Standing shoulder to shoulder with a female pilot, Madame Tussauds Blackpool launched its brand new Captain Marvel wax figure last week, on International Women’s Day.
A former US Air Force pilot who rose to security director at NASA, Captain Marvel’s alter ego Carol Danvers embodies strength and achievement – and was perfect to inspire Astrid Herz, a pilot from Thomas Cook Airlines.
Captain Marvel represents a celebration of those who push themselves to be the best they can be, whatever that means for them individually.
“I find the character so inspiring,” said Astrid. “She represents the opportunity to encourage more women to consider a career in aviation – a trade that is traditionally male dominated. She never apologises for her strength, which I love.
“I wanted to become a pilot ever since I was young when I received a postcard from my parents on holiday which had a Boeing 747 on the front. I’ve always been drawn in by adventure, and started flying as a teenager.
“Although historically it’s been a male dominated industry, this has changed dramatically over the past 15 years. Everyone has a very positive attitude about females in the profession, and it’s lovely that young girls and boys come up to me and say how cool it is that I’m a pilot!”
International Women’s Day is themed around gender balance, and for Madame Tussauds, Captain Marvel and Astrid show that nothing can hold them back in the airline industry.
Matthew Titherington, general manager at Madame Tussauds Blackpool said: “We couldn’t think of a more perfect character than Captain Marvel to arrive on International Women’s Day. We think that her film will inspire many girls to be fearless, single minded and confident in life and know that there’s nothing they can’t achieve if they want to.”
Pilot Astrid, added: “I can’t wait to see her in action in her own film. She’s a great role model to not only young girls, but also young boys so show anyone can be a superhero.”
The Captain Marvel film starring Brie Larsen, which has posted biggest ever opening for a Marvel standalone debut in the UK box office, is the 21st in the Marvel franchise. She’s positioned as the most powerful Super Hero and a fearless heroine.
Captain Marvel is the first female Marvel wax figure to join Madame Tussauds Blackpool’s Marvel Super Hero area, which also features The Hulk, Thor, Rocket, Groot and Spider-Man.
Marvel Super Heroes is part of the main Madame Tussauds Blackpool attraction and is included in the ticket price, starting from £13.50 for children and £18.00 for adults (additional 20% discount available when tickets are booked online).
• For more information or book your ticket, visit: www.madametussauds.com/blackpool/en
• Marvel’s Captain Marvel: The Art of the Movie is available now (Amazon Affiliate Link)
• Captain Marvel the Official Movie Special (Amazon Affiliate Link)
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