Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel characters together on one epic quest. The story is framed around the battle over the Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe, that has been shattered into pieces by the Mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. With the pieces scattered across the globe, Thor’s villainous brother Loki devises a scheme to clone its powers, inciting a threat that could not only decimate Earth but also obliterate the Universe.
To defeat Loki, Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes must band together, including The Avengers – Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and Thor along with Spider-Man and Wolverine, must trek across the globe to retrieve the Cosmic Cube fragments and unite them. As the Super Heroes track the Cube, they will encounter some of their biggest adversaries including Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Red Skull, Madame Hydra, Aldrich Killian, Electro and more, in the quest for the very same fragments. These foes have no problem teaming up if it gets them closer to their ultimate goal of world domination.
Shanda Sawyer brings her innovative approach to entertainment as concept creator, director and co-writer of Marvel Universe LIVE!, making this her fourth collaboration with Feld Entertainment®. Sawyer’s directing work has garnered two Emmy® Awards and includes projects such as the 69th Academy Awards®, The World’s Greatest Stunts, The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®. Her skills as a director, choreographer, and executive producer make her one of the premier players in live entertainment. Sawyer’s reputation for bringing a fresh take to American popular culture icons while still honoring their past ensures that Marvel fans of all ages will be captivated and thrilled with the superhuman spectacular of Marvel Universe LIVE!
Marvel Universe LIVE! is proud to have the dynamic brother-sister writing team Adam Wilson and Melanie Wilson LaBracio script this most thrilling live action arena experience. The duo has worked with some of the biggest hitters in the entertainment industry: DreamWorks Animation, The Weinstein Company, Disney, Paramount, Universal and Nickelodeon.
Andy Armstrong, a three-time Taurus World Stunt Awards nominee for Best Stunt Coordinator, joins Marvel Universe LIVE! as the action and stunt coordinator. As devoted Super Hero fans already know, Andy is no stranger to the fantastic world of all things Marvel, having been the stunt coordinator for such feature films as The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Thor (2011) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). After bursting into the film industry in 1972 as a vehicle stunt performer, Andy moved behind the lens creating and directing action and stunt sequences for film and television.
Cynthia Nordstrom, costume designer for Marvel Universe LIVE!, has professional expertise ranging from fantastical to steam-punk to fashion. Nordstrom’s work has been seen in a variety of theatrical media including Disney On Ice, the Walt Disney World theme parks and stage shows, Feld Entertainment® presents and the televised, opening number of the 1998 VH1 special, Girls Night Out. Her unique way of integrating creativity with functionality allows her designs to transfer seamlessly — well, maybe with a few seams — to live action spectaculars.
Joe Stewart, six-time Emmy® Award winner and production designer of Marvel Universe LIVE!, is among the most recognized in the industry. As a 30-year veteran in television, Stewart has the distinguished bragging rights of 29 Primetime and Daytime Emmy® nominations and has received numerous Art Directors Guild and CableACE nominations. Stewart’s comprehensive production design career includes sitcoms, award shows, special events, game shows, charity telethons, talk shows, music, variety series, specials, live theatrical productions.
Norm Schwab, Emmy® Award winner and lighting designer for Marvel Universe LIVE!, has more than 35 years of experience delivering edge-of-your-seat lighting technology. With credits including Alice Cooper, Steve Miller, B-52s, Thomas Dolby, LIVE AID, the 1984 Democratic National Convention, the Coca-Cola Experience Center at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and product launches for Apple, Google, and Nintendo, he continually reinvents the way we look at visual design and theatrical production. He is also one of the founders and principals of Lightswitch, a global lighting design company with over a dozen awards ranging from the Themed Entertainment Association Award for The Simpsons RideTM at Universal Studios Hollywood and the Men in BlackTM Alien AttackTM ride at Universal Studios Florida to an Emmy® Award for Macy's Passport Fashion Show.
If there were ever a Super Hero for video content and system design, it would be Emmy® -nominated Bob Bonniol. He has conquered it all. As one of Live Design’s “50 Most Influential People in Entertainment Design and Technology,” Bonniol has brought to life many outstanding showcases such as Blue Man Group, America’s Got Talent Live and Journey’s 30th Anniversary Live DVD. Additionally, Bonniol designed the 10-minute spectacular, Power Up, which served as the premiere piece for the epic, LED sky screen in Beijing at the 2008 Olympic Games.
Award-winning composer Michael Picton brings his musical talents to Marvel Universe LIVE! Picton is no rookie when it comes to working with Feld Entertainment ® as his impressive résumé includes original songs and scores for a variety of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® shows. In addition, he has created music for film, television and theatre, including the 2nd Annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors, Flash Gordon, the Harley-Davidson 100th Anniversary Concert, network themes for PBS and CNN International and commercials for Target, HBO and Verizon among others.
Kenneth Feld, CEO at Feld EntertainmentJuliette Feld, Executive Vice President at Feld Entertainment
We are super excited to welcome you to Marvel Universe LIVE! Thank you for joining us for this truly groundbreaking, one-of-a-kind experience.
This is Marvel’s first-ever, LIVE arena event, with more than 25 Super Heroes and Villains battling for the Universe, right before your eyes.
No wonder it’s turned out to be the most awesome undertaking in the more than 40-year history of Feld Entertainment. Of course, every year, our goal is to surpass expectations and make every new show the unforgettable event of a lifetime, for every age, audience and family.
From the very beginning, we’ve been all about family — because we are a family owned and operated business now in our third generation. As the father/daughter production team for Marvel Universe LIVE! — we’re both extremely proud and humbled to have been entrusted to bring these legendary characters to life like never before. We knew the only way to do it was to gather the best of the best across all areas of production.
Nearly two years in the making, Marvel Universe LIVE! has been a fantastically challenging and exhilarating journey. Working with our incredible Marvel partners, our heroic team has really gone above and beyond with stunning innovations including a scientifically-tested full body burn suit, a live-action stunt vehicle that rolls over safely, astonishing new heights of fly technology for each Super Hero to soar in their own sensational style, and transformative video projections that completely immerse you into the heart of the epic action and story.
It’s all part of the Feld tradition to create uniquely exciting, memory-making experiences that we all can share together. From our family to yours, enjoy the show and we hope to see you again soon!
Sincerely,Kenneth Feld and Juliette Feld