Last night I had the privilege of going to a press night at the new immersive experience from Marvel called the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Located just outside London’s Excel in a purpose built arena the experience is the ideal experience for any Marvel fan.
You are treated as new recruits of SHIELD as soon as you get there with the staff ushering you through the different rooms (although you can absolutely go at your own pace if you want to nerd out a bit longer than everyone else – like we did!). Agent Hill welcomes you to the training programme in the first room before the walls open up and you are taken through into the first of 4 exciting rooms, Tony Stark’s Workshop.
Greeted by a life-size Iron Man costume and closely followed by the Hulkbuster suit, Tony Stark’s Workshop sets the scene perfectly for the rest of the tour.
Moving through the experience you get to see Hulks fists, Captain America’s bike and shield, Thor’s hammer, Hawkeyes bow and arrow, War Machines suit and the remains of Ultron as well as much more. All wrapped up with a full size arc-reactor at the end. Costumes, activities and displays from all of the characters can also be found all the way through.
The final stage of the training is an I-phone powered game where you get placed in different teams to destroy Ultron (I was in Team Hawkeye, which I was very happy about!).
It’s a fantastic experience for any marvel fan and perfect for the whole family. With similarities to last years Star Wars Identities experience at the O2, there’s enough activities throughout to keep children entertained.
I had a couple of disappointments as a huge Marvel fan in that they missed out a few of the pivotal characters, Spider-Man and Dr Strange being the main ones. There’s also no mention of the Guardians of the Galaxy which was a shame.
From a personal perspective I was happy with how ‘Age of Ultron’ heavy the experience was as that’s my favourite film, however some people might find it strange that there’s not a huge mention of Infinity War or some of the other characters.
It’s a great experience and it’s a lot of fun, I had a great time trying to lift Mjolnir (turns out I’m not worthy) and sitting on Cap’s bike. Make sure you look out for the ants leading you to Ant-Mans suit.
The shop was ok, there’s a good green screen photo opportunity just as you enter it, but the whole shop could have done with a bit more variety – this is probably due to it not being officially open yet.
Overall I really enjoyed it and I think families will go crazy for it.
Stan would have loved it.