Today I got to go to a special press preview for the new show, Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes, opening tomorrow night at the Moda Center. I should preface this with the information that last year I took my two sons to see the previous Marvel Universe Live! and they absolutely went nuts for it. It was full of incredible action scenes and stunts and the experience inspired my oldest son to write his own Marvel Universe play. So this year when I got an email inviting me to attend again and cover the event I did not for a second hesitate to reply, yes! Yes we will be there.
I showed up today with my camera and met a few other press people at the back end of the Moda Center where we were brought into the special media space. From what I gathered, there had been a revolving door of press all day, each group interacting with different performers. I went first to look at some of the costuming and got to listen on a wardrobe person’s interview. The costumes are epic, the wardrobe person talked about different costumes having different struggles attached to them. Like Hulk being such a large and heavy costume and how the wardrobe person has to really be attentive to each costume and make sure it’s repaired and still in good shape. Actually, there was a great anecdote about Lou Ferrigno coming to the show and meeting this show’s Hulk and how mind blowing that was for everyone. My mind was a little blown.
The next stop was a fight demo from four of the actors in the show. They did a group fight scene between Yondu, Drax, a member of the Ravangers crew and Loki. It was pretty awesome to be just a few feet away as they demonstrated some of their moves. It was also kind of lovely to see how much they enjoyed the work they were doing. The actors I met with were all at varying stages of being with the show, one actor had been their from the beginning, another since last year and then two new members this year.
After the group demo two of the actors demoed a fight scene with sticks. You can see the video of them practicing. I wish I had asked them some more questions but it was really a whirlwind adventure, going back there, moving through the press stations. I told them all about the my son writing his own plays after watching the last show and I think they were genuinely excited by that. They said this year would be even better, including a stronger storyline and I’m totally willing to believe them. There was one last stop, a visit with Mjölnir (Thor’s hammer). I posed in some pretty cool pictures so I could show my boys, also, I’m not going to say that I proved myself worthy of lifting the hammer but, Thor, if you’re out there, I’ve got your back.
My oldest son is a walking superhero encyclopedia. I mean, I am a fan of the superhero world but I can’t hold a candle to the type of fandom of my kids. I’m think I’m more excited to watch them watch the show than anything else, and to let their excitement gush over me. I would say that even if your child has a minor interest in superheros, this is still going to be a good show because it is full of big action and epic storylines. I walked around backstage a bit and the set up and scenery is immense, the whole thing is such a huge production with so many moving parts. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I’ll fill you in a few days.
Show runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 22-24. Click here for more info on shows and to purchase ticket. My family and I will be at the Friday night show — stayed tuned for a family review!