Marvel fans are gearing up for the big blowoff finale of , but some Marvel heroes will be showing up a lot sooner than that. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Nano Battle is the newest Disney theme park attraction to star Marvel characters and the new ride, which will be opening in March at Hong Kong Disneyland, will also include Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, reprising their roles from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While the fact that at Ant-Man and the Wasp: Nano Battle was on the way to Hong Kong Disneyland had been revealed previously, the new attraction has been given a firm opening date of March 31 by Marvel and a lot of new information was revealed, including more about how the attraction’s story and how the ride will actually work.
As previously revealed, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Nano Battle will be part of its own little theme park universe and will actually be taking place, from a story perspective, concurrently with the existing Iron Man Experience attraction. While Iron Man is busy defending Stark Tower, he’ll call on Ant-Man and the Wasp to help defend the S.H.I.E.L.D. Science and Technology Pavilion, next door. Because Arnim Zola’s Swarmbots are so small, only the Wasp and Ant-Man can get small enough to take them on efficiently.
However, there are far too many of them for even the two superheroes, so that’s when they call on the guests to help out. Each rider will board a S.H.I.E.L.D. Defense/Assault Ground Rover (“Dagger”) and be issued an EMP blaster, so that they can help blast the swarmbots.
The ride itself appears to be something like Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters or possibly Toy Story Midway Mania, whether guests will be shooting at actual physical targets like in the former attraction, or onto screens, like in the latter, is unclear.
It sounds like the attraction is full of real objects, though there may also be screen involved as Marvel has confirmed that Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly themselves will be part of the attraction, so they likely appear on screens. What’s more, the sequences using the MCU actors were directed by director Peyton Reed, so it seems that they were likely filmed during the most recent Marvel movie. There will also be a unique score by Christophe Beck, who previously scored both movies.
What’s even better than watching the MCU unfold is being part of it, and the fact that Marvel Studios is working alongside Disney Parks in order to create experiences like Ant-Man and the Wasp: Nano Battle and Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout, just ads a new level of immersion to rides like this.
Of course, the downside for many of us is that getting to Hong Kong to experience this attraction is unlikely. Some Disney Parks experiences that start in places like Hong Kong or Shanghai do make it across the pond to Disneyland or Walt Disney World and while there’s no indication that’s going to happen here, the possibility always exists.
If you are going to be at Hong Kong Disneyland in the near future, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Nano Battle opens March 31.