I have always been a fan of comics. I grew up reading Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, The Avengers and a number of others. So you can probably guess that the past few years, with the huge number of Marvel/DC Comic based movies hitting the big screen has been an exciting time for me and for my family. It has been so exciting for me to be able to share my love of this world with my daughters, breaking down the stereotypes that some of society have placed in regards to who can or should like comics.
This May will be an exciting time in our home because of our love of comics. With MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron coming out, we already have watched the first The Avengers movie, and my girls are already speculating on whether one of the Avengers will be coming back after this movie and if not, who that might be. They also are very excited to have a new female superhero coming into the movie in the guise of the Scarlett Witch. My oldest knows that the Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver both have been good and evil characters in the comic books, we are all interested to see how they will be portrayed in the new movie, though the trailer makes them look very dark.
Not only are we excited about this but we also have come to find when we go to the store that we also are seeing MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron food, toys and more at stores as we have been shopping lately. Of course, because my daughters are aware of the comics and the characters, having them see these superheroes connected to food and toys makes them even more excited about the movie to come. While sometimes this branding can be over-the-top, it is still effective and my girls have enjoyed seeing the characters too.
During a recent trip to our local Walmart store we checked out all of the MARVEL The Avengers: Age of Ultron items. I was amazed to see many more items than I was expecting. While we were there we picked up a few to have some Avengers fun ourselves. We ended up choosing some of the collectible figurines. You will notice that we ended up picking Ms. Marvel and Hawkeye. My daughter chose these, and I was a bit surprised that she did, as I thought that she would have chosen the Scarlet Witch. As a father, I will say that I am a bit happy that she didn’t because the Scarlet Witch was in one of her more skimpy outfits and for a younger girl I think a more fully clothed superhero is more appropriate. The choosing of Hawkeye did not surprise me, as this is a character that she liked from the first movie. I was a bit surprised as he was in his purple outfit which is not something seen from the movie itself. In looking closer though I see now that the characters from this are not completely connected to the movie itself, but instead The Avengers universe instead.
I also selected some of the new LEGO brick sets for The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. I loved that we got a few of the superheroes in each set as well as villains too. The sets that I picked up were easy to put together and worked well together too and allowed me and my daughters to have fun together using our imagination in some creative play together. My youngest daughter was the most excited when she saw that Iron Man was a part of one of the LEGO sets, as this was her favorite Avenger.
We also picked up some snacks that we could have while we re-watched The Avengers movie. We picked up some Doritos as well as Cheez-Its and both were connected again to the movie too. I let the kids pick these, but I did tell that that we were going to make an Avengers Snack mix (See below recipe) to make this a bit healthier.
Avengers Snack Mix
1 Family Style Box of MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron Cheez-It
1 12-15 oz canister of craisins
1 15-20 oz container of unsalted nuts (you choose the type)
2 Cups of dried papaya
2 Cup M&M’s
2 Cup White Chocolate Chips
Mix all of the items together in small individual ziplock bags. Hand them out to everyone for some healthy snacking fun!
As you can see we are very excited about the upcoming MARVEL The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie and for the next few weeks we will be waiting in anticipation for this to come out and if any of the things that I have heard as of late is true, this is going to be an amazing movie and having some toys and even food to keep the excitement alive is fun to experience with the whole family!
So my question for you? How big of a fan of The Avengers are you? Who is your or your kids’ favorite Avengers superhero? Let me know!