Superheroes are everywhere these days. Marvel’s movie machine continues to crank out hit after hit, with “Deadpool” passing the $600 million global revenue mark, putting the film on track to take the all-time R-rated box office record from “The Matrix Reloaded.” That’s just a warmup for “Captain America: Civil War,” “X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Gambit” and “Doctor Strange,” all of which are coming out this year. Meanwhile DC is starting to gain momentum with “Gotham” and “Supergirl” running against each other on Monday nights and “Batman v Superman” battling in theaters.
As superheroes continue to gain mainstream popularity, more merchandise than ever is available for fans. Here are five ways you can incorporate superhero themes into your personal style.
T-shirts and Apparel
While Iron Man’s armor is not yet available, there are plenty of clothing items for you to wear. For instance, SuperHeroStuff showcases a full range of clothes and apparel on its online store. Items range from Captain America and Flash T-shirts to Green Lantern and Deadpool hoodies to Superman and Nightwing caps. There’s also Wonder Woman sleepwear and lingerie, Batgirl pajamas and Harley Quinn boot slippers. Batman’s utility belt appears to still be only a Halloween item, but Batman adjustable belts are available, along with belts for Nightwing, Spider-Man, Iron Man and a host of other heroes.
You might not have an official S.H.I.E.L.D. card, but you can carry an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wallet. This is just one of many superhero accessories available from ThinkGeek. You also can wear a Starling City police badge around your neck, decorate your ears with Wonder Woman earrings, hang Thor’s hammer from your charm bracelet or check the time on a Captain America Winter Soldier watch. If you have a smartwatch, download digital watch face designs, such as Batman’s symbol or the Punisher’s skull, to show your enthusiasm.
Mugs, Glasses and Kitchenware
Superheroes need to eat, too (just ask Flash). Fortunately, there’s a wide selection of kitchenware, mugs and glasses to fill your kitchen with your favorite heroes. RetroPlanet.com carries a nifty range of Silver and Bronze Age themed items, including a “Don’t Make Me Angry” coffee mug shaped like Hulk’s fist, a Marvel superheroes glass set with designs from Jack Kirby and other Bullpen legends, and a Wonder Woman soup mug. If you want a professional-looking beverage holder you can take to work, choose from a wide range of Nelson and Murdock Attorneys at Law mugs.
Bring your superpowers onto the field or into the gym with superhero sports equipment. Under Armour makes batting and football gloves that feature Spider-Man and Batman and have GrabTack palm technology for an extra-sticky grip. Under Armour also makes superhero cleats so you can look as speedy as Flash on the gridiron. You can glide on an Iron Man and Hulk skateboard from CCS, and you can cover your golf clubs with JLA superheroes and their enemies, including Joker, Penguin and the Riddler.
Superheroes like Spider-Man and the X-Men have to go to school, so when you have to go to class, you can bring your favorite heroes with you. Carry your books in a Captain America shield backpack or a Star-Lord knapsack from ThinkGeek. Take notes in a DC Heroes Grid Journal with Superman stick pens, or write in an Avengers autograph book with pens featuring Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. For your laptop, put Iron Man’s technical genius to good use with a flash drive shaped like Shellhead.