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Marvel Avengers Campus Gets 'King Thanos' Multiverse Ride at Disneyland

Prepare to enter the multiverse to battle a Thanos who won.

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King Thanos Avengers ride

King Thanos faces off aside heroes of the Multiverse in the Avengers multiverse ride.

Disney Parks

Disney is expanding Avengers Campus at the California Adventure theme park, adding a Multiverse-themed ride into the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero mix. 

In the new attraction, you'll be able to battle alongside all the foes from everywhere and "everywhen," Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said Sunday during the Parks and Experiences panel at Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. There will be a new villain named King Thanos, and "this is a Thanos that won, and the Avengers are not too happy about that and you have to help them."

Thanos was the major MCU villain until 2019's Avengers: Endgame, when the heroes defeated him and his massive army after time-traveling adventure -- King Thanos apparently comes from a reality where the Avengers failed.

This version of the character is new in the MCU, but first appeared in the comics in a 2016 Thanos series. He's available in action figure form as an alternate head for the recent Marvel Legends toy.

Disney didn't reveal when this attraction will open.

A bearded, crown-wearing King Thanos from the Disneyland Avengers Campus expansion

He's got a cool spiky aesthetic.

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A Giant Hulk in his quantum Avengers suit will also be walking around Avengers Campus starting this week, with Mark Ruffalo appearing via video link to make the announcement.

Disneyland's Avengers Campus was first announced at D23 three years ago. Though it was originally supposed to open in summer 2020, the pandemic pushed back its opening to summer 2021. It's likely the new expansion and attraction will include a takeover of the building facade currently used for the live-action show, and the parking lot that sits behind it.

Avengers Campus opened at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim with one new attraction, Spider-Man Web Slingers, which joined the Guardians of the Galaxy ride (previously rethemed from its Tower of Terror origins back in 2017). It also has a Doctor Strange area and the Ant-Man-themed eatery and brewery Pym Test Kitchen.

Also announced during the Disney Parks and Experiences Panel at D23 were details on the Princess and the Frog retheme of Splash Mountain, the opening date for Tron Lightcycle Run at Disney World, the name of the next Disney cruise ship, San Fransokyo at California Adventure and a potential villains, Coco and Encanto area at Magic Kingdom.

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