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Marvel Universe Live UK: What is it and how to get tickets

The 'most technically advanced live show ever' arrives in London next month before touring Britain

British Marvel fans will soon be able to see their heroes up close as the Marvel Universe Live stage show comes to the UK.

Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow and other fan favourites will be touching down in Nottingham on 7 September, before taking up residence in the O2 Arena in London from 15 to 24 September, then touring to Birmingham, Glasgow, Sheffield and Manchester.

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What is Marvel Universe Live?

Starring a huge cast of characters from the Marvel comic books, the show is billed as a "live entertainment experience… unlike anything seen before".

It is being hailed as "the most technically advanced live show ever", the Daily Record says, featuring "cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts and motorcycles".

The production has been put together by Feld Entertainment, the company behind Disney on Ice, the Ringling Bros and the Barnum & Bailey Circus and is a "disorienting, thought-provoking, deeply postmodern entertainment experience, even though it aims to be none of those things", says Vulture. "All of that said, this freewheeling inter-universal mishmash can lead to a few moments of transcendence for a superhero addict."

What is it about?

The plot centres on the "familiar source of power known as the Tesseract", says the Toronto Star. "Loki concocts an evil plan to rule the Earth with the aid of some of the Avengers’ greatest nemeses. Will the bad guy win, or will our heroes prevail in humanity’s latest darkest hour?"

Is it any good?

Marvel Universe Live is geared more for the eight-year-old fan than the 28-year-old one, says the Tampa Bay Times. This may be so, argues Geek Dad, but "I'm happy to have had my two hours with the Avengers [and] while there were some cheesy moments, there was a nice balance of… really awesome moments too".

How to get tickets

Standard tickets for Marvel Universe Live are on sale now from the Marvel Universe live website and Ticketmaster and cost between £28.83 and £56.95 per person.

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