New Orleans area calendar for Jan. 9-15, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Marvel Entertainment -- A performer is dressed as the Marvel character Thor in the live arena show 'Marvel Universe Live!' The show will be at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans starting Thursday, Jan. 15.

Marvel Comics heroes and villains come alive for an arena spectacle headed for the New Orleans Smoothie King Center in January, and tickets are on sale now.

Marvel Universe LIVE!” features more than 25 characters from the comic franchise on one quest. The story centers on the Cosmic Cube, the ultimate power source, shattered by Thor. His evil brother Loki attempts to clone it, which spells doom for Earth and the universe.

Coming to the rescue will be the Avengers: Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk and Thor, with Spider-Man and Wolverine. They will battle supervillains Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Red Skull, Madame Hydra, Aldrich Killian, Electro and others.

The show features cutting-edge technology, set designs, stunts, pyrotechnics and special effects.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and the Smoothie King Center box office. For information, visit