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Marvel Drops a Sizzle Real With a First Look at The Eternals Plus New Movie Announcements

Marvel kicked off the week with a sizzle real celebrating what has come and what is to come. In the video, we get our first look at Eternals, the highly anticipated film as well as dates for film releases and the reveal of two new films (well, a title for one).

Check out the dates for the films, the revealed films, and the video below!

  • Black Widow – July 9, 2021
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – September 3, 2021
  • Eternals – November 5, 2021
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home – December 17, 2021
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – March 25, 2022
  • Thor: Love and Thunder – May 6, 2022
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – February 17, 2023
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – May 5, 2023
  • Fantastic Four

Revealed were:

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – July 8, 2022
  • The Marvels – November 11, 2022

Super-Articulate: The rest of Mr. Hyde (and Katy!)

Welcome back, figure hunters! As you’ve read in recent weeks on Graphic Policy, the Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Marvel Legends assortment has had a bit of a strange release. Figures slipped out ahead of the April 25 street date at some stores, the pre-order information didn’t go up until April 24, and it was generally a very odd roll-out. But that’s over, the figures are in stores all over the place, and I’ve obtained the remaining four in the Mr. Hyde BAF wave, as well as the Target exclusive Katy. Let’s break it down.

Wenwu: There’s no way around this: Tony Leung Chiu-wai, aka Tony Leung, is a f——g legend. LEGEND. A massive star of Asian cinema and one of its greatest actors, period, the casting of Leung as Shang-Chi’s father Wenwu (and *cough*TheMandarin*cough) is a coup of epic proportions. So obviously, they have to do a good job with the figure’s face. And they DID. Hasbro has really improved the facial rendering on MCU figures by leaps and bounds.

The whole assortment has some really great costume detailing. There are intricate patterns and textures on the figures that you can tell took time. Those are also pieces that wouldn’t easily be repurposed, meaning that this is a case when those parts were created expressly for this wave without a huge chance they’d be used again. The Wenwu figure benefits from the double-elbow joint, which is great for posing. You’ll notice the five rings on each forearm; advance buzz is that this is how the Mandarin’s ten comic book (finger) rings are represented in the film. That’s a striking look, and another unique pair of pieces. Like other figures in this assortment, Wenwu comes with various hands for fight posing. Nice work overall.

Death Dealer: The cinematic Death Dealer has a great look. That mask is awesome, and the figure captures it. Like Wenwu, there are highly detailed vinyl elements. The paint color on this figure in particular pops; the blue is very deep and rich. DD comes with multiple hands, two of which are devoted to knife throwing effects. One holds a single knife as if it’s about to be thrown; the other has two in flight. I like dynamic accessories like this that can suggest action even in static posing. There is a slight bit of posing difficult on the figure’s left side, as the cut of the tunic and the stiffer vinyl prevents that leg from accessing full poseability.  Nevertheless, it’s a great look, and there are creative ways to address that if you’d like. This might be my favorite on the group on sheer look.

Xialing: Shang-Chi’s sister Xialang gets an excellently poseable figure. Like the other Shang-Chi figures, this one comes with multiple hands for fight choreography posing. I realize that it’s specific to the character design from the film, but it’s always refreshing when a female figure isn’t in heels. For one thing: much, much easier to stand. While this figure isn’t quite as visually interesting as some of the others, I feel like the utility of being able to pose it well makes up for that.

Civil Warrior: The Civil Warrior figure is based on the character designed used in the Contest of Champions game. Some parts appeared to be repurposed from the previously released “Hydra Cap,” but I have to say that this one looks great. Nice color choices and great paint apps, particularly on the distressed shield, really stand out. And this figure has some great poseability as well. I realize that this won’t be everyone’s bag; hell, I wasn’t super-excited when it was announced. But it was definitely one that makes a strong impression in person. Solid.

