A huge exhibition exploring Marvel through its comics, films, costumes and props will go on display in Seattle in 2018.
Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes will bring together more than 300 original artefacts – featuring characters like Spiderman, Iron Man, Jessica Jones and more – many of which have never been seen by the public. It will open on 21 April at the Museum of Pop Culture, formerly the Experience Music Project, and will be the largest exhibition to ever go on display at the cultural institute.
Using the famous comics, films and other media, the exhibition will tell the story of Marvel as it celebrates ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and in the lead up to the 80th anniversary of the company in 2019. Exploring Marvel’s influence on visual culture, the exhibition will also look at influential creators Stan Lee And Jack Kirby. Placing the comics within their historical context, visitors will learn how Marvel “responded to historical events and addressed wider issues such as gender, race and mental illness”.
“Marvel transformed the idea of the Super Hero in the 1960s – and beyond – by ratcheting up the visual spectacle, emotional dynamism and philosophical sophistication of the action-adventure comics genre,” said Brian Crosby, head of Marvel Themed Entertainment, in a statement. “Marvel has always been a reflection of the world outside your own window and one of its most compelling messages has always been, that anyone – regardless of race, religion or gender – can be a Super Hero.”
For super fans, there will be immersive set pieces and even soundscapes created by composers Lorne Balfe and Hans Zimmer. With the incredible universe created by Marvel, the exhibition even warrants the curation of three comic scholars – Benjamin Saunders, Matthew J. Smith and Randy Duncan – who are university professors and comic experts.