Museum curator Amanda Slack-Smith lays out the new MCU exhibition!

On May 27, ’Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe,’ the epic new museum exhibition, opened at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art in Queensland, Australia! And over 6,000 visitors lined out the door to experience the exhibition in the opening weekend alone!

A journey through the Marvel Cinematic Universe – from “Iron Man” to “Thor: Ragnarok” – the collection chronicles the entire filmmaking process, showcasing rare comic books and early concept art to screen-used props and wardrobe. ’Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ is a look at the craft and care in every line drawn, seam stitched, and shot filmed that’s sure to fascinate Marvel fans and art lovers alike.

We spoke with Amanda Slack-Smith, Curator of ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe,’ about the thousands of pieces on display now at QAGOMA.

Marvel.com: How did this exhibition come to QAGOMA? Where did it all start?

Amanda Slack-Smith: Our state’s film industry body, Screen Queensland, were in negotiations with Marvel to shoot “Thor: Ragnarok” here in Queensland, and they suggested that Queensland also has an art museum that’s uniquely suited to film-related projects. QAGOMA is the only facility in Australia to specialise in the presentation of film as an art medium within an art museum environment, setting it in a small group of international market leaders, alongside the Centre Pompidou (Paris), Museum of Modern Art (New York) and Tate Modern (London).

The idea grew from this initial meeting, and it firmed up once we were able to meet the Marvel teams in Los Angeles and visit a number of their storage facilities to see the incredible props and costumes available. The filming of “Thor: Ragnarok” at the Gold Coast, very near the Gallery, was also important particularly when we were able to visit the sets and speak with some of the creative people working there, such as Brad Winderbaum (Executive Producer) and Dan Hennah (Production Designer) and were really able to connect with their passion for filmmaking and the franchise. Dave Bushore, Vice President, Franchise Creative and Marketing, from Marvel Studios also visited during this time and was enthusiastic about the idea of showing these objects and artworks within a museum framework.

Marvel.com: After the decision is made to take on such a major multimedia showing, what happens next? What’s your process for choosing the items to display?

Amanda Slack-Smith: We were in discussions with the Marvel team from the beginning about what was available from their extensive archives—and it was a lot—and then thinking about how we could present it in an art museum context. What were the thematic ideas we could draw from the films and what stories could we tell about the technical elements of filmmaking that would really make sense in an exhibition like this?

The Marvel teams were fantastic and really open to how we were wanted to tell these stories. They were supportive to our requests to the point that 50% of elements in the exhibition have never been seen outside of the set or archives. Nearly everything in the exhibition has come from Marvel with the exception of a few pieces from private collectors—such as the first issues of comics from the 1960s, which depict the debut appearances of all the MCU characters in the exhibition—and to be able to show authentic set-worn props and costumes alongside working drawings and artworks really set the tone to for the exhibition experience.

Marvel.com: As opposed to presenting a piece of artwork that has a self-contained process and construction, this exhibition illustrates the development of a film across disciplines and media—from comic book, to storyboard, to production design, to costuming, to film. How did you tell that story with this show? What was your vision for the layout and presentation of these pieces?

Amanda Slack-Smith: The exhibition is divided into three thematic strands, each allocated to a Gallery space. “The Cinematic Assembled” is very much the in-universe look at the characters and teams, breaking down the demarcations between individual films to explore the larger narrative arcs at play. It begins with a nod to Marvel’s comic book roots, with original appearances of MCU characters, as well as contemporary comic book narratives that have inspired the films.

This is followed by a focus on the Avengers, looking at the group coming together and pulling apart on ideological grounds as seen in “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Avengers Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War.”

Next is Captain America, a space featuring elements from “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” with a particular nod to the feel of the Smithsonian exhibition seen in the latter film. It’s followed by our “Alternate dimension” space, which brings together the film featuring human characters that venture into other worlds through the quantum realm (“Ant-Man”), astral projection and mirror dimensions (“Doctor Strange”) and the intergalactic (“Guardians of the Galaxy”). This area wouldn’t be complete without The Collector and the five infinity stones which underpin the universe. The last space in this strand is the Asgardian throne room which features the amazing set pieces from “Thor: Ragnarok,” including the throne, columns, murals and floor tiles directly from the set as well as elements from “Thor” and “Thor: The Dark World.”