Mr. Hyde: I’ve been waiting for Mr. Hyde for a long time, mainly because he was part of the “Under Siege” Masters of Evil line-up. Also, with Mr. Hyde in the line, that should theoretically move Quake closer to reality. I might have preferred the earlier look to the slightly more dapper Hyde, but this is a GREAT BAF. My favorite detail is the bloodshot eyes. What a great idea, and what fine execution. Love the cane as a big-ass accessory. It’s not often that the BAFs get an accessory that large designed for them (Cull Obsidian and armored Thanos aside), so it’s great to see the work go into it. Suit color is great and the figure comes out appropriately huge. I really like this and, for “Under Siege” reasons, I’m glad he’s bigger than the Wrecking Crew. Well done.

Katy (and Morris) Target Exclusive: If you’ve read this column, then you know that Exclusives are a bane of my existence. I had very good luck ordering the Target exclusive Retro Rogue and Gambit online a few months ago, though, so I tried to be optimistic. A few hours before the stores opened for the April 25 onsale date, the Target app added this one for order. I placed a pick-up order online, paid with Red Card (5% off, kids), and picked it up later. Incredibly easy.

Outside of being an exclusive, this one has been contentious online for a few reasons. One, people have mocked the name Katy. Y’know, it’s the character’s name. If she has another, hidden identity, they’re hiding it, and that’s fine. Two, the comparison between her outfit and Mulan. Seriously, that’s your gripe? Three, that it’s Awkwafina. That’s your own problem. And Four . . . Morris.

Morris (whose name we know because he comes in a Lego set, and is named on the box) is a DiJiang. It’s a divine bird from Chinese folklore. Obviously, the movie plans to lean into more of the wuxia genre; if you’re unfamiliar with the term, it means “martial heroes,” and references legendary heroes from ancient China, frequently represented in fantasy literature or film (notably, to American audiences, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero). It makes sense to incorporate the genre, especially if the film contains a rumored appearance by Fin Fang Foom (a Great Protector dragon character has already been spotted in action toy and Lego form) and also features guardian lions (glimpsed in the trailer). So, as far as all that goes, Morris is cool. He’s a great value-add to the figure.

As for Katy herself, I think that the figure landed a good likeness of the actor. The bow, quiver, and arrows are all new accessories, and the quiver in particular is tailored to fit the figure. The long dress outfit is restrictive for posing, but it’s definitely distinctive and doesn’t look quite like any other figure in the line. In fact, one of the best things about the Shang-Chi figures in general is that have a unique identity, which is great on a number of levels.

If one thing characterizes this assortment, it’s EFFORT. You can see it in the detail, you can see it in the elbows, and you can see it in the willingness to make new pieces and accessories. They’re primarily new characters, they’re colorful, and they’re not like any Legends assortment we’ve seen before. I like them even more than I expected to, and I always consider that a fine compliment.

Hasbro Reveals Its Shang-Chi & the Legends of the Ten Rings Toys

Some of the figures for Hasbro‘s Shang-Chi & the Legend of the Ten Rings toyline have been found on shelves but there’s been no official release as to what we can expect… until now. Hasbro has revealed what’s coming to stores based on the upcoming Marvel Studios film which will be released on September 3.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS Figure Assortment

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $22.99/Available: Fall 2021)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this assortment of MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS Figures, inspired by the characters from the MARVEL movie SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. These quality 6-inch figures feature premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display in a MARVEL collection. Characters in this assortment include SHANG-CHI, WENWU, XIALING, DEATH DEALER, and more. Available at most major retailers.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS MARVEL’S KATY Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $22.99/Available: Fall 2021)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS MARVEL’S KATY Figure, inspired by the character from the MARVEL movie SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. This quality 6-inch-scale figure features premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display in a MARVEL collection. Includes figure and 6 accessories. Available at Target in the US.

MARVEL SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS 2-INCH BRICK BREAKERS MINI-FIGURES

(HASBRO/Age 5 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $7.99/Available: Fall 2021)

Kids can imagine their own adventure to claim their destiny with the MARVEL SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS 2-INCH BRICK BREAKERS MINI-FIGURES, inspired by the movie SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, part of the MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE. The excitement begins by getting ready to break open the BRICK BREAKERS box! With an adult holding the box, kids can chop open the brick, just like SHANG-CHI in the movie! With a great big downward strike, kids release five 2-inch mini-figure mystery toys based on characters from the movie. When the box breaks open, the fun continues! Opening the box is as fun as the MARVEL movie character toys inside! Collect all 21 mini-figures! Additional figures sold separately. Includes 5 mini-figures. Available at most major retailers.

