If you're holding out for a hero, you'll just have to wait until fall when Chicago celebrates 80 years of the Marvel Universe with a super heroes exhibition.

Dr. Strange Mirror Room
Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes is coming to MSI Chicago this fall ©Christine Mitchell

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes is a new exhibition heading to the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), Chicago in October. The interactive exhibition celebrates 80 years of the Marvel Universe with more than 300 artefacts, including iconic costumes, sketches, props and original art and comics.

Comic books, costumes and props on display at a Marvel exhibition
Some of Marvel's most notable comic books will be displayed ©Sandro Vannini

Marvel's influence on visual culture cannot be overstated and the exhibition will illustrate how the media franchise shaped the world of super hero comics with Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Thor, The Incredible Hulk and Black Panther. Guests can test Iron Man's armour inside Tony Stark's lab through an augmented reality experience, wander through Dr Strange's mirror room, take photos next to larger-than-life characters and view original art from some of the most notable Marvel titles, including rare and early editions.

A young woman tests out an Iron Man augmented reality experience
Guests can visit Tony Stark's lab for an augmented reality experience ©MoPop

According to curators – comic book scholars Benjamin Saunders, Matthew J. Smith and Randy Duncan – guests will see how comic books speak to our times and the ways in which Marvel responded to major historic and political events like the civil rights movement, as well as addressing themes of gender, race and disabilities. The exhibit will also honour pioneering creators like Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, whose imaginations brought the Marvel Universe to life.

Spiderman props at a Marvel exhibition
Spider-Man displays ©MoPop

"We are excited to bring this exhibition to MSI because we believe Marvel's message resonates with so many of our guests and connects with our own mission," said MSI's Anne Rashford. "The comics and movies encourage us to find our inner strengths to make the world a better place, and as an institution we strive for our guests to realize their full potential so they can explore the challenges of today and in the future."

The Incredible Hulk room at a Marvel exhibition
The Fantastic Four room ©Sandro Vannini

Details of the exhibition were teased last weekend at Chicago's Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), where a few lucky guests were treated to pre-sale tickets. The exhibition will launch in October, 2020 and will run until April, 2021. For more information, see here.

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