Burger King’s Spider-Man Whopper will turn your stomach
The strange world of movie tie-in promotions is a truly weird and wonderful place for fast food outlets. While it's been 25 years since McDonald's released Szechuan sauce to celebrate the release of Mulan, the ability for conglomerates to cash in on the latest blockbuster shows no sign of slowing down.
Subway released Fiery Footlongs for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, McDonald's China had a green burger for The Angry Birds movie, and French burger company Quick unleashed the "Dark Vador" burger for The Phantom Menace. Still, it's nothing compared to Burger King's ability to grab a quick buck.
Burger King releases Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse burger
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Those of a certain age might remember Burger King releasing a black burger to honour the symbiote suit of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3. The 2007 movie went in on the darker aesthetic, meaning Burger King UK released a themed burger. Lazily, the fast food giant gave us the same burger to promote The Dark Knight a year later.
Another spider-themed burger is on the way, as the Spider-Man Whopper celebrates the imminent release of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. It's not back to black this time, as we get a vibrant red bun to match the accents of Miles Morales' suit.
Across the Spider-Verse is the sequel to 2018's Into the Spider-Verse, which broke records for Sony Pictures Animation. If you're interested in the Spider-Man Whopper, it's just your standard Whopper with a red bun and black sesame seeds.
We're a little disappointed there's no fancy flavour of special cheese, making it little more than one for the Instagram influencers. There are also some Miles-themed sundaes that put red and black bits on your ice cream. Still, are we going to buy these meals for a Miles Morales-themed cup...you bet we are!
Spider-fans react to Burger King's Spider-Man Whopper
Apparently, the Dark Whopper had an adverse effect on your "deposits" and turned them green thanks to the black food colouring not being absorbed correctly - hence why we assume the Spider-Man Whopper is red this time around.
Still, if you've ever gone for a wee after eating beetroot, the Spider-Man Whopper could have some worrying side effects. Notably, people are warned against eating things dyed the colour of danger. The burger has gone down a storm on social media, with one spider-fan writing, "My spidey senses. They"re tingling."
Another added, "I swear unto you — as Peter Parker swore on the memory of his late Uncle Ben — that I shall eat this Spider-Man Whopper," while a third joked, "I will eat it, and I will feel terrible after. But damn it, it will be worth it!"
The Spider-Man Whopper will be available in the USA from May 15 to June 21, so sorry if you're in the UK or other territories and want to dye your poop a weird colour. Watch BK unveil the exact same burger for the release of Insomniac's Spider-Man 2.