Disney Parks D23 Announces Global Avengers Initiative For Interconnected Stories

Disney just announced a Global Avengers Initiative for its D23 Disney Parks that will expand the world created by Marvel to craft more stories for theme parks across the world. The stories will feature characters and antagonists from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will craft new interactive experiences around them.

Among the experiences set to be created are Ant-Man and the Wasp: Nano Battle which centers on a trip to the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility gone wrong, leading viewers to battle Arnim Zola’s army of HYDRA swarm-bots by joining forces with Ant-Man and the Wasp. Experiences around Iron Man and Guardians of the Galaxy have already been created and the blog post informs us that more are on the way featuring the Mystic Arts of Doctor Strange or the “gravity-defying feats” of Spider-Man. There are also more such experiences promised featuring the likes of Black Panther and Captain America.

As of now, it is unclear if these experiences are connected to the MCU, despite use of the word “interconnected”. While Creative Executive Scot Drake mentions the team working closely with both Marvel Studios and Marvel Entertainment, the post doesn’t make it clear whether some new footage or voice-work will be shot for these theme-park rides. If anything, it’s highly likely that the ride experiences will be connected across each other and could barely build upon some tangential storylines in the MCU, without affecting the main narrative in any significant way.

The possibility of an integration with MCU sparked our interests, leading us to cover this. We’ll be following this closely and update you if anything develops. Meanwhile, here’s a snippet of the blog post. Head on over to the source link to read it in its entirety.

As the creative executive for Walt Disney Imagineering’s Global Marvel Portfolio, my team and I are collaborating closely with our partners across Studios and Entertainment to create exciting experiences and attractions where you can join your favorite Super Heroes at Disney Parks and Resorts. Together, we are expanding this epic story universe in a way that, for the first time ever, will allow you to take on an active role alongside these Super Heroes.

These interconnected stories are coming to life at our Disney Parks. In Hong Kong Disneyland, guests have already started battling the forces of Hydra in the Iron Man Experience. Beginning in March 2019, they will join Ant-Man and Wasp in a fight against Arnim Zola and his army of evil Hydra Swarm-bots in the all-new interactive attraction, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! In Disney California Adventure park, guests have been helping the Guardians escape the Collector’s Fortress in Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT! And soon, in both Disney California Adventure park and Disneyland Paris, guests will encounter the heroes in new and exciting ways, from the mystic arts of Doctor Strange to the gravity-defying feats of Spider-Man. Guests will also experience the latest in Pym Technology with Ant-Man and Wasp and be wowed as Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Captain America and more leap into action on a moment’s notice.

Get ready to assemble alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to protect the world! Recruitment begins soon!

Scot Drake, Creative Executive, Disney Imagineering