Avengers assemble! Marvel is taking over Disney theme parks in the most immersive way. A preview of the new Marvel-themed lands was given earlier at the D23 Expo, but Disney has now released more details about what they have planned to make park visitors feel as if they are actually in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As reported earlier this weekend, an Avengers Campus is set to open in 2020 at the Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, taking over the space originally occupied by A Bug's Life. Here, the Avengers will be recruiting the next generation of superheroes. The same experience will open later on in the year at Disneyland Paris. Both campuses will be home to the Worldwide Engineering Brigade, also known as “WEB” which will feature the first Disney ride-through attraction with Spider-Man despite the Disney-Sony divorce. It will give guests a taste of what it's like to have web-slinging superpowers like Spidey as they collect Spider-Bots that have run amok — sounds very much like the interactive Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters attraction.
California will be home to the Avengers Headquarters, which will be the future entrance to a brand-new E-Ticket attraction where guests will fly alongside the Avengers in an epic adventure to Wakanda and beyond when it opens in the next phase of development for the campus. This will open to an opportunity to fight alongside the Avengers against some of the most powerful villains — just like that amazing battle in Endgame!
Other attractions housed in the Avengers Campus will be the Pym Test Kitchen where Pym Technologies is using the latest innovations to grow and shrink food. Speaking of Pym, Ant-Man and the Wasp will be interacting with guests on the Campus along with Iron Man, Doctor Strange, members of the Guardians of the Galaxy as well as heroes from Wakanda and Asgard.
In Paris, the Avengers Campus will include The Art of Marvel at Disney's Hotel New York, which will open next summer. The hotel will celebrate 80 years of Marvel art and artists, with more than 300 stunning pieces on display. Rooms will include one-of-a-kind themed suites featuring favorite Super Heroes like Spider-Man, and guests can even meet these legends in a dedicated space.
Over at Epcot in Florida, there will be a new World Discovery section which will host an “other-world” showcase pavilion. There will be a “Galaxarium,” a planetarium-like exhibition that explores the similarities and mysteries of the formation of Earth's galaxy and Xandar — a locale in the Guardians of the Galaxy films. Here, guests will explore treasures of Xandar.
World Discovery will also be home to “Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind”, a storytelling coaster that rotates 360 degrees to focus your attention on the action, including the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster.
Avengers assemble! D23 hasn't come to close just yet. Today they are revealing more information about their worldwide theme parks and we just received a heap of news about the upcoming Avengers Campus. The new area of the park is currently under construction at the Anaheim location in California Adventure and will be set up at Disneyland Paris in the near future.
The area will have the elite team scouting new members to join up and fight the evils of the universe, so make sure you are trained and ready, should they tap you to join. Said Scot Drake, Creative Executive, Marvel Global Portfolio, Walt Disney Imagineering.
"In some ways, these new campuses are like the Avengers themselves: a group of diverse individuals who have teamed up for the same purpose. This collection of unique addresses-each dedicated to a different discipline-have been brought together to champion the next generation of heroes."
Get ready for The Spider-Man Experience. The Avengers Campus will have a new ride based on the Spider-Man character. When the news was announced at the D23 Expo, one could easily hear the collective groan from the audience. Tom Holland's Peter Parker recently left the Marvel Cinematic Universe and fans are not at all happy about it. However, Peter Parker will have a big presence at Disney Parks. This will be Disney's first ride-through attraction featuring the web-slinger, and it looks like a lot of fun. Visitors will be helping Spider-Man by slinging webs of their own at Spider-Bots. The ride is called Worldwide Engineering Brigade - also known as "WEB". Here are the official details.
"During an open house at WEB, the aspiring inventors are excited to invite you for a test drive of their latest invention: the "Web Slinger" vehicle, which allows you to sling webs just like Spider-Man! The attraction gives you a taste of what it's like to have actual super powers as you help Spider-Man collect Spider-Bots that have run amok."
If the Spider-Man news is too much to take in right now, Disneyland also announced a new place to get some grub and spend your hard-earned cash. Avengers Campus will feature the Pym Test Kitchen. Yep, the brilliant Ant-Man scientist will now be serving us all food of various different shapes and sizes. Disney had this to say about their new kitchen.
"Just as Ant-Man and The Wasp use 'Pym Particles' to grow and shrink just about anything, Pym Technologies is using the latest innovations to grow and shrink food at this eatery!"
The Marvel Land will also see the arrival of their iconic headquarters, which will open during phase 2. Characters like Black Widow, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Superheroes from Wakanda and Asgard, and Iron Man will all be seen in and around the massive new area of the park for 'Heroic Encounters'. This is going to be huge for Marvel Cinematic Universe fans and maybe small when they head over to the Pym Test Kitchen for some treats.
