Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Avengers coming to life on stage

Marvel Universe Live will feature state-of-the-art special effects and top-notch fight choreography, says Disney

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You’ll be able to see all of Marvel’s spandex-clad superheroes ker-powing and ker-splatting villains live on stage in a couple of years’ time, as Disney has just announced that it’s launching a touring arena show called Marvel Universe Live.

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The production is expected to feature all of Marvel’s most iconic characters, like Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Avengers, who – freed from the constraints of tortuous, watertight film rights contracts – will finally be able to appear alongside each other.

Boasting a $10m+ budget, the show will fuse Marvel Comics storylines with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial displays and martial arts to create a one-of-a-kind stage production.

Disney, which bought Marvel for $4bn in 2009, is collaborating on the project with Feld Entertainment, the company responsible for Disney on Ice, and expects that the resulting show will be “spectacular”.

“We are excited to collaborate with Feld Entertainment to bring millions of our Marvel fans around the world a new and authentic way to engage with their favourite characters and villains,” said Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada.

“This new live action production will bring the greatest Marvel Super Heroes from the movie screen and pages of our comic books into a spectacular live tour.”

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The tour will kick off with an 85-date run in the States in July 2014 before heading abroad. For more information on the production, visit the Marvel Universe Live website.