Corporate Advertising is used to improve the image of corporation. This page shows the advertisements and marketing campaigns of companies who use creations of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to promote their products or brand. These promotions are in cooperation with Marvel Studios, which help to promote Marvel's own products.
For the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel and Acura signed a partnership, making Acura vehicles the official vehicle for S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Acura cars where also featured in Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor and The Avengers. Next to product placement, a commercial video was released as well as two promotional websites. One of the websites also has promotional videos for the webpage itself.
Commercial: Acura RDX
During the Battle of New York a couple is driving through the city in a Acura RDX, evading obstacles and explosions. The navigation system guides them safely through the city, instructing them to go left at an flying car, make a right after an explosion and to evade a lightning bolt from Thor. When the couple comes in a street with an Leviathan, the navigation system instructs them to make a u-turn, which they heavily agree with.
Join S.H.I.E.L.D is one of the promotional website released by Marvel/Acura. Users could create a official ID badge and climb ranks within the organization.
S.H.I.E.L.D. ops is one of the promotional website released by Marvel/Acura. Introduced by Agent Jasper Sitwell, players could win a 1:43 scale Acura car or even a 'Tony Stark Experience' trip to New York city. In the first video Sitwell calls in to all agents with a priority message, showing video footage the Avengers and ordering to report at SHIELDops.com and await orders. In the second video he once again tells that all agents are instructed to report and ordered to debrief. Showing footage of Loki and reporting that global security is in danger.
Since the first Iron Man a partnership between Audi and Marvel was created. During the various Iron Man installments Audi has featured multiple vehicles to the screen: Audi R8, Audi R8 Spyder, Audi R8 e-tron, Audi A8L, Audi S7 Sportback, Audi S5 Coupe and the Audi Q7. An exclusive Audi Iron Man 2: Fist of Iron comic was released as well. With the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron even more models where introduced, featuring: Audi R8 (2016), Audi TTS (2015) and the Audi A3 Cabriolet (2015).
Commercial: Audi - The Chase
With Audi's and Marvel's current partnership, Audi shows a extended scene of Black Panther chasing the Winter Soldier prior to the release of Captain America: Civil War. In the midst of the chase a family is taking a drive in an red Audi SQ7. Captain America jumps with his shield on a chasing Audi SQ7 to stop the car and to take over the wheel. In the family car, the kid in the back is playing with a toy of Captain America, when suddenly the Winter Soldier overhauls them by foot. The family then also gets taken in by Captain America with the Black Panther hanging on the back of the car. With all the surrounding chasing cars of agents, the mother of the family decides to take a short cut. With the release of this video, Audi also released a custom comic: The Avengers: King of the Road.
Commercial: Cameo School
To promote the Audi S8, an unique video was made with Stan Lee as a teacher in a Cameo School. The video was directed by Kevin Smith and featured Tara Reid, Michael Rooker, Lou Ferrigno and Jason Mewes. During Stan Lee his lecture, Lou Ferrigno enters the class looking for the anger management class, Stan Lee politely tells him this isn't the anger management class. After the class Stan Lee finds out that the driver of his pickup is actually himself. He then compliments the driver by saying "Heey, now that's a cameo!" Ironically the real cameo in this video was the Audi S8.
The Tony Stark Innovation Challenge
The Tony Stark Innovation Challenge was designed by Marvel and Audi to mirror Tony Stark's desire to take Stark Industries in a new direction, using vast intellect and resources to eradicate problems through technology. Participants submitted videos with their concepts, and users rated the ideas.
The Winner received:
- 15k to develop his idea
- Four-day trip for two to California, including;
- A day at the Audi Sports Car Experience driving an Audi R8
- A VIP day with the ICON Aircraft team, joining them in flight and water testing of the innovative ICON A5 aircraft (one of Tony Stark’s toys)
- Helicopter tour of L.A.
