The Incredible Hulk stopped traffic in Blackpool today – literally – as the iconic green superhero was seen apparently stopping a tram, causing dramatic scenes on the seafront.
The spectacular stunt was staged by Madame Tussauds Blackpool to mark the ground-breaking launch of its new MARVEL SUPERHEROES area, where the Hulk will be joined by his fellow Avengers Thor and Spider-Man in a £1 million, 5,501 square foot addition to the attraction.
Face to face with a vintage Blackpool and Fleetwood Box Car 40 tram beneath the Blackpool Tower, the Avengers superhero was surrounded by debris, destruction, smoke and sparks, whilst the tram was partially upended, and the tracks ripped through the concrete, causing pedestrians to double take on their morning commute.
Bella Blackburne, 36, from Watford, said: “I was walking my dog on the promenade and didn’t expect to come face to face with The Hulk! I thought I’d walked onto a movie set. It’s an incredible stunt and I can’t wait to see the Hulk and his fellow Avengers in the attraction.”
The stunt celebrates the epic new addition to Madame Tussauds Blackpool, when the MARVEL SUPER HEROES area opens to public next week.
The previously undeveloped space will add 5,501 square feet to the existing public footprint within the attraction, so guests can experience something truly out of this world.
As if something from a classic Marvel comic strip, visitors will step right in to the action and come face-to-face with their favourite comic book and film heroes.
Incorporating four distinct zones, the new area will include a number of new figures as well as interactive experiences to truly excite and delight visitors.
The attraction takes inspiration from the original comics as well as the blockbuster films that continue be a huge hit at the box office.
Matthew Titherington, General Manager at Madame Tussauds Blackpool said: “We are thrilled to announce the addition of Marvel Super Heroes to the attraction, in an amazing UK first.
“The new area will be a must-visit destination for all Marvel fans, offering the chance to get up close and personal to their favourite characters from the big screen.
“We are working closely with Merlin Magic Making and Marvel on the design and build to ensure the new attraction is authentic to the comics and offers unique experiences. As many of the interactive elements have are bespoke to Madame Tussauds Blackpool – something UK visitors have never seen before.”
At this time, the following characters and areas have been confirmed, with further figures currently under consideration and development.
ZONE 1: COMIC STORE
A vintage comic book store filled with Marvel classics and miniature action figures,
the store is a portal that will lead them into the real world of Marvel Super Heroes.
ZONE 2: THOR
Guest will enter a Jotunheim ice cave and come face-to-face with the Asgardian god of thunder himself, before attempting to lift Thor’s legendary hammer Mjolnir, forged by Dwarven blacksmiths out of the Asgardian metal Uru.
ZONE 3: HULK
Surrounded by debris and destruction, visitors will encounter the Hulk in a New York street. Guest can then put their strength to the test as they attempt to lift a yellow taxi, that has crashed and is covered in debris.
Underneath overhead railway arches guests see a series of skyscrapers, where the Daily Bugle has arrived to take a photograph of Spider-Man who is suspended high above the city streets.
Each zone provides a perfect photo opportunity as well as a truly immersive experience – a chance to make magical memories both adults and children alike will cherish. With details on Zone 4 to be announced in early 2018.
Marvel Super Heroes is part of the main Madame Tussauds Blackpool attraction and is included in the ticket price, starting from £13.50 for children and £16.50 for adults (additional 20% discount available when tickets are booked online).
• Join the Marvel Super Heroes when it officially launches in March. For more information or book your ticket today, visit: www.madametussauds.com/blackpool/en/