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With the highly-anticipated release of WandaVision (now streaming on Disney+), and the upcoming The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in March, 2021 is shaping up to be another big year for the Marvel Universe.
Founded more than 80 years ago (then known as “Timely Comics”), the Marvel Comics as we know it today really came into prominence in the early Sixties, when a then-small town writer named Stan Lee introduced what many have called the first “grown up” superheroes, with the release of “The Fantastic Four #1.“
Marvel Studios, meanwhile, was founded more than 25 years ago, and its 23 films have grossed more than $22 billion at the global box office, making it the highest-grossing film franchise of all time. With a strong streaming presence now on Disney+, the Marvel Cinematic Universe shows no signs of slowing down.
To celebrate the release of WandaVision, we’ve rounded up some of the best Marvel-related books, merch and collectibles, fit for wannabe superheroes, and casual fans alike.
1. Marvel Legends Captain America and Peggy Carter Collectible Two-Pack
This Amazon-exclusive collectable two-pack features six-inch scale figures of Captain America and Peggy Carter with their MCU-inspired designs from Captain America: The First Avenger. While higher-end figurines can cost upwards of $250, the Marvel Legends series has premium articulation and intricate character detailing for its price point. With alternate sets of hands and several accessories (including Cap’s original shield), you can geek out and create some really dynamic displays.
2. Marvel Encyclopedia (Updated Edition)
This beautiful hardcover, 448-page tome features an introduction from Stan Lee and details on more than 1200 Marvel characters, from superheroes to villains. This updated edition features expanded entries, and the addition of more than 50 new characters, including Anti-Venom, Sabreclaw, Doctor Nemesis and Spider-Man 2211. It also includes updates from the latest events in The Age of Ultron and Infinity War, among others. Each entry features original artwork from the Marvel comic books, along with text from the preeminent authorities in the comics, graphic novel and entertainment space.
3. WandaVision Retro Fifties T-Shirt
Of course, Marvel is capitalizing on the release of WandaVision with new, retro-inspired clothing that have the same throwback flair as the show’s first few episodes. With heavy influences from programs like I Love Lucy and Bewitched, this gives one of the MCU’s most famous couples that same style, but with a nod to their classic comic book superhero costumes. Keep an eye out for future merch as the two move through the decades—branded leg-warmers for the Eighties, perhaps?
4. LEGO Avengers Iron Man Helmet
Capture the likeness of everyone’s favorite billionaire playboy philanthropist with this construction kit for the classic Iron Man Helmet. This LEGO build-and-display model stands seven inches high and three inches wide on its base, and contains 480 pieces. But don’t be too intimidated—Marvel enthusiasts will love the level of detail achieved from simple bricks, and model-builders will love the rewarding challenge.
5. Avengers Thor Stormbreaker Electronic Axe
Forget the Mjölnir Hammer! Gear up like Asgardian Thor, son of Odin with the Stormbreaker from Avengers: Endgame from the Marvel Legends Series. This electronic battle axe will have fans feeling the thunder rumbling with booming sound FX and glowing LED lights. You can use this gear for roleplaying, put it on display, or for whenever you just feel like waving an axe around your apartment.
6. Marvel Villainous: Infinite Power Board Game
Heroes beware! Face off against Earth’s mightiest heroes in the Marvel edition of the Villainous board game series. The game supports 2-4 players with up to 80 minutes of gameplay, and you can adjust the difficult so you can raise the stakes depending on the round. Players can chose to be Thanos, Hela, Ultron, Taskmaster, or Killmonger with individual sculpted figurines, fate decks, soul tokens, and more. Immersive storytelling helps both hardcore and casual Marvel fans alike will feel like they can truly take over the universe.
7. BlenderBottle Marvel Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle
You can’t protect the universe without being fully hydrated first. This Captain America-inspired steel bottle has a patented “BlenderBall” wire whisk that can easily mix up smoothies and protein shakes. It stays icy cold too for 24 hours with its double-walled insulated design, and holds up to a whopping 26 oz. of your beverage of choice. The bottle line features multiple design choices, from Black Panther to Captain Marvel, so you can pick your best hero representation.
8. 10 Years Of Marvel Studios Personalized Book
Hammacher Schlemmer has a number of personalized coffee-table books available and ready to ship in time for your next gift-giving occasion, including this Marvel Studios edition. Part of the Anniversary Collection, this book is a cinematic recap of all of Earth’s mightiest heroes featured over the years from Iron Man to Black Widow and more. Presented in a Marvel gift box, it has a soft laminated finish, gold-embossed lettering for your recipient’s name (up to 12 characters), and over 100 pages of page-turning MCU content.
9. Avengers: Endgame Infinity Stone Charm Bracelet
Coveted by Thanos, these powerful stones scattered across the universe have been gathered together onto this bracelet! The legacy of their mysterious power continues with this 8-inch gold base bracelet, that has realistic synthetic gemstones worthy of any Avenger. Fashionable fans of the MCU can chose to wield the stones as part of their daily ensemble, or display it in its original Avengers: Endgame collector’s box.
10. WandaVision Halloween Funko Pop! with Case
For something a bit more collectible from the newest addition to the MCU, WandaVision, Wanda’s Halloween costume is now in figurine form, as imagined by the folks at Funko. The stylized Funko Pop! figure stand 3 ¾ inches tall and feature incredible detail, right down to the retro outfit. The figurine comes with an EcoTek Protector that’s great for displaying or gifting.