Marvel to build billion dollar theme park in Dubai
Crain’s New York Business is reporting that Marvel has teamed up Al Ahli Group to develop a $1 billion theme park in Dubai based on Marvel superheroes. Think Island of Adventure, but with a lot more sand.
Crain’s notes: "The agreement marks the first major deal completed by Marvel Studios’ new Chairman David Maisel, who was named to the post earlier this month amid a shakeup of the company’s feature film business. Michael Helfant, who had been president and chief operating officer of Marvel Studios, was ousted."
The park is scheduled to open in 2011, and will be the first global destination theme park in the Middle East. I, for one, look forward to the new fanboy question replacing "Who’s stronger, the Thing or the Hulk?" with "Does the Invisible Woman need to wear a burqa?"