Marvel Universe Live in TorontoWednesday, August 26, 2015
A few weeks ago, Toronto welcomed the first-ever Marvel Universe LIVE! tour. Featuring the most Marvel characters ever assembled in one production, the show was jam-packed with spectacular action and electrifying battles. Our family enjoyed complimentary tickets to the show and watched on as more than 25 Marvel characters fought, flipped and flew throughout the Air Canada Centre.
The story begins with Tony Stark and Pepper Potts as they receive troubling news about Loki's plan to find scattered fragments of the Cosmic Cube. With this source of ultimate power, Loki threatens to destroy Earth and obliterate the Universe. It isn't long before our favourite heroes, such as Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine, Captain America and Spider-Man, band together on an epic quest to find the scattered fragments and thwart Loki's plans to obtain global domination.
While many of the fight scenes were underwhelming, the children in the audience marvelled at the sight of Spider-Man swinging and zipping through the set as well as Iron Man as he 'flew' upwards to avoid enemy attacks. The fireworks were impressive but the sound effects were quite loud given that this show was designed for little ears. The fire scene (see above) with Aldrich Killian was interesting to watch and some of the motor bike stunts were pretty impressive as well.
The set design was large-scale and included innovative special effects. A circular screen was used to project the head of the Statue of Liberty for a fight scene high above ground level but also doubled as a hiding place where another fight scene took place.
The final scene includes the appearance of the Hulk but he looked more like a giant inflatable. The crowd cheered nonetheless. On the whole, the two-hour show was entertaining and fun. A definite must-see for die-hard Marvel fans.
Disclosure: Our family received complimentary tickets to facilitate this review. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own.