Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon headed to ExCel London to find out more about the world and characters of the Avengers.
I have to confess something. I have not actually watched a single Avengers film – no not even Iron Man, so this new exhibition and immersive experience exploring this super hero world was certainly interesting in offering a background to how characters such as The Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America all came into being.
Of course, if you are a super fan of all of the Avengers characters, it would be fair to say that you don’t really gain a new insight into their stories – but there is still plenty of fun to be had if you are, with the numerous interactive elements including a motion sensor game that sees you transformed into Iron Man or testing your strength on a machine that compares your strength to other superheroes.
But perhaps the biggest thrill for fans will be seeing the numerous costumes and props from the many films – including the Hulkbuster model and the impressive number of Iron Man suits.
It would be fair to say it feels as though some sections have been better developed than others. For example, the Iron Man section has more to thrill in comparison to The Hulk section that feels slightly empty and lacking in the same care and detail – despite the numerous information boards, which fascinating for adult visitors will not enthral younger visitors quite so much.
However, despite the flaws this is an exhibition that is hugely impressive in terms of its imagination and style presentation wise that completely immerses visitors into this universe thoroughly from beginning to end. Younger visitors will be impressed by the numerous interactive elements, while adults will appreciate the way in which the exhibition brings the Avengers universe to life coherently.
For those who (like me) are new to the Avengers world, the exhibition makes for great starting point as to understanding why so many people are fascinated with the likes of Captain America. It makes clear the level of thought and detail that has gone into the creation of not only the characters and their backstories, but also the world in which they live, leaving newbies wanting to sit down and watch an Avenger film (although ultimately puzzled as to which one to start with!).
Is it worth going to see? Well yes even if fans of the franchise will not learn anything that they didn’t know before, it will still be a thrill for them to completely immerse themselves in in this – with the interactive elements being a real highlight. For newcomers it is simply discovering the background of the characters and how they all interlink with each other that will prove the interesting element. Fun for the whole family.
By Emma Clarendon
For more information and to book tickets visit: https://www.avengersstation.co.uk/