This past weekend at their biannual D23 Expo, Disney unveiled a slew of news from their upcoming film and streaming ventures, but they also detailed a number of updates for their Disney Parks. Early in the weekend, Bob Chapek made the announcement of a new E-ticket attraction coming to Disney California Adventure’s Avengers Campus, which many took to be news of the long-rumored Quinjet ride that was set to open alongside the initial Avengers Campus expansion itself. Production on the ambitious ride, which would have seen guests board jet packs and enter battle with the Avengers, was halted at some point due reportedly to ride complications with individual flight mechanics and fears of congestion and guest turnover.
This left only two attractions in Avengers Campus upon opening; Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission Breakout! and Web-Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure. Beyond the rides and character interactions, the draw for Avengers Campus have been decidedly slim, even for a Marvel fan like myself. Spending any more than a couple hours in this themed “campus” feels like wasteful time management, so a third attraction has been sorely needed.
During the Sunday panel A Boundless Future: Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products with Josh D’Amaro, Kevin Feige came onstage to introduce that the new attraction that would replace the scrapped Quinjet one will be a unique multiverse adventure. The story elements are nebulous, as all true multiverse stories are, but we do know the primary antagonist of the narrative will be a variant of Thanos that won and has since crowned himself ‘King Thanos.’
While the working title for the attraction has yet to be unveiled, some fun concept art of how the ride may end up looking and what it may entail was released online, and the roster of characters we’ll likely see through our jaunt across the multiverse appears to be incredibly vast. The attraction will have recruits joining a battle alongside the Avengers to take down King Thanos and other “foes from anywhere and everywhen.”
Looking from the bottom of the above image and going clockwise, some of the characters that Disney are considering using in their fight against King Thanos and other foes are: Mark 85 Iron Man, Thor with Stormbreaker, Freshman Year’ Spider-Man, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, HYDRA Stomper, Moon Knight, the Dora Milaje, Man-Thing (a character to be introduced in Marvel’s upcoming special Werewolf by Night), Natasha Romanoff’s Black Widow, Daredevil, Steve Rogers’ Captain America, Sam Wilson’s Captain America, America Chavez, Captain Carter, Hulks from The Avengers and Ragnarok, Mighty Thor, She-Hulk, T’Challa’s Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, Werewolf by Night, and Doctor Strange. This roster of character cameos will change as the attraction comes to fruition, no doubt.
From the looks of the art, the attraction appears to be a screen-based ride with guests entering a vehicle that will lurch and oscillate with the action, not dissimilar to Disney’s Star Tours attractions. However the mechanics operate, a third attraction in Avengers Campus is a must, and this appears to be Marvel’s answer to Star Wars’ incredibly popular Rise of the Resistance. I look forward to seeing how this will be implemented in the years to come. No release date was given.
Like the other two attractions and character interactions, this ride will not be canonical in any way to Marvel Studios’ 616 universe.