Culture & Lifestyle
Published October 18, 2019

7 of the Best Things We Learned About 'Avengers: Damage Control'

You can now assemble alongside Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, the Wasp, and more!

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There’s now a brand new way to step into the Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to Avengers: Damage Control. Exclusively at The VOID, visitors will find themselves dropped right into the middle of an epic battle — and fight a villain we’ve met before in order to help save the day. 

Marvel.com got the chance to check out Damage Control ahead of its release and here are the 7 best things we learned:   

It takes place after Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame

If certain haircuts are familiar (looking at you, Hawkeye), it’s because Damage Control is supposed to take place after the events of Endgame. However, there’s no specific time for it as Dave Bushore, VP Franchise Creative & Marketing, Marvel Studios, explained. “When we think about the timeline and we think about the continuity, it’s about always been, ‘on October 15th, I went and saw…’ Now it’s, ‘on October 18th, I lived in…’” 

And, sadly, taking place after Endgame means that Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, and Vision are not included in the final battle (but some other new faces certainly are).

The final battle takes place at Stark Industries from Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 

If the area — known as Damage Control — looks familiar during the final battle, it’s because it is. If you look closely at your surrounding areas (while you’re dodging fire from Ultron’s army), you’ll notice that you’re actually at a former Stark Industries compound. This location was mostly destroyed at the end of Iron Man, thanks to Obadiah Stane, and according to the story here it’s been used as storage for things like decommissioned vehicles...and also Ultron

Ultron is made up of stuff we’ve seen before

If you’re looking for prior nods to the MCU films, look no further than Ultron. While it might be hard to get a good look at him mid-battle (and that’s understandable), he’s made up of a lot of Marvel history. Scattered around his metal frame are things like HYDRA from former vehicles, and a sonic cannon from Marvel Studios’ The Incredible Hulk can be found on his arm. 

Many stunt performers from the MCU were on hand to motion capture their performance. 

If the characters in Damage Control move and react like their on-screen MCU counterparts, that’s because in some cases they actually are. Damage Control brought in some stunt actors from the MCU because, as Bushore explained, “[when] you’re doing motion capture you don’t have to explain to them how Spider-Man moves,” because they already know. 

“Let’s use the same people. Let’s have that conversation as close as we have with the filmmaking teams because that’s what you want it to feel like,” Bushore continued. “It’s about connecting those dots from a technology perspective [for filmmaking] and having those actors involved and the talent involved from the films that allows you to bring them to life and there are always challenges, but it makes it a lot easier to do because it is the authentic Marvel Studios actors, characters, animators, and producers.”

You’re supposed to feel like Iron Man

While other stories at The VOID have included items you carry with you for your artillery Damage Control doesn’t use any of that. Instead, visitors instead use the iconic “Iron Man” pose — which is something many guests inherently know (and have maybe tried it out at home a few times). 

Another thing that definitely fulfills many Avengers wishes is that your name actually appears on your Emergency Response Suits. There are also a few moments where you get to see a reflection of yourself all suited-up. 

Please look around each room! 

There’s very much a narrative story that moves Damage Control forward as you travel from one location to the next — Wakanda Outreach Center, Doctor Strange’s Sanctum, and more! But, if you stay behind for a few extra seconds (or minutes), there’s no telling what you’ll find. However, hang around too long and you might be gently encouraged to move on so you don't leave the rest of your team hanging! 

The feel of the final battle is partially inspired by Steve and Bruce’s conversation in Marvel Studios' The Avengers

Remember that moment in The Avengers when Steve and Bruce peer over the side of the helicarrier? That’s a feeling that the team behind Damage Control wanted to recreate. “What would it be like to stand on the deck?” Bushore asked. That visualization also helped them figure out how big Ultron would be during the final battle. “You think about putting Ultron in it and you’re like, ‘okay we’re about that big.’ That’s pretty fun to play with.”

Avengers: Damage Control is now available at select locations at THE VOID for a limited run, including New York City, Atlanta, Santa Monica, and Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, CA. Grab tickets now!

Between October 18 and 20, receive an exclusive Avengers: Damage Control poster at select The VOID locations, while supplies last. 

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