Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd kick off the opening of Disney’s Avengers Campus

A smiling Anthony Mackie hands a Captain America shield to a Disney actor as Paul Rudd and a Disney executive look on.
Actor Anthony Mackie presents California Adventure’s Captain America with his shield during the grand opening ceremony of the Avengers Campus.
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On the eve of Disney’s first media preview of the the new Avengers Campus at California Adventure, actors Anthony Mackie and Paul Rudd made an appearance to celebrate the opening of the new segment of the park.

As represented in the Marvel films Mackie, the first Black Captain America, presented California Adventure’s Captain America with his shield during the Grand Opening Ceremony.

Characters from a variety of Avengers movies also took the stage, including Iron Man and Spider-Man.

Our photographer Jason Armond captured the event:

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Paul Rudd, wearing a pink jacket and trousers, waves.
Paul Rudd, the actor who plays Ant-Man, takes the stage to make remarks.
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Paul Rudd speaks in front of the Avengers headquarters at the Avengers Campus.
Paul Rudd speaks at the Avengers Campus opening.
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Anthony Mackie walks on stage in a dark jacket.
Anthony Mackie, whose character the Falcon becomes Captain America, takes the stage to make remarks.
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Purple lights hover over a doorway.
Doctor Strange’s sanctum at the Avengers Campus.
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Iron Man holds up his hands onstage as Jon Favreau speaks.
“Iron Man” filmmaker and actor Jon Favreau is joined by someone in a familiar suit as he gives remarks at the opening ceremony.
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Loki, Thor, Ant-Man, the Wasp and other Avengers wave from a platform.
Characters from the Avengers movies make an appearance at the grand opening ceremony.
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Paul Rudd smiles on stage and speaks into a microphone.
Paul Rudd gives opening remarks.
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Actors dressed as Loki, Thor, Ant-Man and the Wasp wave.
Characters from Marvel Avengers movies make an appearance at the grand opening ceremony.
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The Quinjet, illuminated with the Avengers logo, is docked on a high platform.
The Quinjet at Disney California Adventure’s new Avengers Campus.
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Anthony Mackie, in a dark jacket and white tennis shoes, holds a large round bag.
Actor Anthony Mackie prepares to speak onstage.
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An actor dressed as Captain America takes the stage as Paul Rudd applauds.
Captain America takes the stage.
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Jon Favreau, Paul Rudd and Anthony Mackie pose with the Captain America actor and Disney executives.
Jon Favreau, Anthony Jackie and Paul Rudd gather with Captain America and Disney executives.
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Captain America, holding his shield, waves.
Captain America waves to the crowd.
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Fireworks go off behind Avengers headquarters as actors and executives stand onstage.
Fireworks mark the official grand opening of Disney California Adventure’s Avengers Campus.
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