The wildly anticipated Marvel blockbuster sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron premieres in less than a month, and will be followed by Marvel's Phase Two closing chapter Ant-Man in July. We are thus in the middle of a media blitz: promo videos and character art, more and more TV spots - and yet for all of it, there is plenty about Age of Ultron we don't know about.
There is one area related (at least tangentially) to a blockbuster film's marketing that can be an avenue for spoilers: the movie's toy line. We've seen some potential plot-points for Ant-Man in the movie's tie-in LEGO set as well as possible hints about the Marvel Cinematic Universe with certain Age of Ultron toys.
Now, ComicBook.com brings us a look at some Age of Ultron toys at the Team Up at Hysan Place & Lee Theatre Powered by Hot Toys in Hong Kong, an event which featured life-size (or maybe giant-size) displays of the Hulk facing off against the Hulkbuster armor.
These toys feature a few new looks at some of the movie's character designs, notably that of War Machine (Don Cheadle) in what may appears to be his Mark II armor, and a good look at Tony Stark/Iron Man's (Robert Downey Jr.) black stealth armor. Click the link below to check out the toy image gallery.
There are some striking figurines featured in this collection: at least two versions of the deranged AI villain Ultron (James Spader), a figure which just might be an early version of The Vision (Paul Bettany) and some very realistic versions of characters like Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Captain America (Chris Evans).
All of our Avengers are present and accounted for in this toy lineup, but War Machine's inclusion may just point to yet another set of unknowns with Age of Ultron. So far, we've seen War Machine/James Rhodes partying with the rest of the Avengers in the early full-length trailers, but where will he be when Ultron attacks? His absence was noted when S.H.I.E.L.D. fell in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but he wasn't the only one.
Is the War Machine toy - with its detailed markings and all - a broad hint that the character will be around much more than we think, at least during Age of Ultron? The PR storm for the Avengers sequel - which will only increase in the next month - may very well include more looks at War Machine, but we'll have to wait until May to know for sure.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Black Panther on July 6 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2 2018, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019 and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.