We span the pop culture gamut in this edition of Theme Park Bits. Below, read about the following:
- A Transformers themed energy drink has been removed from Universal Studios.
- Check out some concept images of the Iron Man Experience ride coming to Hong Kong Disneyland.
- Watch a full video of a ride through of Walt Disney World’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
- Check out some images of an indoor Tron lightcycle ride being built at Shanghai Disneyland.
- Disney announced a coast-to-coast 24 hour party.
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Marvel movies can’t get any more mainstream than they are at this very moment. With a second Avengers in production, two other movies scheduled for release this year and their latest just out on Blu-ray, Marvel is everywhere once again. Plus, the most powerful man in the world is joking about them.
U.S. President Barack Obama made a hilarious reference to Iron Man in a recent speech and we’ve got the video below. Check it out. Read More »
Why are Loki, Sinestro and Mandarin in the same place? How will this year’s Oscar broadcast tie in with superheroes? Is Captain America: The Winter Soldier still filming? Is there a way to watch Hans Zimmer score The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Just how big is the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron? Will Gotham tie into Batman vs. Superman? Want to watch Iron Man 1 and 2 in eight minutes? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Want to see some cool new images from Man of Steel? What happened on the Thor: The Dark World crossover with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and what can we expect on the Captain America: The Winter Soldier episode? Who is joining the Guardians of the Galaxy? Why did James Mangold cut the classic Wolverine easter egg from The Wolverine? Want to see some animatics from the original Iron Man? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
In a new interview, Mark Wahlberg says he’d like to take over the Iron Man franchise from Robert Downey Jr. He’s mostly kidding. The line is delivered in a semi-joking tone and he goes on to say he’s never really been asked to play a superhero. He prefers to play someone real and relatable. The actor then realizes, with turns in Ted and the upcoming Transformers 4, he’s getting quite comfortable acting with someone who isn’t there and finishes the thought by saying how much he liked The Avengers.
So while Wahlberg’s quote definitely comes off as a throwaway line, the fact that Robert Downey Jr. could only have two more appearances as Iron Man, and that Wahlberg is six years younger than Downey Jr., does leave the door open a crack. Check out the interview below. Read More »
Without a doubt, this weekend belongs to Iron Man 3. The film is now open and the box office is expected to be huge; possibly one of the biggest of all time. That means everyone and their mother will be heading out to the theater to see what’s next for Tony Stark after he flew into space at the end of The Avengers.
Surely people will also take the weekend to look back at the first two Iron Man films, Iron Man and Iron Man 2, directed by Jon Favreau. If you don’t have time for all that, though, music producer Mike Relm has made an awesome Iron Man trilogy remix, using Black Sabbath’s Iron Man in conjunction with footage from all three films. Check it out below. Read More »
On Friday I was able to get a sneak preview of a new exhibit at Innoventions in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland.
Ever since it was announced that Disney was purchasing Marvel Comics, Disneyland fanatics have been fantasizing about how the superhero characters would impact the theme parks. We saw many rumors of big Marvel themed lands or even stand-alone theme parks, but one consistant rumor in the mill was a complete redesign of of Tomorrowland’s Innoventions into a Iron Man ride set within “Stark Expo”. That attraction might still be in the works (or maybe is just the creation of fan speculation) but the announcement of a Stark Industries presence inside the tech-based exhibit hall got many Disneyland fans excited.
The new exhibit promised to show off “the latest Iron Man Tech presented by Stark Industries” but is really a prop display, a fun tie in to promote the upcoming release of Iron Man 3. See my photos from the opening after the jump, along with my thoughts.
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:
Threadless has teamed again with Disney to produce a new line of t-shirts based on the winning submissions of an art contest. This time around the subject isn’t Disney villains, Toy Story or The Muppets, its another Marvel property — Iron Man. The 23 winning t-shirts are n ow on sale on the Threadless website. See them below.
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