MARVEL SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS LEGENDARY TEN RINGS BLASTER

(HASBRO/Age 5 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2021)

Kids can imagine their own adventure to claim their destiny with this MARVEL SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS LEGENDARY TEN RINGS BLASTER, inspired by the movie SHANG- CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, part of the MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE. Bring the power of the TEN RINGS to life with this blaster. Kids can launch the blaster’s 5 rings in a row without stopping! Launching 5 rings in quick succession keeps the action rolling! Kids can get moving and energetically aim at the target in the battle of heroes vs. villains. Includes blaster and 5 rings. Available at most major retailers.

MARVEL SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS BATTLE FX BO STAFF

(HASBRO/Age 5 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2021)

Step your battle skills up with the MARVEL SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS BATTLE FX BO STAFF! This interactive role-play toy is inspired by an authentic martial arts staff used by fighting masters and features digital technology that detects the speed of kids’ battle moves. The sounds keep changing depending on how fast they move. As the battle for justice intensifies, so do the awesome sound effects! Before long, the sounds of weapons clashing will be ringing in the enemy’s ears and victory will be inevitable. Advance to the next level and become a fighting master! It’s an outdoors or indoors toy that makes a great gift for kids. Requires 2 AA batteries, not included. Available at most major retailers.

MARVEL SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS 6-INCH BATTLE PACK Figures

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2021)

Kids can imagine their own adventure to claim their destiny with these MARVEL SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS 6-INCH BATTLE PACK Figures inspired by the movie SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, part of the MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE. SHANG-CHI fights against DEATH DEALER with a powerful roundhouse kick, inspired by the movie! Kids can

imagine the fallen enemy recovers from the blow and stands up, and SHANG-CHI strikes with roundhouse kicks again and again for loads of repeatable, action-packed fun! SHANG-CHI’S kicks are quick! It’s easy to play with: grab leg, twist torso, press button, and strike! The nemesis is floored by the classic martial arts move, the roundhouse kick! Includes 2 figures. Available at most major retailers.

MARVEL SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS 6-INCH SHANG-CHI Figure

 (HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Fall 2021)

Kids can imagine their own adventure to claim their destiny with these MARVEL SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS 6-INCH SHANG-CHI Figure inspired by the movie SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, part of the MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE. SHANG-CHI, trained in many martial arts by the secretive TEN RINGS organization, confronts opponents with the Bo Staff attack just like in the movie! Grasp the 6-inch SHANG-CHI figure by the legs, squeeze, and the Bo Staff strikes with a lightning-fast move! Release SHANG-CHI’S legs and he returns to his ready position, poised to strike again. Available at most major retailers.

MARVEL SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS 6-INCH WENWU Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Fall 2021)

Kids can imagine their own adventure to claim their destiny with these MARVEL SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS 6-INCH WENWU Figure inspired by the movie SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, part of the MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE. WENWU, a martial arts expert and SHANG-CHI’S father, confronts opponents with the TEN RINGS Power Attack, just like in the movie! Grasp WENWU by the legs, squeeze, and the TEN RINGS Power Attack strikes! Release WENWU’S legs and he returns to his ready position, poised to strike again. Available at most major retailers.

MARVEL SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS 12-INCH TITAN HERO SERIES Figure Assortment

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Fall 2021)

Imagine epic battles between SHANG-CHI and the mysterious TEN RINGS organization with these MARVEL SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS 12-INCH TITAN HERO SERIES Figures, inspired by the characters from the movie SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS! Kids can imagine action-packed battles with these movie-inspired figures with head, arms, hands, and legs that move. Characters in this assortment include SHANG-CHI and WENWU. Available at most major retailers.

Super-Articulate: Marvel Legends Shang-Chi and Iron Man (A.I.)

