Yeah, 50 of ‘em. We don’t really expect Disney to release 50 more Marvel characters for Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (which, if you didn’t know, is a toy/game hybrid where collectible figures unlock characters within the videogame). Figures of some of the biggest Marvel characters were released this week alongside the second installment of the game, including both classics that have been beloved for decades (Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk), and the formerly obscure but now hugely popular characters from the Guardians of the Galaxy. Next year Disney Infinity will probably move on to Star Wars and a few more Disney figures (count on Goofy and, I don’t know, George Clooney from Tomorrowland)), with maybe a small second run of Marvel characters. At best we’ll probably get a few tie-ins to the next few movies (I bet Thanos and Ant-Man are a given), an inevitable X-Men pack (even if Fox owns the movie rights) and maybe one or two Jack Skellington-style cult surprises. Still, the potential exists for dozens more tiny little statues from all across the Marvel Universe, both A-level franchise figures like the Fantastic Four, and bit players from obscure Steve Gerber storylines from the 1970s. (If I owned Disney we’d get an entire Steve Gerber line, complete with a toy of Gerber himself.) So here are, yes, 50 Marvel characters that we’d love to see added to the world of Disney Infinity.
This is what Disney Infinity figures look like. Imagine this but with Hercules giving a thumbs up.
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Let's start with the beginning of the entire Marvel Universe. The Fantastic Four launched Marvel's superhero rebirth and was the company's flagship title throughout the 1960s. There'd be some similarities with last year's Incredibles characters, but only because The Incredibles is a loving homage to the original superhero family.
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With their movie finally coming out next year, Avengers co-founders Ant-Man and The Wasp will hopefully get Infinity figures. The Wasp already appears as a non-playable character in the game.
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Carol Danvers, the latest hero to sport the name Captain Marvel, is another Avenger who appears as a non-playable character in Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes. She deserves a statue and a bigger role in the future.
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If you don't read comics, there have been literally dozens of Avengers in the past 50 years. Superhero attorney She-Hulk is the only one who'd work equally well in Disney Infinity and a Phoenix Wright game.
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Black Panther, the first black superhero, has been an off-and-on member of the Avengers since the 1960s.
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Power Discs are little chips that add new environments or playsets to Disney Infinity. Inevitably Disney will give us a Power Disc built around drunken carousing. When that day comes, Hercules, a key second-string Avengers for decades, is the only choice for a tie-in hero.
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Vision and The Scarlet Witch were crucial Avengers for decades, and partners in an unlikely love story that still resonates with sad-sack late thirtysomethings. They're also in the next Avengers movie.
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The love between the Avengers Wonder Man and Beast was purely platonic, but strong enough that it remains one of the most fondly remembered friendships in superhero comics.
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Not every superhero is social enough to be an Avenger. Some just like to hang out in their swank mystical bachelor's pad on Bleecker Street. In the early 1970s Dr. Strange joined up with three other powerful loners to form the Defenders.
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Joining Dr. Strange in the Defenders were Namor The Sub-Mariner of Atlantis...