Marvel fans of all ages: get excited! Marvel has just announced that they will unveil an immersive science exhibition based on the universe of 2012 hit movie The Avengers and current television phenomenon Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. later this year. The exhibition will be at the interactive science museum Discovery Times Square in New York City.
Entitled Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., this exhibition will be a collaboration with NASA, the Science and Technology Exchange, Neuroverse, and Thwacke, and will be an innovative and immersive step into the Marvel universe. Like the oft-joked about acronym S.H.I.E.L.D., the exhibit has a lengthy title: S.T.A.T.I.O.N. stands for Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network. This S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) exhibition will be an educational experience that allows you to step into the shoes of a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and learn about what makes the Avengers tick.
Upon entering the exhibit, you will gain a S.H.I.E.L.D. access code that will allow you to explore classified studies, files, and experiments. We can assume that these will all come with scientific explanations that will allow visitors to have their minds opened to realistic research and discoveries through the lens of Marvel’s science-fiction universe.
On top of the intellectual information, visitors will also be given access to many famous and coveted artifacts from the universe – from Captain America’s Birth Pod to Tesseract technology. The exhibit will also feature several items recovered from the Avengers’ Battle of New York like Loki’s Scepter and a preserved Chitauri.
And if you thought it couldn’t get better than that, Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. will allow visitors to participate in interactive research and discovery of phenomena within the Universe. You can try to find Asgard on star charts and examine the effects Bruce Banner’s transformation into the Hulk has on his brain. You will also be able to learn how to operate Iron Man’s suit — whether this involves actually being able to put it on or not has yet to be seen. The exhibit also claims that you can “physically test yourself against Captain America.” Although this statement makes it sound like they’re going to throw you in a ring with a super-strength Chris Evans, we must assume they mean something else — perhaps some sort of personal tests (like how much weight you can lift) in comparison to the Cap?
That’s all the information Marvel has released so far on the exhibit. We have no idea how they’re going to go about creating this real-life experience based on a science-fiction world, but we’re psyched to check it out once it opens! The fact that they are working with so many renowned science organizations definitely gives us high hopes.
The exhibit will run at Discovery Times Square from this May 23rd to January 4th, 2015.