PHOTOS, VIDEO: Mantis from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Debuts in Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure

Spencer Lloyd

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Mantis from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Debuts in Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure

Spencer Lloyd

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Mantis from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Debuts in Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure

Every galaxy needs its guardians, and fortunately some of them come to visit Avengers Campus now and then. To promote the release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” Mantis is making her Disney Parks debut for the first time at Disney California Adventure!

Mantis from “Guardians of the Galaxy” Debuts

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Mantis comes as part of a mini-show right outside Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: BREAKOUT in Avengers Campus. Her brother Peter Quill, also known as Star-Lord, is here with her to hold a special dance-off with visitors to the campus.

Usually Gamora is Star-Lord’s dance partner, but Mantis is taking her place for a limited time.

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We get to see some examples of her ability to change emotions, pacifying her brother.

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The two split into teams and select guests from the audience to dance-off against each other. We not only get to see that classic Star-Lord humor, but the naivete and free spirit of Mantis as well.

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After, they pose for some short photo ops, although Mantis doesn’t stick around to meet with guests for long.

You can watch the full show below:

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” focuses on a group of extraterrestrial criminals on the run who initially team up for just causes when they tangle themselves in a dangerous struggle between Xandar and Kree fanatical Ronan the Accuser. 

“Vol. 3” is the long-awaited conclusion to a trilogy that began with 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” A relatively unknown team of superheroes to the general public before this film’s release, the franchise is now one of Marvel’s most popular and critically acclaimed, with the first two films grossing a combined $1.64 billion, as well as scoring 92% and 85% on Rotten Tomatoes, respectively.

The Guardians have also made appearances in “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Avengers: Endgame,” and “Thor: Love and Thunder” — plus a roughly half-feature-length Holiday Special on Disney+. They’ve spawned a series of video games, and are now featured in two Disney Parks attractions: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT and Mission: Breakout at Disney California Adventure. 

James Gunn, doubling as writer and director, has repeatedly expressed his profound desire to wrap the trilogy up with the utmost propriety, calling it “the hardest thing I’ve ever done” in an interview with Entertainment Weekly

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” hits theaters on May 5, 2023.

Guardians of the Galaxy at Disney Parks

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As some of the only Marvel characters that Disney can legally use at Walt Disney World, the Guardians are featured in EPCOT’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. The ride replaces Ellen’s Energy Adventure / Universe of Energy, utilizing the same façade for guests to enter the Wonders of Xandar pavilion.

“Guardians of the Galaxy — Awesome Mix Live!” was a stage show previously performed at EPCOT on and off from 2018 to 2020. The show featured Star-Lord and Gamora.

In Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure, guests can ride Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! This ride is a reskin of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Star-Lord and Gamora also appear for the street dance party “Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Dance Off!”

The couple has also hosted a dance-off at Avengers Campus in Disneyland Paris and at Tomorrowland / Stark Expo in Hong Kong Disneyland.

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