Well isn’t this exciting, welcome to the world of MARVEL with you in the heart of the action. I and many others have been anticipating this day for years and with many announcements, surprises and tons of exciting concept art we finally have a date to add to our superhero schedules. What was originally planned to open in 2021 got delayed due to the pandemic, but with some exciting developments, the opening couldn’t come at a better time with the new Hotel New York: The Art of Marvel now open, which I was lucky enough to spend three days there.
As part of the Resort’s most ambitious transformation and expansion of Walt Disney Studios Park since its opening, the first-ever Marvel-themed universe in Europe will be unveiled. Marvel Avengers Campus will offer surprise live-action stunts, heroic encounters with Marvel Super Heroes, two action-packed attractions and extra special themed restaurants and boutique.
Marvel Avengers Campus opens at Disneyland Paris on 20.07.2022, with the promise to empower guests to take an active role alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and live out their own heroic story. Marvel Avengers Campus is an entirely reimagined universe dedicated to discovering, recruiting and training the next generation of Heroes, right here, right now in Disneyland Paris. Everyone is invited to join the action – teaming up with the Avengers and their allies throughout the land; slinging webs like Spider-Man; flying into space with Iron Man and Captain Marvel, and suiting up and re-fueling in true Super Hero fashion.
Opening as part of the 30th Anniversary celebration of Disneyland Paris, Marvel Avengers Campus is the next key milestone in Walt Disney Studios Park multi-year transformation plan and represents the Resort’s next level of exceptional guest experiences. With Marvel Avengers Campus and Disney Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel, Disneyland Paris is poised to be the ULTIMATE destination for Marvel fans to live an immersive experience among their favourite Super Heroes.
WELCOME TO AVENGERS CAMPUS
Avengers Campus has been created by Tony Stark himself to discover, recruit and train the next generation of Super-Heroes. For the first time, recruits will be empowered to take an active role alongside the Avengers.
To fulfil this promise, Walt Disney Imagineering teams in Paris and around the world have worked alongside teams that brought the Avengers films, television series and comics to life. Together, they have designed and created a brand-new place in the Marvel multiverse that champions the inner Super Hero that lives in all of us. In fact, regardless of whether they are long-standing Marvel fans or come new to the Super Hero world once they enter Avengers Campus, they all become recruits, ready to take the next step in their heroic journey!
Imagine helping Spider-Man on a mission where you can shoot webs from your wrists, saving the universe at high speed along with Iron Man and Captain Marvel, training with Okoye and the Dora Milaje, seeing Black Widow fight evil forces, dancing with the Guardians of the Galaxy… and so much more!
During their “Adventure with a capital A”, recruits will be able to gear up like some of their favourite Super Heroes with an exclusive shopping experience and of course, refuel like the Avengers would with various delicious eats and treats at restaurants PYM Kitchen, Stark Factory and more!
LIVE-ACTION AND HEROIC ENCOUNTERS
Entering Avengers Campus, guests will become recruits and train alongside Marvel Super Heroes. The adventure will be action-packed as Avengers Campus will bring together Earth’s Mightiest Heroes from almost every corner.
With surprise, live-action stunts and heroic encounters, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Black Widow, Thor and Loki, recruits will get to become part of the Marvel universe. Sam Wilson as Captain America, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Okoye and the Dora Milaje from Wakanda, will also make their first appearance at Disneyland Paris! These diverse set of Super Heroes will be ready to defend the Avengers Campus, which could surely lead to action on the rooftop and all over the campus. Recruits definitely want to hang out there to see what happens.
Recruits will have the opportunity to meet Spider-Man, Iron Man or Captain Marvel in a new dedicated building unique to Avengers Campus in Disneyland Paris, the Training Center. For the first time in a Disney Park, a dynamic “freeze-frame” video sequence, created by DisneyPhotoPass™ with 27 cameras all around the action, can capture these meetings with Captain Marvel or Iron Man and turn them into unforgettable moments. These special encounters will be available for booking through the Disneyland Paris mobile app.
New recruits of all ages will be able to encounter heroes outdoors throughout their visit in more interactive and exciting ways than ever before. They will get the chance to train with Black Panther’s loyal protectors, the Dora Milaje, and learn from the warriors of Wakanda on what it’s like to be a member of this elite royal guard.
