What you need to know about Marvel Universe LIVE!

By Allison Walker, Entertainment Reporter/Anchor
Last Updated: Wednesday, December 03, 2014, 9:57 AM EST

Coming to Orlando is the largest assembly of Marvel characters ever.

Marvel Universe LIVE! is an all-new arena show that tells a story you've never heard before. Feld Entertainment says it's their "most ambitious" show to date.

So we begged our bosses to let us take a roadtrip to Sunrise, FL to get a sneak peek before Orlando's stop. But we didn't just get a "peek." In fact, we are the only Orlando TV crew to hang out with the cast backstage and interact with their on-stage props.

Cast member Bernard Lyght landed the role as Spider-Man.

"I've always been a fan of Spider-Man," he smiled, "and -  I've made it!"

Lyght says his most rock star of stunts is the "web sling."

"There's a point where I make - I guess you can call it "my exit" to one of the scenes," he said, "and I swing over the crowd and hit some of those famous Spider-Man poses as I'm flying through the air."

"You get a wide range of reaction," he continued," from, 'Oooh' to 'Ahh!' to 'Oh my goodness, look at that!', like 'Holy crap! That was really cool!'

To become a convincing superhero, these performers put their bodies through intense workouts.

"[We trained] in Bradenton," Justin Hicks ("Loki", "Rhino") told us. "We spent about 2 months of intense 6-8 hours of training - rehearsing fight choreography, high-fall stunts - anything that goes in the show was done in those two months."

Ashtain Rothchild plays Captain Marvel. She says one of the coolest things about the cast is that they all come from different backgrounds.

"I'm a dancer, so me of the toughest parts of my role is learning how to fight and to fly," she said. "Justin over here is such a skilled fighter, so he's been able to give me pointers, along with other members of the cast. It's kind of awesome."

"She gets her kicks high!" Hicks chimed in. "She can kick  my head right off at any point in time."

Orlando's own Joseph Dennis landed the Green Goblin role. He let us take a ride on the iconic Glider - the vessel where that big battle with Spider-Man takes place.

"Green Goblin is a menacing, vicious, evil character," Dennis said, stepping off the Glider. "He likes to give Spider-Man a hard time here and there."

Marvel Universe LIVE is on an 85-city tour. The show is super high-tech, jam-packed with special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, and motorcycles.
So there's no room for error. Choreography has to be spot on.

Here's the official press release for the Orlando shows. Ticket info is also below:

Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with a mind-blowing show unlike anything you’ve seen before. Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man and The Avengers (Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more) and threatening villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza.

Produced by Feld Entertainment, Marvel Universe LIVE! is performing at the Amway Center in Orlando December 5-7 for seven performances.

Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel icons together on one epic quest. The Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe, has been shattered into pieces by the Mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. With the pieces scattered across the globe, Thor’s villainous brother Loki devises a scheme to clone its powers, inciting a threat that could not only decimate Earth but also obliterate the Universe.

You’ll definitely feel the energy with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more. It’s being hailed as the most technically advanced live show ever. Join Marvel fans of all ages for this once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance. The fate of the universe depends on it!

Where: Amway Center, 400 West Church Street - Suite 200, Orlando, Florida 32801

Show Times:
Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 7 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: $75, $55, $45, $35, $29 $25
*Ticket pricing is subject to change based on market demand.
Buy tickets at Ticketmaster or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000.