Hasbro has revealed the first wave of figures in a new toy-line based on the highly anticipated Ant-Man and The Wasp. This grand reveal follows hot on the heels of the release of the first Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer.
The final Marvel Cinematic Universe film scheduled for release in 2018, Ant-Man and The Wasp will directly follow-up the events of the 2015 film Ant-Man and take place sometime after the events of Captain America: Civil War. The film will see reformed thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) once again teaming with original Ant-Man Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), who will take up The Wasp mantle from her mother Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer). The story will focus on Lang’s attempts to balance being a superhero with being a father even as Hank and Hope drag him into another adventure – possibly focused on rescuing Janet Van Dyne from the Quantum Realm.
Hasbro released the images of the upcoming toy-line to the press earlier today. The toys, pictured in the gallery below, include 12-inch figures of Ant-Man and The Wasp, role-play masks of both heroes and smaller figures of The Wasp (featuring moving-wing FX) and a “Shrink and Strike” Ant-Man.
This year is shaping up to be big for Marvel Comics, which was recently affirmed as the number one comic book publisher in the world. Marvel’s publishing wing is currently dominating direct-market comic sales with a 38.30 percent unit share for 2017. Marvel also boasts the best selling comic of the past year – Marvel Legacy #1 and appears to be expanding into publishing non-superhero series again, with their recent acquisition of the comic book rights to Conan The Barbarian.
It’s the silver-screen where Marvel remains king, however, with the upcoming Black Panther movie drawing glowing reviews from those fans lucky enough to have seen a preview of the movie and advance ticket sales suggesting that the movie may break multiple box office records. Fans are also eagerly anticipating the release of the third Avengers movie – Avengers: Infinity War – which promises to finally start uniting all of the MCU’s many heroes in a fight against the mad titan Thanos. Luckily for Ant-Man and The Wasp, it seems unlikely that comic book fans will get sick of superhero movies anytime soon, much less before the film’s release.
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