With Guardians of the Galaxy - Monsters After Dark now open, a fascinating conversation took place.

An impressive group of creative minds – including scientists, explorers and storytellers – gathered together this week at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort for a special event billed as the Disney Parks Blog Galactic Meet-Up.

Panelists Capt. Mike Foreman (retired NASA astronaut), Dr. Kimberly Ennico Smith (NASA Astrophysicist), Stephen Wacker (Vice President of Development, TV and New Media, Marvel Entertainment), John Mauro (Regional Executive Producer, Walt Disney Imagineering) and Amy Jupiter (Executive Media Producer, Walt Disney Imagineering) joined moderator and event organizer Erin Glover (Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort) to discuss how science influences storytelling – and how fictional and fantastical stories can inspire scientists and lead to real life breakthroughs.

Check out the video above to see an overview of the event and some of the highlights from the evening, which included character appearances by the likes of Star-Lord and Gamora!

The event came on the heels of the recent debut of the new Halloween-inspired version of the popular Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout attraction called Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark, which Mauro and Jupiter had both worked on. The panelists had all gone on the attraction together the night of the event, and as an expert on the subject, Foreman said he did indeed feel zero gravity for a moment during Monsters After Dark, though he laughed that it’s even more fun to spend “a couple of weeks in zero gravity.”

Even at their most fantastical, Smith said she felt stories like the ones Marvel tell, “throw in an element of truth,” and serve as inspiration for real life scientists as herself. Said Wacker, “The foundation of everything we do is built on that grain of hopefulness and wish fulfillment.”

Smith said that at NASA, they like to begin by asking, “What if? What if you could do that?”

Maura noted that at Disney Imagineering as well, “We ask ‘What if’ all the time,” to which Wacker replied, “’What if’ was a Marvel comic!”

The special Halloween Time version of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark can be seen now through October 31st at Disney California Adventure.

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The Asgardian Avenger will be aboard the Disney Magic!

The premiere of Marvel Day at Sea is just around the corner! Marvel fans will want to join us as we count down to this epic celebration on select cruises aboard the Disney Magic.

In the coming weeks, we’re featuring some of the mighty Marvel Super Heroes you can meet onboard during the daylong event, giving you insights into who they are and how you can get some face time with them.

Today, we’re making way for the god of thunder… Thor!

Hailing from the mythical realm of Asgard, Thor wields one of the greatest weapons ever made, the enchanted hammer Mjolnir. Thor is smart, compassionate and self-assured, and he will never, ever stop fighting for a worthwhile cause. Often at odds with his half-brother Loki, Thor is a self-proclaimed protector of Earth and a founding member of the Avengers.

During Marvel Day at Sea, you may have a heroic encounter with Thor as he wields his powerful hammer Mjölnir around the ship or see him in another epic battle with his brother Loki in the nighttime deck show.  In Marvel’s Avengers Academy, young guests can come face-to-face with the mighty Thor to discover what it takes to become a true hero. In a special youth activity, Thor teaches kids the path to becoming worthy through strength, knowledge and compassion.

Stay tuned to meet more Super Heroes assembling for Marvel Day at Sea, which premieres on select 7- and 8-night Disney Cruise Line sailings from New York this fall, and returns on select 5-night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami in early 2018.

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Things will be very Strange indeed aboard the Disney Magic!

More details have been revealed about the epic events of Marvel Day at Sea! The day’s entertainment will include a brand-new interactive show with Doctor Strange that invites families to join sorcerer supreme Doctor Strange on a journey of discovery into the world of the Mystic Arts.

Through the power of special effects and projections, you’ll be transported from the Walt Disney Theatre to the New York Sanctum Santorum, the residence of Doctor Strange. As apprentices, you’ll learn how to master the Mystic Arts, create portals to other worlds and cast spells.

Children play a special role in the experience, as Doctor Strange calls upon the young apprentices to learn the fundamentals of the Mystic Arts, and his Master Students lead the kids in training exercises. Each new student of Doctor Strange is awarded a certificate after completion of their mystic arts training.

But this powerful experience isn’t over yet! The students will need to put their new skills to the test when suddenly an epic battle against the Dark Dimension ensues. Doctor Strange calls upon his young apprentices to join forces and summon their practiced powers…

Will they prevail? Keep your mind open. The possibilities out there are endless.

Marvel Day at Sea premieres on select 7- and 8-night Disney Cruise Line sailings from New York this fall, and returns on select 5-night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami in early 2018.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy member will be aboard the Disney Magic!

The premiere of Marvel Day at Sea is just around the corner! Marvel fans will want to join us as we count down to this epic celebration on select cruises aboard the Disney Magic.

In the coming weeks, we’re featuring some of the mighty Marvel Super Heroes you can meet onboard during the daylong event, giving you insights into who they are and how you can get some face time with them.

Today, we’re looking at one of the Guardians of the Galaxy… the man they call Star-Lord!

This. Is. Awesome! Star-Lord will be joining his interstellar friends, Gamora and Groot, on Marvel Day at Sea voyages, launching this fall aboard select Disney Magic cruises. This will be the very first time you can meet Star-Lord on a Disney ship.