Saving the best for last, The Avengers Campus announced it's E-Ticket attraction. Visitors will be able to board the iconic Quinjet and fight alongside Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Destinations are set to include Wakanda at the moment, but more locations will be added in the near future. The ride will open during phase 2 and it sounds like it will be a Star-Tours-like attractions, which sounds like it could become a new theme park favorite. Here is how the ride is descrubed.
"You will team up alongside the Avengers in a battle to save our world against one of the most powerful villains they have ever faced. Imagineers are hard at work conceiving an all-new innovative ride system to put you in the middle of this action."
Finally, the Disneyland Paris theme park will get Disney's Hotel New York. There, visitors will be able to rest up and check out various art from the MCU at the same time. The hotel will celebrate 80 years of Marvel art and artists and it will include more than 300 curated works of art on display. "Rooms will include one-of-a-kind themed suites featuring favorite Superheroes like Spider-Man, and you can even meet these legends in a dedicated space." Disney is going to take over the world after this latest D23 Expo, it's really only a matter of time. This information was first reported by the Disney Parks Blog.
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the midst of all that was unspooling at the D23 Expo this weekend in Anaheim, Marvel Cinematic Universe producer Kevin Feige and Tom Holland both took time to address the recent breakup among Disney, Sony, and Marvel Studios over Spider-Man, who was forced to decamp the MCU proper after a deal couldn’t be reached with Sony. backstage interview with Entertainment Weekly and People, Feige said, “I'm feeling about Spider-Man gratitude and joy. We got to make five films within the MCU with Spider-Man: two standalone films and three with the Avengers. It was a dream that I never thought would happen. It was never meant to last forever. We knew there was a finite amount of time that we'd be able to do this, and we told the story we wanted to tell, and I'll always be thankful for that.”
Tom Holland, who plays the titular web-slinger, added, “Basically, we've made five great movies,” referring to his MCU run beginning with 2016's “Captain America: Civil War.” “It's been five amazing years. I've had the time of my life. Who knows what the future holds? But all I know is that I'm going to continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of my life. It's going to be so fun, however we choose to do it. The future for Spider-Man will be different, but it will be equally as awesome and amazing, and we'll find new ways to make it even cooler.”
Holland was in attendance at the Expo to tout his new animated fantasy film “Onward” from Disney and Pixar, where he stars opposite Chris Pratt, another MCU mainstay, as two teenage elf brothers trying to bring some life back into a magical world.
As IndieWire reported from the D23 Expo on Saturday, “Holland has an awkward gift for wizarding to bring their dad back for one day, but that older brother Pratt must tutor him to make it happen.” The film is directed by Dan Scanlon.
Two more Spider-Man films are in development with Tom Holland attached to star and Jon Watts set to direct, but without Kevin Feige as lead creative producer.
It seems that actor Jeff Goldblum might be taking a page or two from fellow, perplexed Marvel Cinematic Universe star Gwyneth Paltrow.
In a red-carpet interview taken over the weekend at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Goldblum appeared to be totally nonplused about the recent breakup between Walt Disney Studios, Marvel, and Sony over the Spider-Man franchise. Goldblum was on hand at the event to promote his new Disney+ show “The World According to Jeff Goldblum,” in which he turns ordinary objects on their head. He also has an upcoming voiceover appearance in the Disney+ series “What If…?” which imagines an MCU where certain real-life historical events didn’t go as planned. Watch his hilarious bizarre interview below.
Best trailer to come out of #D23Expo last night is Jeff Goldblum’s incredulous response to the #Spiderman drama he hadn’t heard about yet. pic.twitter.com/5Zd0MR7ZPX
— The Playlist 🎬 @ThePlaylist August 24, 2019
While at D23, the lanky, charismatic Goldblum also teased a possible appearance in the upcoming “Thor: Love and Thunder,” from director Taika Waititi. “I can't reveal any secrets, not that I know anything definitively, but there's a whisper of a thought or notion that I might have some participation in it,” said Goldblum, who previously appeared as Sakaar in “Thor: Ragnarok.” “I would love to, to the extent that Taika Waititi is directing it. I would show up anywhere where Taika Waititi is — and all of Marvel too.”
IndieWire recently interviewed Goldblum, who talked about his predilection for visionary directors, while also sharing his love of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “I'm not really focused on anybody else's standards, but I am still trying to follow my own instincts and appetite to keep getting better,” he said. “I like the idea of working with people who are doing things intended to be strictly and purely adventurous.”
