Disney has had a lot to say about Spider-Man recently. With the disputes over the character between Disney and Fox, the future is unclear on how movies will be impacted. But that hasn’t dissuaded the cinema giant from taking advantage of their ownership. In the summer of 2020, Spider-Man will make his allegiances known as he soars over Disneyland.
It’s part of the Avengers Campus at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, which features multiple Marvel-themed attractions for visitors. These will include the Pym Test Kitchen with large and small food and the Avengers Headquarters. An animatronic Spider-Man is set to fly above the crowds of the park before vanishing behind the buildings.
What is actually happening is that the robot is being flung and landing in a net. But it can do flips along the way and even position itself in quintessential Spider-Man poses. It is part of an attraction known as the World Engineering Brigade, or WEB. Cute. The suit Spider-Man is wearing is a new one, designed by Marvel’s head of visual development, Ryan Meinerding.
A video on Disney+ titled The Imagineering Story shows this in action. It is, actually, impressive. Its movements are fluid and lifelike. Of course, a free-falling robot flying through the air above huge crowds does make one ask many “what if?” questions. But, we’ll assume it’s completely safe.
Disney is hopeful this Avengers attraction will do better than the new Star Wars one, which had had lackluster crowds due to opening before all the rides were completed. It may also have had something to do with Star Wars‘ divided fanbase after the new movies. But Marvel hasn’t seemed to have that issue with their Infinity Stones storyline, so perhaps this will do much better. Fans eager to have Spider-Man fly overhead will only have to wait until this summer to see if it’s as impressive as it sounds.