So, this is a weird one. On Saturday, my friend Billy Cooper (of the Indiana Toy and Comic Expo and Indiana Toy Collectors Unite) posted a message on that Facebook group that he’d seen figures from the Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings/Mr. Hyde BAF wave at a nearby Target. And while we’ve seen some leaked pix of that wave online, there has as yet been no a) official announcement, b) solicitations that we’ve seen, or c) pre-order listing.

I rolled over the check it out later, and there were indeed five of Shangi-Chi and six of Iron Man (AI) on the pegs. The other four figures (Civil Warrior, Death Dealer, Wenwu, and Xialing) weren’t out. I asked an employee for help, and she scanned the backs. Normally, the scan will show if they have the rest of the assortment. This time was odd, as the scan of Shang-Chi only correlated to the five figures preset; same with the Iron Man, leading us to believe that the individual figures were solid cases. She even graciously checked the back to see if the other four were present, but they weren’t. I had no issues at check-out; they rang up for $19.99.

Again, this is unusual precisely for the reasons that I mentioned. Also unusual is the fact that their assigned system numbers (087167874 and 087163271) don’t show anything when you search them on the website. This is the opposite of what normally happens; in the case of the recent ML Storm and Thunderbird two-pack, for example, the number pulled up a listing even weeks before the on-sale date and arrival in stores. These two numbers, which obviously have to be active for the employee’s scan and completed sale, just don’t pull up anything.

Granted, this isn’t a mystery on the order of the Mary Celeste, but it’s just very peculiar. In our hyper-regulated retail world, it’s unusual for a previously unannounced product to just show up. It’s weirder still for coming the day after HasbroPulse Fan Fest, which teased a new Domino/Cannonball two-pack and set up the Iron Man/Ursa Major BAF wave for pre-order and didn’t release any information on this wave at all. Everything we’ve seen so far has been leaks to the likes of Rektangular and various Instagrams. Those figures showing up in a Target in the middle of Indiana is just . . . odd.

Fortunately, I have photos. This isn’t Bigfoot hunting, people. I’d also like to thank Jay at www.toynewsi.com who posted some of my photos as well. But here you can take a look at the figures, which include out-of-package shots. Each one comes with a Mr. Hyde BAF leg in addition to appropriate accessories.

Iron Man (A.I.): A comic-specific figure, the only real new part of this one is the holographic head. If you’ve followed the comics in the past few years, you know this iteration comes from a point where Tony spent some time dead, and an A.I. version of himself occupied an armor. The figure sculpt itself is a redecoed version of the 80th Anniversary figure; this one has a bright and shiny red-and-yellow scheme that kind of echoes that Secret Wars Iron Man figure from the ‘80s. It would almost be a perfect classic Iron Man as is were it not for the more modern blue on the chest. It’s a decent figure, and the A.I. is fun in you know the story.

Shang-Chi: Our first MCU Shang-Chi comes with a staff and four extra hands for various fighting stances. The overall poseability works out great for a figure like this, especially the double-elbows. I didn’t go super-deep into all of the possible fight poses, but you get a feel for the scenic versatility that the figure can carry. The Simu Liu likeness is pretty good, too. I feel like this is a good entry for the MCU section of the line, and I look forward to seeing the others.

Well, there you go, campers. If you’re interested in this line, happy hunting. I can’t guarantee their release pattern, as we just don’t know. I’ve reached out to my regular contact for comment, and we’ll pass it along if we have anything to share. Until then, if you have comments or questions, drop ‘em below.

Marvel Legends Shang-Chi Wave Spotted in Target

Our own Troy Brownfield scored two figures from Hasbro‘s upcoming Marvel Legends Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings Wave.

Pictured are Shang-Chi and Tony Stark (A.I.) neither of which are spoilery and might have been released early due to that, though Civil Warrior would have been part of that too since that’s comic not movie related.

The first wave contains:

  • Shang-Chi (Movie)
  • Death Dealer (Movie)
  • Wenwu (Movie)
  • Xialing (Movie)
  • Iron Man (Tony Stark AI) (Comic)
  • Civil Warrior (Comic)

The figures also have a Build-A-Figure Mr. Hyde from the comics.

