How Avengers Campus already stands in stark contrast to Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge

Avengers Campus is already showing how the new Marvel themed land will be the polar opposite of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge when it comes to bringing the latest Disney+ stars from the streaming service to Disney California Adventure.

Walt Disney Imagineering made sure not to paint themselves into a storytelling corner with DCA’s Avengers Campus the same way they did with Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland.

Disney plans to keep Avengers Campus as dynamic as possible so Marvel fans can watch “Loki” on Disney+ and walk into DCA later that day and see the God of Mischief in the same prison garb he wears on the show.

Across the promenade in Disneyland, Imagineering created a Galaxy’s Edge narrative timeline so narrow that the Mandalorian, Baby Yoda and other popular new Disney+ characters can’t even step foot in the Star Wars land.

Even the June 4 opening of Avengers Campus stands in stark contrast to the launch of Galaxy’s Edge in 2019. Avengers Campus debuted to six-hour lines that stretched from one side of DCA to the other while the opening of Galaxy’s Edge was followed by the lightest crowds seen at Disneyland in decades.

Avengers Campus launched a series of Loki character, prop and merchandise tie-ins the same day the new “Loki” series premiered on Disney+ as part of an ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The new “Loki” show takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame” — but that doesn’t matter in the new Marvel land. Avengers Campus isn’t trapped in a restrictive fictional timeline like Galaxy’s Edge — which keeps some of the most iconic Star Wars characters and newest Disney+ stars out of Batuu, the intergalactic setting for the 14-acre land.

Loki is set to make appearances in Avengers Campus in his Time Variance Authority prison uniform — complete with a pair of TVA Minutemen guards at his side. (Disney) 

Thor’s wicked brother was already among the 16 Marvel superheroes and supervillains prowling Avengers Campus on opening day. Now Loki is set to make appearances in Avengers Campus in his Time Variance Authority prison uniform— complete with a pair of TVA Minutemen guards at his side.

Loki’s TVA look coincides with the first few episodes of the new Marvel show that just dropped on Disney+. Loki will appear in Avengers Campus with different looks over the next month as additional episodes appear on the streaming service.

“Loki” TV show props have also been added to the interstellar relics collection in the lobby of the Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout attraction, which is now part of Avengers Campus. Loki and Time Variance Authority merchandise is already available in DCA shops — including a Loki horns/Mickey ears headband.

Additional Marvel characters and superhero looks tied to Disney+ shows are on the way to Avengers Campus. More than 50 Marvel characters — just a small fraction of the 5,000-plus in existence — could end up calling Avengers Campus home thanks to the onslaught of new movies and TV shows coming to Disney+.

Imagineering built the new Marvel land to be more flexible and forgiving than Black Spire Outpost, the outer rim spaceport at the heart of Galaxy’s Edge.

Avengers Campus isn’t locked into any particular timeline in the Marvel comics or the Marvel Cinematic Universe — which means any character can show up at any time, regardless of what’s happening elsewhere in the MCU.

The storytelling decision future-proofs Avengers Campus for any upcoming Marvel movies. The narrative freedom leaves plenty of room for heroes from “WandaVision,” “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “The Eternals” and other new Marvel projects on Disney+ to drop into Avengers Campus anytime they want.

Galaxy’s Edge doesn’t have the same flexibility — with many current and past stars shut out of the new Star Wars land for timeline continuity reasons.

From a storytelling standpoint, Galaxy’s Edge exists in a time period between the events of “The Last Jedi” and “The Rise of Skywalker” — the last two films in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. As a result, very few characters featured in Star Wars television shows and movies on Disney+ or bound for the streaming service in the next few years can appear in Galaxy’s Edge.

That means you won’t find the Mandalorian, Ahsoka Tano or “The Bad Batch” characters in Disney’s Star Wars land.

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