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Last week, “What If…?,” Marvel Studios’ first-ever animated series became the latest Marvel series to land on Disney+. The show features the signature MCU action along with curious twists, and Chadwick Boseman’s final performance as King T’Challa (if you’re not already signed up for Disney+ you can subscribe to the service for $7.99 a month).
On the movie front, the MCU is stacked with new projects. “Black Widow” debuted in July, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” will arrive September 3, followed by “Eternals” on November 5, and “Spider-Man: No Way Home” on December 17.
For the devoted Marvel loyalists (or anyone gift shopping for a Marvel fan), we rounded up a comprehensive list of more than a dozen of the best Marvel-inspired items for any budget. See our picks below, and for more Marvel collectibles check out our roundup of Funko Pop! figurines, and must-read graphic novels.
Assemble your own Avengers squad with this exquisitely designed set of playing cards. The Avengers: The Infinity Saga premium playing cards feature custom artwork with Aces, Jokers, and court cards inspired by your favorite Marvel characters including Iron Man, Hulk, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Vision, Winter Soldier, Gamora, Hawkeye, Thor, Thanos, and Loki. The outer packaging has an iridescent, shimmering cosmic foil that changes colors at every angle, complete with gold foil accents and precise embossing.
Talk about cool, the Marvel Legends Series Infinity Gauntlet Articulated Electronic Fist is an intricately detailed, 19.5” electronics fist that’s equipped with flashing lights, sound effects, and full finger articulation. Each tone has its own light effect (the center stone activates sounds from the movie).
The Marvel series wireless gaming mouse is a compact, plug-and-play accessory that makes a neat little gift idea. This 7” mouse features 2.4g wireless transmission technology with a wireless transmission of up to 50 feet (with a reliable connection) and LED lights on the eyes for an added visual effect. The mice are available in the Black Panther design pictured above, as well as Spider-Man, Groot, Star Lord, and Iron Man. The package comes with a mouse and a USB connection but you’ll have to buy a pack of AA batteries (you can get them here).
Nothing to see here, just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man hanging around. This 16” streetlight desk lamp recreates a classic Marvel scene with Spider-Man dangling upside down in one of his signature poses. The lamp weighs just over three pounds and features an elegant design with a touch of whimsy — courtesy of the teenage webslinger himself. Fashioned after a streetlamp with a cobbled-style base, the USB powered lamp has an in-line on/off switch and uses an energy-efficient, long-lasting LED light bulb.
A set perfectly designed for the Marvel-loving chess player. Hydra faces off against Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in this unique chess set, which features collectible character pieces such as Captain Marvel as Queen, Black Widow and Captain America as Bishops, Spider-Man and Black Panther as Knights, Hulk and Thor as Rooks, and S.H.I.E.L.D. as pawns. On the HYDRA side, characters include Thanos as King, Hela as Queen, Killmonger and Venom as Knights, Kingpin and Red Skull as Bishops, Loki and Ultron as Rooks, and HYDRA as Pawns.
Wondering what it feels like to be Iron Man? The Marvel Legends Iron Man Electronic Helmet lets you transform into Tony Stark — from the neck up at least. The 1:1 full-scale design helmet features two glowing LED eyes and a magnetized faceplate that can be completely detached from the helmet, and then connected to the top. Attaching and detaching the faceplate triggers light up eyes along with dramatic sound effects. The helmet requires three AAA batteries (sold separately) and you can get it in other designs, such as Black Panther and Ant-Man.
Keep your AirPods secure with one of these premium cases inspired by the Avengers and other Marvel heroes. These particular cases are made from a high-quality TPU soft silicone shell but you can try AirPods cases in different materials and specially designed characters like Bucky Barnes, Loki, Black Widow, and Captain America.
Marvel Champions: The Card Game lets players embody Marvel heroes and call on iconic allies, harnessing powerful weapons and armor as they battle to defeat the villains of the Marvel universe. In short, every scenario of Marvel Champions: The Card Game lets heroes face a powerful villain pushing a unique scheme, along with their personal enemies that can be shuffled into the hero deck. Players must decide whether to play as a superhero and fight the villain directly, or change into their alter-ego and fight the villain indirectly. To win the game, the player must defeat the villain before they complete their dastardly scheme. If you like X-Men, check out the X-Men Munchkin Card Game.
A must-have collectible, this special-edition Monopoly game was released to commemorate Marvel’s 80th anniversary in 2019. The game comes complete with gameplay inspired by the Marvel Universe and iconic Marvel heroes (including art by Alex Ross). Properties include Covers, Marvel Knights, and Team Leaders, and instead of houses and hotels, the game features Issues and Omnibuses. Like all Monopoly games, the last player standing after all other players go bankrupt, is the winner. There’s also an X-Men edition of Monopoly.
From the Human Torch to Sub-Mariner, the Avengers, and Spider-Man, “Marvel Greatest Comics” is a curated selection of the most groundbreaking comics that helped make the MCU great. The 256-page book was written by Melanie Scott and Stephen Wiacek, both of whom have worked on numerous Marvel comics. Marvel comic book artist and writer Joe Quesada penned the forward.
Any gamer knows just how easy it is to lose a wireless controller, but luckily Groot has you covered. This versatile device holder, inspired by the “Guardians of the Galaxy” character, is a good way to keep your cell phone or remote control, or another small gadget that could get lost easily, in one place.
Mask up! These four-pack Marvel cloth masks are available in adult and youth sizes and include Captain America’s shield, Groot, an all-over Spider-Man face print, and Marvel Universe comic montage designs. But wait, there’s more: Disney is donating $1 million in profits from the sales of their cloth face masks to help support the medical community’s continuing efforts to provide lifesaving care to those in need.
Celebrity chef Justin Warner serves up a collection of delectable eats based on Marvel characters that we love. Eat like a Marvel hero with recipes include Storm’s Tournedos, Hulk Smashed Potatoes, Phoenix Hot Chicken and Egg Bowl, Dazzler’s Glittering Pizza Bagels, and Green Goblin Pumpkin Bombs.
Since we’re talking food, why not try a Captain America shield cutting board? Although it’s not quite as glossy as the above image, the 11.75″ stain and odor resistant cutting board has a tempered glass surface, non-slip rubber feet, and can withstand temperatures of up to 350°F.
An essential item for the devoted Marvel fan that enjoys reading up on facts about the franchise. The 448-page “Marvel Encyclopedia” has been updated to include more than 1,200 Marvel heroes and villains. Included in the roster are Black Panther, Iron Man, Thor, Deadpool, Captain Marvel, X-Men, and the Guardians of the Galaxy.