The film picks up on “The Ten Rings”, a terrorist organization that has been mentioned throughout numerous Marvel properties. The Mandarin, who wears the mystical ten rings, is the assumed leader of the group. But, as we learned in Iron Man 3, the Mandarin we were introduced to was in fact not the real one. We later learn that the real organization is pissed at the individual who “played the role”.

The toys that have leaked have given hints as to the plot of the film which will now debut on September 3, 2021 after delays. The figures have dropped before even a trailer.

Check out the figures below and we’ll have more to come!

Black Widow is Coming to theaters AND Disney+ on July 9

Black Widow

After a lot of delays, Black Widow will finally be coming to theaters… and Disney+. Marvel Studios has revealed the film will be available through Disney+ through its Premier Access program starting July 9. Generally, Disney+ Premier Access has cost $29.99 and allows you to view the film as often as you’d like while you keep the Disney+ service.

In March 2020, it was announced that Black Widow would be delayed due to COVID. It was set to be released on May 1 2020. It then was pushed to November 6, 2020. It’s the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s Phase 4.

In Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. The movie is directed by Cate Shortland, produced by Kevin Feige, and stars Scarlett Johansson reprising her role as Natasha Romanoff. Florence Pugh stars as Yelena Belova, David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov aka Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff.

Also announced, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has received a new release date, now arriving on September 3, 2021. Simu Liu stars as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. The film’s cast also includes Tony Leung as Wenwu, Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy, and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan. Additionally, Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, and Ronny Chieng appear in the upcoming movie, which is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was to be released on February 12, 2021, and then was pushed to May 7, 2021.

Marvel Studios Releases New Details on Hawkeye, Shang-Chi, Captain Marvel 2, Armor Wars, Ironheart, Secret Invasion… and Fantastic Four!

During the Disney investor presentation, numerous announcements were made as to what to expect from Marvel Studios over the next years. Numerous first looks were released and updates to movies, television shows, and a whole lot of reveals.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has wrapped its production. The film is in theaters July 9, 2021.

Brie Larson will return as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in Captain Marvel 2. Nia DaCosta will direct the film and Larson will be joined by Iman Vellani, the new Ms. Marvel, and Teyonah Parris who will play Monica Rambeau. Parris will debut as the character in WandaVision.

Captain Marvel 2 will fly into theaters November 11, 2022.

Hawkeye is currently filming. Jeremy Renner returns as the character and will be joined by Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop.

Additional cast include Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, and newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez, with episodes directed by Rhys Thomas and directing duo Bert and Bertie.

Tatiana Maslany is now confirmed as Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk… and Tim Roth is joining her!? Roth returns as the Abomination. Mark Ruffalo will also appear on the Disney+ series. It will be directed by Kat Coiro and Anu Valia.

Moon Knight is confirmed though no more details have been released.

Samuel L. Jackson is back as Nick Fury in the Disney+ series, Secret Invasion. Ben Mendelsohn will return as well as the Skrull Talos.

Dominique Thorne will step into the armor as Riri Williams in Ironheart! The character is coming to a series soon on Disney+.

Ironheart and… Armor Wars!? Don Cheadle suits up again as James Rhodes, aka War Machine. The classic story comes to the small screen of Disney+ as Tony Stark’s fear of his tech falling into the wrong hands comes true.

Hopefully it’ll be as much of a trainwreck as the Star Wars special, but in 2022 we’re getting The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special directed and written by James Gunn. You’ll be able to watch it on Disney+.

I am Groot! Baby Groot will get a series of shorts on Disney+.

Christian Bale has officially joined the cast of Thor: Love and Thunder as the villain Gorr the God Butcher. This will have a major impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thor: Love and Thunder comes to theaters on May 6, 2022.

Peyton Reed will return to direct the third Ant-Man film, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Pfeiffer all return. Kathryn Newton joins the cast as Cassie Lang and Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror.

And… the Fantastic Four are coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe directed by Jon Watts!