All your favorite Marvel Super Heroes will be flying into an arena near you this summer when Feld Entertainment launches their newest show, Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes. The show takes off July 7 in Los Angeles at the STAPLES Center before making its way East, but we’ve been given a sneak peek into all the action-packed adventure and a behind the scenes tour of the show.
The story follows iconic super heroes including Spiderman, The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy as they battle Nebula, Green Goblin and Loki. The show combines acrobatics, dirt bike performances and, of course, fire to bring to life places around the universe – including the streets of New York and other planets.
The show seems larger than life, but the real magic happens behind the scenes where the cast and crew work together to give you an unforgettable experience. From the costumes to the explosions, no details are left out as Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes is brought to life.
Dress the part
It’s no secret that much of the illusion behind the show is due in large part to the costumes. Every real super hero needs one, right? And there are so many costumes in this show that are so unique, detailed and special.
Costume designer Mark Koss said Marvel gave him some leeway when creating the iconic looks for the show so long as he kept everything within the “vocabulary” of those characters. He really focused on staying true to tradition but giving each costume – from Groot to Wasp to Iron Man to Nebula – a look that “makes it feel special and powerful now.”
The next part of the make-believe magic behind the show’s spectacular is the fighting. Whether you’re a good guy or a bad guy, you need to know how to throw a punch or take a punch, for that matter. The choreography becomes more like a dance than a fight scene when you slow it down and learn all the steps. I was able to try my hand at it…and then I actually karate chopped the guy in the stomach. Opps…
Learn to fly
Whether the super heroes are flying through the air on dirt bikes, dancing with scarves suspended from the ceiling or soaring while attached to wires, stunts are a huge part of each scene. The skill and precision required to do some of these things is unmatched and most of the cast has been working on these skills all their lives. Many were gymnasts that transition into dance or some version of theater and others began riding on two wheels early on in life to learn some of the foundational skills that translated into this show’s performance.
Practice, practice and practice some more
The cast trains 11 hours a day and six days a week! With all the fighting and the stunts the practice time is necessary to make the show flow smoothly and avoid pitfalls. As a viewer, you almost never think about just how much goes into making it all happen. You forget that this is someone’s job to make you, “Ooooo,” and, “Ahhhhhh,” but just like any job it takes a lot of work.
Overall Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes will be an experience the whole family can enjoy. Not only does the show provide children and adults glimpses of all their favorite characters, but it also reaffirms positive messages such as teamwork, kindness and loyalty as it captivates the imagination.
Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes will be soaring into your city soon and will run through 2018. Find the complete listing of shows for the North American tour here. In 2019, the show will go aboard on an international tour.