates had no knowledge of Iron Man or Black Widow, and perhaps only the vaguest idea about Captain America, and they thought of the Hulk as a sad man named David with flared trousers and a haunting piano theme.
Now millions know these characters and could probably pick them out of a line-up. But the non-comics audience knows slightly different versions of the characters than the ones we might be used to. Sometimes the changes made from page to screen are for the better, sometimes for the worse, and sometimes they're... just different. In the best cases, the movies offer brilliant new takes on the characters that inform and refresh their comic book counterparts. So with that in mind, where does Avengers: Age of Ultron leave the best-known versions of these heroes?
This article contains extensive spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron. It's been out for almost two weeks; you should have seen it by now.