Thor, Spider-Man, Iron Man and a host of other Marvel Comics heroes and villains invaded the Save Mart center Friday night for the first of six performance of “Marvel Universe Live” arena  stunt show . It’s the closest experience you’ll have in being near the super hero world short of being drawn into a comic book.

The two-hour show is built around Thor’s destruction of the Cosmic Cube. He thinks the universe is safe because the pieces have been hidden around the planet. That might have been a good plan had not Loki gotten involved.

Other shows will be 11 a.m. plus 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 4; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 5; and 6 p.m. Monday, April 6. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or at the Save Mart box office.

Act one sets up the conflict. The second act goes full throttle as it features showdowns by the heroes going against the Marvel evil elite including Red Skull, Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus and Rhino.

The story line, costuming and music are feature film quality.

The stunt work is amazing considering the action isn’t taking place on a movie set where special effects can be added later. Although bound by the laws of physics unlike their movie, TV and comic book counterparts, this talented stunt team pulls off some impress motorcycle riding, high flying acrobatics and even a fire stunt that would be dangerous even in the most controlled environment.

The biggest stars of the show are Spider-Man and the Hulk (sorry Tony Stark). The actor inside the Spidey suit so closely moves with the same grace and agility as Spider-Man that it’s as if he must have been bitten by a radioactive spider. Just to see him drop from the ceiling head first in a perfect copy of Spider-Man’s signature move is worth the price of admission.

The Hulk spends most of his time as the under control Bruce Banner but when the big green guy makes an appearance it is a show stopper.

The stunts performed in this show would be amazing under any circumstances. But, dressed up in the costumes of the icon heroes and villains, the arena show is so impressive it will entertain the young and young at heart.

It’s a real marvel.

Nuff said.

Rick Bentley

Rick Bentley

Rick Bentley is a Star Wars fan, a movie critic and part-time ninja. He's met more famous people than most famous people.
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