Disney’s Avengers Campus Theme Park Expansion Will Still Feature ‘Spider-Man’ Despite Sony/Marvel Split

The next big Disneyland theme park expansion is Avengers Campus at Disneyland Resort’s California Adventure theme park, which they’ve detailed extensively today at their Disney D23 Expo – and Spider-Man is very much a part of the Avengers Campus experience, regardless of the ongoing drama between Marvel and Sony over the movie rights.

Revealed today by Disney are details on the upcoming Avengers Campus theme park, which features a unique mythology inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe, although it isn’t part of it. In the Avengers Campus setting, Spider-Man and Iron Man have teamed up to create a new global corporation known as WEB, which stands for Worldwide Engineering Brigade, and their newest invention is a “Web Slinger” vehicle that Avengers Campus attendees get to take on a test spin as the two look for new superheroes to recruit.

WEB has an extended presence at the Avengers Campus Disney park outside of the Spider-Man-themed attraction, with the company having its logos on other attractions and gift shops. Also in development is a larger experience that will put the Avengers on an adventure that spans the Marvel Universe, which may or may not feature the wall-crawler among their ranks, which should become the premiere experience at the Avengers Campus theme park.

Sony has only had the Spider-Man film rights for quite some time, whereas nearly everything else – from the Spider-Man PS4 game to the majority of the character’s shows – belong to Marvel. So with that in mind, it’s absolutely unsurprising to see Peter Parker palling it up with other superheroes at the Avengers Campus in the Disneyland family of parks. The ride will not affect the existence of Universal’s Spider-Man attraction, since that deal remains unaffected due to an agreement between the people in charge of the Universal Studios and Disneyland parks.

Aside from the Avengers Campus adventures down the road, Marvel and Sony do not appear to be talking about the future of the Spider-Man IP on film after the split happened earlier this week. However, discussions could always resume once both parties cool their heads, and there will be plenty of time between now and the release of the next Spider-Man movie for them to talk things over. Regardless of whomever’s making it, the next Spider-Man movie will involve Tom Holland as the title character and Far From Home writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers – and they’re likely to make a movie that’s in-line with what Kevin Feige already had planned (just without connective tissue to other intellectual properties). For now, Avengers Campus is set to become the go-to place if you want to see Spidey have a connection to Disney as a company as far as live-action content is concerned.

Here is the official synopsis for Spider-Man: Far From Home:

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.

Directed by Jon Watts from a script written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, the film stars Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Martin Starr, Numan Acar, J.B. Smoove, Oli Hill, Remy Hii, Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Cobie Smulders, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is now playing in theaters, with an extended cut arriving in select theaters this Labor Day. Avengers Campus will open at Disney’s California Adventure in 2020. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Tom Holland and the future of Spider-Man on film as we learn it.

Source: Disney Parks

Everything We (Currently) Know About Marvel Studios’ Phase Four

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marvel-studios-phase-4-jane-thor (1)To say that Marvel Studios made quite the splash at this year's San Diego Comic-Con might be a bit of an understatement.

While many assumed we'd be getting an idea of what was to come in the next few years, studio head Kevin Feige took the stage and made some huge announcements about what's in store for Phase Four on both the big and small screen.

Let's take a look at everything we currently know about what Marvel Studios has in store when it comes to Phase Four...

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Fans in attendance at the Marvel Studios Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con got the very first look at the Cate Shortland-directed Black Widow. The first footage from the highly-anticipated film revealed some previously unknown details such as that the titular character played by Scarlett Johansson would be heading to Budapest and that the project would feature the live-action debut of Taskmaster.

Additionally, it was also revealed that Florence Pugh would be playing Yelena Belova, another product of the Red Room and a sister figure to Natasha Romanoff. Meanwhile David Harbour is on board as the MCU's version of Alexei Shoshtakov, who is known as Red Guardian and the Soviets' counterpart to Captain America.

Black Widow arrives in theaters on May 1, 2020.

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The next film to hit the big screen after Black Widow will be the Chloé Zhao-directed Eternals. The film's incredibly diverse cast consists of Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite and Don Lee as Gilgamesh.

While Marvel Studios revealed a majority of the cast during this year's San Diego Comic-Con, there are still a few key characters yet to be officially revealed. Hercules has also been heavily rumored to appear but no confirmation of the character's appearance has been made yet. Production on the film kicked off in July of 2019.

