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Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N London - Review

Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

Review by Rob Carnevale

AS A parent, there’s nothing that can beat the look of pure joy on your child’s face when they see something that blows their mind. A visit to Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N at the Excel in London virtually guarantees many of those moments.

From the moment the doors open (following a short briefing from Agent Maria Hill about what to expect), visitors are treated to the sight of some of Tony Stark’s finest creations – from the original Iron Man suit, created in the desert, to the giant Hulkbuster that has played a key part in films such as Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War.

But the jaw-dropping moments keep on coming, as there are areas dedicated to each Avengers character, filled with facts, props and costumes from the films, as well as the odd interactive experience. And this is where the most fun is to be had.

An early video game allows you to become an Iron Man avatar, capable of shooting innumerable villains. Again, the look of joy on your child’s face, as they face down enemies while simulating what it’s like to be in an Iron Man suit, is all but guaranteed.

But then this is also the type of event that appeals to fans of all ages. The interactive experiences play to the child [and superhero fan] in every single one of us.

Later on, there’s the opportunity to clap your hands like Hulk, pick up Thor’s hammer (who are you kidding?), measure your strength and find out which superhero you’re muscle power is equivalent to, or mess around with ‘ants’ on a carpet – a simple idea but one that keeps the youngsters occupied for ages!

Interspersed amongst all of this are the props and costumes that inform every movie and character, from Hawkeye’s bow and arrows, to Ant-Man’s suit, Black Panther’s mask and Captain America’s motorbike (yes, you can sit on it!) and shield (you can hold it too).

The S.T.A.T.I.O.N. itself is an acronym for Science Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network – and in keeping with this, the ‘station’ lays out the science behind much of the storytelling. Hence, you can learn how Hulk became so strong and angry, as well as the various areas of his brain and how they differ from a normal person’s, as well as how Steve Rogers and Scott Lang became Captain America and Ant-Man respectively.

Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

There’s even a section dedicated to some of the many villains, too, with the likes of Thanos, Ultron and Malekith the Accursed getting special mentions.

Part of the widespread appeal of the S.T.A.T.I.O.N, though, is just how well it caters for every age. It’s not just about the wow, it’s about learning too. The experience provides a super-powered dose of science and technology by NASA to enhance the authenticity of the experience and pique visitors’ interest in real-world science and technology.

It also provides comprehensive educational materials for teachers, plus supporting materials created by Quantum Victoria, to engage school-children [and adults] to follow STEM pathways by amplifying the scientific themes and characters that are core to Marvel’s storytelling.

It means that you can learn about the movies, while revisiting some of the key scenes, all while seeing some of these elements for yourselves.

Admittedly, there may be times when you have to wait to participate in some of the more popular activities, but with friendly staff on hand to engage you and answer questions, the path through the S.T.A.T.I.O.N should be relatively smooth and consistently engaging.

At a time when the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going from strength to strength, this is a near-essential companion piece to those big screen adventures. It’s a nicely thought out, exciting but informative experience that the whole family can enjoy.

And for those parents taking their children, it’ll virtually ensure that they look upon you with the same kind of adoring eyes as they do their favourite characters… you’ll be a superhero for taking them!

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