Continuing to prove I made the best decision ever to marry her, my wife got us tickets to see Marvel Live at the Verizon Center last Friday. We had great seats and for a Marvel fanatic like myself, this was like a “grown-up” version of going to the circus.
Taking advantage of its worldwide popularity, Marvel decided to do a nationwide performance with an original story featuring some of the more popular characters in the Marvel Comics universe.
Predictably, the most prominent heroes and villains are those featured under the Marvel Studios Avengers’ banner (Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Red Skull, Loki) but Spider-Man, Wolverine, Cyclops and Storm are also included.
To further raise her awareness among the general public, Ms. Marvel — the only Marvel character in the show who hasn’t appeared in a movie as of yet — is also featured. That’s sure to help stoke interest and speculation that a Ms. Marvel standalone film or surprise appearance in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” is imminent.
If it hasn’t come to your area yet, chances are you’ve heard about it from comic book ads, TV or radio spots. And if you’re a comic book or Marvel fan, you’ll definitely want to check this out.
Some quick non-spoiler thoughts:
– While geared toward families, the script was pretty good. The writers were familiar with the characters so Spider-Man was spouting puns, Iron Man was narcissistic, Wolverine was constantly angry and Captain America was portrayed as the leader. Granted, some of the puns are bad, but the writing never feels corny or too kid-oriented.
– The story allows for the characters to split up providing for team-ups we wouldn’t normally see on the big screen and some unique interaction and fights. The biggest surprise is how much fun the second act team-up and battle is considering the opposition.
– The costume designs were far more comic book influenced than movie appearances (much appreciated in the case of Falcon) and looked much better than a dress-up costume you could find during Halloween.
– The tone was like a show you’d see at an amusement park with better effects and a noticeably bigger budget so the “flying” doesn’t look cheap and gives you a much closer perspective of what you’ve only seen in comic book pages or on the big screen.
– Hulk’s arrival is pretty sweet and appropriately meaningful.
– Loki remains awesome.
Based on Marvel’s popularity right now, it would have been easy for them to just throw together anything and know they’d be able to sucker fans into paying for it, but this is a quality fan service effort that parents and adults will likely enjoy just as much as kids.
So really, if you’re a Marvel fan and you’ve got the means, I highly recommend you check this out.