Update: We attended the Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout grand opening!
Disneyland may have future plans for an Avengers-themed ride, thanks to a hint from a Marvel exec. Disney just officially opened the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! ride to visitors at Anaheim’s California Adventure Park, and despite some legal complexities may be planning for more. The idea of a new ride based on The Avengers is not out of the realm of possibility, especially with Avengers: Infinity War and the as-yet untitled Avengers 4 hitting theaters in 2018 and 2019.
Now that Mission: BREAKOUT! is open to the public, Disney and Marvel can look toward new theme park creations. As of right now, it’s unclear what’s next for Marvel-themed Disney attractions. But Ryan Penagos, vice president and executive editor of Marvel’s Digital Media Group, just gave a huge hint as to what could be coming down the road for Disney and its Marvel attractions – and it appears that it indeed involves The Avengers.
Penagos shared a new video to his Instagram account on Sunday to personally deliver the hint to his followers. He’s in a small garden area with the Mission: BREAKOUT! ride nearby, and pans down to reveal what looks like some kind of manhole cover with the Avengers logo on it. The cover appears to be clamped down tightly. There is a clearer view of the mysterious clue in a couple of photos that Penagos also shared.
There are no confirmed plans for Disney to build a new Avengers-themed attraction at California Adventure, but the mere presence of an Avengers logo right near Mission: BREAKOUT! certainly hints strongly at a potential new ride in the near future. Disney already branched out to Marvel-based attractions with Iron Man’s solo ride Iron Man Experience, which can be found at Hong Kong Disneyland.
Disneyland already has a must-see ride for Marvel fans with Mission: BREAKOUT!, and another brand new ride based on The Avengers could only increase the need to visit Anaheim to experience the attractions. Disney is effectively circumventing some legal complications to deliver Marvel-themed rides out west, making California Adventure that much more of an attractive place for Marvel fans to visit – and it appears that Disney is not done.
Those aforementioned legal complications, however, are why fans won’t be able to get Marvel rides at Disney-owned theme parks in Florida or elsewhere on the east coast. Only Universal Studios in Orlando currently has the rights to build Marvel-themed attractions east of the Mississippi River. Even Mission: BREAKOUT! wasn’t allowed to use “Marvel” in its name, which could complicate a potential ride based on The Avengers – but it seems that Disneyland is expecting to find a way to eventually make the ride a reality.
KEY RELEASE DATES
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 release date: May 5, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming release date: Jul 7, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok release date: Nov 3, 2017
Black Panther release date: Feb 16, 2018
The Avengers: Infinity War release date: May 4, 2018
Ant-Man & The Wasp release date: Jul 6, 2018
Captain Marvel release date: Mar 8, 2019
The Avengers 4 / Untitled Avengers Movie release date: May 3, 2019