The Iron Man franchise may not have any new installments planned right now from Marvel Entertainment, but Robert Downey Jr.’s memorable portrayal of the iconic superhero will live on through future installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (unless he's re-cast, of course). And of course, seemingly endless sources of revenue remain for Iron Man and other famous Marvel heroes, including theme park rides.
Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure theme park has already experienced plenty of success with Marvel-themed attractions based on characters like Spider-Man and The Hulk. But the Iron Man Experience motion simulator ride, expected to debut at Hong Kong Disneyland on January 11, 2017, marks the first Disney-based ride for Marvel.
How exactly the ride would look and feel remained a mystery until now, as a pair of leaked previews (hat tip /Film) give viewers on YouTube a sneak peek at what to expect. Watch the video above for a point-of-view video of the ride itself, the concept for which will be familiar to you if you’ve been on any kind of motion ride before. The video below shows the first part of the ride, which is an introductory “tour” through “Stark Industries,” which looks almost as impressively detailed as the Iron Man movie sets themselves. You'll get to see all of Tony Stark's greatest innovations before setting foot on the aircraft where the real attraction takes place.
The ride itself continues the “tour” by strapping you into one of Stark’s newest aircraft, which zips around Disneyland and Hong Kong landmarks before, of course, things go awry. Iron Man battles Hydra and his “henchmen” all while communicating with J.A.R.V.I.S., keeping the aircraft from crashing, and eventually saving the day. Based on the above POV video of the ride, it bears many similarities to The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, which is located at Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure in Orlando and Osaka, Japan.
The Iron Man Experience is a first for Disney, however, and a potential watershed moment for the legendary theme parks. Disney has a lot of catching up to do with Universal Studios’ impressive lineup of indoor motion simulator rides, and certainly its Marvel-themed attractions. The Iron Man Experience looks like a strong first step in that direction, and even if Iron Man ends up dying in Avengers: Infinity War, Downey Jr. will live on through this ride for a long time.
According to /Film, various legal complications are the main reason why an attraction like The Iron Man Experience has yet to be built at a Disney theme park on U.S. soil. If you’re a huge Iron Man fanatic and strongly desire to, well, experience the ride first-hand, you will have to venture to Hong Kong. But if and when the ride is a success, Disney will almost certainly find a way to bring the attraction to America.
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