The G.I. Joe: Retaliation advertising blitz begins… NOW.

Well, lookee here.

As the NFL playoffs ramp up towards the Super Bowl in two weeks, ESPN.com promises to be a destination website for millions of fans around the world…just in time for some well placed advertising right on ESPN’s website:

Very cool, huh?  Well, the whole Joe Pa death thing isn’t so cool, but I dig the advertising blitz hitting already.  Let’s hope the Super Bowl spot and some TV spots are just around the corner.  Kudos to the Retaliation team for getting this marketing push going already!

Thanks to Jay from Carded Heroes for bringing this to my attention.

Black Dragon appearance in upcoming Resident Evil film?

I know the design for the Black Dragon helicopter is based on the concept for the V-22 Osprey, which was a dual-propellor aircraft being conceived for the American military that never really evolved to the point that the government anticipated.  But I was under the impression that while it was inspired by the Osprey, it wasn’t necessarily a direct representation of it.

Well, I was cruising Super Hero Hype looking at the new Avengers action figures, which are totally going to help contribute to my bankruptcy in 2012, and I saw this image for the upcoming Resident Evil: Retribution:

Now is it just me, or are those pretty much clones of the Black Dragon helicopters?  Those slanted vents on the wings (which don’t seem to be present on the Osprey) and the sleek, aerodynamic designs…not to mention the bombs coming from the under-wing containers, just like the Cobra aircraft.

Probably a coincidence, but a pretty damn cool one, I think.  I always love seeing these cross-platform connections.  Check out more about Resident Evil: Retribution over on Super Hero Hype.