Also, a sleek new high-tech Avengers vehicle will roam the Campus throughout the day dispatching the Heroes in style! And, of course, upon the QuinPad, the gleaming Quinjet will also be the focal point of special missions.
Saving the world can also be fun as recruits will have a chance to try on their best dance moves during an interactive dance-off with Star-Lord and Gamora from the Guardians of the Galaxy. The Gateway Portal will also give recruits the chance to capture the moment when they meet one of the many Super Heroes of Avengers Campus.
“F.R.I.D.A.Y.” the famous Artificial Intelligence designed by Tony Stark himself will be watching out and interacting with the Earth’s Mightiest Super Heroes. Uploaded to the building façade of AVENGERS ASSEMBLE: FLIGHT FORCE building–the Avengers Headquarters –she will also welcome recruits to the Campus, monitor it for threats, and signal the arrivals and departures of Avengers. F.R.I.D.A.Y.’s presence will be exclusive to Disneyland Paris.
For any budding Super Heroes looking to get into the action, literally, alongside some of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, two attractions await inside Avengers Campus Paris!
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE: FLIGHT FORCE
Exclusive to Disneyland Paris, AVENGERS ASSEMBLE: FLIGHT FORCE is every Super-Heroes fan and thrill-seekers’ dream come true.
On this high-speed rollercoaster, recruits will team up with none other than Captain Marvel herself and the one and only Iron Man. Recruits will be briefed by Iron Man himself, equipped with a brand-new Mark 80 armour exclusively designed for his missions at Avengers Campus. With no time to waste, you will have the opportunity to team up with the two Avengers on a high-speed mission. They will embark and fly up through space in a vehicle that Stark has equipped with a homing device, to lure the threat away from planet Earth.
SPIDER-MAN W.E.B. ADVENTURE
SPIDER-MAN W.E.B. ADVENTURE is a new generation of attraction at Disneyland Paris where recruits of all ages will be given web-slinging superpowers accomplished through innovative technology created specifically for this attraction. The mission: team up with Spidey and help capture the out-of-control Spider-Bots – Peter Parker’s robot sidekicks – before they wreak havoc on the Campus.
The adventure begins at Avengers Campus’ Worldwide Engineering Brigade – also known as WEB – a workshop of bright innovators who specialize in developing new technologies to equip and empower everyday people to become Super Heroes like the Avengers. This workshop showcases the inventions of Peter Parker and the rest of the WEB Tech team, including their adorable Spider-Bots which are designed to be robotic sidekicks capable of building anything a Super Hero might need.
Through specially designed, innovative technology that recognizes body movements and gestures, recruits will reach out their hands and sling webs from their wrists, just like Spider-Man. As the WEB Slinger vehicles progress and the mission continues, Spider-Bots will become harder and harder to beat as they continue to multiply. After helping Spider-Man trap the rogue Spider-Bots, recruits will be able to see how many Spider-Bots they caught as a team in their vehicles.
EXCLUSIVE DINING EXPERIENCES
When it is time to take a break from the heroics, new dining spots will offer sustenance. Avengers Campus Recruits will refuel with Epic Eats and Treats at new immersive themed restaurants and food karts.
Pym Kitchen is an innovative science lab where the food and drinks tell a story.
Just as Ant-Man and The Wasp use “Pym Particles” to grow and shrink to just about anything, Pym Technologies applies this science to the creation of shareable bites, inventive entrees and sweet treats as a buffet. Recruits will be able to savour items at unusual scales, including both gigantic shareable pretzel sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers, cakes, and their tiniest versions for those who wish to try everything.
Adults can sip on a special glass of Blue Chardonnay or taste test a selection of four tiny beers served in Pym Kitchen souvenir glasses. Fancy some red wine? Enjoy red wine in tiny vials as red as the colour of the reducing Pym particle! Or perhaps you’d prefer cocktails? You can choose from two — a signature blue and red cocktail presented in a beaker, or a superfood cocktail made with Blue Chardonnay, Perrier, Martini and dried goji berries.
