Terry Crews is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he’s not appearing in a Marvel Studios movie. Instead, Disney Parks announced that the Brooklyn 99 The actor will appear in the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride, which opens next month at EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort. You can get a first look at Crews, who will play centurion Tal Marik, a close adviser to Nova Prime (played by Glenn Close, who reprises his role from the first guardians of the galaxy movie) below. We will note that Marik is a character unique to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is not an established Marvel character.
FIRST LOOK: @TerryCrews prepares for his new role as centurion Tal Marik, commander of the Starcharter and close adviser to Nova Prime. Marik must call on the Guardians because it’s “SAVE THE GALAXY TIME…again!” #CosmicRewind pic.twitter.com/P910ygZKsW
— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) April 25, 2022
It appears director James Gunn recruited Crews earlier this year after Crews commented on his love for Rom: The Spaceknight, a character who appeared in a 1980s Marvel comic series but doesn’t actually belong in Marvel. Gunn responded to a fan’s request to add Rom to the following guardians of the galaxy movie he couldn’t due to a rights issue, to which Crews replied, “”Shit! I loved the ROM series…!”
Alas, I can’t because Marvel no longer owns the rights to Rom – just other space knights and parts of the story made in the comics – otherwise believe me the old gridhead -Pain would probably be in Guardians by now. https://t.co/UPw9US7rmf
—James Gunn (@JamesGunn) December 30, 2021
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Return will be Disney World’s first Marvel-themed ride. Due to a licensing agreement with Universal Studios, Disney can’t use most Marvel characters in US parks east of the Mississippi River, but that agreement doesn’t appear to apply to Guardians of the Galaxy. Other Disney parks (including Disneyland and Disneyland Paris) have an Avengers campus with several Marvel attractions.
The new ride is a unique “storycoaster” that will tell a story involving the Guardians, Celestial Eson, and Nova Corps. Not only will the roller coaster cars spin 360 degrees so riders can see history unfold, but they’ll also be able to see Disney World’s first ever “reverse launch” roller coaster. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will also be one of the longest closed coasters in existence.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will open on May 27.