New exhibit at Franklin Institute brings Marvel universe to life

John McDevitt
April 12, 2019 - 4:23 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —  The comic book world comes to life at a new exhibit, Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes, at the Franklin Institute. 

This is the east coast primer of the show. It's about 15,000 square feet of exhibit space, featuring things like costumes from Black Panther and Captain America movies.  

There's also the first Marvel comic book published in 1939, original art work by the first Spiderman artist Steve Ditko, multimedia experiences and life size statues like the Incredible Hulk. You can take a selfie with him.

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"I know about all of this history and I’ve seen a lot of the original artwork, but there is a lot of stuff here that I never seen," said Joe Quesada the Chief Creative Officer for Marvel Entertainment. 

Quesada says he came down from New York just to see the exhibit.

Reporter: Whats a typical day of work for you?

“For me as Chief Creative Officer every day is different, which is great for someone with ADD like me,” he said. “I get up in the morning and I'm either reviewing scripts to one of our shows, maybe I'm drawing something, maybe I’m writing something for one of our shows.  I do some directing here and there.”

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Reporter: What are you hoping people will take away from the exhibit?

"You know what I just hope they have a good time. I think for the older fans, they'll walk away saying this is all encompassing this is really beautifully done,” he said. “I think for the younger fans the beauty of this exhibit is to discover this is where it started, this is the moment before the big bang.”

The Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes exhibit will run through September 2.