Last month, I had the chance to attend the latest interactive experience at the ExCeL London. As a Marvel fan and big ol’ nerd, Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N was right up my street and I was excited to see what was in store for me. The name is an acronym for ‘Science Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network’.
I’m someone who also loves multiroom experiences (I’m making it my mission to see all the ‘Dungeons’), so I had a blast venturing through each room and learning more about each Avenger and what makes them unique. The scale of the props was particularly stunning, with guests having the opportunity to see super suits and weapons up close and personal. We’re so used to seeing them on the big screen so it was amazing getting to be this close to everything, putting you right in the middle of the action.
Here’s me trying (and failing) to lift Thor’s hammer. That’s what you get for skipping arm day…
There’s also a lot to read, providing context and fun facts about the Avengers and their backstories. In this sense, it felt a lot like a museum. This might not be of much interest to younger visitors, but it’s certainly great for the adult geeks among us. I enjoyed refreshing my memory and reading up on each of the characters personal case files. The descriptions of powers, technology and so on are also educational, making it a great idea for a school trip or similar.
The staff were incredibly passionate and knowledgeable, and do a fantastic job of bringing the experience to life. There is a little bit of roleplaying involved, and you kind of have to let yourself go and pretend you’re really training to be an Avenger, but that’s all part of the fun. If this doesn’t sound like fun to you – this isn’t the right attraction! It was fun to lose myself for a while, I really do recommend it.
Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N is fun for all ages, featuring rooms dedicated to some of the characters with interactive activities designed to simulate their powers and gadgets. The less I tell you about it the better, but if you do want to read everything in detail, you can find more information over on their website.
Purchase your own tickets over at www.avengersstation.co.uk. Child tickets (age 4-13) cost £14, adult tickets (age 14+) are £25. Family and group tickets are also available. Book now – they’re selling fast!