Train to Be an Avenger at the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
The Avengers have a lot on their plate recently, between saving the planet from alien invasion, preventing assassination attempts against the President, and discovering conspiracies within their own organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. They are in desperate need of some backup, so they've enlisted children to train at the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., or Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network.
Victory Hill Exhibitions, in conjunction with Marvel, NASA, and the National Academy of Sciences, has just opened an interactive museum exhibit at Discovery Times Square in which children, guided by S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury, can train to become agents for the Avengers. First, they receive an ID badge, then they use these badges to enter exhibits in which they learn about the scientific origins of all of their favorite superheroes by reading "classified" documents and performing experiments. They can learn how Thor's hammer conducts electricity in order to control the weather, and how to navigate the HUD interface of Ironman's helmet. They can also learn how gamma radiation transformed Bruce Banner into the Hulk, and about the serum that gave Captain America superpowers.
Marvel donated several significant artifacts from the films to the exhibit, such as Captain America's shield from the first "Avengers" film, villain/antihero Loki's scepter, and a Tesseract, which purportedly opens portals to other dimensions. They also provided a Chitauri, alien shapeshifters and secondary villains of the 2012 film, that had been killed in battle and preserved in a hermetically sealed chamber.
Nicholas Cooper, the creative director at Victory Hill, expressed his gratitude that they were able to work with some of the most prominent scientists in the world while creating this program. He stated, "Today's science fiction is tomorrow's science."
Stan Lee, former president of Marvel and creator of almost every famous Marvel superhero, including the Avengers, was flattered at the extent of scientific interest in the characters he created: "It feels great that people take them seriously and want to study them. It's going to make young people more interested in science, and anything that does that is wonderful."