Eternals opens on November 6, 2020.

the-falcon-and-the-winter-soldier-logoWhile details are currently under wraps, Marvel Studios' first event series coming to Disney Plus will be The Falcon And The Winter Soldier. Malcolm Spellman will serve as showrunner, with Kari Skogland set to direct all six episodes of the series which follows Avengers: Endgame and will reportedly deal with Sam Wilson as he assumes the mantle of Captain America. However, Sam is going to have his hands full with Daniel Brühl's Zemo, who was confirmed to return during Marvel Studios' Comic-Con presentation.

Though it has yet to confirmed, reliable sources have also been reporting that Emily Van Camp will return as Sharon Carter for the series.

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier will debut on Disney+ in the Fall of 2020.

shang-chi-and-the-legend-of-the-ten-rings-logoMarvel Studios made a number of huge announcements when it came to the upcoming Destin Daniel Cretton-directed Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings. Not only did the studio reveal that Simu Liu would play the titular character but also that he would be joined by Awkwafina and Tony Leung, with the latter playing the Mandarin.

Not much is currently known about the plot of the film. However, it seems that it will partly deal with the fallout of the events of Iron Man 3, which we started to see in the One-Shot All Hail The King, featuring Trevory Slattery being kidnapped by a member of The Ten Rings. There's no word if Ben Kingsley will reprise the role in the film but it would be a bit of a missed opportunity if he didn't.

Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings is set to hit theaters February 12, 2021.

loki-series-logoMany fans were curious how Loki would return following his fate in Avengers: Infinity War but Avengers: Endgame gave them a clue as to just how the character was going to cheat death in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The series will apparently feature the titular character bouncing around different time periods after we last saw him disappear with the Tesseract.

Michael Waldron will serve as the showrunner and executive producer for the series. He will also write the pilot episode.

Loki will debut on Disney+ in Spring of 2021.

wandavision-logoDetails about the upcoming Disney Plus series WandaVision are pretty hush-hush at the moment. However, during their presentation at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige revealed that the series will take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame contrary to what many had assumed due to The Vision's death in Avengers: Infinity War.

Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany will reprise their Marvel roles in the series and be joined by Teyonah Parris, who will play the adult Monica Rambeau. Jac Schaeffer will serve as the showrunner and an executive producer for the series and will also write the pilot episode.

WandaVision will debut on Disney+ in Spring of 2021.

doctor-strange-in-the-multiverse-of-madness-logoOne of the most exciting things from Marvel Studios' Comic-Con presentation was the reveal of the Doctor Strange sequel, titled In The Multiverse Of Madness, a clear nod to Stephen King's In the Mouth Of Madness. Scott Derrickson will return to direct what he promises to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first horror film.

Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda Maximoff is also confirmed to appear with the film, which is connected to the Disney Plus series WandaVision. Pretty safe bet that we will also see Benedict Wong back as well.

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is set to hit theaters on May 7, 2021.

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What If...? will be the first animated series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will explore how the MCU might have unfolded if key moments in its history had occurred differently. Many actors from across the Marvel Cinematic Universe will reprise their roles as voice talent for the series, with Jeffrey Wright as the voice of The Watcher.

The first episode of the series will reportedly ask what if Peggy Carter had taken the Super Soldier serum instead of Steve Rogers.

What If...? will debut on Disney+ in Summer of 2021.

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Finally. After years of sorta getting "the shaft" in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios revealed that Hawkeye, a limited event series starring Jeremy Renner, would be coming to the Disney Plus streaming service. And not only would the series finally give fans of the character what they've been asking for, but it would also introduce Kate Bishop to the MCU. Hopefully, Lucky The Pizza Dog is coming along for the journey as well.

Hawkeye will debut on Disney+ in Fall of 2021.

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One of the biggest things that came from Marvel Studios' Hall H presentation was the announcement of Thor: Love And Thunder. While it was reported just days before the panel, the studio confirmed that Taika Waititi was returning to direct Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in the fourth installment in the Thor series.

However, the biggest "hammer drop" was the reveal that Natalie Portman would be back as Jane Foster in the film. And not only is she reprising her role for Love and Thunder, but we will also see Jane Foster lift the hammer as The Mighty Thor, with the film drawing inspiration from the Jason Aaron run of the same name.

And considering the studio found a way around his death, it wouldn't be too surprising if Tom Hiddleston returns as well following the events of Loki. Hopefully, they haven't completely forgotten about Jamie Alexander's Lady Sif, though...

Thor: Love And Thunder is set to hit theaters on November 5, 2021.

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