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Perhaps overshadowed at the D23 Expo by big announcements about Star Wars- and Toy Story-themed lands at Disney parks was the first ride footage from the Iron Man Experience, debuting next year at Hong Kong Disneyland.
Announced in October 2013, the estimated $100 million attraction will “take guests on an epic adventure against the forces of evil over the streets and in the sky above Hong Kong.” It will be the first permanent Marvel attraction at any Disney theme park.
NOTE (Aug. 20): The images have been removed at the request of the LEGO Group.
Along with the avalanche of Star Wars movie news rumbling out of Disney’s D23 Expo arrives the first official look at seven LEGO sets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Presumably available in December, ahead of the film’s premiere, the first wave of LEGO sets will include an updated Millennium Falcon, Poe Dameron’s X-Wing, Rey’s Speeder and four First Order ships — chief among them, Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle.
If it seems far too soon, and far too exhausting, to start planning for Comic-Con International 2015 (it’s just330 days away) then think about this: Early-bird tickets went on sale Thursday for D23 Expo 2015, scheduled for about a month after the San Diego convention.
Billed as the Ultimate Disney Fan Event, it will be held Aug. 14-16, 2015, at the Anaheim Convention Center, across the street from Disneyland. It brings together elements of Disney, Pixar, ABC, Lucasfilm and Marvel under one (figurative) tent.
Settling into an apparent “every other year” pattern, D23 focuses on “what’s new and what’s on the horizon from theme parks, television, music, games and films, including Pixar, the Muppets, Star Wars and Marvel.” At past D23 Expos, Disney has brought out everyone from Johnny Depp, dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow to announce the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, to the almost-complete cast of Avengers. Last year saw Tom Hiddleston singing “Bare Necessities,” while Disney and Marvel teased their “Seekers of the Weird” comic project.
Advance tickets for D23 Expo 2015 will go on sale at D23Expo.com beginning Aug. 14, 2014.
Among the announcements that came out of the D23 Expo was the casting of Tom Hiddleston alongside Christina Hendricks in DisneyToon Studios The Pirate Fairy, in which the Thor: The Dark World actor voices Cabin Boy James, who’ll later be legendary as Captain Hook. Unless you have “Hiddleston” as a Google alert, or have children who religiously watch the Tinker Bell direct-to-DVD animated movies, that relatively minor news likely escaped your attention.
But what you can’t miss is video of a giddy Hiddleston, an avowed fan of Disney’s The Jungle Book, singing a little bit of “Bare Necessities” at the event. If that’s not somehow worked into Thor 3, somebody at Marvel Studios isn’t doing his job.
The promise of “Something Weird” at the D23 Expo didn’t lead to the announcement of a new project from Disney and Marvel, but rather the unveiling of another teaser — this time a poster that yields a few clues.
Available in the fan gathering’s Imagineering area, the poster shows two children standing in silhouette in front of a door and coffin-shaped clock adorned with a demonic face and battle-ax pendulum. Over the arch are the words, “Do You Dare Enter?” That’s the image at right, courtesy of Marvel’s Ryan Penagos.
The illustration would seem to lend credence to earlier speculation that the comic is based on the Museum of the Weird, an early concept for the Haunted Mansion. Disney began developing the idea for the big screen in 2010, but ultimately scrapped those plans.
But wait, there’s more: The Marvel AR logo on the poster unlocks a video promising more information on the comic book — it is confirmed as a comic! — from Marvel and Disney’s Imagineers in September.
Update: Marvel has released the official image, which you can see below.
It turns out that Captain America isn’t just the “First Avenger,” but the first costumed Marvel character to debut at a Disney event since the media giant bought the company in 2009.
The Disney news blog Inside the Magic takes note of the Sentinel of Liberty in its coverage from the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, where the costumed character appeared in the pavilion for Disney Parks and Resorts. He’s helping to promote the new Avengers Academy kids’ area that’s being added Disney Cruise Line’s flagship Disney Magic as part of a “reimagineering” of the 15-year-old vessel.
Disney also released a video (below) offering more details about Marvel’s Avengers Academy, which will be revealed this fall. You can see more photos of Captain America at Inside the Magic.
The doors open in just an hour on the D23 Expo, the official Disney fan gathering held through Sunday in Anaheim, California. Tickets for Saturday are sold out.
While much of the event, of course, caters to Disney devotees — theme-park fans, serious collectors and cinephiles alike — we should expect a decent amount of news that reaches beyond the Magic Kingdom. For instance, today there’s a presentation featuring many of the voice actors from Marvel’s animated television series, and a signing with the producer and director of Big Hero 6, Walt Disney Animation’s first adaptation of a Marvel comic. That movie, based on the characters created by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau, is getting a promotional push at the event, which features a Big Hero 6 display (above, courtesy of ComingSoon).
Welcome to “Cheat Sheet,” ROBOT 6′s guide to the week ahead. This weekend is the D23 Expo, the event that Disney devotees look forward to for months. But the latest installment also promises plenty for Marvel and Star Wars fans.
Before you pack your mouse ears, though, there are new comics to read, ranging from Sidekick #1 to The Thrilling Adventure Hour to In the Days of the Mob. Continue on to see what ROBOT 6’s contributors have to say about their picks of the week.
A cryptic new teaser released by Disney and Marvel suggests the two may announce a theme park-inspired comic this weekend at D23, the official fan event held at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
Using a design familiar to Marvel fans, the teaser states “Ask For Something Weird,” with only the final word receiving special treatment. It’s that dripping font that leads the Disney news blog Inside the Magic to speculate the project could involve Museum of the Weird, an early concept for the Haunted Mansion theme park attraction.
Beyond that clue, all we know is that it’s definitely a comic book, as the teaser is filed under “Comic News” on the Marvel website.