REVIEW WRITTEN BY MAGGIE ANN WURST
For Digital First Media
Stepping under the S.H.I.E.L.D headquarters logo welcoming myself and other “recruits” to The Marvel Experience, I felt a bit nervous.
Would I be up to the task of saving the day with the marvel heroes while under a 3D 360 degree Stereoscopic full-Dome projection theater and through various exhibits highlighting the characters (good and bad) of the Marvel universe?
The Marvel Experience, which was unveiled by entertainment company Hero Ventures as the World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour earlier this year, opened at Lincoln Financial field on June 27 and will continue training recruits until July 5.
The experience is great for children, and many choose to dress up as their favorite characters like to help channel their inner heroes throughout the tour. However, the experience is also fun for adults who hope to participate in the action they have seen in the Marvel movies or read in the comics.
Each participant is a new recruit to the fictional counterterrorism and law enforcement agency, S.H.I.E.L.D, which works with Marvel’s superheroes to thwart the efforts of the villainous agency, Hydra.
The tour begins with a message from Marvel character Nick Fury, who also happens to be the head of S.H.I.E.LD. With help from Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and more superheroes, Fury briefs the recruits of the latest weapon created by hydra, an army of robots that adapt to the hero’s powers.
This new villainous army is the main focus of the tour, and the recruits are taken through the steps of defeating Hydra and its latest mission with guidance from virtual heroes.
After your initial briefing, recruits have the option of creating their own superhero through a computerized program that can email the results. Participants also can step up to interact with their favorite virtual heroes on a large projector screen, or browse through a display of the weapons of both heroes and villains.
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Before entering the 3D dome on the field, recruits walk through an informational display about the new robot army, and are even able to participate via touch screen technology in recreating one of the robots from an excavation site.
One of the best parts of the experience was the last battle between the heroes and Hydra, which features an immersive ride that gives recruits a chance to show off their true heroic side.
Upon finishing the ride, recruits are able train with their favorite heroes in the Marvel Arcadia. Activities featured include a Spider-Man climbing wall, Mark 47: Flight Training, Black Widow Agility Maze, and more.
There is also a chance for participants to stock up on Marvel gear and gifts in a special gift shop before leaving the exhibit as a new S.H.I.E.L.D agent.
In the end, I felt as though I had succeeded in becoming a S.H.I.E.L.D agent. Judging by the laughing and smiling recruits around me, I would say they felt the same.
IF YOU GO
Estimated Length of Experience: Two hours
Venue Address: 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Ticket Sales Web Address: https://themarvelexperiencetour.com/