- Transportation in the latest innovation from Audi, the 2011 A8
- Luxury hotel accommodations and dinners at L.A.’s top restaurants
- Spa treatments, tailored cocktail attire, and grooming to perfect his/her Stark style
- Tour of Audi Design Center in Santa Monica Airport
- Experience documented and featured on AudiUSA.com
The executives at Audi of America would judge the video on the following criteria:
- 1. Make the world a better place by solving a problem or improving an existing solution (20%)
- 2. Articulate and demonstrate expertise of the “better living through technology” philosophy (20%)
- 3. Have the scalability and adoptability to potentially change the way we live (20%)
- 4. Showcase innovation, adventure, and intelligence worthy of Audi and Tony Stark (20%)
- 5. Entice the social network; viewer ratings will help determine top entries (20%)
MIT Graduate Student Natan Linder won the challenge with his invention of the LuminAR. This functions as a digital bulb with built-in Internet technology that can project web content onto any surface. Unfortunately the website of the Tony Stark challenge is no longer working. Making it hard to find other submitted video's than the one of the winner.
Peter Parker (Tom Holland) attends a driving lesson where he is observed by an instructor (J.B. Smoove). Parker drives a prototype given to him by Tony Stark and annoys the instructor with his reckless antics, such as driving without the use of his hands and going too fast. Once Parker successfully parallel parks the car, he notices a pair of criminals running out of a nearby bank with bags of money. He exits the car, puts on his Spider-Man Suit and apprehends the thieves. During his absence, the instructor lectures him on his reckless driving, failing to notice that he has left the vehicle. Once he finally notices that Parker is not there, he sees the thugs webbed up on the steps of the bank. Parker, having returned to the car, gives him a fright by asking if he passed.
During the 2016 Super Bowl, Marvel and Coca-Cola started a joined promotion to promote a product of Coca-Cola using characters from the MCU.
Commercial: Coca-Cola Mini
Two thirsty heroes. Only one Coca-Cola Mini. Witness an epic chase between Marvel’s biggest and smallest Super Heroes: the Incredible Hulk and Astonishing Ant-Man. Despite their differences in size, Hulk and Ant-Man both know what it’s like to get thirsty. But when there's just one #CokeMini left in the fridge, who will prevail?
A Coca-Cola sponsored fireplace
With Christmas 2016, Marvel introduced 5 MCU themed fireplaces; Captain America, Iron Man, Ms. Marvel, Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy. These video's would play for an hour, with the suiting sounds of fire on the background. You could also pick a panoramic view to see the whole room instead of mostly the fireplace. Some of the rooms also have a song or some other sound within the theme. At the Guardians of the Galaxy fireplace, they show an glowing orb instead of a fire.
Dr Pepper cans
During the Stark Expo promo, Dr Pepper had a pavilion at the Expo and a link to their website where you could suit up and play as Iron Man. At the same time you could find Dr Pepper cans with characters from Iron Man 2 in the shelfs of a supermarket. It seems to be succesfull marketing campaign, as this was repeated for The Avengers and for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Commercial: Vending Machine
A employee of Stark Industries is doing some cleaning in Tony Stark's Mansion and J.A.R.V.I.S. accidentally recognizes him as Tony Stark. The employee then orders J.A.R.V.I.S. to suit him up, and the machines start suiting him up into a Dr. Pepper vending machine. At first the employee isn't happy but when he finds a Dr. Pepper can, he is quite content about it. A secondary employee of Stark Industries is seen as well, and appears to be Stan Lee.
Ford Motor Company
In the same day with the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Ford Motor Company released a commercial video of Ford EcoSport on their Youtube channel.
Marvel also created a page on their website that allows visitors to create customized Guardian, watch videos including the commercial, submit to a promotion to win prizes. An exclusive comic named Guardians of the Galaxy: EcoSport Adventure was released online.
Before the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Gillette introduced Marvel Razors. With these Razors they introduced the Fusion ProGlide Razor and promoted Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Razors weren't for sale. 
