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Superheroes were big business at your local theater this year, and they couldn’t have saved the world without the help of the world’s leading polymer-framed pistol! I have to start with the biggest thing to hit the screen in tights ever—this summer’s mega-hit The Avengers. Written and directed by Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon, The Avengers is a comic book fan’s dreams come true, assembling “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” in one truly epic tale.

Separately, these Marvel heroes had already shared screen time with GLOCKs in their origin films. Chris (star of the upcoming Red Dawn remake) Hemsworth’s Thor fought GLOCK 17-wielding SHIELD agents when he tried to retrieve his hammer. In Iron Man, SHIELD agents led by Clark Gregg’s Coulson used their GLOCK 17s to try to take out the giant Iron Monger. New York cops in Harlem grabbed their GLOCK 17s when The Abomination faced off with the Green Goliath in The Incredible Hulk in 2008.

However, when you are teamed up with Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Chris Evans’ Captain America, Hemsworth’s Mighty Thor and Mark Ruffalo’s Incredible Hulk, how do you hold your own if you are just a simple human? The answer: a pair of GLOCK 26 9×19 pistols in dual thigh rigs. Scarlett Johansson’s master assassin Black Widow has no problem facing down a street full of alien warriors with her GLOCKs happily firing away. In fact, handling and reloading her guns got so much screen time that Johansson’s character should have been called the “GLOCK Widow!”

The GLOCK 19 9×19 pistol is the issued sidearm of The Avengers’ SHIELD agents. Cobie How I Met Your Mother Smulders sizzles with the 9×19 in her hands as she helps repel a mercenary attack on their floating Helicarrier. When Loki’s alien Chitauri shock troopers hit New York City, they also find themselves facing GLOCK 19s in the hands of NYPD officers.

Heroes Against Villains

Since many of the Marvel Comics characters are supposed to live in real-life New York City (because creator Stan Lee lived there), NYPD cops often find themselves faced with superhero situations. In The Fantastic Four they grabbed their .40-caliber GLOCK 23s when Victor Von Doom started tearing apart downtown. When the Punisher amped up his war on crime in Punisher: War Zone, NYPD cops had their GLOCK 17s ready. This year they also found themselves dealing with another Marvel Comics hero in the theaters—The Amazing Spider-Man.

Our friendly neighborhood “Web Head” has always been a misunderstood hero—he faced GLOCK 17-wielding armored car thieves in the 2002 Tobey Maguire Spider-Man—but in the latest 2012 blockbuster, Captain Stacey (played by Rescue Me’s Dennis Leary) sends his NYPD troops to hunt down the red and blue “masked vigilante” with GLOCK 19 9×19 pistols in their holsters.

In the comics, vampire hunter Blade and Spider-Man crossed paths; in the Wesley Snipes standalone Blade films, he uses a GLOCK 26 in 9×19 with special silver hollow points to blow up his blood-sucking enemies. Clearly, Blade chose the G26 because of its bulletproof reliability with all ammo configurations.
While the Joker was happy when he had a pair of full-auto GLOCK 18s in his hands in The Dark Knight, in the latest Batman epic, The Dark Knight Rises, Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne has his usual boatload of high-tech vehicles and weapons, but the street cops of Gotham and Joseph Inception Gordon-Levitt’s character, John Blake, are well-equipped with full-size GLOCK 17 pistols in 9×19.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army, sequel to the hit Hellboy, showed the GLOCK 22 in .40 as the standard-issue sidearm for the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense—and we see it used by Selma Blair’s Liz “Firestarter” Sherman and aquatic humanoid Abe Sapien (Doug Jones, who also played the Silver Surfer if you’re keeping count). Shia LaBeouf and Tyrese Gibson’s Air Force Master Sergeant grabbed GLOCK 17 pistols when things got hot with the Decepticons in last year’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Comics, TV & More

Since not all comic books these days feature costume-wearing superheroes, I’ll bet most of you don’t realize that many action flicks you’re seeing at the local multiplex have been adapted from the funnies. One of my favorite films, the Bruce Willis and Mary-Louise Parker retired CIA agent shooting-fest Red, was based on a DC comic and featured a GLOCK 17 mounted in a Corner Shot chassis. Last year’s The Losers also came from a DC Comics’ graphic novel, and G17 9x19s were featured in the street assault scene. Television’s zombies-versus-GLOCKs The Walking Dead also began it’s “undead” life as a comic book.

While not all heroes wear capes, some do wear blue. The LAPD officers played by Jake Source Code Gyllenhaal and Michael Shooter Peña have their priorities straight before they take on the toughest street gangs in the drama End Of Watch. Gyllenhaal’s Brian ­Taylor lays it out for his friend’s video camera: “I’m the police. And I’m here to arrest you. If you shoot at me, I will shoot back….This is a department issue sidearm: GLOCK 19. Spyderco tactical knife. Two extra mags.”

Of course, the world’s most popular non-super-powered hero is James Bond. The British superspy returned this year in the blockbuster film Skyfall. Daniel Craig returns as Secret Agent 007 and finds himself facing off with Ralph (Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter movies) Fiennes and his GLOCK 17 Gen3.

The Austrian wonder gun’s appearance in so many comic book action films is easy to explain—the GLOCK SAFE ACTION® autopistol is the closest thing to a superhero in the gun world!

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