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Marvel Is Expanding Their Presence in Disney Theme Parks Across The Globe

Attractions featuring Spider-Man and Doctor Strange are set to premiere next year.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is expanding its reach off screen with a series of planned attractions at Disneyland theme parks around the world. Disney has announced a global Avengers Initiative, which will feature interconnected stories at rides and attractions in Disneylands Hong Kong, Paris, and Anaheim, California.

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The theme park initiative was launched in 2017, with Hong Kong’s Iron Man Experience. In a press release from Disney, the experience is described as:

“The Stark Expo in Hong Kong was to be a first step: A world exposition whose theme of ‘A Better Tomorrow Today,’ was meant to inspire and motivate through technological innovation. However, shortly after it opened, the Expo was attacked by the forces of Hydra. When even more powerful forces threatened the entire planet, the Avengers realized that the Earth needs more heroes.”

Joining Hong Kong’s Stark Expo will be Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!, where park-goers will join Ant-Man and the Wasp to take on Arnim Zola and his army of Hydra swarm-bots. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are set to appear in the interactive ride. In addition, new attractions will be featured in Paris and Anaheim:

“In California and Paris, Tony Stark is retrofitting two of his father’s Stark Industries sites into new hubs for training and innovation. Through partnerships with S.H.I.E.L.D., Pym Technologies, Masters of the Mystic Arts and the new Worldwide Engineering Brigade, The Avengers and their allies will forge new global campuses to champion the next generation of heroes. Who’s ready to answer the call?”

Disneyland California has already retrofitted the former Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror ride into a Guardians of the Galaxy ride called Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT!, where riders join the GOTG to escape from the Collector’s Fortress. Now, the park has plans for an upcoming Spider-Man interactive screen ride, which is reportedly set to take over for Pixar’s It’s Tough to be a Bug! experience.

In addition, a Doctor Strange -themed stage show is in the works, with a format similar to the Jedi Training Academy interactive experience. There’s also an Avengers rollercoaster in the works. Similar attractions with Spider-Man and Doctor Strange will be coming to Disneyland Paris as well.

According to the press release, all the MCU attractions will be interconnected:

“There are nods in this attraction to other things we are doing around the world. In true Marvel fashion, hashtag it’s all connected, there are nods to the Iron Man Experience in Hong Kong, there are nods to the Marvel Superhero Academy on the Disney Cruise Ship. It’s all connected guys. So we encourage you to be good fans and go on the interwebs and find all the clues and connect it all. That’s the fun, it’s all part of the same universe. And we’re just getting started.”

What MCU worlds and characters would you most like to see in a Disney park?

(via /Film, image: screencap)

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Chelsea Steiner
Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.

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