Have an appetite for invention… and pizza, pasta and salad? Then fly over to Stark Factory, a quick-service kitchen and high-tech workspace where Super Heroes can come to build and repair their gear.
The signature dessert will be paying tribute to Thor as it will be inspired by the God of Thunder’s very own favourite treats as seen in Marvel Comics.
Formerly an assembly line for Howard Stark, it features relics of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s earlier activities and hosts many “Easter Eggs” hidden as fan tributes including artefacts built by Tony Stark and the impressive HulkBuster – the armour he created with the help of Bruce Banner for the Hulk, which is exclusive to Disneyland Paris.
Additionally, if you’re refuelling on the go, stop by the FAN-tastic food truck for hot dogs, vegan sausages, and cheesecake on a stick! There’s also the nearby Super Diner for grab-and-go options including hearty Reuben sandwiches.
GEAR UP WITH HEROIC MERCHANDISE
After you’ve saved the day (and fueled up), there’s plenty of merchandise to choose from that will surely supercharge your heroic experience.
Get ready for your heroic missions and training sessions with the latest W.E.B. and Campus-created tech, uniforms and weapons. Pick up yours from Mission Equipment!
Mission Equipment shop will be the place to pick up a great range of campus gear, including official Avengers Campus and WEB – Worldwide Engineering Brigade – supplies. This one-of-a-kind shop will include kids’ and adults’ accessories that will enhance their experience, and so much more.
WEB Tech accessories will make recruits experience even more special
SPIDER-MAN W.E.B. ADVENTURE is the first Disneyland Paris attraction allowing recruits to customize their experience on board, using WEB Tech accessories. For additional powers and customized experience, check out the WEB Tech accessories available at the Mission Equipment shop, located inside the building of the attraction. With the purchase of WEB Power Band, recruits will have access to advanced functions like a multi-firing web option while battling those Spider-Bots on the loose inside SPIDER-MAN W.E.B. ADVENTURE. Yes, when gearing up with WEB Tech accessories, you will be able to discover your OWN powers and get a different experience on board the attraction!
WEB Tech can change recruits powers on the attraction to those inspired by fan-favourite Super Heroes – like Spider-Man with electro-dynamic webs, Iron Man with repulsor blasts and Doctor Strange with mystic amplifier.
Every Super Hero needs a friendly sidekick to help protect their neighbourhood. Spider-Bots place recruits in the driver’s seat, allowing them to command their own Spider-Bot and battle opponents, with programmed combat and defensive abilities. Looking to take your Spider-Bot to the next level? Inspired by some favourite Super Heroes, tactical upgrades change the overall appearance of a Spider-Bot and enhance its battle capabilities. These tactical upgrades are inspired by Iron Man, Black Widow, and Black Panther… But keep an eye out for more to come!
That’s not all, as there will also be exclusive Avengers Campus Paris items available, too, including apparel, accessories, home goods, and more!
PLAY AND STAY FOR A FULLY IMMERSIVE GETAWAY
Disneyland Paris offers the ultimate Marvel experience from sunrise to sunset for guests who stay at Disney’s Hotel New York: The Art of Marvel. I was lucky enough to spend my three days at Disneyland Paris in this EPIC! hotel which opened in June of 2021. The experience is top-notch and is taken to the next level with an incredible 360-degree approach to storytelling, including the Super Hero Station which offers Heroic Encounters with Captain America and Black Widow (as of Marvel Avengers Campus opening) and the Hero Training Zone, an outdoor field with dedicated areas for a variety of sports activities that can be enjoyed by guests of all ages.
The hotel also holds 350 pieces of artwork created by more than 110 artists from Europe and beyond – including 50 exclusive pieces – it is one of the largest publicly viewable collections of Marvel art in the world.
My stay was contemporary and comfortable as I felt Tony Stark’s metropolitan urban style throughout the walls. I also discovered the cosmopolitan tastes of New York through the Hotel’s immersive dining experiences. The Hotel also includes a Marvellous Boutique and a state-of-the-art wall of Iron-Man armour.
Disney Imagineers and Disneyland Paris teams have pushed the boundaries of technology and innovation in order to bring this empowering, one-of-a-kind experience to life –including a series of ‘firsts’ for Disneyland Paris.
