The Marvel Experience Is Simply Out Of This World

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(PCM) Immersing yourself in the world of Marvel, pretending that you are a beloved super hero and battling the bad guys could just be the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon.

That’s what Marvel comic book lovers and movie fans, gamers, families and others are doing when they head to the Philadelphia tour of “The Marvel Experience: The World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour,” at Lincoln Financial Field through Sunday, July 5.

The creative brainchild of Hero Ventures’ Doug Schaer and Rick Licht, The Marvel Experience is an immersive, attraction, that features the world’s first-ever traveling 360-degree, 3-D stereoscopic full-Dome theater.

There is also a state-of-the-art motion ride, rock climbing wall, a laser maze, motion rides, holograms, and a “training course” that offers the opportunity for Marvel fans to actually feel like they are part of the adventure. All of this is done at the visitor’s own pace.

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Of course, Marvel comics, is 100 percent the experience. “They saw the vision in what we presented and made sure that we captured the essence of these characters,” he said. “They are extremely protective of everything that bears the Marvel name.”

“The three words that are most used during our exit pools are fun, overwhelming and awesome, and we couldn’t ask for three better words,” Licht explained during the recent event opening. “I want this experience to encompass all three for everyone.”

According to Licht, once the technology for the show emerged the next step was to create a story to enhance it.

“When I first talked about this with friends and business associates, they thought I was a bit crazy. Flash forward a few years, and I had 28 family members and friends at the Dallas opening and 30 in San Diego and I could feel the love in the room.”

As agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in training, guests of The Marvel Experience can swing with Spider-Man, smash with Hulk, fly with Iron Man, and assist Captain America and Black Widow, and others, all in preparation for an epic battle alongside Marvel’s biggest super heroes in a fight against Red Skull, M.O.D.O.K. and an army of evil Adaptoids.

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The Marvel Experience incorporates next-generation interactive technology including augmented reality and multi-person gaming so that you can see yourself in action. Everything happens with cutting-edge technology and advanced computer animation. There’s nothing else like it. Not only do the members of audience get to join the adventure, in the end they may even become heroes themselves.

Hero Ventures, of L.A., has brought together top-notch creative and business minds in animation, and interactive technology to create dynamic live entertainment experiences to share with world-wide audiences in unique and unprecedented ways.

Doug-marvelHere is a recent chat with 43-year-old Doug Schaer:

Q: Please tell me the history of The Marvel Experience.

Doug Schaer: We’ve been working on this show for more than four years. We have hosted the [preview] shows in Phoenix, Dallas and San Diego for a total of 54 days.

Q: What are the highlights of this show?

DS: For me its just a fun show. Every single person who goes through this show has something that they like and it’s always different. The key here is to make people smile.

Q: What was the idea behind the show?

DS: To leverage technology to bring enjoyment for everyone. I experienced this with my dad, who is now 71, and my children, my five-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter, and all of us had a great time and a different favorite.

Q: What is the challenge with this?

DS: The most challenging thing is to create something for everybody – that’s what every marketer wants to do, and they want it to be the next generation. There are fans of The Avengers movies, gamers, comic book lovers and more. This is basically a house of ideas. It’s all about the narrative and the story telling – and that has to be accessible to everybody. Our aim was to create the most complex and cool show that is a great deal of fun and had something for everyone.

Q: What else is involved?

DS: We are not a theme park and we are not a tech company, so we can be an introduction to the Marvel Universe, there are treats a plenty for the hard core fan boy, movie lovers, several generations of family members, and everyone in between.

Q: So are you the coolest dad on the planet?

DS: Good questions. My children don’t know any differently; they assume that everyone gets to play with superheroes all the time.

Q: But they must be thrilled by all of this?

DS: Yes. They love superheroes and super heroines. And I often hear; ‘So dad, where are the domes going next?’

Q: So far what has the feedback been?

DS: I hear people say they took their children, they went with their college buddies, went for costume night, and we all had a great time. I don’t want to hear, ‘I munched popcorn and watched my kids play.’ I want it to be an interactive and immersive experiential time for everybody who comes.

