After writing a preview piece in The Suburban for the much anticipated Bell Centre presentation of Marvel Universe Live! I thought that the best person to review it for me would be a colleague with a young son. Enter our production guru Oliver Sutton and Nathaniel, who enters Grade 1 at Royal Vale School this year.
|That's Nathaniel in disguise.|
Marvel Universe Live! Continues with presentations in both French and English. French shows are Aug. 22 (3 pm and 7 pm) and Aug. 23 (11 am). English shows take place Aug. 22 (11 am) and Aug. 23 (3 pm). It features the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man. Thor, The Hulk, Black Widow, Wolverine, Nick Fury, Storm, Green Goblin and Red Skull among the 25 heroes and villains who arein constant battle during the two hour show.
“There were a lot of kids in costumes,” Oliver reported. “Looking through the crowd I could see many little ones dressed as Captain America, Spider-Man and Ironman. Some were in full costume head to toe and some in masks and t-shirts.”
Oliver notes that the special effects were magnificent. “They had lazers smoke bangs lights, music,video and total sensory overload,” he said. “The fight choreography was highly impressive.”
Who was the fan favorite? Ironman, according to Oliver and Nathaniel. “There were big cheers when he entered the scene,” he said. “Wolverine was popular too.”
With cars skidding around, motorcycles zooming and jumping, this was a great experience for kids and parents alike. “And the original stories presented for each of the characters was well done,” he said. “There was so much action we did not know where to look sometimes.”
The Hulk was gigantic at eight foot five tall, greeted as well very enthusiastically by the crowd.
Nathaniels review? “ Two thumbs up,” he said.
The show is being described in some reviews as “Disney on Ice, with motorcycles instead of skates,” and clearly geared towards a younger audience.
Marvel Entertainment launched this bold idea a year ago and it is taking arenas across North America and Europe by storm, attracting fans of all ages. Like Comic Con, many spectators tend to come in costume.
The Spider-Man scenes were described as the most spectacular, spinning webs and flying through the air just like the motion pictures and cartoons.