Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn said that the new ride, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout is the start of the new Marvel Theme Park Universe. Apparently, he wasn’t kidding. According to Slash Film, during the huge media events, and premieres, there was something fishy going on with tons of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, hazmat suits and more.
There was then a mysterious hatch that appeared near the new ride, with the Avengers insignia (pictured above). It appears that since no one else was noticing it, Marvel VP Ryan Penagos pointed it out.
— Ryan Penagos (@AgentM) May 28, 2017
So, what is in the hatch? No clue as of now, but we have a feeling that there will be a huge announcement during this year’s D23 Expo in Anaheim. There’s also a pretty good chance that if you look around the attraction, at the alien lettering (which was teased before the grand opening) there just might be clues.
What do we think is happening? Our friends over at MiceChat once had a huge bit of information that the area around Tower of Terror (Guardians…sorry), would become a miniature Marvel land of sorts. Guardians would be the centerpiece, and a new indoor launch coaster would take over the nearby building. That would mean that Monsters Inc. would be out. The new coaster was also rumored to involve many elements, such as 3D, interactive sets and a few more surprises. Disneyland is currently in the middle of their big “Summer of Heroes”, as the park has brought out an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Training Academy, Guardians of the Galaxy dance party and meet and greets, and Black Widow and Spiderman meet and greets.
While Guardians definitely represents the biggest so far, other Disney parks are getting in on the Marvel action, as Hong Kong Disneyland has just opened the Iron Man Experience, and will be expanding into a Marvel themed area, with an all new ride featuring Ant-Man and more.
If that wasn’t enough, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is hosting a Guardians Meet and Greet of their own, featuring Star Lord and Groot.
There’s also a huge rumor that Ellen’s Universe of Energy, Wonders of Life and Innoventions will all be razed to make room for an all new Guardians attraction in Epcot. Yes, there is a contract in place. Yes, Universal is the only ones who can build attractions East of the Mississippi based on Marvel characters. Or so it was believed. We aren’t going to argue the contract and Marvel, the fact remains that the rumor is out there, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios has Marvel characters in their park.
Marvel is expanding, and we are about to see Disney go crazy with massive new comic-based projects. It’s going to be a big couple of years for new Disneyland attractions, so hold on tight!