2023 marks 60 years of the X-Men. And to celebrate, Marvel’s Merry Mutants are finally getting a fan convention all their own. The Uncanny Experience, an immersive fan convention, is catering specifically to X-Men fans. The event will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 16-17, 2023 at The Minneapolis Club. The Minneapolis Club’s exterior sure looks a whole lot like a certain School for Gifted Youngsters in upstate New York, doesn’t it?
Confirmed special guests include the man who made the X-Men what they are today, writer Chris Claremont. A young Claremont took the once-canceled Uncanny X-Men, and turned it into Marvel’s biggest-selling title. He also wrote the series for 16 consecutive years. Also on hand will be the voice of Wolverine from X-Men: The Animated Series, Cal Dodd, as well as the voice of Rogue, Lenore Zann. Both will be reprising their iconic roles in Marvel Studios’ upcoming X-Men ’97 revival series. Joining in the fun will be original X-Men: TAS director/animator Larry Houston. More guests are to be announced at a later date.
This hybrid event combines comic book convention elements alongside immersive entertainment. Each attendee will get an Uncanny Student ID badge to enter the event, take Instagram-worthy photos in the historic venue, and meet special guests. Since this is a “school for mutants,” attendees will be able to attend classes on various topics like Mutant History and Understanding tarot with Tarot. They’ll also be able to enjoy the free-play video arcade room (chili fries not included, sorry Jubilee), and find fellow mutant enthusiasts.
The weekend will have a cosplay contest and feature special cosplayer guests from around the United States. And since the X-villains need to represent, they’re also bringing the Hellfire Club with a lavish red-velvet lounge for drinks and debauchery. Enough to make Emma Frost proud we hope. The weekend will conclude with a Graduation Ceremony. One where those in attendance will receive a diploma if they complete the Immersive Experience activations stationed throughout the mansion.
The Uncanny Experience will have three ticket-level tiers. General Admission allows access to the Experience for the two-day event including all described above. VIP tickets give you all the perks mentioned, plus dedicated lines for registration, signings, and a collectible poster. Also, early access to the venue. Plus, access to Saturday evening’s 21+ “Party in the Mansion” Event.
Omega Level ticket holders receive everything mentioned so far plus an invitation to a private VIP cocktail reception, two free autographs from the special guest(s) of their choice, a 15-minute one-on-one meet & greet with their special guest of choice, expedited check-in, a merch bag full of goodies, access to the “Party in the Mansion” event (21+), reserved seating in the panel room, and dedicated customer service. Entrance to The Uncanny Experience is open to all ages, but anyone under 18 needs to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information about this X-Men convention, be sure to head on over to the official event site.