Although we’ve known and loved our favorite Marvel characters for decades, our heroes are have been sadly separated from us by the pages of a comic book or a movie/TV screen. But don’t you want to see the Invisible Woman, chill with Storm and hang with Spider-Man? Soon, thanks to a new traveling theme park dubbed The Marvel Experience, you will.
“a massive six-story high dome as big as two football fields. It includes 4D rides and games like a state-of-the-art amusement park. And it features 3D animation, virtual reality, and hologram simulations, all within an actual storyline that lets you become part of the Marvel Comics world of superheroes and experience it directly — including seeing and interacting with some of those characters. It’s The Marvel Experience, a the traveling theme park created by the themed entertainment company Hero Ventures in partnership with Marvel Entertainment, and it’s coming your way this year.”
So, basically, it’ll be like watching the pages of a comic book unfold before our eyes. Not too shabby.
The Marvel Experience sounds like what happens when Disney (interactive rides), the Big Apple Circus (a touring Big Top) and Stan Lee (Marvel Marvel Marvel) have a gene-spliced baby. In fact, it already seems to be greater than the sum of its parts: Disney’s rides are cemented in one location; the Big Apple Circus is, at 40,000 square feet, a mere half the size; and the only Marvel Experience we can get is at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla.
In addition, according to The Disney Blog, “Universal owns the theme park rights to about eight of the core Marvel superheroes within a 250 mile radius of Orlando … [U]nless Disney pays Universal a significant sum, it’s not going to change.” A tour of the United States and Canada means that the Marvel Experience neatly sidesteps Universal’s rights to the characters.
At this point, the details are maddeningly vague: This traveling theme park will tour in 2014, but we don’t know exactly when. We don’t know which cities will get to meet the Thing or Colossus in the flesh. We don’t even know which characters will be appearing.
It’s safe to assume, however, that the tour will hit major cities like New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles, and that the characters represented on the poster -- Iron Man, the Hulk and Spider-Man - will, at some point, swoop in to save the day.
And we’ll be there to watch them. Excelsior!