What Disney confirmed tonight ahead of D23 is that the lands have a name: Avengers Campus. And those of us who have been busily trying to build the Marvel Theme Park Universe in our heads got some of our theories confirmed. Anaheim, Paris, and Hong Kong will all be connected in one endless loop of time, like reading your favorite comic over and over. Hong Kong already has The Iron Man Experience and Ant-Man and the Wasp attractions, and during Summer of Heroes (thanks to Universal in Orlando, Disney can’t actually say “Marvel Superheroes”), the Avengers show featured a cameo from Iron Man “calling in” from Stark Expo in Hong Kong. Thus, they were connected.
More details will be unveiled throughout the weekend as guests tour the “Imagine Tomorrow, Today” pavilion at D23, but from the photos Disney has released, we can hazard some guesses. Concept art from a Spider-Man attraction have already leaked, and the photos here confirm something with the character. (Spot the suit!) Of course we need an Iron Man connection, and the beauty of the Theme Park Universe is that Tony Stark will always be alive, and not just in our hearts.
I’d also say the giant salted pretzel confirms another rumor — we’re getting an Ant-Man microbrewery, though the can of soda also suggests it’s more likely a quantumbrewery. And just to be clear — California Adventure is not a “dry” park. Beer and wine have been sold there from the beginning, so a microbrewery themed to an Avenger works. The pun is just so… well… something Scott Lang would say.
We should have more detail after this weekend. Mac Williams, Jason Salazar, and myself will be braving the crowds and bowing down to the mouse. See you on the other side!
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