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A massive Marvel exhibition is coming to Seattle next year

A huge exhibition exploring Marvel through its comics, films, costumes and props will go on display in Seattle in 2018.

MoPOP and SC Exhibitions commissioned several renowned Marvel artists to create a series of posters for the Seattle show which will be released over the months to come. Image by 2017 Marvel

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.

Visitors can stroll through the streets of New York City, catching a glimpse into artists studios to learn about the creators behind the comics and gaze at original props from Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and more. Concept artwork by Studio TK. Image by PRNewsfoto/Museum of Pop Culture

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 statues invite visitors to interact and become part of the scenery with great photo opportunities throughout the exhibition. Concept artwork by Studio TK. Image by PRNewsfoto/Museum of Pop Culture

“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.”

Tony Starks Lab is one of many different settings in which visitors can immerse themselves and interact with their favorite characters. Concept artwork by Studio TK. Image by PRNewsfoto/Museum of Pop Culture

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.