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05.30.2014

As Marvel Studios appears to be very publicly falling apart at the seams with the recent departure of Edgar Wright and Drew Goddard from the company, it’s good to be reminded of those golden salad days of, well, 2012. That was when THE AVENGERS brought hope to every fanboy heart by combining Earth's Mightiest Heroes into one two-hour slugfest/quip party that went on to become the third highest-grossing movie of all-time.

With AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON dropping next year, Marvel doesn't want Spider-Man or the X-men stealing their summer thunder (at least not in New York), so they've teamed up with the eggheads at Discovery Times Square and NASA to unleash Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. That last acronym stands for Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network, but don't worry, it's barely educational.

 

Along with 700 other invited guests, we got to preview the exhibit opening to the public, complete with an introduction by NASA's Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate John M. Grunsfeld. Just so the geek contingent in the crowd didn't feel left out, they also brought up Marvel Comics senior editor Nick Lowe, who was so busy thanking everyone at Marvel Studios that a woman in the crowd had to yell out to him to thank Jack Kirby, the artist who created all these heroes. Embarrassing!

However, not as embarrassing as hundreds of sweaty nerds knocking over hors d'oeuvre trays or small children in order to be the first to tour the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibit. Once it was our turn, we were led down a mysterious hallway of black curtains as Alan Silvestri's "Avengers" score played. Museum employees in S.H.I.E.L.D. gear directed us to a white glass room not unlike the interrogation areas in 2011's THOR where we were greeted by a screen display of a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent giving us the 411 on our mission.

"Your job within the station is to learn as much as you can. Should you complete your mission here, you'll become part of the Avengers Station, a combat support network for the Avengers Initiative. You've each been given a unique ID badge, matched to your biometrics it allows S.H.I.E.L.D. to update your progress. That badge is your line into S.H.I.E.L.D., the most powerful piece of nanofiber you'll ever hold, so don't lose it, keep it safe, and remember to swipe it before you access confidential S.H.I.E.L.D. files. This is your chance to be a part of something greater, an opportunity to help save the world. Let's see if you're up to the task. Do not break anything."

Since this was a "soft opening," we weren't actually given said badges, and most of the interactive element was non-functional, most likely so groups wouldn't dilly dally. It left a lot more time for what we really came to see: Props, props and more props! It's a tremendous collection of legit movie memorabilia, from the costumes worn by all the Avengers in the movie to a full-size Chitauri. Items like Loki's helmet and scepter lie behind glass along with bigger pieces like the Tesseract device or an alien hover vehicle, all as sorta real as they looked in Joss Whedon's camera lens.

The attention to detail is also on full display, with even the smallest items like the Captain America trading cards in Agent Coulson's front pocket arranged for the discerning nerd. You get to do a strength test and other activities to test your mettle with the most powerful beings on this or any other planet. An overview station showing the entire universe from Thor's POV was sadly non-functional, as was Iron Man's particle accelerator.

The level of interactivity that –theoretically- exists in Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is about on-par with Lucasfilm's traveling "Star Wars Identities" exhibit, using the similar notion of collecting info over the course of several key areas and storing it on a device for final evaluation at the end. The fact that it's a glorified costume display that would be as appropriate for Planet Hollywood as it would be for Discovery? Who cares, you mewling quim!

Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. opens to the public today. Get your tickets for the event here and scroll below to see more images from the exhibit!

