The Marvel universe is rife with mysterious artifacts. The Infinity Stones, after which Thanos has been lusting since 2011, are just a few of them. They’re joined by weapons, relics, and even garments of immense power. And if one of them—say, the Wand of Watoomb—should fall into the wrong hands—say, Loki’s—there’s no knowing the destruction that’ll result.
That is where The Avengers come in, joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider Man, Wasp, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange. It's also where Marvel Universe LIVE! begins its rollicking display of awesomeness.
It’s a display you and your family won’t want to miss, in part because of how faithful it is to the Marvel canon. The events don’t fold specifically into the cinematic timeline, but the Wand of Watoomb, for example, is ripped from the pages of the comics. In that sense, much like the comics themselves branch off with different sagas and storylines, you should think of Marvel Universe LIVE! as an elaboration of the cinematic universe rather than something wholly separate.
That said, if you’re just in it for the thrills (and don’t care about Marvel hermeneutics whatsoever), this production has everything you could want. We’re talking cutting-edge special effects, aerial maneuvers, pyrotechnics, martial arts, motorcycle stunts, and vast 3D projection mapping. It’s an immersive adventure, at times even more thrilling than what you’ll find on the silver screen.
The story is fast-paced, too. It all centers on that wand, and everyone wants it. That includes Loki, who hires Nebula to steal it from Yondu, our favorite would-be Guardian of the Galaxy. Thankfully the real Guardians of the Galaxy show up—Star Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Drax, and Groot. But even their gun power, guile, and sarcasm can’t prevent Gamora from getting the wand.
Now that the earth is in peril, Spider-Man, Wasp, Black Panther, and The Avengers join in on the fight. They travel from New York to K’un Lun to a hidden jungle in the heart of the Antarctic. They fight aliens, dragons, and a host of never-before-seen creatures. The stage morphs marvelously in step, and the aerial stunts are unbelievable. Alas, our heroes are too late. They reach Loki just as he wraps his fingers around the wand, and then everything is lost.
Or is it?
You’ll have to see it live to find out. And you’ll have to bring your friends and family, too, because it’s all you’ll be talking about for a week. Here’s how to see is in Cincinnati:
- WHAT: Marvel Universe LIVE!
- WHEN: Seven performances September 20-23
- WHERE: U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway Street (45202)
- TICKETS: Get them here.
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For more information on Marvel Universe LIVE!, visit their website.