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An Avengers-themed train is now operating on Walt Disney World's monorail system, with Marvel's film due to debut in theaters on May 4, 2012.

Walt Disney World frequently "wraps" its monorail trains to promote new movies, and on this occasion has opted to temporarily makeover Monorail Red. It is not known how long the "Avengerail" design will remain in place, although it is likely that Disney won't remove it until some time after the movie's DVD release.

The release of The Avengers marks the end of a long project for Marvel, which started before the company was acquired by Disney in 2009. The movie features a host of characters who have appeared in the company's blockbusters over the past few years, including Ironman, Thor, The Incredible Hulk and Captain America.

The newly-wrapped monorail train was captured on video by Orlando Attractions Magazine, with the footage embedded below:

The monorail system opened alongside the rest of Walt Disney World in 1971. It serves some of the resort's most expensive hotels, including Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Polynesian Resort and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The Avengers-themed train is in operation on the Express and Resort lines, which serve the Magic Kingdom and its surrounding resorts.

Disney's takeover of Marvel caused a stir in the Florida theme park market, with arch-rival Universal Orlando holding an exclusive license to use many of the comic book firm's characters in its Islands of Adventure theme park. It has shown no sign of dropping the superheroes, having recently revamped its Amazing Adventures of Spiderman dark ride.


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