Enjoy a night of explosions, stunts, and superheroes - as Avengers assemble at Sheffield's FlyDSA Arena - REVIEW

Marvel Universe Live transfers almost all of the ingredients from the action thriller movies to the stage.

Friday, 11th October 2019, 9:56 am
Marvel Univer LIVE comes to Sheffield
Marvel Univer LIVE comes to Sheffield

The arena spectacular tells a simple story through high wire hijinks, backflipping motorbikes, martial arts, special effects, acrobatics, flaming poi and pyrotechnics.

All the main Marvel favourites are on display, but you don't need to be a comic book aficionado or even a big fan of the films to enjoy them in a live setting.

It plays out on an enormous shape-shifting set.

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It is played out by a cast of athletes, who fight and flip their way through almost two hours of action.

Spiderman, swinging from the arena rafters, is an obvious star but the mobility of a gargantuan Groot is truly impressive.

The plot is straight forward, each scene following smoothly on from the one before in an easy-to-follow and mostly seamless progression.

All that is missing from the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy is the dry sense of humour, largely thanks to the script being voiced over, the disconnect between the live actors and the dialogue meaning wit is lost in translation.

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Not that it matters much, so frantic is the action.

Fight scenes take place throughout, on all sides of the stage, giving everyone in the arena a good view, but the violence is tame.

And there's little in the way of real menace, so younger members of the audience can enjoy the action without wanting to run for the concourse.

The show is appropriate for kids as young as four, with enough explosions and stunts to keep the attention of older kids.

BUY TICKETS: Marvel Universe LIVE! is at Sheffield FlyDSA Arena until Sunday, October 13. Tickets are £24.20 to £55. Buy in person from Sheffield FlyDSA Arena, call 0114 256 5656 or visit www.flydsaarena.co.uk