This happened a few days ago, but damn, Thanksgiving has been more of a whirlwind than I’d thought!
I was quietly pining over Gladiator Hulk and Valkyrie which were topping out at ~$20+ each, trying to exercise some patience. I swung by my local Walmart late Tuesday / very early Wednesday and WOW the shelves were full of new Marvel cars, including the 2 aforementioned.
And with those 2 plus the rest of the elusive-ish new Marvels (Thor (Ragnarok), Vulture, Deadpool, & Loki), we’ve officially closed the book on what we know of upcoming Marvel Character Cars! Next in line is Black Panther slated for February 2018…I don’t doubt that we’ll see a new, reworked Black Panther car, but honestly I think the Black Panther mythos is too far removed from public consciousness for it to have much of an impact on any upcoming Character Cars. I mean I guess it could blow up as all things that are popular must start off as non-popular. (I know the word there probably ought to be unpopular, but the un- feels more like an active disregard for popularity, but what I mean is more like a lack of popularity.)
And after that we get the ultimate MCU banger, Infinity War. I’m sure we’ll get a Thanos out of it but beyond that…I have no idea what the future of Marvel Character Cars has in store! So things ought to get interesting…or maybe not. It’s no secret that occasionally Hot Wheels will stick one of their “Big 3” on the backburner and focus a little more heavily on the other two. Whatever happens, the cars obviously aren’t obligated to follow what’s happening on film, and it looks like Infinity War is gonna be a crazy convergence of damn near all the heroes thus far. It’d be really nice if Hot Wheels would take a moment to “take a look back” and acknowledge some of Phase 1 thru 3’s villains. Hot Wheels, if you’re listening:
- Abomination – The Incredible Hulk
- Whiplash – Iron Man 2
- Red Skull – Captain America
- Crossbones – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Malekith – Thor: The Dark World
- Ronan – Guardians of the Galaxy
- Yellow Jacket – Ant-Man
- Shocker – Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Hela – Thor: Ragnarok
- Dormammu – Doctor Strange
Also, although I’m not terribly familiar with Marvel’s TV presence, I think they could probably churn out a few cars in this vein to keep people’s attention: Coulson, Jones, Cage, and others that may not be so immediately obvious.
And I reckon that ’bout sums it up! I’ll really dig into the cars more at some point, but for now I just wanted to show ’em off real quick and point towards an unknown future! As always, if you know something I don’t, drop me a line – leave me a comment – do something! Or we could play a fun game of “Who’s Next”…I could see Hot Wheels pulling some randoms out: Namor? Mojo? Galactus? Colossus?
‘Til next time!