Brian Crosby talks about his inspiration for this 'Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! piece!

Downtown Disney’s WonderGround Gallery is a great place to find beautiful art pieces featuring your favorite characters and attractions. I was surprised to happen upon a fun print featuring none other than Taneleer Tivan, The Collector—clearly inspired by the new Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction at Disney’s California Adventure Park.

It turns out the artwork was created by Creative Director of Marvel Themed Entertainment, Brian Crosby who also worked on the attraction. I spoke to Crosby about his inspiration for the piece and the possibility of an Easter Egg hidden with the art. When it comes to Marvel, you never know when a character might pop up!

You can find Brian Crosby this weekend at D23 Expo at the Marvel booth for How To Draw Marvel!

Marvel.com: Having worked on Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! Was this piece inspired by the design of the ride or perhaps used as inspiration during the creative process?

Brian Crosby: This piece was actually used as a Disney Parks exclusive variant cover for the Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: Breakout! Comic book. The Disney Merchandising team at the Disneyland Resort liked the piece and decided to make it available, not only as a comic book, but also as a digital print. What’s really cool about the book is that it’s a completely new story that brings icons, like The Collector’s Fortress, into the Marvel comic book continuity. So, the cover is certainly inspired by the ride in that the Guardians are now being held captive by The Collector, but the costumes the characters are wearing are from the book. So, it is a bit of a mashup.

I was flattered that the Jordan D. White, the Editor of the book, asked me to be a part of it and create a cover.

Marvel.com: What medium did you use to create this piece?

Brian Crosby: The original drawing was done traditionally, good ol’ pencil and paper and then it was painted digitally.

Marvel.com: I like that you incorporated Tivan’s feathers, the man definitely has style. What made you go with the Contest of Champions outfit rather than the original Don Heck tie belt and big collar, or even the onscreen fur cape version? I would really like to see the Collector’s entire cape collection.

Brian Crosby: Props for your attention to detail and your sense of Marvel history!! The costume was chosen for me, actually. This is the costume that Tivan wears in the book so I was matching that.

Marvel.com: There are so many Easter Eggs on the attraction, did you decide to add any into your artwork?

Brian Crosby: There are two. The first one is pretty simple. The one deviation I made from the comic book look of the characters was Groot. Groot is seen in my piece in his “Baby Groot” incarnation as he appears in the attraction and in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. And the other is really obscure and actually isn’t in the final colored piece at all. The original drawing was sold at Disney California Adventure and it featured one other character in a vitrine. None other than…..Howard the Duck!

Marvel.com: Are there certain subjects you are drawn to more than others?

Brian Crosby: Typically, I draw super heroes. It’s just always been my favorite thing to draw. Sometimes out of necessity I’ll draw normal stuff like people, cars, etc. But nothing beats super heroes in my book for pure joy and escapism. I guess that’s why I do what I do!

Marvel.com: Will we be seeing any more of your work popping up at WonderGround Gallery?

Brian Crosby: Most likely. I’ve done quite a bit of work for the Disney Parks over the years even going back to my days as a Walt Disney Imagineer. I’ve done illustrations of the Haunted Mansion, the Enchanted Tiki Room, Alice in Wonderland, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Rocketeer (to name a few) and now I can add the Guardians of the Galaxy to that list! I did a painting of Groot himself last year for the gallery.

Keep an eye out for more of Brian Crosby’s artwork in the WonderGround Gallery at Downtown Disney.

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The Russo brothers were joined by Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo and Tom Holland.

Ahead of the film’s highly anticipated debut in China this Friday, stars from Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” and Marvel fans from around the world visited Shanghai Disney Resort for an exclusive preview at Walt Disney Grand Theatre in Disneytown.

The film’s directors, Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, were joined by stars Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo and Tom Holland on the red carpet, greeting fans and signing autographs. Media and fans in the theatre enjoyed a sneak peek of the movie.

