The biggest mystery surrounding Avengers: Endgame is undoubtedly how exactly Earth's Mightiest Heroes, after such a comprehensive beatdown in Avengers: Infinity War, will be able to go toe-to-toe with the tyrant known as Thanos. Of course, we know they'll be rolling with Brie Larson's Captain Marvel as an equalizer to the Mad Titan, but it's about a lot more than just defeating him. The Avengers want to change the tragic fate of the cosmos by undoing his snap, thus restoring life back to the half of the galaxy the villain "dusted" away.
Well, courtesy of a Hasbro toy leak, many believe this particular answer has been spoiled, as it indicates Tony Stark and company will be creating an electronic Infinity Gauntlet to harness the power of the Infinity Stones and reverse Thanos' actions. Considering the marketing, merchandising and overall misdirections we've seen come out of Marvel Studios in the lead-up to new films, we honestly shouldn't put too much stock in this toy actually being pertinent to the events of the film.
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Firstly, the Russo brothers have admitted toy leaks are often inaccurate and help protect spoilers within the films themselves. The truth is, while the directors may well be trying to throw us off a key plot point, we've seen time and again that licensees produce vast arrays of merchandise that don't reflect the actual plot on-screen. Avengers: Infinity War, as a prime example, had a toy with Hulk triumphantly emerging from the Hulkbuster armor, yet this moment never materialized during the battle in Wakanda. At the end of the day, toys sell and the more out there, the better business is for the manufacturers and licensees.
Hasbro could simply be double-dipping into the market, diversifying and expanding its portfolio of Infinity Gauntlets. It already has a $100 classic version out there, so why not produce another replica, but in a style that screams individuality. A different, cool look is something collectors would flock to, and, let's be real, you can never have too many toys for something as epic in scale as Endgame promises to be, especially when you factor in all the characters, spaceships and the scope of the film.
Now, while the gauntlet has become a pop culture icon in and of itself, we can't discount that this could be Hasbro's way of simply trying to engage younger fans even more. A line of gauntlets would be the ideal strategy to catch their attention, and, of course, parents' wallets. After all, it's much more affordable, and this allows Hasbro to cover an even wider age range, increasing the chances it'll be a surefire hit on the shelves.