The Marvel Cinematic Universe has had an incredible influence on today's culture. It's such a massive enterprise that it's honestly crazy it was ever pulled off in the first place.
First and foremost, its connected universe of films changed the entire blockbuster landscape, with many franchises and studios trying to replicate Marvel's successful format and nearly all of them coming up short.
More recently, Marvel Studios has burst into the streaming scene, with four Disney+ shows released to date—and nearly a dozen more scheduled for the near future. This expansion to the MCU is its boldest and biggest to date, more than doubling the studios' overall output.
Film and television aren't the only places where Marvel's influence has reached. The brand new Avengers Campus at Disneyland just opened recently, giving the world an entirely new and unique way to interact with the MCU's world and characters.
Another upcoming interactive experience promises to be one for the ages: an interactive cruise. In fact, this cruise will contain an experience that will bring fans onto the front lines with big heroes such as Captain America and Ant-Man as they team up against the infamous Ultron.
Captain America, Ant-Man, & More Team-Up For a Cruise
Disney Parks announced that the interactive Marvel Disney Cruise will not only be the first of its kind, but guests will get to be a part of a real-life Avengers mission. The experience is titled Avengers: Quantum Encounter, and its new poster can be seen below:
The heroes on this mission? Attendees can expect to see the likes of Ant-Man, the Wasp, Captain America, and Captain Marvel all as part of the action. The best part of it all is that the stars behind the characters in the films will be lending their talents to the experience, with Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, and Brie Larson returning to play their respective heroes.
Joining them will be Kerry Condon as the voice of F.R.I.D.A.Y. as well as Ross Marquand reprising his What If...? role as the voice of Ultron.
An MCU Cruise for the Ages
The first thing to note is how much Marvel Studios seems to love Ultron in anything but its own live-action films. The last time fans saw Ultron in live-action was Avengers: Age of Ultron. Since then, the villain has been the key antagonist in an MCU VR experience, the Multiverse-threatening murder bot in What If...?, and now this new cruise experience.
At this point, is it only a matter of time before fans see the character pop up once again in the films?
Either way, this Marvel cruise experience seems like an absolute blast. It looks to be along the same lines as the interactive, almost Westworld-esque Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser—and it's probably going to be equally as expensive.
This will also be Sam Wilson's first adventure as Captain America outside of his debut in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier's finale. But is it canon? Probably not, but it will surely be fun nonetheless.
The next MCU project is Eternals, which will be hitting theaters on November 5, 2021.