Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. has launched in London.

Having excited fans in  New York, Seoul, Paris, Singapore, Beijing, Taipei and Las Vegas (where there is now a permanent exhibition) since 2016 the experience has come to east London’s Excel.

The multi-room experience takes you through a series of storylines for each member of The Avengers; from costumes and props to interactive games and tests as each attendee ‘trains‘ to become an intelligence agent. I attended the S.T.A.T.I.O.N.  (an acronym for Science Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) with two 10-year-olds and we spent about 70 minutes going through all the various parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The most impressive being Iron Man’s Engineering Bay (not only in scale and size but the breadth of artifacts and interactivity). As expected Thor, Captain America, Bruce Banner/Hulk were present and correct alongside small areas for Thanos and The Wasp. What was disappointing was the Black Panther/Wakanda area; to put it into context we actually missed it the first walk round! It would have been far better to exclude this ‘section’ with one visual, a mask and some heart shaped herbs. Not one to criticise without offering a solution,  perhaps within the Agent briefing from Maria Hill it could have been explained  that due to the secrecy of Wakanda we did not yet have access to it as trainees; firmly keeping us in role and preempting the expectation that with the success of the Black Panther film there would be significant representation.

Aside from that we had a great time and could have easily spent an afternoon there. Many people, children and adults alike, came in cosplay which added to the atmosphere, as did the guides who gave you additional backstories along the way. I can certainly see too how the experience, powered by NASA technology, is both authentic, educational and would act as an inspiration for those interested in STEM pathways. Moreover it’s a fun and memorable experience perfectly timed for Christmas and the holidays, whether you are a Marvel geek or general fan there is much fun to be had. 

I suspected it will be booked out for most of December so the good news it is open until March, with staggered entries throughout the day and evening. I’d advise you to come as your favourite Marvel character, clear your phone for plenty of pictures, though there is a great green screen at the end, and have yourself a Marvelous time!

Tickets on Sale now at www.avengersstation.co.uk