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.
There were so many Iron Man armors during the “House Party Protocol” finale to Iron Man 3 that I’m sure I’ve missed a bunch, and this Mark VII is in stealth mode, after all. But this exclusive from Hot Toys is labeled as a movie promo version for the Avengers, where the Mark VII debuted, and I don’t recall Iron Man fighting Loki or the Chitauri with stealth mode activated. So let’s chalk this up to Hot Toys milking the Iron Man cash cow for all it’s worth.
Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is the latest Avenger from Age of Ultron to get a Hot Toys figure. Like Cap, Iron Man, Hulk, and Black Widow, Hawkeye’s been updated with his costume look from the movie, sporting the long sleeve tunic that looks more appropriate for those cold weather sequences in the movie. His headsculpt looks better to me this time around, and yes, he still comes with those cool shades. He’s also armed with a baker’s dozen of arrows and nine interchangeable arrow heads – if you ask me, that still doesn’t seem like enough when you’re being overrun by a horde of Ultron drones.
I skipped the first version of Hawkeye when the original movie came out, but feel compelled to complete my Avengers with him now. You can pre-order the Marvel Hawkeye Sixth Scale Figure from Sideshow Collectibles.
This just leaves Thor and Nick Fury for the major characters that may get re-dos for the sequel, and the mutant Inhuman twins, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, for their first Hot Toys figures. Avengers Assemble!
The entry period for the contest ends on March 30, but you can hedge your bets and pick up the Marvel Falcon Marvel Sixth Scale Figure directly from Sideshow. After all, you might have to take on three SHIELD Helicarriers plus a crazy Russian super-assassin from the Cold War today.
The Falcon appears next in Avengers: Age of Ultron, in just over a month. On your left!