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Source: JoBlo.com

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10:03PM on 05/31/2014

Drew Goddard

Drew Goddard had to leave because of The Sinister Six, which would consume too much of his time and make it difficult for him to properly run a television series. He still wrote two episodes and will serve as executive producer on the series [link]. I hardly consider this a creative rift; it is simply a scheduling conflict, and considering Goddard will still be associated with the show, it doesn't qualify as a true departure from Marvel.
Drew Goddard had to leave because of The Sinister Six, which would consume too much of his time and make it difficult for him to properly run a television series. He still wrote two episodes and will serve as executive producer on the series [link]. I hardly consider this a creative rift; it is simply a scheduling conflict, and considering Goddard will still be associated with the show, it doesn't qualify as a true departure from Marvel.
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3:23AM on 05/31/2014
A tour of Odin's vault would be awesome.
A tour of Odin's vault would be awesome.
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9:55PM on 05/30/2014
Holy crap this looks awesome! You know what would also be cool? If the Smithsonian hosted the Captain America exhibit as seen in Winter Soldier for real for a while.
Holy crap this looks awesome! You know what would also be cool? If the Smithsonian hosted the Captain America exhibit as seen in Winter Soldier for real for a while.
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5:23PM on 05/30/2014
Max Evry, Marvel is falling apart at the seams eh? Is that because they had to replace Drew Goddard for a show that hasn't been made yet? Or because of the one director they need to replace? Yes, I can see how those are huge problems in the face of the ocean of money they're making, while awesome superhero movies come out of that studio roughly every six months.
Max Evry, Marvel is falling apart at the seams eh? Is that because they had to replace Drew Goddard for a show that hasn't been made yet? Or because of the one director they need to replace? Yes, I can see how those are huge problems in the face of the ocean of money they're making, while awesome superhero movies come out of that studio roughly every six months.
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6:05PM on 05/30/2014
It was sarcasm, and you don't have to be a detective to figure that out!
It was sarcasm, and you don't have to be a detective to figure that out!
7:39PM on 05/30/2014
You don't get it because one director left and another has another job he needs to focus on and is now only creative consultant every thing marvel has done for the last 9 movies is over. Marvel might as well cancel all future projects even shelve Guardians and just get on their knees admit defeat to WB and start sucking Superman and Batman's dicks.
You don't get it because one director left and another has another job he needs to focus on and is now only creative consultant every thing marvel has done for the last 9 movies is over. Marvel might as well cancel all future projects even shelve Guardians and just get on their knees admit defeat to WB and start sucking Superman and Batman's dicks.
9:12AM on 05/31/2014
Having to replace two creative and unique directors in one week may not make the empire collapse, but it definitely reveals chinks in the armor. Marvel as a studio has touted itself as place for out-of-left-field directors to add their vision to the individual pieces, all the while feeding the main singular story line. With this news it seems that is not the case anymore.

Will their micromanagement eventually lead to their own down fall? Doubtful. But it it's interesting to think about.
Having to replace two creative and unique directors in one week may not make the empire collapse, but it definitely reveals chinks in the armor. Marvel as a studio has touted itself as place for out-of-left-field directors to add their vision to the individual pieces, all the while feeding the main singular story line. With this news it seems that is not the case anymore.

Will their micromanagement eventually lead to their own down fall? Doubtful. But it it's interesting to think about.
4:38PM on 05/30/2014
I just got to check this out today for work. Stan Lee was there and we got to shoot an interview with him in front of the Iron Man suit (super nice guy). Overall it feels like there are a lot of kinks that need to be smoothed out, but it's cool to see the costumes up close. The exhibit was designed by the set design team on The Avengers, so it looked great. Cool eye candy at the very least.
I just got to check this out today for work. Stan Lee was there and we got to shoot an interview with him in front of the Iron Man suit (super nice guy). Overall it feels like there are a lot of kinks that need to be smoothed out, but it's cool to see the costumes up close. The exhibit was designed by the set design team on The Avengers, so it looked great. Cool eye candy at the very least.
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1:51PM on 05/30/2014
Man! Wish I was there bleeding out of my eyes with excitement.
Man! Wish I was there bleeding out of my eyes with excitement.
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1:10PM on 05/30/2014
The last pic of Iron Man's armor glowing is just awesome.
The last pic of Iron Man's armor glowing is just awesome.
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1:05PM on 05/30/2014
Would love to try on Loki's helmet and/or Cap's suit.
Would love to try on Loki's helmet and/or Cap's suit.
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1:02PM on 05/30/2014
I wish I had some of that stuff in my home!!!
I wish I had some of that stuff in my home!!!
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