Hampton Roads has a treasure chest, or should I say a Cosmic Cube, of family entertainment options. If someone in your family is into the comic world of Spiderman, Iron Man, Captain America, the Mighty Thor or any of the dozens of Marvel superheroes and villains, Marvel Universe Live at the Scope is for you.
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The show is based on an original story of the fight to regain the Cosmic Cube, the source of “ultimate power” in the universe. You don’t really need a story when you have Spiderman swinging from the ceiling of Scope, explosions, tons of laser light effects, thrilling acrobatics, motorcycle stunts, car chases, and fights, lots of fights. Don’t worry parents, it’s obvious that the fights are carefully choreographed and no superhero or villain is harmed in the making of this program. As a Nana, who is a retired kindergarten teacher and a dedicated pacifist, I thought the fight scenes were an excellent teachable moment – “Look Joe, you can tell that they are really not hitting each other. They’re just pretending, and they’ve practiced and practiced to get it just right.”
There are over 25 live action Marvel characters right in front of you, both heroes and villains. The action is nonstop, with a short intermission. The production, costumes and sound are excellent and there is not a bad seat in the house. There is a giant screen and stage with fantastic scenes of Tony Stark’s penthouse and the rest of the Marvel world. Pepper even makes an appearance.
Just be sure your kids understand that this is the Marvel comic world and they will be seeing Marvel, not DC comic, superheroes. I took my 3-year-old grandson and my 37-year-old daughter to the show. Joe is a big Superman fan. He knows who Spiderman is, but he didn’t quite understand why Superman wasn’t flying around in the Scope with Spidey. He loved the flying, the motorcycles and the cars tipping upside down, but he wasn’t crazy about the loud noises and explosions. He spent part of the show watching from under his coat, with headphones on. I saw more than one kid walking around with earplugs, and that’s probably a good idea if anyone in your family is sensitive to loud noises.
Most kids will find this show thrilling and parents won’t be bored. It was well past Joe’s bedtime, so we left a little early. My 37-year-old daughter was disappointed that she couldn’t stay to see if the superheroes did recover the Cosmic Cube and save the world. I think it probably turned out just fine for the world.
At the Scope through this Sunday, with tickets still available. Even the grown-ups will like this show.