“Decoding the Universe,” in our second Gallery, starts to deconstruct things a bit more, with a deep dive into the character of Iron Man and Tony Stark’s evolution across “Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2” and “Iron Man 3,” as well as an opportunity to explore all of the character across the films through comic books and interactive experiences.

Finally, “Behind the scenes” breaks down some of the filmmaking process with a closer look at storyboarding, animatics, previsualisation, keyframe artwork, costumes and props, make-up and prosthetics, post-production techniques such as computer generated imagery (CGI) and some awesome interactives. This space is a celebration of the artists, artisans and creative people working to bring these ideas together, under the guidance of the film makers, producers and production designers, to create the seamless films we enjoy in the cinema.

Naturally, we are also screening a retrospective of all of the films, from “Iron Man” to “Spider-Man: Homecoming” in the cinema during the exhibition.

Marvel.com: As a museum curator, you might see these items differently than even the biggest Marvel fan does. What stands out to you about these individual works?

Amanda Slack-Smith: I think fans and I are looking for the same thing, to find transformative and meaningful experiences told through creativity and passion. All of the works in the exhibition are a celebration of this, evident in the care and craftsmanship shown by the many artists involved from comic books to feature films.

A comic book highlight would have to be the original first page of Amazing Fantasy #15 featuring the first appearance of Spider-Man in 1962 drawn by Steve Ditko on loan from the Library of Congress in Washington. It’s a cultural treasure and a really important component of Marvel’s history. The throne room of Asgard, as drawn from the set of “Thor: Ragnarok,” is a definite highlight as its grandeur and scale allows visitors to experience what it might feel like to be on a film set. I think everyone seems to stand a little straighter and walk more purposefully when in the space!

Marvel.com: What are the differences between viewing these items up close in a museum versus viewing them on screen?

Amanda Slack-Smith: You get to see incredible detail! The costumes and props are so painstakingly crafted, but on screen they are a whirl of colour and movement. To be able to take the time to appreciate the leathery skin texture of the Thanos bust or the intricate use of materials in the costumes of Doctor Strange are experiences that are rare and fascinating. The attention to detail is something to behold and a testament to the craftsmanship and care taken in all aspects of their creation.

Marvel.com: What do you want visitors to take away from this experience?

Amanda Slack-Smith: The world of filmmaking is rich and complex, hopefully we’ve been able to not only let visitors experience the joy of seeing the physical elements they’ve loved seeing on screen in-person, but also pulled aside the curtain enough for them to see how these seamless cinematic experiences are created by the passionate and creative people involved.

“Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe” is open through September at QAGOMA in Queensland, Australia!

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Have you spotted these rare Easter Eggs in the Tivan Collection?

Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! recently opened in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure, and fans have been lining up for hours to get a peek inside the Collector’s fortress! Taneleer Tivan has amassed a large collection of unique objects from the Marvel Universe—over 2200 that are ever changing—Marvel and Disney fans will be surprised to know there are also some very rare hidden gems.

While many Easter Eggs have already been revealed, here are a few more you might have missed. From retro Disneyland artifacts to homages to the attraction that came before, the Tivan Collection is filled with ancient artifacts that fans will fondly remember. We’ll keep some of these locations a secret so you can treasure hunt for yourselves—just be forewarned there are spoilers ahead!

EXTERIOR

Hidden Mickey
Hidden Mickeys are a natural part of the Disneyland environment. Concealed amongst the details, Imagineers always have a lot of fun adding the tiniest features to the attractions—Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! is no exception.

On the front of the building you’ll notice a series of bolted plates. If you look closely to the right of the Tivan logo and the left of the satellite dish, you’ll see one plate is not like the others. In fact—it’s upside down—creating the ideal Hidden Mickey. Once you see it, you won’t forget it.

The Avengers Hatch
It was the tweet heard ‘round the world when our own Marvel twitter account directed our attention to a well bolted hatch that was in plain view, directly to the right of the attraction entrance. But what could it be? You’ll have to stay tuned…

THE COLLECTION

Asgardian War Hammer
A nod to Beta Ray Bill, the Stormbreaker is an Asgardian War Hammer was given to him by Odin after being worthy by lifting Thor’s hammer Mjolnir. Who knows how the Collector came to possess such a treasure—so far no sight of the mighty Korbinite in the collection.

