Stan Lee revolutionized the world of comics in the 1960s when he created the likes of Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man and Black Panther. Before Marvel comics pushed out a single issue, superheros were written as near perfect beings, acting as the moral compasses of society. However, Stan Lee wrote them differently. For Lee, superheros were flawed and natural. His characters were often self-obsessed and brooding. But most of all, they were relatable.
Marvel superhero’s relatability is precisely what makes them so popular today. In 2019, it’s impossible to ignore Marvel’s presence. From the blockbuster, record setting Avenger’s movies, to the endless stream of spin-offs and origin stories, Marvel has spun a deep web of interlocking stories all set within the same universe, and fans can’t get enough.
Because we’re fans of the Marvel just like the rest of you, we scoured the internet for some of the best merch and gifts. From Deadpool and the Avengers to Black Panther and Captain Marvel, here are our picks.
1. Deadpool Playtime Funko POP!
Best for Deadpool Fans
Known to his friends as Wade Wilson, Deadpool is a loveably diabolical character. He’s snarky, fast, and dangerous with a sword in his hand. Also, he has a knack for staying alive. Fans of the comics were clamoring for the character to star in a feature film, and got their wish when Ryan Reynolds took the lead role in 2016. Deadpool fans and Marvel fans alike turned up in droves to see the film, and in doing so broke records left and right. When it comes to Deadpool merch, nothing epitomizes the character like this minifigure from Funko POP!
Standing 3.75″ tall, this plastic Deadpool Funko POP! finds our masked hero wearing more than his usual red and black leather jumpsuit. Wade is featured in a Deadpool branded bathrobe and unicorn slippers, tightly clutching his stuffed panda. As Deadpool comes packed with so much personality, this minifigure is part of Funko’s Deadpool Playtime series, featuring other hilarious figures like this Bob Ross Deadpool or this Deadpool Clown figure. Sit him on your desk at work or give it as gift to a fellow Deadpool fan.
2. Marvel Captain America Waffle Maker
Best for Captain America Fans
Known as the moral compass of the often times unruly Avengers, fans can count on Captain America to always do the right thing. Sometimes that gets him into trouble, but that’s exactly why fans love Steve Rogers. He fights for the little guy and never, ever gives up.
While we’ve never heard him say it, Captain America seems like kind of superhero who values a complete breakfast. He has that old school sensibility that make us assume he’d force you to finish your breakfast before fighting crime. Can’t save the world on an empty stomach, right? This waffle maker from Marvel is not only shaped like the Captain’s iconic shield, but it even makes waffles in the same awesome shape. Made from sturdy aluminum and weighing 3lbs, this 9.9 x 8.1 x 4.5 inches waffle maker is a great addition to any Marvel fan’s kitchen. As a special treat, we recommend adding blueberries around the perimiter, strawberries in the center ring and whipped cream around the star for any extra-special Captain America-themed mornings.
3. Marvel’s Iron Man Comfy Throw Blanket
Best for Iron Man Fans
If you’re a fan of the Avenger series, and especially love the brilliant inventor Tony Stark, this Iron Man throw blanket is a must-have accessory for your next Marvel movie marathon. This throw blanket is 100% polyester and machine washable, so no matter how many times you spill your soda while rewatching Age of Ultron, your Iron Man suit will be as good as new with a quick wash. Measuring 48″ x 71″, this throw blanket will fit just about any Marvel fan and features sleeves so you can manipulate the remote, check fan theories on your phone and enjoy your popcorn, all while staying snug in your blanket. Reviewers found this knock-off snuggy to be the perfect gift for Marvel fans of all ages, giving it 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Blu-Ray
Best for Spider-Man Fans
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was a risk. Debuting back in the Fall of 2018, Into the Spider-Verse marked the 7th official Marvel Spider-Man movie since Tobey Maguire donned the red and blue suit for the first time back in 2002. On top of being number seven in a long line of successful movies, this was the first movie to be made into a cartoon. However anxious or burnt out fans were when Into the Spider-Verse rolled around, the film’s incredible soundtrack, daring art-style and fresh take on the familiar story made them fall in love with the new cast of characters.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse follows Miles Morales as he gains and develops his superpowers. However, this is more than your average superhero origin story. Combined with a comicbook-esque animation style, a hip hop leaning original soundtrack and a cast of other Spider People (voiced by the likes of Jake Johnson, John Mulaney and Nic Cage), Into the Spider-Verse delivers a fast-paced, family-friendly film with endless details and easter eggs that lifelong fans and newcomers alike will enjoy.