Goldblum most recently appeared in the Rick Alverson film “The Mountain.” The six-foot-four actor’s “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” will bow on Disney+ with 12 episodes on November 12, which is the launch date of the new streaming platform.
“The premise of the show is, because it's the world according to Jeff Goldblum, it's me with all the information and experience that my life has entailed up 'til this point now, plopping me [into] the world of exploration of one thing or another,” Goldblum said at D23. “It's not as if I do some extra homework/research/bone up on it so that I tend to know something about it and then tell you about it. No, it's not like that.”
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has issued his first public comments about the Disney/Sony dispute over future Spider-Man film financing.
“I'm feeling about Spider-Man gratitude and joy,” Feige said, speaking at D23's Entertainment Weekly booth. “We got to make five films within the MCU with Spider-Man: two standalone films and three with the Avengers. It was a dream that I never thought would happen. It was never meant to last forever. We knew there was a finite amount of time that we'd be able to do this, and we told the story we wanted to tell, and I'll always be thankful for that.”
Earlier this week, Deadline's Mike Fleming broke the story about Disney seeking a 50/50 co-fi stake sources said the original Disney ask was more reasonable as the price for Marvel and Feige's continued guiding hand on the films, which resulted in the delivery of Sony's biggest-grossing film ever. The dispute that has taken place over the past few months at the top of Disney and Sony has essentially nixed Feige participation and the future involvement of Marvel from the Spider-Man universe, sources said.
This comes at a moment when the last two films Kevin Feige produced broke all-time records — Disney's Avengers: Endgame became the highest-grossing film of all time, and Spider-Man: Far From Home this week surpassed the James Bond film Skyfall to become the all-time highest-grossing film for Sony Pictures
Sony declined to meet those terms or even counter with anything worth considering. It was an aggressive stance by Disney, which already owns the merchandise on Spider-Man, and a tough nut for Sony to swallow, giving up half of its most valuable franchise. But these talks had been going on for some time. Had Sony agreed to Disney's ask, Marvel and Feige would not have withdrawn from the Spider-Man films, sources said.
Sony is planning two more Spider-Man installments, though it is an open question whether those will include Jon Watts, director of the first two films guided creatively by Feige.
This week has been full of ups and downs for Marvel Cinematic Universe fans. On one hand, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige just announced a ton of more projects to look forward too. On the other hand, it doesn't look like Spider-Man will be swinging into any of the future MCU projects after the deal between Marvel and Sony took a nosedive. Fans were hoping that this weekend's D23 Expo would provide some answers, and it looks like it has. Both Tom Holland and Kevin Feige have broken their silence on the matter and they're staying positive.
Disney reportedly wanted more money to keep the Spider-Man relationship going, but Sony didn't want to make a deal. This is all hearsay at the moment, but Sony claims that Kevin Feige doesn't have the time to properly devote to the franchise. Whatever the case may be, Tom Holland is just grateful for the opportunity that he has been given. He had this to say.
"Basically, we've made five great movies. It's been five amazing years. I've had the time of my life. Who knows what the future holds? But all I know is that I'm going to continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of my life. It's going to be so fun, however we choose to do it. The future for Spider-Man will be different, but it will be equally as awesome and amazing, and we'll find new ways to make it even cooler."
Kevin Feige echoes the sentiment of Tom Holland, but the Marvel Studios boss might be hinting that the relationship has run its course. Regardless, he too is grateful and never saw the success that Marvel and Sony were able to achieve together coming. Sony seems to be the one holding the ball at this point in time, and they may very well have decided to go home with it. Feige explains.
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"I'm feeling about Spider-Man gratitude and joy. We got to make five films within the MCU with Spider-Man: two standalone films and three with the Avengers. It was a dream that I never thought would happen. It was never meant to last forever. We knew there was a finite amount of time that we'd be able to do this, and we told the story we wanted to tell, and I'll always be thankful for that."
While looking at Kevin Feige's comments, it's hard to imagine seeing Spider-Man come back to the MCU. Feige's comments on the matter look more like official closure, though Tom Holland still contends anything can happen. Jon Favreau weighed in on the situation yesterday and says he's being cautiously optimistic about everything.
Tom Holland came out at the D23 Expo and told the crowd, "I love you 3000," which is the iconic line from Avengers: Endgame. If things keep going how they're going, it looks like Endgame may have been the final MCU movie with Peter Parker in it and it looks like Spider-Man: Far From Home will be the last movie with Kevin Feige's involvement. Hopefully something changes, but it sure looks like it's a done deal for the time being. The interview with Tom Holland and Kevin Feige was originally conducted by Entertainment Weekly.