Celestial Masks
Celestials were a big part of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and these masks are part of their armor. It should be noted that no Terran has seen a Celestial without their armor so just how did Tivan come to collect such rare pieces?

Figment
Hidden inside one of the terrariums, high up near the top of the room is Figment—the mascot of Walt Disney World’s Journey Into Imagination pavilion at Epcot. Since the loveable fellow is the physical embodiment of a figment of the imagination, it will make you wonder if that’s really him high up in the box.

Painting of the Grandmaster and the Collector
Brothers, you can’t live with them, you can’t beat them at board games. The Grandmaster is an Elder and brother of the Collector and in this portrait you can see that he loves a good game. As in the painting he is played by Jeff Goldblum, and will appear in the upcoming “Thor: Ragnarok.” You can see the Grandmaster isn’t taking his loss lightly.

Stan Lee
Stan Lee has made many Marvel cameos over the years and now it seems he’s become a permanent part of Tivan’s collection, as he shows up on the video screen asking about parking validation.

TIVAN’S OFFICE

Golden Apples of Idunn
In another reference to Thor, Tivan’s office holds a bowl of the Golden Apples of Idunn, which only grow in Asgard on a tree and can only be picked by the goddess Idunn, the Goddess of Immortality.

Hydra
Hydra is everywhere, including Tivan’s collection. Inside his office you’ll not only find a Hydra gun and helmet, but a rare red and black Hydra symbol.

X-S Tech Invoice
The Collector is nothing if not organized. On his desk by his log book there’s an invoice from X-S Tech. This is a reference to the Magic Kingdom attraction The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter. It makes sense that Tivan would want to collect as much old Disney tech as possible to create his fortress.

Letter to Jeutar Morat
Directly on top of that invoice is a letter to Jeutar Morat. Morat is a bounty hunter from the Guardians of the Galaxy comics who was hunting down Gamora. In the letter Tivan refers to a mysterious stranger. Hmm…

Loki’s Shackles
Yet another nod to Thor artifacts, you’ll see the shackles worn by Loki Laufeyson worn by in “Thor: The Dark World.”

Loki’s Optical Torture Device
As seen in “The Avengers,” Loki used this device to remove the doctor’s eye in Germany. And now sits on Tivan’s shelves. Here’s to hoping it got a good cleaning.

Original 1955 Disneyland maps
In addition to Tivan’s penchant for collecting old books he has also has stockpiled tons of old maps. You’ll notice a few of them have familiar faces. Is that Lady I see? Could that be Peter Pan? That’s definitely Tinkerbell. These maps of the original 1955 layout of Disneyland are a must have for any Disney fan or—immortal Elder of the Universe.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Tin Toys
The only thing better than hidden Mickey symbols are hidden Mickey toys. Inside the Collector’s office you’ll find an abundance of collectibles, including some very familiar friends. Obscured from view behind several objects you’ll be able to spot two Disney Schylling wind up tin toys. You’ll find a retro Mickey in one room and his companion Minnie in the other.

Tower of Terror Books
You can’t build a new attraction without an homage to its predecessor and inside the Collector’s fortress there are a ton of familiar nods to Tower of Terror. Tivan’s office is filled with books leftover from the Tower lobby.

Tower of Terror luggage tag
Tivan must love to read, as books upon books fill his office shelves. You’ll find he has a penchant for unusual bookmarks as luggage tags leftover from the Tower days, keep his place in some of the tomes. You’ll see a noticeable Hollywood Tower Hotel logo peeking out from the pages.

Tower of Terror bellhop hat
A keen eye will find an homage to the original cast member outfits from Tower of Terror. Look closely and you’ll may be able to spy a rogue bellhop hat—an essential part of the Hollywood Tower of Terror costume.

GANTRY LIFT

F’Saki Chow
In “Guardians of the Galaxy,” inside the bar Boot of Jemiah on the planet Knowhere, gamblers are betting on Orlonis while they try to survive being eaten by F’saki. Here Tivan finds a more humane way to feed the fierce creatures, with bags of F’saki Chow.

