Marvel has posted the line-up for the upcoming 51st series of Minimates, this one featuring characters from the Marvel NOW!…well, event isn’t really the right word. Initiative? Reboot? Anyway, they are characters from Marvel NOW!.
The pairings will be:
- Superior Spider-Man & Nova (Sam Alexander)
- Shanna the She-Devil & Sauron
- Nick Fury Jr & SHIELD Heavy Agent
- Maria Hill & SHIELD Heavy Agent (variant)
Spider-Man is the least surprising figure of the set. He’s easy to produce since its just a blank Minimate painted to look like Spidey, plus there are unsubstantiated rumors that someone over at DST is kinda fond of ol’ webhead. Still, it is a bit bothersome that what is essentially an update to the red and black costume sees production ahead of other characters who have seen quite a bit more of an update to their designs. Still, given the uproar over the Spider-Man storyline of late, plus it can’t really be argued that Spidey doesn’t sell, he’s a good fit here.
Nova’s inclusion is surprising, given that we just got an army builder in series 50. Shanna and Sauron even more surprising. I haven’t really followed the Marvel NOW! stuff, but they don’t seem to be prominent characters in all the marketing. Given we haven’t seen these characters before in Minimate form, and a lot of people have wanted Sauron, I’d say they’re welcome additions. And everyone wants more SHIELD.
Overall, a pretty solid line-up.
Thanks SuperChefMate for the heads up.