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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.
ThinkGeek may have just won the competition for best Avengers: Age of Ultron licensed product — lord knows there’s enough of them — with this ingenious Captain America Shield Backpack. It’s a shield and a backpack!
Measuring 18 inches in diameter and 2.5 inches deep, it’s clearly designed for kids and adults — at least those adults who can pull off walking around with Captain America’s shield strapped to their backs. The shield is plastic, rather than a vibranium-adamantium alloy (undoubtedly to keep down costs), but that should be enough to protect the contents within.
Funko, always at the ready with Marvel movie merchandise, has revealed its Pop! Vinyl figures of Ant-Man and his nemesis Yellowjacket from the upcoming film.
The company also announced Ant-Man Wacky Wobblers, which are those bobblehead statues, but no images are available. Both lines arrives in June.
Well, here we go. Three years in the making, two of Marvel’s most prestigious titles dedicated entirely to its development, a complex mythology created practically out of whole cloth by Jonathan Hickman involving a cast of thousands, all pursuing the end of everything.
I’m tired just typing about it; I can’t imagine the dedication and passion it took to actually produce it month after month. But here we are, at the result of all that hard work and creativity: Secret Wars. “Everything dies” has to be one of the most depressing taglines ever for a comic book story, but this is it. Everything is dying, and there’s nothing that’s going to stop it.
That’s not true. We all know that there’s going to be a Battleworld after this, and then Free Comic Book Day gave us a teaser for the All-New Avengers debuting in the wake of the immense summer event, so we know that not “everything’ dies,” just the world as we know it. Will we feel fine?
There have been a lot of Avengers: Age of Ultron parodies — a lot of them — but I’m pretty sure none comes close to this one, in which Earth’s Littlest Heroes unite to defend their school against a math-loving robot.
Written by Alex Hoffman and directed by Éli Sokhn for DreamWorksTV, “Kid Avengers: A Little Age of Ultron” begins as a cute adaptation of the trailer, with children playing all of the roles. However, about midway through, the video turns into a funny critique of the sequel, and Marvel Studios in general, as the kids try to make sense of the plot and the players.
Hot Toys has revealed its second series of Avengers: Age of Ultron Artist Mix figures, designed by Touma, which includes The Vision and Iron Man Mark XLV.
The 13-centimeter-tall bobbleheads are joined by Thor, Iron Legion and the Incredible Hulk (who towers over the others at 14.5 centimeters). The deluxe set includes an exclusive gray Rampaging Hulk.
When you’ve recovered from the cuteness overdose induced by those pint-sized Guardians of the Galaxy and Batman Family figures, Funko and Vinyl Sugar have another fix waiting: the new line of Classic Marvel Dorbz.
Debuting in August, the 3-inch vinyl figures capture Marvel heroes and villains, ranging from Spider-Man to Mystique and Scarlet Witch to Iron Man, all in their classic comic book costumes. Hence the name “Classic Marvel Dorbz.”
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.)
Following a handful of teasers, 3A Toys has at last fully revealed its 1/6th-scale Ultron collectible figure, designed by Ashley Wood.
“I have to say, I’m super-proud of him,” Wood wrote in 3A’s latest newsletter. “I aggravated many making sure it was how I wanted it. I’m lucky to have very patient pros working to help me realize my vision.”
LEGO enthusiast Michael of MGF Customs/Reviews undertook a daunting task: to create custom “upgraded” minifigs based on Avengers: Age of Ultron. It was time-consuming task, but as you can see in the lengthy showcase video below, the results are impressive.
Michael overlooked no detail in creating everyone from Captain America and Black Widow to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver to Ultron and The Vision. However, for the incredible Hulkbuster figure, he turned to Legohaulic.
IDW Publishing has expanded its partnership with Marvel to include Artist’s Editions and Micro Collectors Fun Packs for the classic Star Wars comics.
Launched in 2010, the Artist’s Edition hardcover line presents complete stories scanned from the original art and printed at full size. IDW previously teamed with Marvel to produce Artist’s Editions for Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor, John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man, John Byrne’s Fantastic Four and David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil: Born Again.
After his family was murdered by the mafia, ex-Marine Frank Castle turned to a life of vigilantism, waging a bloody one-man war against crime as The Punisher. However, as this latest video from Animation Domination High-Def demonstrates, Castle could’ve gone down a far darker path … and embraced the sordid world of puns.
Sure, The Punisher still deals out justice one bullet at a time, but in this animated parody, he also serves up wordplay so bad that it would make David Caruso roll his eyes.
Saturday Night Live and host Scarlett Johansson this weekend skewered both the romantic-comedy formula and Marvel Studios with a trailer for Black Widow: Age of Me, a parody that’s probably already fueling a few misguided Hollywood pitch meetings.
Demonstrating that “Marvel gets women,” the imagined solo movie mines every romcom trope for the story of Natasha Romanoff, who tries to juggle an internship at Fashion Weekly, a circle of good friends (including Thor as the stereotypical gay BFF), and a burgeoning romance with … Ultron.
Virtually everybody wants to forget 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but no one more than Deadpool, who became virtually unrecognizable as an optic blast-firing, teleporting killing machine.
And in this new “Minute Match-Up” from Ismahawk, Wade Wilson is determined to make sure his discount doppelganger doesn’t resurface to mar his upcoming solo film. Weapon XI doesn’t stand a chance.
Coinciding with the premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Diamond Select Toys has unveiled the Marvel Select Hulkbuster, available exclusively from the Marvel Shop and Disney Store.
Unlike most of the Hulkbuster action figures we’ve seen over the past few months, this one isn’t inspired by the Iron Man armor seen in the Marvel Studios sequel. Instead, it’s based on the comic-book version, which debuted in 1994 in Iron Man #304.