Q: What else comes to mind.

DS: This is exciting because you are literally dropped into this Hollywood scripted adventure. It will propel you though this two hour narrative and you can touch it and feel it. It’s not a museum, a Comic-Con, or theme park — the interactives are meant to be accessible to everybody.

Q: What do you want the take-away to be?

DS: I am looking for the audiences to think it was fun, that it is a good value based on the ticket prices, and that they will tell their friends about it. For a show to succeed, especially since we are only in town for a short time, there has to be word-of-mouth.

Q: What’s personally exciting for you about the Philadelphia show?

DS: I am coming home. I am a Jersey boy from Bergen County, and I have spent hundreds of great nights in Philly. I love it there – the sports, the food and everything else. Capt. America has to come there; he can be the stanch defender of The Liberty Bell.

The Marvel Experience schedule includes the following dates:

· Chicago, at McCormick Place: Saturday July 11 to Sunday August 2

· New York, NY at The Park Avenue Armory: Thursday August 13 to Sunday August 30

· St. Louis, at America’s Center Convention Complex: Saturday September 5 to Sunday September 20

For tickets go to www.ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000. For a complete schedule go to: The Marvel Experience website: www.themarvelexperiencetour.com.

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The New Fantastic Four TV Spot Packs A Lot of Power

FantasticFour_2(PCM) 20th Century Fox debuted a new TV spot for Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four, opening in theaters nationwide on August 7th.

The new TV spot includes new footage to the soundtrack Kanye West’s 2010 hit “Power.” Watch the new TV spot below!

Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Fantastic Four is written and directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) alongside co-writers Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and stars Miles Teller (Whiplash) as Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm aka The Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) as Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch, and Jamie Bell (Jumper) as Ben Grimm aka The Thing.

Also starring are Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Victor Domashev, aka Doctor Doom, Reg E. Cathey (Se7en) as Dr. Franklin Storm, and Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou) as Harvey Elder, aka The Mole Man.

Fantastic Four is slated to open in theaters nationwide this summer on August 7! Watch the new TV spot below.

Visit FantasticFourMovie.com, Facebook, and Twitter for more info!

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Marvel Monday Update – Marvel Comics News

pcm-monday-marvel(PCM) Monday June 22, 2015 It’s our first Marvel Monday Update. Let’s get right to them…

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Hulk: Seems Mark Ruffalo had it wrong when he said Marvel Studios couldn’t make a stand alone Hulk movie due to Universal. After some digging, folks at Forbes learned that when Universal failed to deliver another Hulk movie within a contracted timeline they can’t make another Hulk movie, but they still have right of first refusal to distribute. This means Marvel Studies can make all the Hulk they want. They just need to give Universal the first right of distribution. If Universal passes on distribution, Marvel takes on that task, which has no impact on Hulks future in films. Can you say “Planet Hulk”?

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Thor: Rumor has it Marvel Studios wants Kenneth Branagh back for the third Thor installment, Thor 3: Ragnarok. His first Thor film turned non-Thor fans into fans. It is a smart choice.

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Spider-Man: Jumping from film to print, Spider-Man no more? It’s coming down that the social justice warriors and thought police have completely mind f’d Marvel management, editors and writers. Spider-Man will no longer be Peter Parker after the completely inaccurately named series, Secret Wars is over in the summer of 2015. In the Secret Wars, separate Marvel Universes collide (literally) to combine and subtract the characters Marvel sees as it’s future franchise players. Seems Marvel just wanted to leverage the name Secret Wars from past Marvel history. From this shake up, or should it be called ‘breakdown’, characters such as Miles Morales will replace Peter Parker permanently as Spider-Man. In Marvel’s own words, they do not want Miles Morales to be a Spider-Man with an asterisk (*). Marvel wants the public to know him as ‘the’ Spider-Man. Those are the words of Brian Michael Bendis, creator of the Miles Morales Spider-Man. It’s not entirely fair to blame Morales as being mind F’d by social justice police. Bendis has a mixed race family and the cause is close to home.

