Funko has become synonymous with fan favorite collectibles, with their enormous POP! line constantly releasing figures for everything from Cat in the Hat to WWE champions. They've released Star Wars, Harry Potter, Disney, DC Comics and of course, tons of #Marvel.
They've been releasing POP! figures of Marvel heroes since The Avengers in 2011, both in comic book and film form. While the film POP! lines have drawn the majority of the focus, comic book fans still love the few that have been released in classic comic book costumes. Here is my top list — as both a Marvel fan and a huge POP! collector of the 12 Marvel comic POPs I still need!
12. Iron Man Mark I
First character on my list is such an obvious one it's shocking Funko hasn't released a bobble head yet. Mark I made a brief appearance in #IronMan in 2008, but in the comics the first Iron Man suit was around when the Avengers originally banded together to defeat Loki.
Recently, Funko released a Comic-Con exclusive of Captain America from The First Avenger, maybe with them going back to Marvel's beginnings our chances of seeing an Iron Man Mark I aren't too far away.
11. Ms. Marvel
In the comics Carol Danvers has gone by several code names, and most recently she's going by #CaptainMarvel, which is also the title of her upcoming solo film in 2019. However, in the comic her most used code name was Ms. Marvel, and I'd love to see a Funko POP! pay homage to this wonderful character and classic costume.
10. Yellowjacket / Hank Pym
It's true that Yellowjacket from #AntMan did receive a POP!, however in the comics Yellowjacket's character is much different from his film version. In the comics Yellowjacket is one of Hank Pym's alter egos and was one of the few that doubled as both a tiny and a giant superhero.
One of the newest Avengers, #Vision is going to become very important in the future of Marvel's Cinematic Universe with that Infinity Stone in his forehead.
A comic book version POP! figure would be awesome because, as grateful as I am for his realistic and muted costume in the MCU, I do appreciate the bold yellow and green of his comic costume as well as his collar and "underwear."
Even though #Hawkeye wasn't an original Avenger in the comics, he was in the MCU. Again, I'm grateful for the leather costume with purple accents we have in the films, but there's something fun about the bright purple costume and mask Hawkeye wears in the comics. Adding an arrow to his mouth in an action pose would be pretty sweet too!
7. Wonder Man
If you haven't picked up a comic book you may not recognize Wonder Man, but he's been an Avenger since the '60s as well as one of the Guardians of the Galaxy. If you want a really fun Wonder Man storyline, I recommend the two season cartoon Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Wonder Man as a POP! figure could be unique if you added the purple ionic energy that follows him around.
6. Spider Woman
Another comic character that film fans won't recognize is #SpiderWoman who, despite her name, has no relation to Spider-Man. She become a fan favorite in the comics during her complicated story in the New Avengers series where she was depicted as a quadruple agent: Avenger, S.H.I.E.L.D agent, agent of HYDRA, and (as it turned out later) a shape-shifting Skrull impostor.
Spider Woman has such a complicated history, and with a severe lack of super heroines, she'd make a great addition to the MCU one day, but right now I'd settle for a Funko POP! figure of her in her iconic costume.
5. Black Panther
Even though #BlackPanther made an appearance in Civil War, we still know so little about him. His comic character has such a long history that I'm extremely excited to see it play out on screen in the upcoming solo film.
Although T'Challa had POP! figures released with the Civil War line — and the film's costume did the comic book version justice — I'm still hoping for a version with bright yellow jewelry, a collar and (most of all) a cape. I'd actually love to see this as his solo film costume too.
Just like Spider Woman, #Sentry was made popular in New Avengers where he was depicted as the most powerful superhero in existence. We meet him where he's been imprisoned at his own request. As the arc progresses we learn that he's bipolar and his alter ego, The Void, is opposite of the righteous Sentry. The comics retcon major Marvel events to add the Sentry to decades of history, explaining that he was there all along but no one remembers him because of a mutant that erased the memories of Sentry from everyone on Earth.
His backstory is so odd and complicated that it would be hard to fit it into the MCU, but his comic book character would still make a great Funko.
3. Scarlet Witch
Like others on this list, the Witch is becoming an MCU staple, however just like Hawkeye and Vision, her comic book costume didn't translate to the big screen, and (thankfully) they dropped that strange tiara.
We've received a couple of POP! figures depicting the #ScarletWitch from both films she's appeared in; however, one depicting her longstanding comic book costume is needed. For a character that's been around since the '60s, her costume has stayed fairly consistent. It would be awesome to see a POP! figure depict that.
Here's a character that hasn't been brought to the big screen yet, even though he's a major player in several cosmic events. In the comics, the planet Xandar is destroyed (yes the same planet we saw the Guardians save in Guardians of the Galaxy). With his friends and planet destroyed, the last remaining Nova Corps centurion comes to Earth and gives his helmet (and powers) to a human teenager, who takes on the name #Nova.
I'm hoping we see some version of Nova come to us before Infinity War Part II, and it's very likely that Xandar ends up destroyed after Thanos goes searching for the Infinity Stone they're hiding. So, it's possible.
1. Beta Ray Bill
Bill is yet another character film fans haven't heard of, but he's played pivotal roles in cosmic stories and has been one of the few characters to consistently been able to wield Thor's hammer, Mjolnir.
While fans can only hope this character comes to the #MCU sometime soon, it seems unlikely, as his addition to Ragnorak would have already been announced (and that would have been the best introduction). Maybe some time in the future when/if Chris Hemsworth decides to hang up the Thor cape, but until then I'd love a Beta Ray figure.
I hope you're listening, Funko — us fans want more comic book character POPs!