Marvel superhero exhibit to debut in spring at Franklin Institute

Rachel Kurland
January 24, 2019 - 1:43 pm
A bust of the character Groot, created for Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy." It will be on display at The Franklin Institute April 13.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Come spring, you'll be able to immerse yourself seamlessly into the Marvel Universe, and you don't even have to leave the Parkway.

The Franklin Institute announced its newest exhibit slated for April, "Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes."

As Marvel enters its 80th year, the exhibition features extensive collections of more than 300 original artifacts, including costumes, props and art, ranging from Marvel's earliest comic book series to 2018's "Black Panther."

"Our show begins with the origins of the Marvel Universe and moves through to the present day, giving a chance to see some of the rarest and most precious objects from the past 80 years of pop culture history, and pointing toward the future with work from some of today’s foremost creators," added curator Ben Saunders.

"Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes," an immersive exhibition featuring more than 300 original artifacts, includes some of Marvel’s most iconic costumes, props, and original art. It opens April 13 at The Franklin Institute.
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Uncover narratives of your favorite characters like Captain America, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange and how they have been intertwined into pop culture and history.

Dr. Strange's Mirror Walls at "Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes," a Franklin Institute exhibit.
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Other features include:

  • iconic props and costumes worn by Chadwick Boseman in "Black Panther," Chris Hemsworth in "Thor: The Dark World," and Chris Evans as Captain America in "Avengers: Age of Ultron";
  • life-size scenes of comic book worlds;
  • original, hand-drawn images of superheroes, and commissioned original paintings;
  • life-size sculptures of Marvel characters, like Spider-Man and The Thing;
  • an immersive soundscape created by acclaimed composer Lorne Balfe;
  • and photo-worthy snapshot moments with Marvel characters, plus a digital feature that transforms guests into Iron Man.

"Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes" at The Franklin Institute offers photo-worthy snapshot moments with Marvel characters.
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The exhibit also pays tribute to pioneers such as Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko.

Tickets are on sale now. The exhibit opens April 13 and runs through Sept. 2.