Last night was the opening night of a four day stretch of performances of Marvel Universe Live in Phoenix, the latest production from Marvel Entertainment. I was lucky enough to be gifted some tickets from the production to check out the performance on opening night. I was a little unsure I what kind of experience I was going to walk away from seeing as I felt a little burned after The Marvel Experience last December.
I took my sit just a little after 7:00 (thanks to the wonderful traffic on Interstate 10) just in time to catch the end of a Loki monologue on what his evil plan was going to be for the night. You then get introduced to some of the minor characters who make brief appearances through out the night (Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Cyclops and Storm) and then the full on super hero team that gets split into four different acts:
Iron Man, Captain Marvel, and Hawkeye vs. A.I.M, Extremis soliders, and Aldrich Killian
Spider-Man and Thor vs. Sinister 6 (Green Goblin, Rhino, The Lizard, Doctor Octopus, Electro and Black Cat)
Captain America, Black Widow, and Falcon vs. The Red Skull, Madame Hydra and Hyrda
Wolverine and Bruce Banner vs. Loki and the Chitauri
Everyone comes together at the end of the show for one big battle royale
What I enjoyed
I enjoyed Spider-Man the most who was usually doing some flips of some sort and other acrobatic moves. At one point he is swinging from his web right toward the crowd which was pretty neat.
Some of the lighting effects were well done, from Spider-Man shooting his webs, to Thor summoning Lighting and Electro using his powers.
The speed between sets was incredible with only one intermission all night.
The dirt bike stunts used throughout the show were awesome, at one point Wolverine pulls off a back flip on the dirt bike.
This is the closest we will ever be to seeing the X-Men, Spider-Man and the Avengers share the same stage.
What I didn’t like
Iron Man and The Hulk costumes were a bit disappointing
The choreography was a bit underwhelming
The timing off some off the sound effects and visual displays were a bit off (yes, its minor but I noticed it)
Obviously what I liked out weighs the minor things I didn’t like and even though I didn’t pay to see the show, I gladly would have after seeing it. Here are a few photos I managed to take, I brought my normal camera to take pictures but when I turned it on it said “no memory card inserted”, I had forgotten to replace my memory card after taking it out So I had to use my cell phone.
Tickets are still on sale as performances run through March 8th, use code BLOG3 to save a few bucks on your tickets!