With all of the big Marvel news of late (especially everything coming out about Spider-Man leaving the MCU due to the Sony/ Disney contract dispute), not to mention the big Disney+ announcements coming out, it might be overlooked that Disney released some major details about the newest theme park expansion coming to California Adventure in 2020 during D23 this past weekend. However, for those paying attention, we now know that the the rumored “Marvel Land” is going to be called the “Avengers Campus” and will be centered around a story-line where the Avengers are actively recruiting folks to join their ranks to help save the world. And to help make ordinary people as mighty as the Avengers, the story seems to be that Stark is using technology similar to the suit he designed for Spider-Man to enhance regular people, hence why the thrill ride for the land will be centered around Spider-Man. (It is a small comfort to know that Spider-Man will still be mixed in with the Avengers and his MCU counterparts in the theme parks at least.) Also revealed is that there will be an Ant-Man themed microbrewery in the Avengers Campus, as well as the standard restaurants and shops that always come with new theme park lands, as well as a mission statement from the Avengers to open new lands across the globe, which will help explain new Avengers Campus expansions in Disney theme parks across the globe.
Here’s an earlier description of the Marvel land that had been released prior to the details given out at D23:
The Avengers are setting up new Headquarters and training facilities around the globe to inspire all potential recruits willing to step up and become something more. As part of this global initiative, Tony Stark has founded the Worldwide Engineering Brigade — or WEB for short— to develop advancements in super-powered technology, including new enhancements to Spider-Man’s suit as their debut project. By bringing together the world’s brightest young inventors, the WEB is creating new interfaces that will empower all of us to join the ranks of Earth’s Mightiest.
Of course, this kind of attraction at the moment is only being planned on Disneyland on the West coast and not at Disneyworld on the East Coast due to Universal still holding most of the rights for Marvel character theme park attractions on the East Coast (hence why Universal’s Island’s of Adventure in Florida has a Marvel Superhero Land), echoing some of the cinematic woes the company is facing, though on a somewhat less public scale. However, that does not stop Disney from opening Marvel themed lands at their parks across the globe, hence why they were sure to include that initiative about having Avengers Campus’s all over the world.
What do you think of the newest expansion to California Adventure? Will you be lining up for opening day? Do you think it will still fit into the continuity of the movies? Or will it be a weird alternate timeline? Feel free to share your opinions below!