The Marvel Experience in Scottsdale: Here’s What to Expect

marvel-experience-dome.jpgCourtesy of the Marvel Experience

The Marvel Experience has begun in Scottsdale, and it’s a couple hours of bliss for superhero fans.

The first stop of the event’s global tour is at Salt River Fields through January 3. While there are still some technological kinks to iron out, it is a must-see for Marvel fans.

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While you’ll immediately recognize the names and faces of the (CGI versions of) the Avengers, you’ll also be introduced to some of Marvel’s superheroes who haven’t quite cracked the big screen yet. The most notable addition is the android known as Vision, who is set to join the Avengers in their next movie. Some of the 3-D projections are so lifelike, it feels like the superheroes are actually in the room with you.

What you may not recognize is the positive message being conveyed by the Disney-esque immersive experience. The Marvel Experience has many subtle reminders to be healthy physically, as well as pointing out that making the right decisions can make everyone a “hero” of sorts.

“There are a lot of healthy messages throughout the whole thing,” says Maria Brunner, a spokesperson for the Marvel Experience. “The point is that people can choose whether they want to be good or bad, but we hope most people will want to be good and do the right thing.”

Aside from Stan Lee’s poignant statement that anyone can be a hero (proudly displayed immediately before entering the gift shop at the end of the semi-guided event), the various interactive exhibits are designed to be both fun and mildly exercised-based. You can climb with Spider-Man, punch with Hulk and fly (well, kind of) with Iron Man, all within a giant arcade-like dome of the training area.

After you get done perusing the various game-like training stations for as long as you’d like (we recommend checking them all out), you’ll go on your first mission as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. We won’t give too much away, but let’s just say that you won’t be surprised to see the likes of Red Skull and M.O.D.O.K. in your battle against Hydra.

Location Info

Salt River Fields

7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ

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