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Much has been written and said about the dearth of female characters in superhero films, but I’m not sure anyone has addressed the issue quite like Agnes, an 18-year-old blogger from Hungary: She created a series of incredible portraits gender-swapping the cinematic Avengers.
For her alternate movie universe, Agnes recasts Captain America as Amber Heard, Iron Man as Kate Beckinsale, Bruce Banner as Mila Kunis, Thor as Jennifer Lawrence, Hawkeye as Shailene Woodley and Loki as Kristen Stewart.
Sure, 33 flavors sounds great, until you realize Baskin Robbins locations in South Korea are serving up Avengers-themed ice cream and — better still — Avengers cake.
According to The Korea Times, the promotional tie-in to Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron has been a boon for the company, with Avengers Ice Cream — in three flavors, with candy representing Iron Man, Hulk and Captain America — resulting in a 40-percent increase in sales over April 2014. (Before you ask, the flavors, which have nothing to do with the characters, are chocolate fudge, chocolate and milk chocolate.)
In what we can only hope is a preview of Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War, Beat Down Boogie delivers a tribute to those horribly dubbed martial-arts films of the 1970s and ’80s that pits Tony Stark against Steve Rogers in an epic face-off.
If Marvel doesn’t incorporate techniques like “Iron Fist,” “Bald Eagle Claw” and “Drunken Playboy Style” into its comics and films, then they’re missing out.
Superheroes sprang from the era of pulp icons like The Phantom and Doc Savage, and now cartoonist Chris Schweizer has some of today’s most popular costumed characters back to their roots.
In a project undertaken just for fun, the creator of The Crogan Adventures imagined some of the Avengers and X-Men as they might’ve appeared in the 1920s and 1930s in a series called “Marvel Pulp.”
The collection features designs based on Marvel’s Avengers by Amy Beth Christenson and Andrew MacLaine, winners of last year’s Her Universe fashion show at SDCC, and includes several dresses and jackets. The designs were inspired by Captain America, Black Widow, Iron Man, Loki and Thor in particular.
If you’re just not sure what to wear to the premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron, don’t worry — New Era has you covered. Literally, because the company makes caps.
Launching today, the “Marvel x New Era Avengers: Age of Ultron 59Fifty Collection” boasts undeniably bold cap designs featuring Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Vision, Ultron, Black Widow and War Machine (although I’m having trouble finding listings for the latter two).
By and large, people outside Japan can’t fully understand how big Mobile Suit Gundam is. In some ways, it’s a cultural equivalent to American superheroes — and now one artist has melded the two.
Aburaya Tonbi created renditions of Marvel’s Avengers (including Spider-Man) in the style of Mobile Suit Gundam, albeit in a chibi style. Robot versions of Avengers have been made before — even ones loosely inspired by Gundam — but Campbell’s renditions hit at authenticity, while also being cute.
It’s no longer April Fools’ Day, but we can still enjoy this absolutely perfect video trumpeting the advances in shaving forged by a partnership between Gillette and Stark Industries.
Originating on Gillette Korea’s YouTube page as an Age of Ultron promo, the trailer boasts mind-blowing — and, frankly, dangerous-sounding — Avengers-inspired technology, like the Repulsor I razor with its own arc reactor, the XL Gamma with its unstable molecular structure, and the Gillette Thunder with micro-lightning (“Keep Out of Reach of Mortals”).
Last week we saw 1980s music icons reimagined as Marvel superheroes, and now another artist has depicted Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as Earth’s Mightiest Punks.
Atlanta-based artist Cara McGee has drawn portraits of some of the Avengers (as well as foe or two) as punks, decked out in tattoos, studded collars and boots, and strategically ripped jeans. Take a look:
Hot Toys shows no signs of letting up with its line of Marvel collectible figures, which continues with this exclusive 1/6th-scale Iron Man Mark VII in Stealth Mode.
Just how exclusive is it? It’s a movie promo edition that will be available for preorder during stops on “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Exhibition,” which will tour Asia from April through July.
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.
There are numerous levels of comics fandom, ranging from the casual fan who picks up the occasional issue and watches the television shows and movies to the devotee, who tracks down entire runs of series and collects original art.
And then there’s the level of fan who would have an entire apartment designed in an Avengers theme.
Not content with its conquest of cinemas and the direct market, Marvel has now turned its attention to home appliances. Small appliances, but still …
Soon, fans will be able to eat waffles emblazoned with Thor’s hammer, Iron Man’s mask, Captain America’s shield and Hulk’s fist, prepared — where else? — in an Avengers-themed waffle maker from Select Brands. The company is also developing Marvel-inspired toasters, single-serve coffeemakers and more.
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.
I haven’t owned any comic book-themed tees since my childhood Underoos (Aquaman and Captain America; I wanted Robin), but the Super Hero Club House series from Woot! could change that.
Designed by dooomcat, they come in two varieties: “Darn Cool clubhouse,” with a pint-sized Captain America stomping away from a clubhouse controlled by child versions of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow and The Flash; and “MARVELous club house,” in which a pouting Dark Knight walks away as kiddie Spider-Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, Hawkeye and the Hulk gloat from their clubhouse.