Joseph Baxter

Feb 1, 2018

Note: While one might label this topic as a “spoiler,” the reveal is destined to become part of the Avengers: Infinity War marketing blitz.

Avengers: Infinity War will, besides uniting the collective Marvel Cinematic Universe, put the (Avengers) band back together after the onslaught of infighting and enmity reaped in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. While that film left the enduring image of Chris Evans’s Steve Rogers/Captain America abandoning his iconic circular flag shield on the battlefield in an act of disillusionment, don’t expect him to continue without a new awesome aegis.

The new shield that Captain America will carry into battle in Avengers: Infinity War has been revealed, thanks to some early shots of an upcoming wave of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends action figures for the film. The images, which are starting to flood social media, first popped up on a Marvel Legends Facebook Group (coming to us via MarvelousNews), showcase the whole Infinity War wave of figures, which consist of movie-based figures in Captain America, Iron Man, (Iron) Spider-Man, Proxima Midnight, along with some comic-book-based figures.

Notably, the Captain America figure is seen packed with a prominent accessory in his newly designed shield (and Thanos’s head, which is part of a build-a-figure incentive and likely NOT a plot spoiler). While this new shield is lacking any ostentatiously colorful design, it wouldn’t be a large speculative leap to assume that it’s made from Wakanda-mined vibranium provided by his new pal, Black Panther.

Moreover, the shield’s semi-triangular shape appears to be a throwback to the design of Cap’s original Golden Age-era shield, which surfaced as a stage prop in the first Captain America movie, also manifesting recently in Marvel’s controversial Captain America: Steve Rogers series (in which Cap is depicted as a Hydra sleeper agent). While the shape would seemingly negate Cap’s ability to use the shield as a throwing weapon, it’s possible that it possesses hidden capabilities. Indeed, speculation has already been made that the mysterious gauntlets that Cap is seen sporting in the battle-charging main hero shot (pictured in the top image,) from the Infinity War trailer are actually detachable segments of his new shield; an idea that the aesthetic of the action figure accessory seems to support.

Regardless of how things ultimately play out in Avengers: Infinity War, there’s little reason to doubt the authenticity of the action figure images and toys do tend to provide valuable early insight into tentpole movies, context notwithstanding.

Avengers: Infinity War will mark the beginning of a magnificent Marvel Cinematic Universe crescendo on many fronts when it arrives at theaters on May 4.