Animatronic Dolores the Octopus
Disneyland devotees remember the Country Bear Vacation Hoedown. Terrance the bear (clad in swim trunks, no less) and his octopus girlfriend Dolores sang the fitting duet, “Two Different Worlds.” In the end things didn’t work out between the two, with Terrance declaring, “This just ain’t working out, Dolores.” Now she’s found a new home in the Tivan Collection, pink bow atop her head and all.

 

Harold the Matterhorn Yeti
The Matterhorn was home to Harold the Yeti for 37 years, surprising riders as they turned the corner on the coaster. For the 60th anniversary of the park Harold was replaced with a new animatronic monster. Now you can find him hanging out in the rafters of the fortress queue.

Howard the Duck
While waiting in the queue not only can you spot Howard the Duck in Tivan’s welcome video, but you can hear his voice if you listen closely. If you still need more Duck-Man in your life you can pick up a Howard the Duck plush in the Collector’s Warehouse.

Kamar-Taj Dragon
Uncovered and ready to display is a Kamar-Taj dragon statue. Kamar-Taj as referenced in “Doctor Strange” was the Himalayan home of the Ancient One and the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth.

Tower of Terror Painting
It makes sense that Tivan would want to keep some souvenirs from the Hollywood Tower Hotel, after all the lobby was filled with rare antiquities. One of which you’ll find while heading towards the gantry lift.

Have you spotted any other rare artifacts amongst the Collector’s treasures? Make sure you keep an eye out at the ever-changing Tivan Collection the next time you’re on Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT!

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The Guardians of the Galaxy join more than 20 heroes and villains for the Age of Heroes!

Super hero action, thrills and drama will soar, smash and burst into arenas across the country starting this summer with the debut of Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes. The iconic Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man and the Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax, in a legendary battle to defend the universe from evil.

The newest production from Feld Entertainment, the world’s leading producer of live touring family entertainment, will premiere at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on July 7, 2017. Tickets go on sale tomorrow for all 2017 shows, including dates in Anaheim, Denver, Indianapolis, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.

“Our tremendously talented creative team and a nearly super human cast, have created a show that brings the grandeur of Marvel to life,” said Juliette Feld, producer of Marvel Universe LIVE! “Age of Heroes creates an experience that immerses families in non-stop action, creating movie-style thrills and jaw-dropping stunts that showcase the powers of your favorite Super Heroes right before your eyes.”

Called on by Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy join Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes on a momentous crusade against the scheming Nebula who teams up with the conniving and loathsome villains Loki and Green Goblin. The incredible superhuman forces of Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk and Black Widow will unite in clashes that pit student against mentor, sister against sister and brother against brother.

Immersive video projection and cutting-edge special effects will captivate and transport audiences across the universe from the fantastical Savage Land to New York City and beyond. Spider-Man and Wasp’s dynamic aerial stunts along with Captain America’s daring motorcycle skills will be on display in the ultimate race against time to save mankind.

“I’m extremely excited to work on Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes and bring the talents and powers of these amazing characters with such dimensionality to life,” said Marvel’s chief creative officer, Joe Quesada. “Audiences will be on the edge of their seats as they witness the outrageous stunts and fight sequences in truly a unique experience that puts fans at the center of the action.”

Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes will travel throughout North America on a multiyear tour, including stops in Atlanta, Dallas, Miami and New York. After North America, the show will embark on an international tour in 2019. For a complete list of North American tour dates, locations and to purchase tickets, please visit the Marvel Universe LIVE! website. Stay current on the latest developments and tour dates nearest you by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube — @MarvelOnTour.

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It’s time to Hero Up at Disney California Adventure Park beginning May 27!

Last weekend, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2” blasted its way to the top of the box office charts, and now the cosmic heroes are getting ready to land at Disney California Adventure park. The action kicks off in a big way May 27 with the opening of the all-new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and the launch of Summer of Heroes which includes Super Hero fun for everyone!