Click through the gallery below to see images from the “Avengers: Infinity War” event at Shanghai Disney Resort!

Since its U.S. debut on April 26, “Avengers: Infinity War” has already set several records, including the fastest film ever to cross the $1 billion mark in the box office.

To see the Avengers battle Thanos for yourself (or to go again!), reserve tickets now via Fandango!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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See progress from the Guardians' upcoming attraction at Walt Disney World.

Future World at Walt Disney World’s Epcot is going to gain some new Guardians.

Last week, 960 trucks’ worth of concrete was poured to create the foundation of what will soon take shape as Epcot’s mammoth “Guardians of the Galaxy”-themed attraction. The attraction is on track to become one of the world’s longest enclosed coasters, and to house it, a new facility is being built adjacent to the existing Universe of Energy building.

Inspired by the films from Marvel Studios, the “Guardians of the Galaxy”-themed attraction will expand on the original vision of Epcot’s Future World, with an epic storyline being developed by Walt Disney Imagineering in close collaboration with the original filmmakers.

Take a behind-the-scenes look in the video above at the construction progress!

While the “Guardians of the Galaxy”-themed attraction is currently set to debut at Epcot just in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary, guests don’t have to wait too long to get a “Guardians” fix at Epcot. As a part of Walt Disney World’s “Incredible Summer,” Star-Lord and Gamora from “Guardians of the Galaxy” will take guests on a musical journey through the cosmos in “Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!” at the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot.

Guests can catch “Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!” five times a day from June 9 through August 19.

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The exhibition is now open at Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture. Take a look inside!

MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes had its grand opening this past weekend at MoPOP, the Museum of Pop Culture located in Seattle, Washington.

(L-R) G. Willow Wilson (MS. MARVEL), James Marsters (“Marvel’s Runaways”) and Pete Rock help cut the ribbon at the opening of MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes.

The largest exhibition ever staged at MoPOP, MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes features more than 300 original artifacts including iconic artwork, costumes, and props from feature films and TV series based on Marvel characters.

Check out the gallery below to get a sampling of some of the amazing pieces of Marvel history you can see in person at the exhibit.

Themed sections dive into the narratives of Marvel’s most beloved characters—like Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange—and showcase their connection to and impact on real-world issues like gender, race, and mental illness.

Tickets for MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes can be purchased now at https://www.mopop.org/marvel.

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The Disney California Adventure attraction is awarded in the “Attraction Reimagining” category.

As first announced this past November, when the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) revealed its annual winners, Disney California Adventure ‘s Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! was honored at the Thea Awards Gala in Anaheim, CA on April 7.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! was awarded in the “Attraction Reimagining” category, having become an instant hit among guests that is now the top-rated attraction at Disneyland Resort.

Besides Mission: BREAKOUT!, other popular Super Hero experiences are currently available at Disney California Adventure, including the chance to meet familiar faces like Black Panther and the Dora Milaje, and soon, Doctor Strange.

In addition, it was recently revealed that an entire new Super Hero-themed land is coming to Disney California Adventure in 2020.

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The Master of the Mystic Arts is coming to Disneyland Resort!

Guests will soon have the opportunity to encounter the Master of the Mystic Arts, Doctor Strange, at Disney California Adventure park!

Doctor Strange acts as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and relics to protect the universe. Guests will soon get a glimpse into his magical, mind-bending world when he appears for the first time at the Disneyland Resort.

Doctor Strange travels great distances in an instant by opening portals between dimensions. There’s no telling where and when he might appear, so be sure to stay tuned for more information!

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Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture looks at Marvel's 80-year history in a world premiere exhibition.

The world premiere exhibition MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes is coming soon to MoPOP, the Museum of Pop Culture located in Seattle, Washington.

The largest exhibition ever staged at MoPOP, MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes features more than 300 original artifacts including iconic artwork, costumes, and props from such comics and films as Captain America, The Avengers, Jessica Jones, and many more.