Young Peter Quill is abducted from Earth by the Ravagers, a group of space pirates, and grows up to assume the mantle of Star-Lord. He is a master strategist and problem solver who has extensive knowledge of various alien customs and cultures. Star-Lord teams up with Gamora, Groot, Drax and Rocket to form the Guardians of the Galaxy and traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos, finding adventure at every turn.

You may see Star-Lord swagger around the ship or catch a photo with one of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Your adventures continue as you join these interstellar outlaws for an evening celebration in Fathoms nightclub, now a Ravager hideout. See the dance-loving Star-Lord get his groove on and you, too, can move to the music of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack. Leave your Walkman at home, we’ll bring the mixtape.

Stay tuned to meet more Super Heroes assembling for Marvel Day at Sea, which premieres on select 7- and 8-night Disney Cruise Line sailings from New York this fall, and returns on select 5-night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami in early 2018.

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Check out a gallery of the greatest costumes on display this year in Atlanta!

Additional reporting by Maggie Klimentova

For the ninth year, Marvel’s own cosplay expert Judy Stephens returned to Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA to cover the incredible Marvel Cosplay on show throughout the convention.

Dragon Con, which draws fans from all over the world, saw a record number of attendees—over 80,000!—visit over Labor Day weekend. And there were hundreds, if not thousands, of cosplayers showing off their love for Marvel in photo ops, during panels, and on the convention floor.

Marvel cosplayers gathered to show off their creativity and talent during the Marvel Universe Photoshoot, organized by the Super Hero Costuming Forum, on Sunday, September 3. More than 400 cosplayers attended, representing characters like Captain Marvel, Spider Gwen, Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch, Wolverine, and more!

Check out this gallery to see some of the amazing costumes captured by Judy Stephens and photographer Nicole Ciaramella.

If you’d like to share your Marvel cosplay photos from Dragon Con, please send them to Cosplay@marvel.com!

Marvel’s use of all photos are governed by the Marvel.com Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. All submitted photos must be of cosplayers 13 years of age or older. All selected individuals/groups will be required to sign and return Marvel’s likeness release and waiver form.

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Debuting from New York City this fall abroad the Disney Magic.

It’s less than a month away from the kick off of the Marvel Day at Sea cruises, which premiere on select voyages from New York City this fall. As we count down the weeks, we’re revealing more details about the fun families can expect during this epic day-long event aboard the Disney Magic.

Marvel Day at Sea hosts an awesome mix of immersive entertainment that will empower you to unlock your hidden superhuman abilities. Here are just some of the highlights that await your family on this special day of your cruise vacation…

Family costume celebration
You’re invited to bring your most heroic (or villainous) costumes on the cruise. During what’s sure to be an inspiring costume celebration in the ship’s atrium, we’re encouraging families to celebrate together in Marvel-themed groups. Are you ready to assemble your Avengers?

Super Hero training for kids
For young heroes-in-training, Marvel-themed games, activities and arts and crafts will be offered throughout the day in Marvel’s Avengers Academy. Super Heroes like Spider-Man, Black Widow, Thor and Hawkeye will teach kids the true qualities of being a hero. Kids will enjoy interactive experiences like special secret agent training, learn the path to becoming worthy with Thor, and hone their reflexes, speed and intellect with Spider-Man.

Film screenings
We’ll have exclusive at-sea screenings of fan-favorite films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe including the newest theatrical releases, as well as viewings of the Disney XD shows: “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”, “Marvel’s Spider-Man” and “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy”. The newest Marvel cinematic feature, “Thor: Ragnarok”, debuts onboard November 3, the same day as in theaters on land.

Marvel trivia
Put your knowledge to the test! Kids and families summon their Marvel knowledge and enjoy friendly competition during trivia games, covering courageous heroes and fun facts from the Marvel Universe. New to Marvel or want to brush up on your heroic facts? Join us for a fun session that covers the basics of the Marvel Universe so you can stay up-to-speed during the entire epic event.

Fun with Mickey and friends
Even Disney characters are getting in on the action! Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale dress up to honor their favorite Marvel Super Heroes, and young cruisers won’t want to miss this opportunity to have some fun and dance with the gang up on deck.

On the Disney Magic, super hero “recruits” get a special visit from Captain America while training at Marvel’s Avengers Academy in Disney’s Oceaneer Club. Marvel’s Avengers Academy invites young crime-fighters into a high-tech command post used by The Avengers for special missions and operations training. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Of course the fun doesn’t stop there! There will be plenty of opportunities for heroic encounters with some of the mightiest Marvel Super Heroes and Villains, including an interactive show in the Walt Disney Theatre with Doctor Strange. You can learn how to draw heroes like Spider-Man, Captain, Iron Man and Groot and take a quiz to determine the perfect Marvel comic for you!

You can also meet and hear behind-the-scenes stories from some of Marvel’s animation, game and publishing insiders. What’s more, this action-packed day features an extraordinary evening deck show like you’ve never seen before. More about that soon!

