Whether you’re drawn to the blockbuster movies, to Netflix, to old-school cartoons or to the comics that started it all, you know by now that it’s Marvel’s world and we’re only living in it. It’s tough, sometimes, to know that you’re a teeny, tiny cog in a massive corporate entertainment empire, that no matter how much you tweet about Black Widow’s character assassination you know you’re still buying tickets for Avengers 4 in 2019.
We see you, and we hear you, emotionally exhausted Marvel fans. It’s okay to love and hate your faves – in fact, we encourage it. Here are 10 gifts for the Marvel fan in your life who constantly switches between love and hate.
What better way to casually sass Marvel than to rep the snarkiest superhero of all? Instead of collecting a dozen Avengers Funkos, treat yourself to this painfully cute figure of Deadpool taking selfies with unicorns. What is it? Why is it? We don’t care.
A great way to show your support for the X-Men, who are still not part of the MCU and whose movies have been through a lot of late (shoutout to Dark Phoenix, which we need ASAP). Easy to rip off in a fit of rage, then simply re-apply!
Loungefly has a sweet selection of Marvel-themed bags, purses, wallets, and more, but we love this backpack that is as ostentatious as it is functional – a lot like Loki himself.
Her Universe’s Infinity War collection is more big picture than merch dedicated to specific heroes or villains. Nothing will motivate you more in athleisure than the threat of Thanos or the motivation to get as swole and powerful as a Marvel villain. Also wearing a t-shirt that says “REALITY” is metal af.
shopfives has a devoted section of Marvel art, available in pins, postcards, and larger prints. We chose the sexy Steve/Bucky merch because Stucky should be canon, and the least we owe these beautiful soldiers is some peace and love before Avengers 4 likely rips them apart forever.
While it’s on the pricier end of Marvel items that scream you haven’t caught feelings, a Star Lord jacket has the kind of interplanetary coolness that translates beyond your geeky friend circle. Rock it at a midnight movie or at a bar with randos; if there’s one thing Star Lord respects, it’s a rebel.
Lord knows we’re not getting sexytimes in a Marvel movie any time soon, so buy something cute for your own sexytimes – or for yourself! Sure, underwear writing is implicitly for someone else, but it’s also a mischievous little secret to guard on your own during the day. We have to imagine that the God of Mischief himself, Loki, would be initially furious and then respectfully tickled at the appearance of his words upon such a garment.
Sometimes you don’t want to declare your fandom so much as you want it to be a loosely-kept secret, easily earned by someone who inexplicably stares at your earlobes too long. Statement studs are the perfect dash of nerdy love for any outfit, and with all these options you won’t have to be picky.
Whenever the MCU’s got you down with subpar villains or forced heteronormativity, turn to these tiny, cute faces to remind you why you love these stories in the first place. Who can stay mad at that tiny lil’ Iron Man mouth? How potent can plushie Hulk’s smash really be? These guys wouldn’t hurt a fly and they just want to love you and be cuddled.
No matter what you’re going through with Marvel, Wakanda forever.