During “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!” Star-Lord and Gamora return to the Collector’s Fortress to retrieve a special artifact … Star-Lord’s precious boom box. Looking to avoid discovery, they ignite a lively party vibe, enlisting everyone gathered around to help out and show off your favorite dance moves in a rockin’ Dance Off.
And for the first time on Terra (that’s Earth to you and me) you’ll encounter the one-and-only Groot. He arrives on the scene just as the Dance Off is wrapping up, but is happy to stay for a while and visit with everyone as Star-Lord and Gamora make their escape.

Summer of Heroes also brings more excitement across Hollywood Land, including the Avengers Training Initiative featuring Black Widow and Hawkeye and heroic encounters with Black Widow, Captain America and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. This summer is going to be epic!

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Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opens May 27 at Disney California Adventure park!

Just like Star-Lord crosses the cosmos to the beat of vintage pop songs from his awesome mix tape, guests aboard the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disney California Adventure park will rise and fall to the tune of six famous pop favorites throughout their epic adventure. Each time guests board a gantry lift to rescue the Guardians of the Galaxy from The Collector’s Fortress, they will experience one of the six randomized scenarios created for the attraction. Each ride profile will utilize the attraction’s hair-raising ascend-and-drop sensation, as Rocket hotwires the lift to play one of these awesome songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s or early ‘80s:

  • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar (1980)
  • “Give Up The Funk” by Parliament (1975)
  • “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf (1968)
  • “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5 (1969)
  • “Free Ride” by The Edgar Winter Group (1973)
  • “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley (1972)

The songs and drop sequences aren’t the only things that will vary among these randomized scenarios – each one shows a different version of the escape, with different action sequences playing out before your rising and falling gantry lift.

The multiple ride experiences are the result of extensive research, experimentation and ride testing by the creative team at Walt Disney Imagineering. The team worked from a list of nearly 100 fun, high-energy songs, narrowing the list down to the final six by testing each one in action. Boarding a gantry lift, they donned their own headsets – just like Star-Lord – and played each track to see which songs worked best with potential ride profiles.

“A strong identifiable rhythm and a memorable hook were key points,” explained John Dennis, Executive Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering. “For example, ‘Free Ride’ has an iconic guitar hook, a killer bass line in the verse and, in the chorus, the backing vocals have a great ascending line. The rock n roll music playing on board the ride is just plain fun. The songs, each paired with its own ride profile, give us six unique experiences.”

The songs enhancing the adventure of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! aren’t the only ways in which the attraction acknowledges the importance of music in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies. “Guardians of the Galaxy” film composer Tyler Bates wrote the music for The Collector’s Fortress lobby and office scenes, as well as for the attraction exit.

Come rock to the beat of these favorites when Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opens May 27 at Disney California Adventure park!

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Get your first look at Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!

Throughout the past few months, a mysterious new presence has been emerging at Disney California Adventure park, and today we have your first look at The Collector’s Fortress. This enigmatic building is home to the soon-to-be-unveiled Tivan Collection, where guests will view the rare items in Taneleer Tivan’s extensive holdings, including his newest acquisitions: the Guardians of the Galaxy.

The fortress shimmers with colorful and sparkling details; pipes cross and climb the exterior, carrying the organic matter the Tivan Group has mined to power the massive generator that powers the entire building, keeping every cage locked and the valuable collection secure. Rising and falling gantry lifts peek out of doors exposed through the corroded, burnt metal, and it even looks as if the structure may have taken laser fire and blasts. Has someone tried to attack the facility?

Explore The Collector’s Fortress yourself when Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opens May 27 at Disney California Adventure park.

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The Collector presents his newest items: the Guardians of the Galaxy!

Mysterious forces are converging upon Disney California Adventure park as The Collector’s arrival is imminent. Throughout the coming months, changes are underway as Taneleer Tivan, The Collector, prepares to welcome guests to view the newest acquisitions in his extensive collection: the Guardians of the Galaxy.

One of the first signs of The Collector’s arrival appeared recently, which we’ve caught this glimpse at, flying at the site of his emerging fortress. This shining flag bears the Tivan symbol and signifies his arrival. We hope to hear more from the Tivan Group throughout the coming months, as The Collector’s Fortress continues to emerge.

Explore this mysterious collection yourself when “Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!” opens May 27 at Disney California Adventure park.

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Step into blockbuster super hero stories at Disney California Adventure Park!

Last month, we shared details from a private tour of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disney California Adventure park.