Marvel Day at Sea premieres on select 7- and 8-night Disney Cruise Line sailings from New York this fall, and returns on select 5-night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami in early 2018.

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The Master of the Mystic Arts will soon be seen aboard the Disney Magic.

The premiere of Marvel Day at Sea is just around the corner! Marvel fans will want to join us as we count down to this epic celebration on select cruises aboard the Disney Magic.

In the coming weeks, we’re featuring some of the mighty Marvel Super Heroes you can meet onboard during the daylong event, giving you insights into who they are and how you can get some face time with them.

Today, the spotlight is on the Master of the Mystic Arts… Doctor Strange!

Doctor Strange is one of the most powerful sorcerers in existence. Once an expert surgeon, a car accident severely damaged his hands, sending him on a quest that led to his discovery of the Mystic Arts. His magical repertoire includes energy projection, matter transformation, teleportation, dimensional travel and time travel, to name just a few.

During Marvel Day at Sea, you can see Doctor Strange in his very own show in the Walt Disney Theatre. Through the power of special effects and projections, Doctor Strange demonstrates his mastery of the Mystic Arts. Doctor Strange may also be encountered around the ship, summoning his powers and seeking enlightenment, as well as appearing in the nighttime deck show.

Stay tuned to meet more Super Heroes assembling for Marvel Day at Sea, which premieres on select 7- and 8-night Disney Cruise Line sailings from New York this fall, and returns on select 5-night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami in early 2018.

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Opening soon during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort!

As Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort expands to Disney California Adventure park, guests will discover a new adventure when night falls at The Collector’s Fortress. Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark picks up moments after the events of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, which continues throughout the season during daylight hours.

While escaping The Collector’s Fortress, the Guardians have accidentally left Groot behind, so Rocket needs your help to find and rescue his little buddy. But along with the creatures that have been accidentally released inside The Collector’s Fortress, one terrifying monster you will encounter is Surtur’s Fire Dragon, seen in the artist’s rendering above from Walt Disney Imagineering. This terrifying monster will also appear in the upcoming “Thor: Ragnarok” in theaters on November 3.

Help #SaveGroot at Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark, each night during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, September 15-October 31, with Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! continuing throughout the season during the day.

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Join the "Age of Heroes" live adventure in a city near you!

Even during a summer as full of great Marvel action as this one, fans hunger for the adventures of the best and brightest heroes and most dangerous and dastardly villains—and “Marvel Universe LIVE: Age of Heroes” satisfies that appetite like nothing else! Some celebrities and their families even came out to watch the show roll through Los Angeles on a tour that includes stops in Salt Lake City, Cleveland, and Chicago.

Drawn together by the call of Doctor Strange and the machinations of Nebula, the show features over 20 Marvel heroes and villains including—for the time in Marvel Universe LIVE! history—the Guardians of the Galaxy!

Featuring incredible stunts (including Spider-Man joining The Wasp to command the skies and Captain America boggling the mind on a motorcycle), amazing live special effects, and stunning video projection, the audience rides along on an adventure that takes them from the Savage Land to New York City with a staggering list of locales in-between!

“Marvel Universe LIVE: Age of Heroes” sees the bitter and rageful Nebula called on by Loki to steal the Wand of Watoomb in a plan that proves so dangerous that only the combined forces of the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Spider-Man stand a chance of saving our planet and, perhaps, the universe at large.

Currently in California for all of August, the tour spreads out across the rest of the United States before ending in Missouri at the end of December 2018. “Marvel Universe LIVE: Age of Heroes” offers plenty of chances for fans across the US to see the spectacular adventure live for more than a year. Tickets for 2017 are available now and many 2018 dates will be available for purchase in September.

With “Marvel Universe LIVE: Age of Heroes,” the time has never been better to plan your family’s night of incredible adventure and intrigue!

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Get ready to meet Cap aboard the Disney Magic!

The premiere of Marvel Day at Sea is just around the corner! Marvel fans will want to join us as we count down the weeks to this epic celebration on select cruises aboard the Disney Magic.

Over the next several weeks, we’re featuring some of the mighty Marvel Super Heroes you can meet onboard during the daylong event, giving you insights into who they are and how you can get some face time with them.

First up, Captain America…

Patriotic solider Steve Rogers took the super soldier serum to become the living symbol of freedom and liberty, Captain America. He is extremely intelligent and has superior agility, strength, speed and endurance. The patriotic hero with an indestructible shield embodies honor, integrity, courage and trustworthiness.

You may see Captain America patrolling the ship or visiting Disney’s Oceaneer Club, teaching kids the true qualities of being a hero like honor, courage and teamwork. The star-spangled man with a plan also has a big role in the Marvel Day at Sea nighttime deck show, which will be the largest collection of Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains ever assembled at sea.

Stay tuned to meet more Super Heroes assembling for Marvel Day at Sea, which premieres on select 7- and 8-night Disney Cruise Line sailings from New York this fall, and returns on select 5-night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami in early 2018.

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