Be a Superhero for the Day at Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
Marvel Avengers has become a cultural phenomenon, capturing the imagination of people across the UK with a series of films, books and toys.
Whether you’re a fan of Iron Man, Hulk or Captain America, it’s hard not to be impressed by how big the franchise has become. The film Avengers Endgame broke box office records across the country as fans flooded to the cinema to see how their hero’s stories finished.
The films might have led the way when it came to popularise the series, but video games, online games and toys have helped smooth the process. Consoles have seen such games as Spiderman, with an Avengers game promising to be one of the big releases in 2020. They’re also incredibly popular on mobile devices; Foxy Games has several games inspired by the superhero genre including Wonder Woman, Thor’s Lightening and Thunderstruck that take direct cues from both the Marvel and DC cinematic universes.
There are even theme parks and shows you can now see with the family to further immerse yourself in the colourful world of Marvel. A multi-room exhibition has opened in London and Cardiff which looks to build on the films and media and offer a more personal and hands-on experience for fans.
It’s called Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N, which is an acronym for Science Training and Tactical Intelligence Operational Network. It’s a place where visitors can step inside the films and interact with a number of displays that will make them feel part of the Marvel world.
You can visit Thor’s observatory and try to lift his hammer, as well as studying his outfits. There’s a feature on Captain America where you can view his personnel files and explore the technology that turned plain old Steve Rogers into the beloved superhero.
Perhaps you’re an Iron Man fan; if so then there’s something for you too. You can visit the engineering bay made famous by the Iron Man movies which grossed $585m (£456m) worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.
There’s much, much more on offer too, from the Hulk’s lab to an exhibition of the costumes used by the characters, even some of the more peripheral heroes such as Black Panther, Thanos or the Wasp. The whole exhibition takes around 70 minutes to get around and will provide fans with more material to feed their passion for the franchise.
It’s come to the UK after being a big success in America, with Lonely Planet explaining how a Marvel S.T.A.T.I.O.N experience opened in Las Vegas in May 2019. Now, fans in the United Kingdom don’t have to travel quite as far. The London exhibit can be found at the Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Eastern Gateway, London E16 1FR, whilst the Cardiff exhibition is at 11 Bridge Street Arcade St David’s Dewi Sant CF10 2EF.
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