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Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Immersive Experience

by Andrew Gaudion

For anyone who has ever fancied the chance to see if they could hack it as one of The Avengers (and let’s face it, that’s pretty much everyone), you’re in luck! A brand new immersive experience has come to London to take you through your paces and see whether you have what it takes to join the ranks of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!

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The Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N (which stands for Science Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) has set up shop just by the ExCel Centre, and for Marvel fans of all ages, it offers an experience that is hard to pass up. With rooms taking you through some of your favourite character’s suits, props, and abilities; you’ll find yourself in the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a more tangible, button=pushing fashion, than ever before.

You are greeted in the experience by Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill, laying out your mission to learn all you can from the S.T.A.T.I.O.N labs before you’re placed in your final test to see if you have what it takes to become a part of the team.

From the off, there’s an impressive set of scale to the experience as you are created by a life-size model of the Hulkbuster armour, guarding Tony Stark’s range of Iron Man suits, from mark one to his latest incarnation. You can test your abilities in one of Stark’s suits with the flight simulator experience, giving you a chance to zap a few Ultron-bots along the way.

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Much of the rest of the experience follows in a similar fashion, with themed rooms based on different characters. All have their varying degrees of interactivity, but each offers something a little unique, and are bound to give fans a big kick, particularly when they enter the room dedicated to their favourite character.

Enter Bruce Banner’s lab and shake hands with The Hulk. Marvel (sorry) at the level of detail given to a demonstration of the effect that Banner’s transformation into The Hulk has on his brain. Make your best pose behind Cap’s shield, or even on his Harley motorbike, before trying your hand at your worthiness by lifting Thor’s trusty Mjolnir. There is an incredible amount of detail throughout, particularly in the copy across the displays, fleshing out details of the MCU, often tying it with as much real-life science as possible.

Those looking to explore this exhibition as a means of searching for clues as to the future of the MCU (namely Avengers 4) will be left wanting. Much of the exhibition seems to be have been designed for around the time of the release of Age of Ultron. Thankfully some updates have been made to the London exhibit, with areas dedicated to Black Panther, The Wasp and Thanos, and his favourite gems.

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After successfully completing your training, this friendly neighbourhood reporter now considers himself an integral part of the Avengers initiative, as you all should following completion. Kids will get a great kick out of this exhibition, and older fans will undoubtedly find much to appreciate in the level of detail and obvious enthusiasm put in by all those involved. It truly is a wonderful treat for any Marvel fan and one that you can experience from now until March!

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