Imagine this – it’s the Avengers versus the X-Men and Fantastic Four. At first, Spider-Man is with Wolverine and Reed Richards, but at a pivotal moment, he switches sides and joins Captain America and Iron Man. Is this the plot for next big comic book crossover event? No, it’s another case of life imitating art – it’s what’s really happening today with the movie licensing business at Marvel.
Marvel has been trying to regain control of the characters it licensed out years ago to other movie studios, before they had their own movie business. Earlier this year, Marvel Studios and Sony penned a peace treaty that gives Marvel some say over what Sony will do with Spider-Man. But with Fox, who continues to own the rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four, the not-too-subtle war has no end in sight. And we’re suffering for it.
Considering how prices dropped on the Captain America, Ms. Marvel, and Radioactive Man exclusive at Target, I thought about waiting to order. But I think this might sell a bit more briskly, given the stronger ties to the Agents of Shield TV show and the Avengers movies. Plus, the only repeat here is Nick Fury, who was last available a few years back in the Wal-Mart line. Coulson and Hill have not had figures before and are completely new.
Thanks to Paul again for the heads-up, and happy shopping!
Now that I’ve got a few of these on the AFP YouTube channel, would you guys give me some feedback? When I watch video reviews of figures, most of the time I mute the sound, and let the figures speak for themselves. But what do you like? Would you prefer some music, or even some commentary? What else would you like to see? Let me know.
Although Amazon has moved up its delivery timeframe on the Marvel Legends Avengers Infinite Series, the Thanos wave still isn’t due to ship until late March / early April. I was lucky enough to be in Hong Kong, and even more fortunate that my wife convinced me to stop in the Toys R Us at the Ocean Terminal on our last day there. And even though I had a pre-order already, I couldn’t stop myself from picking up Batroc the Leaper and Spider-Woman.