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The Avengers took to the runway over the weekend at South African Fashion Week in 18 ready-to-wear looks inspired by Marvel’s Age of Ultron.
It was the result of Marvel Fashion-Hero Search, an initiative launched in December by Disney and SA Fashion Week to find up-and-coming designers from across Africa to create men’s and women’s lines that draw upon Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow and the Incredible Hulk. In the end, just six designers were selected to show.
On the heels of Black Widow, Hot Toys has unveiled its Avengers: Age of Ultron 1/6th-scale Hawkeye collectible figure.
Based on actor Jeremy Renner’s likeness — would you expect anything less? — the 30-centimeter figures boasts a newly developed head sculpt, new costume, improved articulation and newly designed bow and arrows.
Mark Ruffalo doesn’t just fight to protect Earth on the big screen as Avengers member Bruce Banner. The actor also spends much of his time advocating for environmental causes like Water Defense, the nonprofit organization he co-founded. Now the actor has teamed up with GoRaff to raise money for the clean water initiative and give a lucky winner a truly mighty experience with the big screen Avengers.
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Hot Toys has at long last unveiled its 1/6th-scale Avengers: Age of Ultron Black Widow collectible figure.
Based, of course, on Scarlett Johansson’s likeness, the movie-accurate figure stands about 28 centimeters tall, and boasts 28 points of articulation, four pairs of interchangeable hands (including one for holding pistols and another for batons), two blasters, two batons, one pistol and one dagger.
While Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch figures have been conspicuously scarce in the buildup to Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, we get an honest-to-goodness glimpse of the twins in newly release art created by Touma for Hot Toys’ new Artist Mix Collection.
Mind you, it’s not the actual figures, but it holds the promise that fans will eventually see the two alongside the Avengers, Vision and Ultron. Hot Toys also revealed 3D renderings of Tony Stark in his Mark XLIII suit, the Incredible Hulk and Thor, part of Series 2.
You’d think a dub the latest Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer that replaces James Spader’s voice with that of a child would make the film’s homicidal robot less creepy, but it doesn’t really. In fact, it’s a bit unsettling.
Part of the Mashable series “The Watercooler,” the kid lip dub is otherwise charming, with “Vine superstars and siblings Arwen, Leia, and Neo” providing all the voices and sound effects. But the digitally distorted Lil’ Ultron? That could keep me awake at night.
Marvel and Disney hope to reach a broader audience with products tied to Avengers: Age of Ultron, which means more items that appeal to women and fans of individual superheroes.
“For the first film, we primarily focused on the Avengers property and the group shots,” Paul Gitter, Disney Consumer Products’ senior vice president of Marvel licensing, tells Variety. “Now we’re broadening the line and scope to create SKUs that focus on the team and the individuals characters, as well.”
After revealing the first series in its new line of Avengers: Age of Ultron Cosbaby bobbleheads last week, Hot Toys is back to tease the next two waves, which, yes, include Black Widow and Hawkeye.
There’s still no sign of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, however.
Standing 9 feet, 10 inches tall, the statue is a match for the equally imposing Hulk figure that the company will also produce. The Hulkbuster also has the ability to light up in certain areas, like the mask’s eyes. Both the Hulkbuster and the Hulk are part of a wider line of “Avengers”-themed pieces that Beast Kingdom will release.
Now that we’ve all giddily watched the latest trailer for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, we can all agree it needed more Spider-Man. Now that Marvel Studios is free to use the web-head in its ever-expanding cinematic universe, it’s kind of all you want to see, right?
Spider-Man is unique in that, despite not having the best box-office track record recently, he’s the most profitable superhero in the world. Slap his face on a lunchbox orT-shirt and it will move more cash than Batman, and that’s saying a lot. There’s something universal about the Spider-Man story (if you ignore the Spider-Totem arc — and I do); he’s not a billionaire, gifted with an Übermensch’s physique, or born into greatness. He’s just a guy who took the circumstances life gave him and set out to make a better world. He’s one of the few heroes with a full face mask that hides every element of his identity. His world is our world, in that he lives in New York City and swings by places we recognize.
And there’s nothing inherently race-specific about his story.
As menacing as Ultron is in the trailers for Marvel’s Avengers sequel, in bobblehead form the homicidal robot can only scare up an “Awwwwwww.”
He joins adorable big-eyed, 3.75-inch versions of Iron Man XLIII, Captain America, Thor, Iron Legion and Ultron Sentry in Hot Toys’ newly unveiled Avengers: Age of Ultron Cosbaby Series 1. However, Ultron Prime is available only in the Collectors Set. More figures are promised in later releases (keep your fingers crossed for Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch).
The shot in the new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer of the entire team leaping into action was so incredible that CBR’s Brett White wrote that the entire teaser “could have just been two minutes of this one moment on a loop and it would have still been a wild success.” (Naturally, a fan gave him exactly what he asked for.) But now someone has found a way to make that moment even more epic … by inserting Spider-Man.
The GIF is downright hypnotizing.
Beating Spider-Man and Captain America to the punch, Wolverine and Thor staged their own epic crossover last night in a brewing Civil War over … musical beers and dueling mullets.
Donning wigs, actors Hugh Jackman and Chris Hemsworth joined Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, bandleader Questlove and Saturday Night Live cast members Kate McKinnon, Colin Jost and Bobby Moynihan for a game that’s exactly what it sounds like: musical chairs, only using cups of beer.
Despite some initial concerns among fans, it turns out that Funko will release a Black Widow figure as part of its previously announced Avengers: Age of Ultron Pop! Vinyl series.
Arriving in May, with new batons in hand, Natasha joins Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Vision and Ultron (plus the Hulkbuster offered exclusively through the new Marvel Collector Corps). There’s still no sign of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, however.
Less than a week after debuting the new Hulk, Hot Toys has revealed details of its 1/6th-scale Avengers: Age of Ultron Hulkbuster collectible figure.
Heralded at Toy Soul 2014 with a 10-foot statue, the movie-accurate figure stands nearly 21 inches tall, and features a Mark XLIII bust inside the Hulkbuster, with LED light-up eyes and arc reactor on the chest. The metallic red, gold and silver armor has a weathering effect, and more than 16 LED light-up areas located in the eyes, chest, repulsor palms, back and legs.