As Disney continues to leverage Intellectual Property in their theme parks, it becomes tougher and tougher to know where the theme park lands fit into the greater storylines at play in movies and TV shows.
Of course, for the average guest, it probably doesn’t matter that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. Similarly, your enjoyment of Flight of Passage in Pandora – The World of Avatar doesn’t require you to know that you are walking around a world that takes place after the movies.
That said, Walt Disney Imagineering does put forth a lot of effort to ensure that the theme park lands aren’t in conflict with the source material at all. That brings us to Avengers Campus, a new MARVEL-themed land coming to the Disneyland Resort this summer (probably).
Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will likely look at the timeline of the movies as pre-Snap and post-Snap, referencing the Thanos Snap that wiped out half of all life in the universe. The Snap took place at the end of Avengers: Infinity War and then kind of reversed in the very next movie – Avengers: Endgame.
In Avengers Campus, the Thanos Snap never happened and never will, according to Dan Fields, Executive Creative Director, Disney Parks Live Entertainment (via ComicBook.com).
“So the Avengers and all of us, the guests, we’re recruits. We’re here to just have eyes on the prize there. I think that you’ll find that these events are really happening. It’s really happening. This campus exists in the real world, and therefore, those heroes are here and keep an eye on us, keep us all safe. There’s no apocalyptic snap happening in this campus.”
In the Avengers Campus version of the Marvel multiverse, the storyline will split from the canon established in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“As I mentioned, there’s no snap. What I mean by that is we want there to be some conflict, but we don’t want anyone to feel that there’s an apocalyptic threat to the end of humanity,” Fields said. “Our friends in the studio do a great job with that. So we want the conflict to be a little more accessible to the daily guests here.”
Most notably, Avengers Campus couldn’t follow the Marvel Cinematic Universe if they wanted Iron Man to be a part of the new themed land at Diseny’s California Adventure.
“The lovely thing about the comic books and the films is that between them we’ve seen a million different versions of the multiverse, a million different versions of these characters. Avengers: Endgame especially gave us the opportunity to go back in time and then split off in a different timeline,” Walt Disney Imagineering staff writer and Avengers Campus story lead Jillian Pagan explained to ComicBook.com. “So that’s how we like to look at our activation that we have, if you think about when [the Avengers] went back to 2012 and Endgame, they had a shared history. The two timelines had a shared history up until that point.”
“And then there was a divergence and Loki takes the Tesseract over here and they’re doing things over there, and in our timeline we have a shared history with the films,” Pagan continued. “We will continue to have a shared history as we move forward, so there’ll be a little bit of fluidity to that timeline, but clearly we live in a version of the multiverse where there are some characters who did not sacrifice themselves for us. They are alive and well and now welcome you to it.”
Avengers Campus is currently still scheduled to open on July 18th, but with the theme parks closed indefinitely, we’ll keep an eye on any changes to that date.
As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com for the latest Disney Parks news and photos. We’ll continue to bring you news and photos, where possible, through the Disney Parks closure due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will resume our normal coverage once the parks reopen to guests on July 11th!