On Wednesday 21st March my partner and I headed into Melbourne to attend the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N exhibition at Federation Square. This exhibition showcased costumes, replicas and interactive exhibits of all things “Avengers”. The “S.T.A.T.I.O.N” stands for “Science Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network”.
The first room we entered we were debriefed with a video of Agent Maria Hill. She explained what the exhibit was and was true to her character in the movies with the way she spoke. The staff that was working on set were also in character as Agent’s of S.H.E.I.L.D which I thought was extra cool since it made you feel like you were actually an agent yourself.
After the debriefing, we entered the first display room of the exhibition which was based on Captain America. They had a suit and a shield that was once worn by Chris Evans himself (according to one of the staff members, who also said that each suit in the exhibition was either worn once by the actor or a stunt double). They also had a replica of the Harley Davidson motorbike that was shown in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Along with the replicas and costumes they had videos showing movie scenes and also details and information on each item on display.
The next room we entered was the Black Panther display. In this room there was Black Panther’s mask, the Kimoyo Beads and the Heart-Shaped Herb. I absolutely loved the Black Panther movie so it was nice to get a close up of some of the replicas from the movie. However, they did not have a suit on display which was unfortunate.
After walking through the Black Panther exhibit, we were then greeted by a gigantic green hand. It was the Hulk and Dr. Banner exhibit. In this room there was a display of all the chemical items in test tubes and I think that was the chemical that turns him into Hulk (I could be wrong as I didn’t actually read the information they had there). There was also a big wall that had an interactive Hulk where you could make him do different poses and moves. There was a figure of his hand as well which was huge – you can see it in comparison to the size of my hand below.
In the next room there was the portal where you could activate the Tesseract with your hand. You placed your hand on the screen and the Tesseract would turn on the portal. There was a big sound and a light display once it was activated.
The next room was our favourite room in the whole exhibition because there was a massive life-size Thanos sitting in his throne. Thanos is my partner’s favourite Marvel villain and because of that he is my favourite too. This statue blew us away because of the size and detail that was put into it. There were also other replicas in the room of the aliens in The Avengers as well as their weapons. Seeing this room got us both really excited for The Avengers: Infinity War.
Onwards we went and we walked into my favourite Avenger’s room – Thor’s. In here there were 2 suits in a glass cabinet – Loki’s suit and Thor’s suit. They were so beautiful, made so well with so much detail and they looked so colourful. Alongside the costumes was Thor’s Hammer and as we know “only those who are worthy” can pick up the hammer – I am not, nor will I ever be worthy.
After Thor’s exhibit, there were a few rooms showcasing Hawkeye, Black Widow, Ant Man and Falcon costumes/information. These rooms weren’t too overly interesting so I continued my adventure to where I reached a pretty sight of the Hulkbuster. I thought Thanos was big, but this replica was HUGE.
Next to the Hulkbuster was a stunning Iron Man suit. I have never been a fan of Iron Man and the movies but it was still really nice to see the suits. The scaling was amazing and the paint jobs were beautiful and done so well.
At the end of the Iron Man exhibit was another interactive station which was a Virtual Reality experience just without the headset. You could become Iron Man and explore his powers by moving around facing the screen. On the viewers screen, it showed Iron Man replicating the movements each person was making. It was really cool.
After we completed our walk through, we entered a room where we were given tablets that had a certain Avenger allocated. On that tablet was a special power from the elected Avenger. We had to stand in front of several floor to ceiling screens and match up the tablet with the Avenger on the screen. Once we were all facing the correct screens, a visual of Ultron appeared and we had to use the tablet to fight Ultron. I had an Iron Man tablet so as I pressed the button, the screen in front of me would eject powers from Iron Man’s hands and use that power to defeat Ultron. It was quite gimmicky but still a bit of fun at the same time.
If you live in Melbourne, Australia and you are a big fan of the Marvel Franchise and Cinematic Universe (and also a fan of The Avengers) then you should definitely check out the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. They are open now until June so make sure you don’t miss out on your chance to experience a fantastic exhibition.