Review: Marvel’s Avengers Station at the Singapore Science Centre

By Stephanie Yeo   — October 28, 2016
  • Avengers, assemble!
    1 / 6 Avengers, assemble!

    Why is the Hulk green? How is the mighty Thor able to travel between Earth and his home world of Asgard? How did a serum turn Captain America into a superhuman?

    While these superheroes are from the make-believe Marvel universe, an interactive exhibition that is making its South-east Asian debut here on Oct 29 aims to explain their superpowers from the science, technology, engineering and mathematics perspectives.

    Visitors to the Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) at the Science Centre Singapore will get to explore the origins of these characters and discover the science behind them.

    The showcase started in New York in 2014 and has travelled to Seoul and Paris. It has a permanent home in Las Vegas.

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  • Visitors are recruits
    2 / 6 Visitors are recruits

    For the Singapore exhibition, which runs until March 2017, nine characters – Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Vision, Falcon and Ant-Man – will assemble.

    Visitors enter the showcase as “recruits” who are part of the Avengers combat support network and are greeted by agent Maria Hill (played by actress Cobie Smulders) through a recorded video. Panels flashing scenes from the films and information on the characters line the walls.

    At the interactive stations, fans can find out more about how their favourite superheroes came to be.

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  • Captain America area
    3 / 6 Captain America area

    For instance, at the Captain America area, the physiological effects of the “Super Soldier Serum” injected into him are explained with respect to the various parts of the brain.

    Visitors can also pit themselves against the superhero at the High Performance Test Lab, riding on a stationary bicycle in an endurance test.

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  • Dr Bruce Banner's Bio-Lab
    4 / 6 Dr Bruce Banner's Bio-Lab

    At Dr Bruce Banner’s (aka Hulk) Bio-Lab, a theory on why he turns green when he transforms into his alter ego is linked to biliverdin, a pigment in bodies that is responsible for the green tint in bruises.

    Shutterbugs can also have a field day as original costumes and props from the films are displayed.

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  • Try to lift Thor's hammer
    5 / 6 Try to lift Thor's hammer

    Sit on the same black Harley-Davidson that Captain America rode (pictured earlier) or try lifting Thor’s hammer Mjolnir (pictured).

    And in a first for the travelling exhibition, the costume and helmet of Loki, Thor’s evil brother, are on show.

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  • Iron Man area
    6 / 6 Iron Man area

    Iron Man fans are in for a treat. The Mark 46, the suit worn in Captain America: Civil War (2016); War Machine exosuit and the more than 3m-tall Hulkbuster supersuit are on display – alongside Tony Stark’s Hall of Armour (pictured).

    For extra perks, download the free Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N Mobile Training Device app, an audio guide that includes photo filters of the characters for selfies.

    Where: Annex Hall, Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road

    When: Oct 29 to March 5 next year, 10am to 6pm

    How much: Singapore citizens and permanent residents pay $25 (adult) and $18 (child aged three to 12). Foreigners pay $30 (adult) and $22 (child). Book from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg)

    Find out more: www.science.edu.sg/exhibitions/pages/avengersstation.aspx

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