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Despite pushing back “Black Widow” and “Eternals,” this was still a pretty stellar year for Marvel offerings thanks to your friendly neighborhood spider-man, Miles Morales. There is no doubt that the extension of the Morales story (which launched into the public mainstream from the comics with the animated blockbuster “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”) shocked fans at the potential possibilities for their Marvel favorites. And while we wait for the January release of the Disney Plus series “WandaVision,” we’ve compiled a list of gifts and treats that will surely tide you over until we know when we can expect “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” to appear.
Here is our list of Marvel must-haves for the discerning fan.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Video Game
This is it, this is THE Marvel fan gift for the Holidays. Fans and gamers cannot stop talking about the game play, narrative and absolute beauty that is this video game for Play Station. Starring the comic book legend Miles Morales, players will have to master his bio-electric venom blast attacks and camouflage powers alongside his web-slinging acrobatics, gadgets and skills. Plus, he has a cat. For more gifts for gamers, head to our guide.
Marvel Socks Advent Calendar
Instead of one measly gift, why not present your loved ones with fifteen days of socks. Treat your weary feet with a collection of superhero delights and be reminded that every day, someone loves you. Or at least loves your feet.
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Long Range Walkie Talkies
Remain super cute while prowling for danger in your backyard. These “Spider-Man Homecoming” inspired walkie talkies could easily prolong the inevitable cell phone ask from your children. The battery-powered toys light up and provide Marvel-inspired sound effects. Plus, Target is having an early Black Friday sale where select toys are buy one, get one half off.
‘Black Panther’ 2-in-1 Stuffed Animal Sweatshirt
Two presents for the price of one. This soft, fleece sweatshirt (complete with tiny little ears that mimic the Black Panther’s suit) transforms into a soft plushie for comfort, traveling or just cuddles.
Funko POP! Marvel: Black Light Avengers
There is no limit to Funkos one can own, hence the re-branded “Black Light” Avengers line which includes Captain America, Doctor Strange, Thor and Iron Man. Exclusively sold at Target, these little figures are a great way to fancy-up your shelves and desk space. Who wants a boring old Captain America when they can get the disco version!
Vintage X-Men T-Shirt
Celebrate what was truly the greatest cartoon superhero show of all time, the 90s “X-Men” series (possibly usurped by “Into the Spider-Verse,” but that was technically a film so they’re both fantastic). Show the world you loved Wolverine before he was re-cast as the main-veined Hugh Jackman with this sporty top.
Marvel Legends Series ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Figures
Highly coveted action figures from the “Spider-Verse” Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy. These are already selling out in many stores, act now of you could lose the chance to own not one but two icons in one purchase. Because YES, Stacy (who has an amazing character arc in her comics that are well worth the read), comes with Spider-Ham.
‘Black Panther’ Soundtrack on Vinyl
While we’re all waiting for another offering from Kendrick Lamar, there’s always the “Black Panther” soundtrack which he produced and worked on for years in secret. This classic soundtrack has been lovingly transferred onto vinyl, which is perfect because the album beckons to be listened to from start to finish.
Marvel Encyclopedia (Updated Edition)
This beautiful hardcover, tome features an introduction from Stan Lee and details on more than 1,200 Marvel characters, from superheroes to villains. This updated edition includes expanded entries and the addition of more than 50 new characters like 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. If you’re looking for more books for pop culture junkies, check out our coffee table book gift guide.
Deadpool vs. The World Game
This new release combines the mischievousness and unpredictability of “Cards Against Humanity” with the sardonic wit of “Deadpool.” Pegged for “mature audiences” (according to the manufacturer), the game pits players against their friends to see who can write the best caption for Deadpool’s compromising positions. The player with the funniest or most creative description wins.
Elegant, understated and adult. A great way to rep your favorite creators while keeping it classy. The pullover silhouette features lightweight fleece lining and a rib-knit trim.
UBTECH Iron Man MK50 Robot
For something truly out of this world, Marvel fans will want to get their hands on the Iron Man MK50 Robot, the first-ever humanoid robot inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Built by UBTECH Robotics, and inspired by Tony Stark’s body armor, the 13-inch robot combines advanced robotics with augmented reality to let you complete AR missions and interact with heroes and villains both virtual and real.
Pair the robot with your phone to control its movements, lights, and sounds; learn some easy programming to code original audio, upgrade weaponry and create custom action sequences to personalize your interactions. Reviewers say the robot is easy to set up and a great gift for Marvel fans both young and old.