The days when you tied a blanket around your shoulders and fought imaginary enemies, are long over. You are an adult now; your biggest enemy is probably your alarm that goes off every morning. Being a superhero today means getting out of bed on time and showing up at work fully dressed.
But it doesn’t have to be like that. These destinations will give you the chance to feel like a ‘true’ superhero – and in some cases, you can even bring your blanket and tie it around your shoulders once more - for old time’s sake.
In celebration of Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics airing exclusively to BT customers on the AMC channel, here's some spots every comic book fan should tick off their list:
1. Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum, Indiana
With more than 60,0000 comic books and 10,000 toys, this museum is one of the largest comic book and superhero memorabilia collections in the world. This one-of-a-kind museum features not only the original Captain America shield used by Chris Evans in the movie Captain America: The First Avenger, but also a replica of the Bat Cave set from the 1960s Batman TV show.
2. Madame Tussauds, London
What does it feel like to hang from the ceiling with Spider-Man? Find out at Madame Tussauds London’s Marvel area. Streams of excited visitors have the chance to take pictures next to life-like statues of Iron Man and co. A highlight of this exhibition is the realistic Marvel 4D movie with high impact special effects and action literally spilling out of the screen. Marvel-lous, right?
3. Superhero Walking Tour, New York
Not only is New York the city that never sleeps, but it’s also an absolute hotspot for superhero geeks. Follow into your favourite hero’s/villain’s footsteps and visit famous hangouts of Superman, Tony Stark or the Green Goblin. Find out which superheroes have battled at Grand Central Terminal or pop in at The Daily Planet, Clark Kent’s workplace.
4. Comic-Con International, San Diego
With more than 130,000 geeks attending, the San Diego Comic-Con is not only the largest but also the oldest comic book convention held. For four days, fans have the opportunity to attend panels, seminars and workshops with comic book professionals, enjoy upcoming feature films or slip into their favourite superhero costume.
5. Leaping Windows Café, Mumbai
If you are a comic and coffee junkie, the Leaping Windows Café in Mumbai is the place for you. Enjoy a brew or a homemade sandwich whilst skimming through some of your favourite comics from Marvel to DC and everything inbetween. The interior is beautifully decorated with comic wall art and you will receive your bill hidden inside a real comic book.
6. Toy & Action Figure Museum, Oklahoma
You will wish you had an extra pair of eyes, because this museum is devoted to the art and sculpting of action figures. The collection is showcased in a large room that is divided into different sections, for example, one is solely dedicated to Batman. More than 13,000 action figures are on display and many of them – in true collector fashion – have never been taken out of their boxes.
7. Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, Orlando
What’s better than a theme park? A theme park that caters to the needs of a true superhero fan. The Marvel Super Hero Island in Florida features attractions such as The Amazing Spider-Man adventure and The Incredible Hulk Coaster. The Marvel Super Hero Island has been one of the most popular areas of the Islands of Adventure since the day it opened. Don’t miss out!
AMC Visionaries: Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics premieres on Monday, January 8th at 9pm on AMC – BT TV channel 332/381 HD.
BT Sport pack customers can watch on Sky Guide channel 192.
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