I mentioned it last week — parenting was just different in the ’80s. We didn’t know what we didn’t know — we knew you’d likely eventually need glasses if you sat too close to the TV screen, but all the ailments and disorders we’re all too prepared to label children with today were virtually unheard of. And without the fear of social and developmental disorders, my childhood schedule was peppered with Saturday morning cartoons; marathon sessions hammering away at video games*; and maybe most importantly, as I grew older and understood more, I spent tons of my time at school, home and the local shopping mall reading, talking and immersing myself in comic books, learning much of what I know about storytelling now through their pages.
*Seriously, ask my Dad sometime about how many TVs we burned through. One of his favourite rants.
Even so, as you grow older your tastes change — I moved from the likes of Spider-Man and Batman to more mature titles like Preacher, Hellboy and Transmetropolitan, always looking for amazing visual narratives that’d succeed at keeping my attention.
Which is why in ways it feels like I’m coming full circle with Marvel Universe LIVE!
Feld Entertainment Marvel Universe LIVE! — Helping You Reclaim that Childhood You Never Thought You’d See Again
So, I can pretty much hear you asking — “What is Marvel Universe LIVE! ?”
It’s a high-intensity arena show that debuted with an 85-city US tour in July 2014. It did so well south of the border that Feld’s trying it out in 8 cities here in the Frozen North!
City Location Date Victoria Save On Foods Memorial June 11 to 14, 2015 Vancouver Pacific Coliseum June 18 to 21, 2015 Saskatoon SaskTel Centre July 16 to 19, 2015 Winnipeg MTS Centre July 23 to 26, 2015 Ottawa Canadian Tire Centre July 31 to August 2, 2015 Hamilton FirstOntario Centre August 6 to 9, 2015 Toronto Air Canada Centre August 13 to 16, 2015 Montreal (English) Bell Centre August 20 to 23, 2015 Montreal (French) Bell Centre August 20 to 23, 2015
With more than 25 Marvel characters duking it out for control of the Cosmic Cube — the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted items in the Marvel universe — anyone watching the show will be privy to the likes of the Avengers (Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and Thor) Spider-Man and Wolverine trying to stop Loki and his “allies” from destroying the universe! The side bent on world domination has its share of familiar faces, like the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Red Skull, Madame Hydra, Aldrich Killian and Electro!
And if that isn’t enough, don’t worry – Feld and Marvel aren’t taking half-measures with the production, giving you non-stop movie style action and stunts to keep you in the middle of it all as the story unfolds! You can expect innovative set design, aerial stunts, pyrotechnics, lighting and 3D projection, intended to make for an experience you won’t soon forget — and why would you want to?
It took decades for my childhood to become cool, but now we here!
Things have changed a lot since people used to dress up in off-brand superhero costumes and perform at my backyard birthday parties in the ’90s. Today’s kids are exposed to much more amazing forms of entertainment, expecting the bar raised to levels we couldn’t even dream of decades ago.
From the viewpoint of a guy who used to spend hours debating the finer points of comics lore at comic shops and conventions with friends cast to the edges of the social sphere for liking “kids’ stuff”… well, it’s pretty cool to see how far the genre’s come!
Hopefully, I’ll see you at the show!
Disclaimer: Though at 16 months old, my son is far too young to enjoy Marvel Universe LIVE!, I was compensated for this post with a family pass for the opening night in Toronto, hoping my Marvel-loving nephew can enjoy it instead (cool uncle points — right???)
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If you want to know more about me like my favourite Marvel superhero (Spider-Man), what superpower I’d have if I could choose (supersonic flight or teleportation) and what underrated comic I’d get my fellow adults to read for better appreciation of the genre (Garth Ennis’ Welcome Back, Frank), drop me a line on my Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!
Good luck to all who enter!