Get your calendars out because we finally have a date! Disney California Adventure park will soon be the destination for adventure, intrigue and triumph as recruits from around the world – like you – join forces with legendary Super Heroes in an ever-expanding universe of stories that will grow even bigger over time. This summer, we are kicking off the action with the May 27 grand opening of the thrilling, rocking attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!

This new adventure blasts you straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time ever, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. As you help Rocket bust his pals out of the Collector’s Fortress, you will experience randomized ride experiences complete with all-new visual and audio effects and music inspired by the popular film soundtracks. You never know which adventure you will get!

There will be even more ways to step into Super Hero stories with Summer of Heroes, May 27 through September 10. Answer the call for this limited-time celebration as you join the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy for all-new epic experiences.

Summer of Heroes will launch these new, year-round experiences:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off! – Don’t be surprised if you run into the Guardians of the Galaxy on their way to the Milano, with Star-Lord firing up his old-school boom box to get the party started. Gamora may prefer to stand back and observe, but everyone else is bound to get in the groove and show off their moves during this awesome rock ‘n’ roll bash!
  • Super Hero Encounters – For the first time, citizens of Earth will come face-to-face with Groot, one of the Guardians of the Galaxy! You can also step up to meet the First Avenger, Captain America, along with everyone’s favorite web slinger, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

And for a limited time, step up to the challenge with new adventures during Summer of Heroes:

  • Avengers Training Initiative – Black Widow and Hawkeye assemble young recruits for a series of tests to see if they have what it takes to join the ranks of the Avengers.
  • Heroic Encounter: Black Widow – Black Widow will arrive on the scene several times throughout the day in an armored Avengers vehicle for her heroic encounter with park guests.
  • Grab a Piece (or Bite) of the Action – All that heroism making you hungry? Want a token as proof of your adventures when you get home? Special themed merchandise and food will be available throughout Hollywood Land.

The summer brings even more to get excited about over at Disneyland park as classic favorites return with the reopening of the Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America attractions, with the “Fantasmic!” nighttime spectacular returning later in the summer. We’ll have opening dates to share soon for these attractions. And don’t miss your chance to see the classic Main Street Electrical Parade during its limited-time run at Disneyland park through June 18.

#HeroUp at Disney California Adventure park with Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and Summer of Heroes, beginning May 27!

Entertainment and attractions are subject to change and cancellation without notice. Please check the show guide for days and times.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com as we bring more details as the attraction develops.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Marvel Attraction So Far!

Last year, Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, announced that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was coming to Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort this summer!

Recently, Marvel.com was invited to Disney California Adventure for a sneak peek of the construction site for the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction with Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment, and Joe Rohde, Walt Disney Imagineering Portfolio Creative Executive, as construction is currently underway.

Here’s everything we learned about the fast-paced, high-energy Marvel attraction during this visit:

World-Building/Universe-Expanding
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is an immersive, irreverent high energy ride system that isn’t revisiting Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy” film. It’ll offer new high-dynamic experiences unrelated to the 2014 film, or even, the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” film.

Ride System Narrative + Easter Eggs
Before you even step foot onto the ride system, you’re already immersed in the Guardians of the Galaxy world. The exterior of the fortress displays a “Tivan Collection: First Time on Public Display” marquee which Rocket Raccoon has rearranged the signage to say “Mission: BREAKOUT!”

Riders will make their way to a main room with collections on display; what’s in the vitrine will change over time. However, it will always connect to a larger Marvel universe. Rohde stresses, “it’s a living collection that’s alive and connects to a broader world.” Artifacts will draw from television, film, and other projects to come. True Believers, there will be many surprises for the faithful comics readers. Quesada notes that “Marvel uses the real world as a canvas.”

The Collector will address guest riders on a large screen and state you need security clearance to move through each room of the museum. Once you make it to Tivan’s private office, riders will notice that Rocket has escaped the collection. You’ll be enlisted to scan your human hand print to blow the generator and release the other Guardian members. While Rocket laid out a great plan, he didn’t think of all the cages being released as part of the deal. This is where the fun begins!

