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Burger King Corporation catapults customers into the thrilling world of “Iron Man 2,” opening in theaters everywhere May 7, with an action-packed national promotion featuring the WHIPLASH WHOPPER sandwich. This limited-time addition to the BK menu captures the sharp edge of the film’s villain, Whiplash, with an intense, red-hot flavor combination featuring a flame-broiled WHOPPER sandwich topped with melted Pepper Jack cheese, crispy red peppers and spicy mayonnaise. The fiery sandwich will be available for a suggested price of $3.79 at participating restaurants throughout the four-week promotion.
To further mark the return of this popular movie franchise, Burger King Corp. has created an exclusive collection of BK Kids Meal toys that bring the power and attitude of “Iron Man” into restaurants. This collection of eight film-inspired premiums are available with the purchase of a BK Kids Meal and include four lifestyle accessories for girls and four action-packed toys for boys, including an exclusive “Iron Man 2″ figurine that stands a full seven inches tall when assembled.*
“BKC is proud to have been a part of the theatrical debut of ‘Iron Man,’ and we are thrilled to continue our support with ‘Iron Man 2,’” said Mike Kappitt, chief marketing officer, North America, Burger King Corp. “We’ve invested more than ever before in our promotional elements so our guests can expect a new cutting-edge, Stark Industry-inspired promotional line-up featuring fan favorites like our collectible toys that are bigger and better, as well as some exciting new elements aimed at satisfying the hungriest of adult heroes.”
In the national adult television commercial, the King armors up with a futuristic “Iron Man” suit. In the spot, the “Iron King” introduces the latest technologies from the BURGER KING brand to the curious visitors at the Stark Expo. In his quest to deliver high-tech value with flame-fresh taste via another new great product, the Buck Double sandwich, he ends up wreaking havoc at the Expo.
* One toy per Kids Meal, while supplies last.
Just a collection of Marvel Movie news from around the interwebs.
Nicolas Cage May Be Replaced in “Ghost Rider 2″
All Marvel’s superheroes will one day revert back to Marvel, but for now, Sony Pictures is scrambling to get as many “Spider-Man” and “Ghost Rider” installments into theaters as possible.
“Spider-Man 4″ was set to be released during the summer of next year. Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire dropped out, forcing the studio to reboot the franchise or face losing the character to Marvel.
Sony is now having a similar issue with “Ghost Rider,” since the deal requires for the studio to be in production on a sequel by November 14th. The plan has been to bring Nicolas Cage back, but now it looks like the actor may be too busy.
Vanessa Hudgens as Marvel’s Spider-Woman?
The report comes by way of MTV UK, which claims that Hudgens is the current frontrunner in a pool of actresses being considered for Spider-Woman. Check out the quote from MTV UK’s “movie insider” source:
“The idea is for this to be a fun, comedic movie and Vanessa is perfect for the title role..Spider Woman is strong and sexy but in this case hilarious.Vanessa is apparently very interested in the idea,”
Gwyneth Paltrow at Photo Call For Paramount Pictures & Marvel Entertainment’s “Iron Man 2″
Gwyneth Paltrow donned a simple but elegant gray dress for the Iron Man 2 photocall. The film hits theaters April 30th, and Gwyneth will be reprising her role as Pepper Pots, a love interest for Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.).
Although Paltrow is a red carpet staple, Iron Man is definitely one of her best known movies from recent years. She originally shot to fame for her role in the movie Se7en.
Marvel Studios to produce smaller films
With a Marvel triple-threat ready to hit theaters over the next two years — we’re talking Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers – and what looks to be a solid franchise in the form of Iron Man 2 releasing next month, it seems like the comic movie studio can’t do wrong with its big-budget ventures. Which is why it comes as a surprise to some that the next big thing Marvel wants to tackle is actually several, smaller films.
According to the guys over at CHUD, who first scored the news, Marvel is currently seeking directors and writers to adapt their lesser-known characters for the big screen. That means that names like Ka-Zar, Dazzler, and Dr. Strange are all being considered for their own films, albeit on a much smaller scale with Marvel hoping to budget in the range of $20 – 40 million each. Considering that Marvel’s latest endeavor, Iron Man 2, is estimated to have cost a cool $200 million, that’s quite a change of pace and it could have very positive ramifications.
Joss Whedon is in final negotiations to direct the movie version of Marvel’s all-star super-hero team “The Avengers.”
Whedon’s name first surfaced on Web site iesb.net in early April as being on the shortlist of directors Marvel was considering for the gig. He quickly and quietly became the only candidate, with reports surfacing Tuesday he was in talks.
Marvel had no comment.
“The Avengers” is the culmination of Marvel’s movies and the storylines featuring the company’s individual heroes: Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man and Thor; other Marvel comic book mainstays include the Wasp, the Scarlet Witch, the Vision and Hawkeye although it remains to be seen which of those characters will make the cut.
Marvel’s dealmaking with its main actors in those previous movies provided for their inclusion in starring roles in “Avengers.” That means Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evan (Captain America) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) are expected to take part.
The involvement of Ed Norton, who portrayed Bruce Banner/Hulk, is less clear; the last Hulk movie, released by Universal in 2008, saw the actor clash with the company during post-production, leaving future association in doubt.
Marvel executives have a busy time ahead: “Iron Man 2″ opens May 7; they are in production on “Thor” in New Mexico; and “Captain America” begins shooting in England this summer.
“Avengers” is expected to begin shooting in early 2011. Paramount, which has handled several of the company’s recent pictures, presumably will distribute, though Marvel itself is now wholly owned by Disney.
Whedon is well-regarded in the comic community for creating “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” spin-off show “Angel,” and cult sci-fi show “Firefly,” and he directed many of the shows’ episodes. The one feature he directed — the big-screen version of “Firefly” called “Serenity” — received good reviews but failed commercially.
Hiring Whedon as the director of “Avengers” would continue Marvel’s out-of-the-box thinking when choosing directors (and actors, for that matter). Jon Favreau, now a superstar director thanks to the first “Iron Man,” was considered a fish-out-of-water choice for that movie, having previously shot the well-reviewed box-office bomb “Zathura.”
In a press release, Marvel Entertainment announced that an “Ultimate Spider-Man” animated series will debut on The Disney XD Channel in the Fall of 2011. The series focuses on Peter Parker as he grows from a reckless teenager into the hero he was meant to become, all while contending with super-villains and typical teenage curve balls.
“Ultimate Spider-Man will be a unique journey exploring our favorite web-slinger as he teams up with other fan favorite Marvel Super Heroes in never before seen stories with a new life filled with great challenges, new friends, intense action and character growth,” said Eric S. Rollman, President of Marvel Animation, in a statement.
The creative team behind the series has not been revealed yet, but “Ultimate Spider-Man” writer Brian Michael Bendis announced on Twitter that he is not involved with the project — not at the moment, at least.
“Don’t have much ['Ultimate Spider-Man'] cartoon news. Not involved with it at the moment,” Bendis revealed, saying that he’s currently working on the television adaptation of “Powers” and the “Fire” movie for Universal Pictures.
While shopping around on the Disney Store website I found a cool surprise. It seems the merger between Marvel and Disney is now complete as the Disney Store is now selling Marvel Products.
Swing into the MARVEL Universe with Spider-Man, Wolverine, the Hulk, Iron Man, and all your favorite Marvel superheroes. Shop the latest in Marvel toys, clothes, books, movies, media, décor and more! Classic comics come to life with our new MARVEL collection. Now the action-packed fun at DisneyStore.com is unstoppable!
Check it out for yourself, have a look around, and be sure to take advantage of one of the many sales that are running right now!