Posted Wednesday, March 21, 2018 1:00 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Disney’s theme parks are about to get a lot more Marvel superheroes. After the successful launch of the Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! ride last year, the company has announced that it will be bringing more Marvel properties to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, along with expanded experiences at both Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland.
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As of male, 65 year old wooden coaster connoisseur with no kids who hasn't been to the movies in 20 years, I just don't understand the appeal of these characters!!! /s
To a lot of people, it's pretty cool to see different characters come together in various movies. That was always a thrill for my relatively short interest in the comics as a kid, when all of a sudden Spider Man shows up along side the X-Men. That said, the core Avengers-related stuff isn't very interesting to me, while I was really into the Guardians movies and Black Panther.
I've always been a huge X-men fan and it's kind of sad that a) the movies have been so hit or miss b) the only X-men themed ride (that I know of) is the Storm Force Accelatron. I mean, the Avengers aren't bad or anything, but the premise (let's just throw together a whole bunch of really popular super heroes with wildly different power levels) always felt incongruous.
I extremely disagree with you guys. The Avengers movies and all the stand-alone super hero movies (and Guardians) is like a dream come true for me.
It brings me back to the animated Saturday morning cartoon Spiderman and his Amazing Friends. A new Marvel hero or villain would guest star every new episode or so. It was one of the coolest parts of my childhood to see all my favorite comic book characters interact in a cartoon just like they did in the comics. It was like Superfriends, but with the cool superheros.
The X-Men problem is the Fox film license, I think. Before Marvel decided to make their own studio (and get bought by Disney), they licensed out to Fox. I think they got Fantastic Four as well, while Sony got Spider-Man. I believe the Spider Man either expired or they worked something out.
Sony still has the rights to Spider-Man But they have an agreement with Disney. Fox owns X-men and the rights to the whole Mutant side of things, as well as Fantastic Four and silver surfer.
I was under the impression that Disney recently acquired the rights to the FF and the XMen.
Here's the deal as of December 2017:
With the purchase of Fox, Disney will have all of those properties. The graphic is an easy way to show it. And it’s cute.
We went and saw Black Panther with some friends. I was clueless about it and hoped it would be a good movie to watch anyway. It sure was, I loved it.
I also learned two things. 1) My friend caught me up on the characters and other stories so I now have a better understanding of how it all fits together. Sort of. I started to glaze over so she quit talking. And 2) always stay til the last second of the final credits is over. That’s important.
I think Marvel also confirmed at some point that the Stan Lee character who makes all the cameos is a watcher, which is why he shows up at all the important times.
It’s not really the plot but the characters that drive the story anyways, it’s how they interact with each other to get (or not get) the job done. The core Avengers are:
Tony Star/Iron Man: imagine Bruce Wayne but more cocky, and he decided to use company assets to turn himself into a flying tank. He has a savior complex and has twice screwed up, once by creating an evil super computer and once by betraying half his friends to cozy up to the world powers in an act to atone for said evil super computer
Steve Rodgers/Capt America: A golly gee 1940s youth who volunteered to become a super soldier in order to save the world from the Nazis. He succeeds, but gets frozen in ice until present day where he has been thawed out. Even though he has saved the world and done the right thing every time, he has been betrayed by his government (who was infiltrated by Nazis,) his friends (see Tony Stark) and is now a man w/o a country on the run and with only a few friends who also mostly are on the run.
Thor: The God of Thunder, he recently watched his father die and had to team up with duplicitous brother Loki to destroy his home in order to defeat his sister Hela. He now is on a ship leading all that is left of his people in search of a new home.
Bruce Banner/Hulk: A brilliant scientist cursed by a lab accident to become a mindless anger monster if he looses his cool. He recently spent 3 straight years as that’s monster on an alien planet and is returning to earth afraid the next time he Hulks out he won’t come back
That’s just the four main characters, and at least and probably more are going to permanently die in the next movie. Having the characters be the building block of your series instead of the plot works great for ride design though because the rides plot because you can simply join with them on their next adventure.
Some of the Marvels fans remind me of some of the coaster fans here. There people here who can tell you just about any fact about any ride anywhere in the US and many in other countries, who designed and built each, what rides are similar at which parks, where rides have previously been, etc. Reflects an amazing amount of knowledge and dedication.
I have friends who are totally into Marvels. They can tell you everything about each of the Marvels characters, how the movies have been different from the comics, what is coming up next, etc. Again reflecting an amazing amount of knowledge and dedication.
This site helped me realize that I enjoy riding coasters and thrill rides a lot more than I like talking about them, ranking them, etc. At this point, I think I have seen the majority of the Marvels movies and I like them. Avengers was the first one I saw (at least in part after watching them film parts of it in Cleveland). I am good with going to the latest movie every year or so and that is about it with respect to Marvels.
Not sure how likely I am to go anytime soon to one of the relevant parks to see the Marvels attractions. I expect that they will be well done and popular. I suspect I would like them. I have never seen a Potter movie or read a Potter book but enjoyed Potterland at Universal. Saw Avatar but wasn't really a fan of it but enjoyed Pandora. If rides are well done, I think they can be appreciated a larger group than just the die hard fans of the IP (including people who have little, if any, familiarity with the IP at all).
Marvel. No ‘s’.
Some of the Marvels fans remind me of some of the coaster fans here.
Yeah. I used to accompany my dad when he was a guest artist at comic book conventions. Some of the comic book fans I've come across are far more...hmmm...dedicated?...than any coaster enthusiast I've met.
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