Science of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Post Event Wrap-Up
Marvel Studios, The Science & Entertainment Exchange and The Great Company hosted a multi-sensory, immersive learning experience
Here’s an update from Marvel about the Science of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Event last week. Marvel recaps the highlights and gives us more info on the amazing speakers and presenters of the event. We also get more information on the amazing partners that help make the event happen. Check out the official press release of the post-event coverage:
Los Angeles, CA – Marvel Studios, The Science & Entertainment Exchange (the Exchange) and The Great Company hosted a multi-sensory, immersive learning experience in Downtown LA’s Arts District on Thursday, October 27, 2016. This was not only a celebration of the past, present and future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU); it was also meant to connect, educate and inspire creative storytellers and Hollywood’s go-to scientists through explorations in media and technology, informed by the science of the MCU.
During the past 7 years, science has remained an essential component to the storytelling landscape of the MCU. This open dialog among scientists, engineers and Marvel storytellers continues to create relationships and inspire filmmakers, science consultants and audiences everywhere. Marvel Studios has continued to invest in the science community and makes meticulous effort to promote teachable concepts in its films.
The event showcased an incredible relationship among Marvel Studios, scientists and engineers with special guest speakers from The Exchange who connected the guests to the mysteries of the MCU. The guest speakers were Jill Tarter (SETI Institute), Alicia Jackson (Drawbridge Health), Adam Frank (University of Rochester), A. Bolu Ajiboye (Case Western Reserve Universtity/Cleveland FES Center), Jessica Cail (Pepperdine University), Tracy Drain (working at JPL), Preston Dyches (working at JPL), Luis Garza (Johns Hopkins Bayview Medial Center), Deborah M. Gordon (Stanford University), Ricardo Gil da Costa (Neuroverse, Inc.), Jamie Waydo (Google), Stephen Broussard (Executive Producer, DOCTOR STRANGE).and the hosts for the evening, Jon Spaihts (screenwriter and author, DOCTOR STRANGE) and Felicia Day (actress, producer, author, and CCO of Geek & Sundry).
The event featured exclusive appearances by Pepper, who greeted guests on the “Hall of Heroes” museum tour, featuring a rare display artifacts from the MCU. PHHHOTO and VNTANA Hologram offered guests the opportunity to take photos in their interactive photo booths. Food was provided by Son of a Bun food truck, The Chairman and Rakken. Sneak peek footage from Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange was shown to close this magical evening, followed by the “Science of Strange” panel that featured filmmakers and scientists that worked on the film.
ABOUT: The special event was made possible by the brand partners at Honor, Google, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
From Marvel Studios comes Doctor Strange, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.
Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt and Scott Adkins, with Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. Scott Derrickson is directing with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, Charles Newirth and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill wrote the screenplay. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying and totally mind-bending journey when Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016.
THE SCIENCE & ENTERTAINMENT EXCHANGE is a program of the National Academy of Sciences that has executed 1600+ consults for feature films, television and video games since 2008. The Exchange serves as the Hollywood hotline for science (1-844-NEEDSCI), presenting the opportunity for entertainment professionals to engage with great science communicators. www.scienceandentertainmentexchange.org
The Great Company is a creative studio that brings “great company” together through the powers of storytelling, design and unique experiences. The Great Company headquarters also serve as an incubator space for emerging creative communities and ventures, especially those with socially conscious initiatives. For more information on GreatCo, visit its site: http://www.thegreatcompany.com
HONOR is a leading smartphone e-brand in 74 countries that epitomizes internet-optimized devices designed for digital natives. It shares this idea for millennials around the world: dream big, believe in your potentials and create your own legend, thus making this partnership all the more compelling.
GOOGLE focuses on providing the best user experience possible. Whether designing a new Internet browser or a new tweak to the look of the home page, Google takes great care to ensure that it will ultimately serve the user, rather than its own internal goal or bottom line.
ALFRED P SLOAN FOUNDATION was founded in 1934, providing grants for research and educations in science, technology and economic performance. Sloan’s program in Public Understanding of Science & Technology supports books, radio, film, television, theater and new media to reach a wide, non-specialized audience. During the past 15 years, Sloan’s nationwide film program has provided screenwriting and production awards at six leading film schools: American Film Institute, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, New York University, University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California and supported screenplay development programs at the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, the San Francisco Film Society, the Black List, and Film Independent. Sloan’s “farm system” has helped develop 20 feature films with science and technology themes or characters including The Imitation Game, The Man Who Knew Infinity, Experimenter, Birder’s Guide to Everything, Robot & Frank and Computer Chess.
About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over 75 years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com. © 2016 MARVEL [Via Marvel]