In Brisbane: A Super Marvel Blockbuster is Coming

The weird and wonderful capes and costumes of famous Marvel characters including Captain America, Thor and the Hulk will feature among 500 plus objects in an exclusive to GOMA exhibition, ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ from 27 May to 3 September.

This will be not only the first Marvel exhibition staged in Australia, it will be the largest ever to be presented within an art museum. ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ will take up the entire ground floor of GOMA and include a staggering array of original costumes, props, spectacular set design, costumes, concept art and clips from both Marvel Studios films and some private collections.  Curated by QAGOMA’s Amanda Slack-Smith, the exhibition draws on Marvel’s extensive archives in order to give audiences unprecedented insight into the rich fictional world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  The legendary Marvel characters, with their complex personas and relationships, are profiled with particular focus on Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and the Avengers, alongside Doctor Strange, Ant-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Kevin Feige (Producer, Marvel Studios) says they are thrilled to be working with QAGOMA to bring this unique show to life: ‘The support that we’ve received from Queensland and the country of Australia has been incredible. Following the success of filming Thor: Ragnarok on the Gold Coast, we couldn’t think of a better setting to stage the largest Marvel exhibition ever.’

Marvel Adi Granov Keyframe for The Avengers
Marvel Adi Granov Keyframe for The Avengers. The Marvel exhibition will address three key themes – ‘The Cinematic Assembled’, ‘Decoding the Universe’ and ‘Behind the Scenes.’  It recognizes both artists and creative teams behind the much-loved stories, offering a glimpse into the work of production designers, storyboarding and pre-visualisation artists, costume and prop designers, as well as visual effects artists.

Must-see highlights include more than 60 original Marvel Studios costumes.  Visitors will be able to see Tony Stark’s race car from Iron Man 2, Thor’s hammer, multiple versions of Iron Man’s armour, the Eye of Agamotto from Doctor Strange, along with never-before-seen items from the set of the upcoming film Thor: Ragnarok.  Interactive experiences throughout the exhibition will invite visitors to delve even further into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Throughout the exhibition season a retrospective of Marvel films will screen in the Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque, including Iron Man (2008), Marvel’s The Avengers (2012), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Doctor Strange (2016) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (2017).  The Marvel Cinematic Universe was conceived to translate the comic book experience into a cinematic realm, and with each successive film its universe grows more intricate as it expands.

A super Up Late series will accompany the exhibition on Fridays from 28 July – 1 September, including music, talks and more. The exhibition will also be open late until 9pm on Wednesday evenings.

Tickets to ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ and the MCU film retrospective are on sale now.

Seen at top: Rodney Fuentebella. Keyframe for Captain America: Civil War 2016 / © 2016 MARVEL
‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ has been organised by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in collaboration with Marvel Entertainment. The exhibition has received additional support from the Queensland Government though Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) and Arts Queensland.

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