The Avengers training centre hits London Excel – we took a visit… not sure you need to.
S.T.A.T.I.O.N. AN ACRONYM FOR SCIENCE TRAINING AND TACTICAL INTELLIGENCE OPERATIVE NETWORK.
WHERE GUESTS WILL STEP INSIDE THE POPULAR FILMS AND BECOME PART OF THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE STORYLINE, WHETHER TRYING TO LIFT THOR’S HAMMER OR TAKING A SNEAK PEAK AT BRUCE BANNER’S LAB.
So, they tell us it is a highly anticipated multi-room experience that offers fans of all ages the opportunity to delve into the super-workings and back-story of each of The Avengers as they train to become an agent of the S.T.A.T.I.O.N. As part of their training, fans will get the opportunity to interact with props and characters straight from the big screen.
SFL went with a 9 year old reviewer who is a massive fan of all things Marvel. To say he was underwhelmed would put it mildly, in his words “it’s like one of this big DK books or a small museum”. Don’t get us wrong, die-hard fans will probably want to see this as there are some fun interactives… well one really good one (the Iron Man suit) and a few not very interesting or original ones… the shoot-out at the end is ok, but not much more than a large POV arcade game.
The ‘try to lift Thor’s Hammer’ is just a hammer on a plinth that, well… you can’t move AT ALL’. Cap’s shield and Bike are just things to stand next to, or sit on… meh.
The rest of the place is full of information boards about origins and powers etc. It really did feel like something of a super-sized advert for the franchise and the shop at the end is preceded by a photo-opportunity that costs £10 for a small print with a dull Avengers background.
For us it is over-priced and under-thought, but if you feel like a visit, prices are as follows:
Child Ticket From £14.00 – Entry for one child aged 4-13,
Family Ticket From £60.00 – Family ticket is valid for up to five people
(including a minimum of two children and a maximum of two adults)