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Derrik J Lang
May 2021

Iron Man

According to the land’s lore, Tony Stark erected the campus at his father’s former motor factory, transforming it into a facility for the Avengers to recruit and train Disneyland visitors, who can meet him in his new Mark 80 armor. “From Spider-Man and Iron Man’s new suits to the Quinjet on top of the Avengers headquarters, we wanted everything in the land to feel optimistic, not necessarily militaristic,” explains Walt Disney Imagineering executive creative director Brent Strong. “This is a land for aspiration.”

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Spider-Man

Besides flying 60 feet in the air and striking signature poses as a high-tech robot, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is also starring in a new 3D attraction that utilizes motion detection to transform riders’ into web slingers in order to assist Peter Parker. “There’s a lot of tech in the vehicle and building,” Strong says. “The goal is that when you reach out, that web seems to come straight from your hand and into that world, so you can yank things back and forth. Hopefully, the technology becomes totally invisible.”

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Doctor Strange

At his outdoor Sanctum, an ethereal courtyard imbued with special effects, the master of the mystic arts will help wannabe sorcerers harness magical energy. “At the center, there’s The Orb of Cagliostro that hums with energy,” Strong says. “At night, it actually opens a portal to the mirror dimension. There’s also some odd warped areas that make for intriguing photo opportunities, books with mystic energy stuck to walls in the library, and a rotunda that’s a connection point to all of the other Sanctums on the planet.”

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Ant-Man and the Wasp

The contracting-and-expanding duo bring their skills to the culinary realm at the Pym Test Kitchen and Pym Tasting Lab, an eatery and bar offering fare like oversized meatballs and pretzels, as well as experiment-themed cocktails. “My favorite is the not-so-little chicken sandwich. The chicken has been supersized, but the bun is itty-bitty. It’s fun to hold and eat,” says Strong, who acknowledges he can devour one by himself. The ginormous pretzel is another story. “You do need at least one friend to help you out with that one.”

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Black Widow

On the rooftops across the campus, the titular star of Marvel’s latest film (and her mimicking adversary Taskmaster) will be among the characters facing off during stunt shows, many of which were choreographed by the team who worked on Black Widow. “Whenever you have a gathering of heroes, there’s going to be nefarious forces that want in on the action,” Strong says. “Taskmaster will be appearing in Avengers Campus in search of vibranium, arc reactors, or any other items he may need for his plans.”

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