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Watch: The importance of color and costumes in the X-Men

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Nearly 16 years after the release of Bryan Singer’s X-Men, fans still have strong opinions about the filmmakers’ decision to ditch the brightly colored costumes of the comics in favor of black leather, which continued through 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. However, with the revival of the film franchise in 2011’s X-Men: First Class and the success of Deadpool, Kristian Williams has hopes for a brighter big-screen future for Marvel’s mutants.

In his latest YouTube video, he lays out a passionate yet well-reasoned case for the importance of color and costumes within the X-Men mythos, across comics, animation and film.

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With Cosbaby ‘Civil War’ figures, the fight is over which is cutest

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As with previous Cosbaby series, like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s really difficult to imagine the pint-sized, adorable superheroes (and villain) of Captain America: Civil War going toe to toe in anything more perilous than a tickle fight. Seriously, just look at those little faces!

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Spidey tries the samurai look in Tamashii Nations’ Manga Realization line

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Following up on their Movie Realization line of acclaimed “Star Wars” figures, Tamashii Nations is exploring a Manga Realization line — kicking it off with a samurai-influenced take on Spider-Man.

Packaged with two blades, a few sets of web-slinging hands, and a grappling hook and line, the highly-articulated samurai Spidey figure comes from a design by Takayuki Takeya, the designer of Tamashii’s “Star Wars” toys.

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Black Panther sinks his claws into Figuarts ‘Civil War’ figure line

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The teasing now over, Tamashii Nations has debuted a new Black Panther action figure, the next release in S.H. Figuarts’ Captain America: Civil War series.

Standing 6 inches tall and featuring interchangeable hands, the Black Panther figure is set to arrive in November, joining Captain America, Iron Man and Ant-Man.

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Hot Wheels rolls out ‘Captain America: Civil War’ cars

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On the heels — or, rather, wheels — of new “character cars” based on Marvel’s Black Widow and Wasp, Mattel has rolled out a line of Hot Wheels collectibles tied to Captain America: Civil War.

Arriving courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, the collection features die-cast cars for Captain America, Iron Man, Black Panther, Winter Soldier, Vision, Ant-Man and Hawkeye (with the Black Widow model repeated).

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Face front, True Believers! There’s now a Marvel credit card

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It’s not a Merry Marvel Marching Society membership card, but this new Marvel credit card may be as close as you’re going to get.

Partnering with Synchrony Financial, the company has introduced the Marvel MasterCard, available in five designs: Marvel heroes (the Avengers, Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy), Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America’s shield, and a more subdued gray version, featuring icons of some of the characters.

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Watch: Jimmy Kimmel asks, ‘Do you know more Avengers or presidents?’

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As part of “Marvel Week,” Jimmy Kimmel Live sent out cameras to find out whether people on the street know the names of more Avengers or U.S. presidents. It went even worse than you probably expected.

“There are so many comic book movies now. I wanted to get a sense of how many people actually know all the characters,” host Jimmy Kimmel explained. “So we went out in the street and we asked people, ‘Name as many Avengers as you can.’ And then we asked them, ‘Name as many presidents as you can.’”

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These Marvel motorcycle helmets will get your motor runnin’

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When you’re ready to hop on your bike and hit the open road, you can now choose a side — Team Cap or Team Iron Man — with these officially licensed Marvel motorcycle helmets. Or, you can say to hell with both of them and justgo with Team Punisher, because when in doubt, bet on Frank.

Produced by HJC, the helmets boast a lightweight advanced polycarbonate composite shell, an advanced channeling ventilation system, and an anti-scratch face shield that’s particularly striking on the Iron Man version.

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Adorable lil Spider-Gwen statue plays yo-yo with our hearts

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Just when it seemed like the Marvel “animated” statues couldn’t get any cuter, Gentle Giant adds one more character to the series: Spider-Gwen, based on Skottie Young’s “baby variant” for Spider-Gwen #1.

Just like the illustration, this pint-sized superheroine is depicted passing the time with a yo-yo emblazoned with the spider-emblem. Standing 3.5 inches tall, the limited-edition collectible is hand-painted and hand-numbered, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

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Hot Toys unleashes its ‘Civil War’ Black Panther figure

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Of all the 1/6th-scale collectible figures in Hot Toys’ Captain America: Civil War line, Black Panther may be the one collectors are looking forward to most. And judging from these first official images, it’s unlikely to disappoint.

Sure, it’s light on accessories — interchangeable palms, and a display stand only — but you must admit the body and highly detailed, textured black-and-silver costume are impressive. Standing just over 12 inches tall, Black Panther boasts more than 30 points of articulation.

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The Joker gets the last laugh with these adult-size Underoos

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The age-old question of whether The Joker prefers boxers or briefs is answered with the new wave of adult-size Underoos. (Ever the trickster, the Clown Prince of Crime is apparently a boxer briefs kind of guy.)

The Joker men’s set is joined by Supergirl, Deadpool, Robin, Dawn of Justice Wonder Woman, and BB-8 for women. There are also Civil War Captain America and Iron Man boxer brief sets for boys.

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‘Daredevil’s’ opening titles get an 8-bit video game remake

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If the epic one-shot fight scenes of Daredevil don’t already have you longing for an old-school video game based on the Netflix drama, then this 8-bit re-creation of the opening credits surely will.

The animation is the work of YouTube user doisDI Desenhando, featuring a faithful rendition of the theme provided by Nick Bellardini.

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Ant-Man sizes up Team Cap with new Hot Toys ‘Civil War’ figure

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Although Hot Toys has already given us a tiny glimpse of Scott Lang — seriously, he was riding one of Hawkeye’s arrowheads — the toymaker has now unveiled its Captain America: Civil War 1/6th-scale Ant-Man action figure.

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Worlds collide in ‘Avengers vs. Justice League’ fan trailer

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We’ve seen plenty of fan trailers for imagined DC vs. Marvel films, but few are as seamless as this one for “Worlds Collide: Avengers vs. Justice League.”

Using dialogue from X-Men: Age of Apocalypse and The Flash, and footage from a variety of sources, including Avengers: Age of Ultron and Batman v Superman, Kyle Franzak lays out an apocalyptic vision for a showdown between heroes of both companies that plenty of destruction in its wake.

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Go undercover with this Mighty Heroines of Marvel fleece blanket

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Winter may soon be a distant memory, but there are few things better than cranking up the air conditioning, curling up with a blanket and reading a book or soaking up some television. And who better to watch over you while you binge on episodes of Daredevil and Jessica Jones than the Mighty Heroines of Marvel?

This fleece blanket measures 62 inches by 44 inches, and features an impressive lineup: Silk, Thor, Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel, Sif and Spider-Gwen, who’ll keep vigilante and keep you toasty.

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