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Spider-Man: Again? Yes, in other Spider-Man news, more leaked Sony hack information has revealed that Spider-Man must fit old school expectations in Marvel films. What’s shocking is that it’s Sony making the rules. Sony requires Marvel to not make Spider-Man Black in films unless he’s the main black Spider-Man in print. Somehow that last Spider-Man piece now has more meaning doesn’t it? Spider-Man has other requirements too, look for a separate Spider-Man Film Contract article here at PCM for the details.

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Wolverine: Yep he’s still dead in the comics but Hugh Jackman has been confirmed through on-set sightings in Montreal back in May to be in Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse.

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Ant-Man: Marvel is clearly concerned this could be their first flop. They are hard at work releasing stills and offering high profile quotes that the film is ‘good!” to gain some tracking and buzz leading up to it’s July 17th release. It’s entirely possible many Marvel fans intend to pass on it’s theatrical release and see it on Blu-Ray. On Father’s Day Sunday June 21st Marvel released a special Father’s Day trailer with the intention of building excitement for the film. Yet every trailer installment released reinforces the lackluster impression everyone has already formed towards Ant-Man.

Come back next week for more Marvel Comics News.

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Meet Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four in New TV Spot

Fantastic_Four_Banner(PCM) 20th Century Fox debuted a new TV commercial for director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot, starring Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell.

The TV commercial introduces the “four extraordinary subjects,” showcasing Johnny Storm’s fire and flight capabilities, Sue Storm creating force fields, Dr. Richard using his incredible stretching power, and Ben Grimm’s brute strength. Watch the new commercial below!

Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Fantastic Four is written and directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) alongside co-writers Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and stars Miles Teller (Whiplash) as Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm aka The Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) as Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch, and Jamie Bell (Jumper) as Ben Grimm aka The Thing.

Also starring are Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Victor Domashev, aka Doctor Doom, Reg E. Cathey (Se7en) as Dr. Franklin Storm, and Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou) as Harvey Elder, aka The Mole Man.

Fantastic Four is slated to open in theaters nationwide this summer on August 7! Watch the new TV spot below.

Visit FantasticFourMovie.com, Facebook, and Twitter for more info!

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Marvel Drops new Teaser for Ant-Man IMAX Preview

Ant-man_Feat(PCM)  Marvel debuted a fifteen-second teaser for the six-minute long Ant-Man IMAX trailer debuting in IMAX theaters nationwide this Friday, June 12, with Jurassic World.

The new trailer for Ant-Man will show before the open of Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World, creating a fun juxtaposition between Marvel’s tiny superhero and the monstrous Indominus rex terrorizing Jurassic World. Check out the teaser below and catch Jurassic World in IMAX theaters nationwide this Friday to see the new IMAX trailer for Ant-Man.

Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd as the titular hero and tells the story of master thief Scott Lang after he gains the incredible ability to shrink to a miniscule size while increasing his strength.

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.

Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Directed by Peyton Reed (Bring It On, The Break-Up) and from the screenplay by Adam McKay (Step Brothers), Paul Rudd (Role Models), Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Ant-Man also stars Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Michael Peña, Wood Harris, David Dastmalchian, and Jordi Mollà.

Watch the IMAX trailer teaser below and head over to Marvel.com/AntMan, Twitter, and Facebook for more info!

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Marvel’s Cinematic Universe Gets Bigger in the new TV Spot for Ant-Man

Ant-Man(PCM) Marvel Studios released a new TV spot for Ant-Man, debuting new footage from the July 17, 2015 release.

The new TV spot jokingly announces that Marvel’s Universe is getting bigger before it introduces Paul Rudd shrinking into his Ant-Man suit. Check it out below!

Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd as the titular hero and tells the story of master thief Scott Lang after he gains the incredible ability to shrink to a miniscule size while increasing his strength.

Directed by Peyton Reed (Bring It On, The Break-Up) and from the screenplay by Adam McKay (Step Brothers), Paul Rudd (Role Models), Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Ant-Man also stars Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Michael Peña, Wood Harris, David Dastmalchian, and Jordi Mollà.

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Check out the TV spot below and head over to the official Ant-Man Facebook page for more info!

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