While on the treadmill this past week, I noticed a commercial for a live action show that I thought my son may really like. As such I had to make a mental note to myself that I couldn’t forget in the midst of all my work. I have been trying these past few months to have a Saturday or Sunday fun event for my son. Including, even the 4D viewing of Wonder Woman, which originally he was a bit skeptical of but ended up loving. I eventually got around to buying the tickets to Marvel Universe Live: Age of Heroes. He has been in theatre camp for the last three years and I thought it would be cool for him to experience a live “theatre” event that is meant to be cheesy fun. I don’t know whether he will be an actor, a stage hand or a doctor. I do know he will be a future Mayor at some point. Yes, that is a mother’s perogative to have such firm beliefs.
I do have a secret to share with you. As we started walking over to the Staple Center where the show would be taking place, I wondered ever so briefly what the show would be about. I didn’t look up a single review or description beforehand. I like being surprised. That’s fairly normal, I suppose.
What I do have to share is that I don’t readily know the difference between Marvel and DC comics. I walked over thinking that Wonder Woman would be a character in this show. For shame! That is why I love having a child. He knows all of this and more. He can most definitely school me on the world of comics . I like that there are many things that he can consciously and readily teach me. It makes for a sharing relationship in which we both grow with each other’s help. Too cheesy for a life lesson?
During the show, there was a lesson for all of us there to take home along with all the over-priced glowing swords and off-putting fidget spinners. The premise of the live action show was that the Super Heroes of the Marvel Universe were all going to come together to face off against a common threat. The common threat, specifically being, Loki (Thor’s brother). I’m not too sure that the plot is all that important other than it advances a narrative that individuals from all parts of the universe can come together for a common cause. That there are bridges across these distinct groups. My son loved the fact that these Marvel superheroes were all on one stage. There you had the Hulk, Thor, Groot, Iron Fist, Spiderman, and the Wasp all helping each other out. I believe that this is a precursor to a slew of movies that are about to be released that bring all these characters together. The same goes for the DC Comics side. Now that Captain America: Civil War came and went, the differences have been ironed out. The point is that there may be differences but they must come together for the greater good. That is not a bad lesson to have out there in the universe these days.
My son was capitivated by the acrobatics, the storyline and the fight scenes. As soon as it ended, he started recapping whether certain characters had swords or not. I readily admit, I didn’t follow it that closely. For the rest of the day, he wa animated, lively and running around with his over-priced sword. He loved the show so much, he wants to go to another one of those shows. I love when my son is so riveted by an entertainment show. He kept screaming Rocket’s line “holy krotak, hope he is on our side” (refering to the Hulk). Indeed, we all hope so.