Disneyland Paris is in a constant state of transformation, from its theme parks to its hotels, shopping, dining and more. While celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Disneyland Paris will establish its entry into a new era with the opening of Avengers Campus on 20.07.2022.
Spider-Man No Way Home! To Return To Theatres With All NEW Footage…
Spider-Man No Way Home swept theatres this past December grossing a multiverse sized $1.893 Billion at the worldwide box office after generated hype around the movie not seen or heard of since 2019’s Avengers: Endgame took the internet by storm. Since then fan’s have begged for more! And the possibility of a re-release with additional scenes featuring the films 3 Spider-Men was floated around the internet, Well now….its happening
Sony Pictures today CONFIRMED! through their social platforms the re-release in an all new video featuring Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield & Tom Holland in which states that “Spider-Man No Way Home – The More Fun Stuff Version” will hit theatres this coming September 2.
There’s a lot of potential for what new footage could be shown in this version of the film, From the film’s villains chilling in an elevator together to an epic throwdown fight between Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man & Willem Dafoe’s menacing Green Goblin!
With the film currently inches away from the prestigious $2 Billion mark, Will this be enough to tip it over that edge? Only time will tell, for now its time to get excited for the once again return of the Spider-Men!
Marvel Studios’ MS. MARVEL Review | A Superhero Cosmic Adventure
Say hello to the newest cosmic Super Hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who’s just trying to balance high-school life, family dynamics, and her newfound emerging superpowers.
The new series created exclusively for the streamer, introduces a new, teenage superhero to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One that I find will most certainly be one of Marvel’s most relatable characters. Kamala Khan is a normal, fun kid who’s thrust into a rich new world that throughout the season will take her to exciting places where she’ll ultimately discover truths about her past and family.
Thanks to Disney + Coastal House Media got to watch the first two episodes in advance and each showcase an epic, vibrant story that is stylistically unique and takes us on another cosmic journey through her culture and imagination. Kamala’s adventure begins exclusively June 8th on Disney+
Marvel Studios’ Ms. Marvel is a new, original series that introduces Kamala Khan, a Muslim American teenager growing up in Jersey City. An avid gamer and a voracious fan-fiction scribe, Kamala is a Super Hero mega-fan with an oversized imagination—particularly when it comes to Captain Marvel. Yet Kamala feels invisible both at home and at school—that is, until she gets super powers like the heroes she’s always looked up to. Life gets better with superpowers, right?
A COMIC BOOK SUPERHERO COME TO LIFE
As Marvel Comics goes, Kamala is still relatively a new character, as she was first introduced with a cameo appearance in Captain Marvel issue No. 14 in 2013 before getting her own solo series the following year. The origin and multicultural appeal of the character were inspired by real-life experiences of executive producer Sana Amanat who also co-created the first Muslim superhero character with writer G. Willow Wilson, artist Adrian Alphona, Editor Stephen Wacker and Jamie McKelvie.
Ms. Marvel feels new and fresh but still aligned with the core principles of what Marvel characters have always stood for. Every Avenger, X-Men, and Inhuman were mighty and fantastic but they’re also people that are flawed with vulnerabilities that come across as very relatable to readers and viewers. However Ms. Marvel is so different and unique from all the other heroes, she doesn’t have fancy technology or a suit of armour, she’s just a teenager with a rich culture who proudly hails from Jersey City. Kamala is trying to figure the world out when she’s suddenly imbued with powers.
In fact, this authenticity stuck a cord globally with fans across the globe as the first issue run sold out and is currently in its seventh run quickly becoming one of Marvel’s top-selling collections. And while her identity puts a different lens on this Marvel story, she is still so relatable. Marvel which has been around for over eighty years also has characters that are full of comic book history, one of the most important characteristics of Kamala Khan is that she’s the ultimate super-fan of all these Marvel Superheroes, specifically Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel. Danvers is the hero Kamala wants to embody before fully becoming her own.
Phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe showcases the aftermath of the Infinity Saga and how the Heroes have moved forward after Thanos wiped half of the world’s population for five years only for Tony Stark and the Avengers to bring them back.
