Arts / Media

‘Marvel Universe Live!’ kicks off at Barclays Center with epic effects

Some 53 performers, 25 projectors, 10-foot falls and 37 cameras beaming video. It's all part of what organizers are calling the biggest theatrical production ever, and it's opening in Brooklyn.

Rehearsing one of the car chases involved in "Marvel Universe Live!" (Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment)

Who cares about the DNC? We’re getting The Hulk! He’s 8-foot-6 and powered by car batteries.

Marvel Universe Live!, a show created by Feld Entertainment for the purveyor of all things Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and mutant mayhem, is bringing what they claim is the most high-tech and ambitious theatrical production ever to Brooklyn. The performance at the Barclays Center kicks off a two-year tour. The show will run in Brooklyn through Sunday.

Get tickets here

From the AP:

One jaw-dropping effect is the use of 3-D projection mapping, also known as video mapping technology, which turns objects into display surfaces for video projection. Video content will also be sent to tiny beacons embedded in performers’ costumes to ensure that special effects like laser blasts stay smooth. “After all, Iron Man does not miss,” explained Vaught.

The tech team will beam images across the arena’s back wall — 110 feet across and 36 feet tall — and the floor, which is 70 feet wide by 140 feet long. A gigantic, 26-foot cylinder drops down for more storytelling, including a spiral motorcycle chase between Captain America and Red Skull.

We covered 3D mapping on a slightly more modest scale for a story on Kaki King’s show at BAM.

We’ll let The Daily Bugle cover this one.


From the “Marvel Universe Live!” gallery. Green Goblin scene? (Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment)

Series: Brooklyn

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