The exhibition invites guests to journey through Marvel’s 80-year history from inception to modern day with comics, films, artifacts, and interactives. Immersive set pieces place guests into classic comic book scenescapes like Tony Stark’s lab, giving them a first-person view of the super hero’s world, while a thrilling soundscape by composers Lorne Balfe and Hans Zimmer completes the scene.

Themed sections dive into the narratives of Marvel’s most beloved characters—like Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange—and showcase their connection to and impact on real-world issues like gender, race, and mental illness.

The opening weekend for MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes is April 21-22 and tickets for opening weekend and beyond can be purchased now at https://www.mopop.org/marvel.

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More epic Super Hero adventures are coming to Disney Parks around the world!

Highly anticipated new experiences at Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland will soon invite guests to become part of a bigger universe filled with epic heroes and adventures, and today we’re sharing a sneak peek! Developed in partnership with Marvel Studios and Marvel Themed Entertainment, these three new areas will champion the next generation of heroes.

At Disneyland Resort, the new Super Hero-themed land will begin recruiting guests in 2020, with even more new experiences to follow. The Guardians of the Galaxy will be joined by Spider-Man and the Avengers in what will become a completely immersive Super Hero universe, furthering the evolution of Disney California Adventure park. This new land will be anchored by the popular Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, in the adjacent space that is currently occupied by “a bug’s land.” “It’s Tough to Be a Bug” closed March 19 to make way for this new heroic experience; the rest of the land will close in late summer.

As part of the transformative multi-year expansion announced for Disneyland Paris, the new Marvel-themed area at Walt Disney Studios Park will include a reimagined attraction where riders will team up with Iron Man and their favorite Avengers on a hyper-kinetic adventure in 2020. This will follow an epic experience launching this summer, when Disneyland Paris hosts Marvel Summer of Super Heroes from June 10 to September 30. Favorite heroes will take the stage for a brand new, live-action super-production featuring cutting-edge special effects and spectacular projections.

Multi-year expansion plans are also underway at Hong Kong Disneyland, including a new themed area that will include an exciting attraction where guests team up with Ant-Man and The Wasp. This new attraction will join the Iron Man Experience, which opened in 2017 and is already the most popular attraction at the resort.

Join your favorite heroes soon for these and more epic adventures at Disney Parks around the world!

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The King of Wakanda and the Dora Milaje are now at the Disneyland Resort!

Now at Disney California Adventure park, guests can welcome the king of Wakanda! For this limited-time experience, Black Panther will arrive in the Hollywood Backlot area of the park flanked by his Royal Guards, the Dora Milaje.

King T’Challa, the Black Panther, of Wakanda, arrives for meet and greets at Disney California Adventure park, accompanied by members of the Dora Milaje – 2/16/18. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

Marvel Studios’ record-breaking hit, “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and Black Panther — is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.

King T’Challa, the Black Panther, of Wakanda, arrives for meet and greets at Disney California Adventure park, accompanied by members of the Dora Milaje – 2/16/18. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

Come encounter Black Panther now, only at Disney California Adventure park, along with more epic Super Hero experiences, including Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance-Off!” and Heroic Encounter: Spider-Man and Captain America.

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A look at what it's like to encounter Marvel Super Heroes on your journey on the Disney Magic.

From incredible heroic encounters to a spellbinding journey into the Mystic Arts and a super-charged nighttime show with the first-ever Marvel battle at sea, families have more ways than ever to unleash their inner super hero during Marvel Day at Sea aboard the Disney Magic.

The event debuted on cruises from New York City this past fall and returned on select voyages from Miami in January. Now, hear more about the celebration from some of the event’s creators, and get a first-ever video look (as seen at the top of this page) at the incredible heroic encounters your family can experience together.

Marvel Day at Sea takes place on one epic day aboard select 5-night Disney Magic sailings to the Caribbean and Bahamas through April. And just announced, the event will return from January to early March, 2019!

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