5. Marvel Studios Cinematic Collection Phase 1
Best for All-Around Marvel Fans
Outside of the comics, the Marvel movie franchise is how the majority of fans found their way into the Marvel Universe. And whether you’re gifting this to a newcomer or simply looking to dive back into the first few films, this Marvel Studios Cinematic Collection (Phase 1) is must-have. Inside the DVD or Blu-Ray bundle you’ll find: Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Avengers Assemble and a Bonus disc with deleted scenes, featurettes and more from each film. The set comes in a Collector’s Edition box, complete with an Avengers’ styled box, disc case, individual film sleeves and more! With a total run time of 713 minutes, this cinematic collection should keep you plenty busy. And if you make your way through and want to continue watching, there’s always Phase 2 and Phase 3 to check out later.
6. Marvel Black Panther Basic Mask
Best for Black Panther Fans
Black Panther tells the story of a Prince T’Challa returning to his home of Wakanda, a fictional African nation wherein he will take up the mantle of Black Panther. But the film is so much more than a story about a son returning home. There are epic tribal clashes, a brilliantly designed, futuristic city and some incredible chase scenes (not to mention the Kendrick Lamar-produced original soundtrack).
If you’re a fan of the movie, you’ll instantly recognize our featured item, the mask. This plastic Black Panther Mask by Marvel features detailing on the face to match that of the movie and a flexible band to fit most wearers. Give it as a gift to a young Black Panther fan or wear it yourself to inspire you to live like T’Challa.
7. Dancing Groot Funko POP!
Best for Guardians of the Galaxy Fans
The final scene in the first Guardians of the Galaxy film found everyone’s favorite talking tree (Groot) risking its life to save its friends. It was a surprisingly touching scene for an otherwise lighthearted movie. However, thanks to one of the post-credit scenes, fans found out Groot was very much alive, just a bit younger. The scene shows a baby Goot dancing along to the background music in his tiny pot.
For a fan of the films, there is hardly anything more iconic than Baby Groot dancing to the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.” For this reason, we had to include this adorable Funko POP! of Baby Groot in his pot. The minifigure stands at 3.75″ tall and even though it doesn’t dance or move its body at all, you can almost hear the Jackson 5 as you admire it. Give it as a gift or leave it on your desk and let it warm your heart with every look. The plastic minifigure comes in a collector’s box and boasts 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon with nearly 3,000 reviews.
8. Captain Marvel DVD
Best for Captain Marvel Fans
Now entering Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans are beginning to meet lesser known heroes. One of the recent heroes introduced towards the end of Phase 3 was Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel (played by Brie Larson). The film follows Danvers as she grapples with her past and present and finds herself stuck in the middle of an intergalactic war between the Kree and the Skrulls. As it turns out, Danvers eventually joins the Avengers (thanks to the ever-present guiding hand of Nick Furry) and helps save the universe in Avengers: Endgame.
Captain Marvel opened with a spectacular $154M in its first weekend, placing it firmly in the top 10 list of best opening weekends of all time. Clocking in at just above 2 hours, this Marvel movie is not one to miss and features one of the most powerful heroes in the entire series.
9. Marvel Encyclopedia
Best for Comic Fans
With so many storylines to follow and piece together, the Marvel Universe can be intimidating. If you’re not up-to-date on all of your Marvel info, you could easily miss an easter egg or plot setup in the next film. Thankfully, Stan Lee compiled this Marvel Encyclopedia as a way to keep everything, and everyone, in line.
This 448 page book will cover the essential details on all 1,200 Marvel characters. Complete with stunning graphics and cool tidbits, reviewers consider this book to be a must-have for any and every Marvel fan. What’s more, there have been enough updates since the 2016 version was released that reviewers feel the newest version is still worthy of a purchase. From updated villain information, to updated artwork for some major characters, there is a lot of new and great information in this encyclopedia. Great as a gift or pick one up for yourself to make sure you’re always up-to-date on what’s happening in the Marvel Universe.
10. LEGO Spider-Man Far From Home: Hydro-Man Attack
Best for Children
With its successful release on June 28, Spider-Man: Far From Home marks the latest in the trials and tribulations of Peter Parker. The film finds Peter studying abroad with his school, only to run into some serious international issues. As the first film to take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, the world Peter finds himself in, and the people he has to cope living without, has changed him.
Perfect for the little ones, this LEGO set features Spider-Man and Mysterio doing battle against Hydro-Man in Venice, Italy. The kit comes packed with features that allow users to send their minifigures flying via hidden levers and replay the epic scene. At 471 pieces, this kit is best for children over the age of 7.