During this promotion they had a special webpage, they also used a commercial and it was possible to win a complete prototype Avengers Razor set signed by Stan Lee. They staged a Stark Industries takeover of the Gillette Shave Headquarters in Boston. At the event, Stark Industries scientists unveiled the prototype razors to the media along with an obligatory cameo by Stan Lee. An exclusive Gillette The Avengers: Cutting Edge comic was introduced as well.
Hasbro: Hero Gear
Closing on to the release date of Captain America: Civil War, Hasbro introduces Civil War Hero Gear. Each hero pack comes with a mask and a part which covers a hand.
LEGO® is a line of toys featuring plastic bricks, gears, minifigures (also called minifigs and figs) in a variety of colors, and other pieces which can be assembled to create models of almost anything imaginable. It has lot of toys based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies like The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok. However they only advertised The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
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To show the power of breakfast, consumers could send their superhero poses to Nesquick, who would place them on their Nesquick can.
Conor "The Notorious" McGregor vs. Stan "The Iron Fist" Verrett
To coincide with the release of the first season of Iron Fist, Netflix produced a commercial which featured ESPN and ESPNews anchor Stan Verrett watching the series before bumping into UFC champion Conor McGregor and challenging him to a fight. Many people do not take Verrett's claim that he can beat McGregor seriously and the two trash-talk each other at a press conference and in interviews. Verrett sends McGregor a video in which he summons the 'iron fist' used by Danny Rand in the series to punch through a wall, causing McGregor to call off the fight. It is then revealed that everything that happened after Verrett bumped into McGregor was simply a daydream by the former.
To promote the release of Captain America: Civil War, PizzaHut launched a website with exclusive photos and videos of the film itself. To unlock the videos, visitors have to play a little game first. The pizzas are also delivered in a Captain America or Iron Man Pizza box.
To present your new car, Renault Kwid, Renault made an exclusive commercial for Brazil. The video brings Hulk saving the city center of São Paulo from a mass destruction that would be caused by a satellite. Meanwhile a man driving a Kwid follows his path to save victims in a building, and undergoing several difficult obstacles that the car can handle. Hulk jumps from the Banespa Building and manages to blow up the satelite, the man also saves them. But in the end it was all the man's imagination that went through a Hulk leaflet as he drove. This was the first commercial shot in Brazil in partnership with Marvel Studios.
During the Stark Expo promo, Royal Purple had a pavilion at the Expo to promote their Hydro Lube. Royal Purple also sponsored the Stark Motor Racing Team, on their website a custom comic was released involving Iron Man and behind the scene footage of the Stark Motor Racing Team.
To promote the new Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6, the biggest Avengers fans were being called to ranks and fans with similar characteristics as The Avengers were recruited by Maria Hill. The selected fans had a training where they needed to learn how to work as a team, using the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Gear VR. In addition Samsung produced a limited serie of the Galaxy S6 with a special cover of one of The Avengers.
During a promotion of Subway it was possible to win subs for life, or a movie ticket to Avengers: Age of Ultron. A short TV spot was released as well, closing of with the oneliner: 'Subway, where Superheroes eat. '
Target has released video's, promoting Marvel films and their company. They also released a custom comic: Iron Man 2: Security Breach.
Academy Award-winning costume designer Alexandra Byrne worked with Under Armour to create some of the costumes in Avengers: Age of Ultron, which are now for sale. They designed (under)shirts for:
- ↑ Acura JoinSHIELD
- ↑ Acura SHIELDops
- ↑ Audi Innovatian Challenge
- ↑ Coca-Cola fireplace
- ↑ Dr Pepper
- ↑ Ford EcoSport
- ↑ Gillette on Marvel Website
- ↑ Gillette
- ↑ Kellogg's
- ↑ Nesquick
- ↑ ESPN Anchor Wants to Fight Conor McGregor in New Iron Fist Ad
- ↑ Reese's
- ↑ Renault Brasil
- ↑ Stark Motor Racing
- ↑ Samsung
- ↑ Subway