Avengers, assemble! The highly popular Marvel Avengers STATION in the Yorkdale mall was originally to close on Feb. 27 but has been extended to March 27.
The exhibit features the six main Avengers: Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, the Hulk and Thor, with a few extra heroes being shown off. Fans can come and take their picture with an interactive green screen, deciding what they would like the background can be.
Enthusiasts can look forward to interacting with props from the movies such as Captain America’s shield, Iron Man’s Hall of Armours, and even try lifting Thor’s hammer. They also can check out the numerous interactive displays to learn as much as they can about their favourite heroes.
Employees did not learn until later that the exhibit had been extended, leaving them excited for the future.
“I’ve really enjoyed working here,” said employee Raynia, who wouldn’t give her last name. “I was sad to hear at first that we were going to close down in February.”
It’s been a great work environment, she said.
“I got to meet lots of fans just like me,” Raynia said. “I’m really glad that we got extended another month. I don’t want this to end, I’ll be sad when it leaves. There just isn’t something else like this in Toronto, you know?”
The exhibit helped bring fans and cosplayers from all over, the only other place to see things like this being Toronto Comic Con, which happens for only a few days.
A hole that needs to be filled
With a month left in the exhibit’s stretch, many fans are wondering what there is to do in Toronto after it leaves. Since there wasn’t anything like this before, it leaves a hole in the hearts of diehard superhero fans who want something more.
“I know it’s going to feel empty after it leaves,” local cosplayer Sara Cruz says. “Last time after I heard the news, I was actually shocked. I thought this was something that was here to stay and would change throughout the different movies.”
Toronto needs to do something to fill that market once the Avengers exhibit leaves, Cruz said.