Marvel’s most iconic heroes and notorious villains are coming to an arena near you, as Marvel Universe Live! kicks off its nation-wide tour.
Part live action stunt show, part comic book fantasy, Marvel Universe Live! begins with Thor antagonist Loki creating a Cosmic Cube capable of obliterating Earth. When the agents of good discover Loki’s newfound power, they set out to foil his evil intentions. Fans of Marvel’s movie franchises will instantly recognize the band of heroes fighting to protect Earth, but the heroic teams are unlike anything we’ve seen on the silver screen. Interesting and unique pairings such as Spider-man and Iron Man, Wolverine and Bruce Banner result in humorous dialog sequences and action-packed melees.
While the first act starts off a little slow as the plot is set, both the action and story pick up after the intermission; more so the action. I particularly enjoyed the sequences with Wolverine and Bruce Banner, who team up to track down Loki in the Himalayas. Wolverine is irritated that Banner is tagging along, slowing him up, and is set on pressing Banner’s “green” button. The quips Wolverine takes at Banner in hopes that he’ll become Hulk are quite humorous.
Souvenir collectors will have a wide variety of knick-knacks to choose from for purchase, but a majority of the merchandise is geared toward kids. If you don’t plan on donning a Iron Man mask with Hulk fists, you could have your cold one filled in a commemorative cup.
In development for two years, the special effects, acrobatics and story in Marvel Universe Live! are indicative of the creativity and training required to bring the production to life. From aerial battles to motorbike stunts, elaborate sets to booming explosions, the show has everything you’d expect to see in the panels of a Marvel comic book.
The Marvel Universe Live! tour is now underway with performances scheduled throughout the country. For showtimes and tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com. If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing an 8-foot tall Hulk in person, this is your chance!