Marvel Universe LIVE! brings superheroes to life

MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE! in Birmingham. photo(s) by Lucas Leverett

photo(s) by Lucas Leverett

This December, folks in the greater Nashville area are in for a huge treat. Fans of the Marvel comics and films characters will be thrilled like never before as their favorite superheroes and supervillains are brought to life in full splendor before their very eyes. See Spider-Man, the Avengers -– Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, the X-Men -– Wolverine, Storm and Cyclops, and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Nick Fury and Maria Hill, along with their arch-nemeses Loki, Dr. Octopus, the Green Goblin, the Red Skull, and more, battle before it out in real time, full-size action across the Bridgestone Arena floor and even in the air above the arena floor.

Marvel Universe LIVE! is captivating audiences across the nation with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel characters together on one epic quest. The story is framed around the battle over the Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe, that has been shattered into pieces by the Mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. With the pieces scattered across the globe, Thor’s villainous brother Loki devises a scheme to clone its powers, inciting a threat that could not only decimate Earth but also obliterate the Universe.

To defeat Loki, Marvel’s biggest superheroes must band together. The Avengers – Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, along with Spider-Man and Wolverine, must trek across the globe to retrieve the Cosmic Cube fragments and unite them. Along the way they are joined by Storm and Cyclops of the X-Men and agents Nick Fury and Maria Hill of S.H.I.E.L.D. As the superheroes track the Cube, they will encounter some of their biggest adversaries including Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Red Skull, Madame Hydra, Aldrich Killian, Electro and more, in the quest for the very same fragments. These foes have no problem teaming up if it gets them closer to their ultimate goal of world domination.

This production is framed as a huge live-action drama on a scale that has never before been fully realized. Combining state-of-the-art video projection, live-action stunts and pyrotechnics, Feld Entertainment, the same company that produces such extravaganzas as the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the Disney on Ice shows, such as last month’s Disney’s Frozen on Ice at the Bridgestone Arena, and Monster Jam monster truck shows, and other arena events, has pulled out all the stops to make this a memorable experience for kids of all ages.

Marvel Universe LIVE! comes to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena for six shows across three days: December 12, at 7 pm; December 13, at 11 am, 3 pm, and 7 pm; and December 14, at 1 pm and 5 pm. See our accompanying The Sporting Life column for testimony from four brave souls who drove down to Birmingham to preview the show in early October.

Marvel Universe LIVE! producers welcome fans

The producers of Marvel Universe LIVE!, Kenneth Feld, CEO and Juliette Feld, executive vice president at Feld Entertainment, spearheaded this production as a passion project. Here’s what they have to say:

“We are super excited to welcome you to Marvel Universe LIVE! This truly groundbreaking, one-of-a-kind experience is Marvel’s first-ever, live arena event, with more than 25 super heroes and villains battling for the universe, right before your eyes. No wonder it’s turned out to be the most awesome undertaking in the more than 40-year history of Feld Entertainment.

“We are a family owned and operated business now in our third generation. As the father/daughter production team for Marvel Universe LIVE! we’re both extremely proud and humbled to have been entrusted to bring these legendary characters to life like never before. We knew the only way to do it was to gather the best of the best across all areas of production.

Nearly two years in the making, Marvel Universe LIVE! has been a fantastically challenging and exhilarating journey. Working with our incredible Marvel partners, our heroic team has really gone above and beyond with stunning innovations including a scientifically-tested full body burn suit, a live-action stunt vehicle that rolls over safely, astonishing new heights of fly technology for each super hero to soar in their own sensational style, and transformative video projections that completely immerse you into the heart of the epic action and story. The new show is an unforgettable event of a lifetime, for every age, audience and family.