Marvel’s Avengers STATION Exhibition preview

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By Joshua Kaye

On May 29th, Discovery Times Square along with Victory Hill Exhibitions and Marvel Entertainment had a preview showing of the Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) Exhibition. Only opening their doors early to preview this highly anticipated exhibit to over 700 guests, I was lucky enough to be one of those guests. From 7:00-10:00 PM, I was brought closer to the Marvel Universe than I ever could have hoped and dreamed. I’ve been to Discovery Times Square before when they brought the world of Harry Potter to life, but bringing Marvel’s The Avengers to life? It was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before.

Avengers Station ScreenWhen going into the exhibit, we were reminded that it was just a preview so not everything was set up quite yet. When it’s ready to go, guests of the exhibit will receive their own personalized ID badge. But for the preview, we weren’t given an ID badge which meant guests weren’t able to fully interact with some of the exhibits at this time. When first entering, I was funneled into a medium-sized white room with about 30-40 other people. Then right in front of me, Agent Felix Blake (played by Titus Welliver) from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Item 47, appeared on a screen and gave a pep talk about S.H.I.E.L.D. looking for the best of the best. After his speech, the wall in front of me opened up and in that moment, I guess you could say I was in S.H.I.E.L.D. When first entering, you’re greeted by a “S.H.I.E.L.D Station Agent” who basically brings you to orientation which is just watching a video from The Avengers.

Caps ShieldOnce orientation is finished, the first things you see when walking to the next room are several different costumes: Maria Hill’s uniform, Agent Phil Coulson’s suit, Hawkeye’s suit along with his bow and specialized arrows, Black Widow’s suit along with her wrist weapons, the “Widow’s Bite”, and Nick Fury’s uniform — jacket included. The first actual Avengers room was Captain America’s and, at least for the preview, it was probably the best of the four presented. Cap’s room included the his Birth Pod as well as what’s best described as “mini-games” that test your strength, brain, and coordination against other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in training, as well as Cap himself. Using your unique ID card, you would be able to record your scores against other agents on the leaderboard of the Captain America exhibit. Since no one had their own ID card though, it was up to one brave employee to fulfill the needs of any and every guest. Back to the exhibit though, Cap’s suit was on display as well as both of the shields he uses and some vintage trading cards (Coulson would be proud).

Loki Helmet and ScepterMoving on now to Bruce Banner’s lab which, for the preview, was a bit less exciting. It seemed to be set up, but since no one had their own ID card it was impossible to really take part in the Hulk’s exhibit. Although there was a computer generated image of the Hulk just staring at you as you walked in… judging you. Also in the Hulk’s room was the Tesseract Portal Device…but no tesseract. Understandable though — must have been difficult trying to convince the Asgardians for permission to put it on display. Walking to the next room — Thor — I had the chance to see what may have personally been my favorite part. It wasn’t the Chitauri weapon, the gigantic Chitauri vehicle, the massive Chitauri himself or Loki’s horned helmet — it was the scepter. Loki’s scepter is much bigger than I expected and all I wanted to do was steal it and turn people into my personal puppets. Also in this hallway was the Red Skull’s suit as well as the suit of the World War II Hydra Agents and some Hydra weapons.

Iron ManNow in Thor’s room…well…nothing was set up for the preview. Workers seemed to be focused on getting it prepared for the actual opening so there’s really not a whole lot I can say about it. Seeing Thor’s suit was cool but otherwise there wasn’t really a whole lot to do here. So I walked to the final room…Iron Man’s exhibit. Obviously Iron Man’s suit was there, but the real thrill of his exhibit will be the chance to use Iron Man’s heads up display. In the films, it’s exciting to get an inside look at Tony Stark flying around in the Iron Man suit, but to get the chance to do it yourself… well only here at Discovery Times Square. Iron Man’s exhibit leads right to the gift shop with a whole lot of Marvel memorabilia…it’s pretty much heaven. A beautiful, nerdy, heaven.

SHIELD LogoAll in all, this preview was about as exciting as a preview could have been. Not everything was functional, which was a bit disappointing, but the fact that I got to see so many outfits and props that I admired in the films in person… nothing can top that. To make up for the exhibition not being 100% complete though, every guest was given a free pass to come back to the exhibit when it’s good and ready. I’ll definitely find myself going back to Discovery Times Square again so I can take part in everything that I missed out on and even see if there was anything added. If you’re a fan of The Avengers or anything Marvel related, you won’t want to miss this exhibit.

Unfortunately, technical difficulties (as noted a couple of times during the preview) have forced Discovery Times Square to delay the opening of the exhibition. Originally slated to run from May 30, 2014 through January 5, 2015, that plan seems to have been derailed for the time being. You can still purchase your tickets and find out more information at http://www.discoverytsx.com/exhibitions/avengers.

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