WEFOUNDMasked: Rise of the Rocket

After leaked drafts of the script were criticized by fans, Larry Hama , writer of the comic, was hired as creative consultant , and rewrites were made. Filming took place in Downey, California , and Prague 's Barrandov Studios , and six companies handled the visual effects. The film was released worldwide on August 7, 2009, following an extensive marketing campaign focused on the Mid-American public. The Rise of Cobra opened at the top of the box office , and grossed over $302 million worldwide by the end of its run. Critical reception was generally mixed. A sequel/reboot titled G.I. Joe: Retaliation was released on March 28, 2013.

McCullen is revealed to be using the same nanotechnology to build an army of soldiers with the aid of the Doctor ( Joseph Gordon-Levitt ), planning on using the warheads to cause worldwide panic and bring about a new world order. Using a tracking device, McCullen locates the G.I. Joe base and sends Storm Shadow ( Byung-Hun Lee ) and the Baroness to retrieve the warheads, with assistance from Zartan ( Arnold Vosloo ).

After a fight, Storm Shadow and the Baroness retrieve the warheads and take them to Baron DeCobray, the Baroness's husband, for him to weaponize. Making their way to Paris, the Joes pursue the Baroness and Storm Shadow, but are unsuccessful in stopping them from launching one of the missiles. The missile hits the Eiffel Tower and releases the nanomites in it, destroying the tower and some of the surrounding area before Duke manages to hit the kill switch. However, in so doing, he is captured and taken to McCullen's base under the Arctic .