With a massive film like Avengers: Age of Ultron being released comes a merchandising blitz that few other entertainment properties experience. Audiences and consumers are exposed on a daily — or sometimes more frequent — basis to previews for the film, ads for its merchandise, and a series of licensed products branded with the characters, logos, and symbols of the big movie. It’s unusual, though, for products depicting a movie’s key scenes to revise what happened in the movie for a product release.
According to Polygon, recent toy sets depicting scenes from the massive Avengers sequel have changed the circumstances of a couple of notable scenes from the film depicting Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow in action. Instead of Black Widow herself appearing in the form of a small action figure with the Avengers’ Quinjet, she’s been replaced by the likes of Captain America in a set depicting one of her key action scenes providing assistance to Cap as he takes on Ultron in a crowded area. See a short GIF image of the scene followed by the accompanying toy below:
This isn’t the only instance of Widow’s replacement, either. In a separate report from The Mary Sue, a toy from Hot Wheels that appears to be depicting the same scene replaces Black Widow with Iron Man, a curious choice for a character to appear on a motorcycle since he can fly. See that toy below.
Additionally, a Lego set depicting the scene also has Captain America actually driving the motorcycle, but there is a Black Widow Lego “minifig” that’s included in that set. On the front of the box, she’s depicted as flying the quinjet as opposed to being ejected from it on the motorcycle.
So far as we know, none of the toy manufacturers have made any comment on why these sets changed the circumstances of the film scene they were depicting, nor has Disney made any comment on the matter in a public setting. Why do you think that they made this change? Is there an innocent motive behind it, or is it indicative of a larger issue? Be sure to sound off with your feelings below.
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