Before leaving the maintenance bay, Rocket grabs the Awesome Mix Tape. For the ride system, it’ll be a mixture of songs heard in “Guardians of the Galaxy” as well as new, era-appropriate rock additions. Any given experience (or “ride profile”) on the ride system will be different through various randomized sequences, images and rock song.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! tone
Rohde explains, “This is a comedy, action/adventure, prison-break. We invest immediately in movement. Everything that happens on the ride, from the moment you take off, happens in the context of this very physical chaos. It’s insane chaos; but really funny, really fun chaos that ensues for the rest of the ride.” Remember, the Guardians’ breakout requires an inside man — that’s you! Just between us, cast members working the attraction have been embedded as Tivan Group employees.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! lands at Disney California Adventure park this summer! Whatever you do, don’t not feed the strange creatures and stay tuned to Marvel.com as we bring more details as the attraction develops.

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New experiences unveiled in lineup of immersive entertainment!

In 2018, Disney Cruise Line guests will celebrate Marvel Day at Sea on the Disney Magic during eight special voyages from Miami departing January through April. The new Marvel Day at Sea voyages from Miami follow the premiere of the epic event on seven special sailings from New York City in the fall of 2017. New character interactions and an immersive show with Doctor Strange take center stage in the lineup of entertainment throughout the day-long celebration on all Marvel Day at Sea cruises.

Marvel Day at Sea combines the thrills of renowned Marvel comics, films and animated series, the excitement of a Disney Cruise to summon everyone’s inner Super Hero for the adventures that lie ahead during this unforgettable day at sea.

The event features exclusive character interactions, including the debut of Black Panther and Loki as part of a Disney vacation experience. Marvel Day at Sea also marks the first official appearance of Iron Man on a Disney Cruise Line ship.

In the Walt Disney Theatre, a spell-binding new show featuring Doctor Strange will keep families on the edge of their seats. Doctor Strange will showcase his journey from doubter to practitioner as he demonstrates the power of the mystic arts. The show concludes with an epic battle where guests must help Doctor Strange against the Dark Dimension.

Occurring on one action-packed day during each of the special Disney Magic sailings, Marvel Day at Sea transports guests to a new realm of possibilities when the Marvel Universe assembles on the ship. The event features all-day entertainment including interactions with some of the mightiest Marvel Super Heroes and the menacing foes who oppose them, an extraordinary deck party, Marvel-themed youth activities, special merchandise and unique food and beverage offerings.

Also featured are 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 Ultimate Spider-Man” and “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.”
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Marvel Day at Sea hosts an awesome mix of immersive entertainment that is sure to empower guests to unlock their hidden superhuman abilities as they assemble their own Super Hero community onboard the Disney Magic on this very special day. Highlights include:

Unleash Your Inner Super Hero during the Ultimate Day at Sea

  • Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Black Panther, Loki and other Marvel Universe Super Heroes and Villains are onboard for scheduled interactions and photos.
  • During an immersive show in the Walt Disney Theatre, Doctor Strange demonstrates the power of the mystic arts and enlists guests in an epic battle against the Dark Dimension.
  • A brand-new spectacular party fills the upper deck with music, dancing and games.
  • The deck party culminates in a stunning display of themed pyrotechnics, lighting, sound effects and the largest collection of Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains ever assembled on a cruise ship.
  • Kids and families summon their Marvel knowledge and enjoy friendly competition during trivia games, covering courageous heroes and fun facts from the Marvel Universe.
  • For young heroes-in-training, Marvel-themed games, activities and arts and crafts will be offered throughout the day in the Marvel’s Avengers Academy in the Oceaneer Club.

The new 2018 Marvel Day at Sea sailings depart from Miami on Jan. 7, 21; Feb. 4, 18; March 18; April 1, 15 and 29. The five-night cruises include a stop at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay and either Cozumel, Mexico, or Grand Cayman.

Marvel Day at Sea from New York will be on seven- and eight-night Disney Magic Bahamian cruises departing on Oct. 6, 14, 28; Nov. 4, 11 and 18, 2017. All will include a stop at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay and Port Canaveral, Fla., with a day at the Walt Disney World Resort. Marvel Day at Sea will be on one seven-night Canadian Coast cruise departing from New York on Oct. 21, 2017, with stops at Charlottetown, Sydney and Halifax.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit http://www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact their travel agent.

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