With Disney + Marvel Studios gave familiar characters such as Wanda Maximoff and Loki expanded roles with their own story arcs that integrate with the theatricals. But it’s also been about introducing the next generation of superheroes.
Adapting the comics for streaming was the perfect job for Bisha K. Ali, who Marvel went in-house for since she was already working in the writers’ room for Loki and was also a really big fan of the Ms. Marvel comics and was inspired to make a play to get on the project. The series is its own experience but still has the essence and spirit of what the comic portrayed. Many will see themselves represented as the creatives present the South Asian/ Pakistani culture respectfully and showcase the food, music and the relationship between parent and child. And for Ms. Marvel directors Adil and Bilall, Meera Menon and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy share all these unique multicultural aspects of Kamala’s story where something that they all connected to, whilst mixing it with new elements, familiar faces and storylines that go to some unexpected places.
The great advantage of bringing any Marvel property to life on Disney+ is that it allows the filmmakers the opportunity to tell the story for six hours. This gives us time to visit the many places Kamala Khan’s journey takes her, for example, AvengerCon, but throughout we also get to spend time in the world of her family and friends who are very important to her and to the story.
Identity also plays a part in telling Kamala Khan’s story as on a cultural level she’s in between two worlds, and cultures and at the same time dealing with her powers whilst also being a teenager. Ms. Marvel is about a young girl’s experience shown through the lens of someone who happens to be South Asian and happens to be Muslim. Kamala is a young woman coming of age and throughout the first two episodes, I’ve seen, showcase her determination and empowerment.
Each of the directors has brought their own unique vision from diverse backgrounds and a passion of telling authentic stories with real connectable characters.
Iman Vellani makes her acting debut as Kamala Khan in Ms. Marvel. She truly is the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and she was born to play the titular character. This is her coming-of-age story that is fun, colourful, and intimate as she struggles with identity and the understanding of her newfound powers. The filmmakers spent many months finding the right teenage actress to play a character who breaks down cultural walls. Iman embodies the character through and through as she’s also a huge super fan of Marvel, she knows the finite details of every character which is exactly like Kamala Khan, it feels very meta and she shows that a little nerdy can have tons of heart.
In “Ms. Marvel” Kamala Khan is a 16-year-old Pakistani-American girl growing up in Jersey City. She’s a nerd, a gamer who writes fan fiction and most of all a huge fan of the Avengers, particularly Captain Marvel, who is her hero. Kamala spends her time hanging out with her best friends Bruno and Nakia and is close with her family. As Kamala begins to discover her new destiny, it puts a strain on her relationships as she struggles to understand her new reality.
In the series, Kamala’s two best friends are Bruno and Nakia played by Matt Lintz and Yasmeen Fletcher. The actors describe their characters’ dynamics.
Bruno and Kamala have grown up together and been best friends since second grade,” says Matt Lintz. “You see that in the first episode in the way he interacts with her family and when they hang out at the Circle Q where he works. Bruno is very loyal to Kamala, especially when she gets her powers, which created a new dynamic between them from just two amazing friends going to school, having fun and being big fans of the Avengers and Captain Marvel. Nakia is such a strong character and breaks a lot of the stereotypes for hijab girls, She’s opinionated and is willing to fight for anything that she believes in.
Throughout Ms. Marvel, Kamala’s family is the anchor in her life and throughout the family household, it’s her father Yusuf (Mohan Kapur) who’s more open to his daughter’s creative aspirations and fascination with Superheroes. Her mother Muneeba (Zenobia Shroff) however definitely has the upper hand in the household as she’s much more conservative and wants her daughter to follow a more traditional path.
While Kamala stretches the boundaries of her family dynamic, her brother Aamir ( Saager Shaikh)is her ally in softening her parents’ traditional values and expectations.
Ms Marvel combines action, drama, humour, and a spectacular soundtrack of music and throughout the episodes, Ms. Marvel becomes a visual treat with its action sequences and the mixture of animation and live-action. This coming of age story included familiar elements of a teenager struggling to figure out a path ahead, her faith and managing her parent’s expectations. This series is shaping up to be another exciting addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and I can’t wait to see what Kamala Khan does next.
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