10 Amazing Details in the World’s First Marvel Hotel
The world’s first Marvel hotel has finally opened at Disneyland Paris – and we can confirm that you’ll probably want to grab an Iron Man suit and jet over to the resort once you see it.
Totally unique to Disneyland Paris, and a mere Mjölnir’s throw from the theme park itself, is Disney’s Hotel New York: The Art of Marvel. IGN was treated to an insider preview of the new hotel by the Disney Imagineers, Marvel team and artists who have been working behind the scenes for the past four years on its opening.
As we’d expect from the Disneyland Park in Paris, the new premium four-star hotel is a classy affair. It’s a fittingly Marvel mashup of sophisticated New York style that would make Tony Stark proud, not to mention an exclusive art gallery. It also promises to be more than a hotel, but a true Marvel experience: a treasure trove of original comic book details you won’t find anywhere else and the ultimate haven for comic book fans.
Here are 10 of our favourite Marvel-inspired details, references, Easter Eggs, and to discover throughout the hotel:
Views over Stark Tower at the Skyline Bar
Want to really feel like Tony Stark? Head to the Skyline Bar, which, as well as offering sleek martini cocktails and American bites, draws inspiration for the Avengers HQ to give you the sense that you’re in a luxury highrise bar in Midtown Manhattan. The real pièce de résistance, though, is the virtual “panoramic windows”, which will give you a stunning faux-view over the Marvel universe’s take on the Manhattan skyline, complete with Stark Tower, and lighting which changes with the time of day. Keep a keen eye out and you’ll even spot a certain web-slinging superhero making his way over the rooftops.
One of the largest Marvel art galleries in the world
There are more than 350 artworks on display throughout the hotel, including, limited-edition, exclusive and never-before-seen pieces, which makes it one of the largest collections of Marvel art in the world. It features a wide array of work from more than 150 artists from all over the world, with art spanning classic Marvel comics, the current Marvel comics style, the MCU and games in styles ranging from classic back-and-white comics, to street art, pop art, hyperrealism and engraved metal work, and more. It’s set to grow, too. As Creative Director Caroline May, who curated the gallery, tells us, “We know there’s so much content that is continually coming out from Marvel Studios and the comic books, and so we wanted to make sure we had the opportunity to celebrate it all. And, we have the Jack Kirby Legacy Gallery, which we are able to update, and we’re always looking at opportunities for that, too.”
Priceless Jack Kirby artwork
Enough reason alone for any Marvel fan to make the pilgrimage to Disneyland Paris is the new Jack Kirby gallery; a permanent exhibition dedicated to the “The King of Comics” himself, displaying 21 comic book covers drawn by the creator of Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Iron Man and the X-Men to name a few. The gallery itself is even staffed by Art Guardians, a selection of specially trained Cast Members, who are at your service to share their expert knowledge and the stories behind the comic art with you. The hotel also boasts the Jack Kirby Legacy Gallery: a dedicated exhibition space which will host rotating new art collections for limited periods at a time.
Original Marvel art, unique to the hotel
Not only does the hotel feature classic Kirby comic book art, but it’s also kitted out with all-new original pieces by a host of exciting artists. These include UK comic book artist Tula Lotay, who has worked on Marvel comics art and overs for characters Black Widow, Gamora and Scarlet Witch, and has created an all-new vibrant portrait of Black Widow for the hotel. There’s also fellow Brit illustrator Liam Brazier, who is famed for his geometric reinterpretations of iconic characters, and has created several new contemporary portraits of Captain America, Thor and Hulk for the hotel. His favourite? Spidey, he tells us, because, “Spider-Man is always a very cool character to draw. He’s so athletic and dynamic, and my work is genuinely all about shapes and angles so that was really key for me to try and capture.” You’ll find that particular original artwork in the hotel’s dedicated Spider-Man suite.
This chandelier inspired by Asgard
The centrepiece of the hotel’s contemporary Manhattan Restaurant is this stunning crystal chandelier, inspired by the realm of Asgard. The restaurant, meanwhile, pays homage to NYC’s Italian connections, serving modernised traditional Italian dishes made with ingredients sourced in Italy. Pilar Hamil, Hotel Director says we have to try the freshly made pasta (“It’s phenomenal – it’s made in-house by our chef, with a beautiful pesto and cashew sauce, with fresh tomatoes and porcini mushrooms.”). That’s not a Marvel reference (though we’re sure Bro Thor would appreciate it) – it just sounds delicious.
Subtly engraved Marvel columns
The Marvel designs don’t stop at more traditional artwork – the hotel has been created so that you’ll find Marvel Easter eggs everywhere you look. Case in point: the ultra-grand lobby, the vertical design of which is surrounded by ten statuesque columns. Thomas Muller, set designer at Walt Disney Imagineering Paris cites them as his favourite part of the hotel: “You probably don’t realise straight away that they are engraved with superheroes – it’s one of those particular details that when you really take the time to take it all in, it makes for a ‘wow’ experience,” he tells us.
The Bleecker Street Lounge
Named after the address of Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum in Greenwich Village, the exposed brickwork and concrete stylings of this lounge are meant to transport you to Doctor Strange’s downtown Manhattan loft – except, instead of priceless magical artifacts, it’s full of themed food and drinks. Think New York-influenced snacks and cocktails inspired by the Sorcerer Supreme, as well as microbrews and organic wines, set over an indoor-outdoor terrace with views of Lake Disney: a perfect place to relax after a long day of heroism.
The opportunity to become an artist in the famed Marvel “Bullpen”
At the Marvel Design Studio, families and kids can learn how to be a Marvel comic book artist by following authentic tutorials to draw their favourite heroes on dedicated tablets. Comic book fans will recognise the bright space as being directly influenced by the mythical Marvel ‘Bullpen” – the place where Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and the Marvel comics writers and artists of the 1960s famously brainstormed ideas and created the Silver Age of comics.
Web slinging furniture details in the Spider-Man suite
You’ll get to experience the art in an altogether more intimate setting in the hotel’s rooms – 25 of which are exclusive suites dedicated to heroes like Spider-Man, and other Avengers. Not only are these decorated with original artworks, but the subtle design details go right down to the furniture throughout each room. In the Spidey suites, you’ll even notice an iconic web design on the ceiling, curtains and sofas, with shades of red throughout, and the outline of NYC skyline on the floor, to really make Peter Parker feel at home.
This Black Widow-inspired strawberry dessert
When Natasha Romanoff said ‘Nothing lasts forever” in the Black Widow trailer, we can assume she was probably talking about how long this thing will stay intact before it gets devoured. Because while the Art of Marvel resort may be super sophisticated, that doesn’t mean it’s short of Marvel-themed food and drink. That’s exactly how we like our luxury hotel experiences. The first on our list to try? This Black Widow-inspired strawberry cookies and cream dessert, available from the hotel’s eateries.
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