Queensland Gallery of Modern Art has teamed up with Marvel Studios in a first of its kind exhibit, showcasing props, outfits and vehicles seen in the now 15 film deep universe. Lucas and I were able to go on opening day and check it out.
Below, Lucas and I break down what we saw and thought about the exhibit, and note some of the highlights of the gallery.
Vintage Comics & Spider-Man Mural
In the first room, we were treated to some incredibly rare physical comic prints. The prints are all owned by a gentleman by the name of Brett Chilman. We both spoke to Brett about his collection, and he noted that the comics he put on display are a fraction of the ones he owns. Brett also noted to us that at his Perth home, he has a special room built into his property that currently stores more than 300,000 individual comic book issues. From Marvel to DC to every independent in between, the man is a bonafide collector.
Next to the vintage comic collection is a massive Spider-Man mural drawn by local artist Wayne Nichols, and pictured below.
The Avengers/Civil War/Armory
Next on the walk around we found numerous props and outfits from Civil War and The Avengers films. We get to see a broken Ultron Bot, the containment box Bucky sits in during Civil War when triggered by Zemo and Loki’s outfit from The Avengers. There was plenty more, however I won’t cover everything, as some things are best left as surprises. In the middle of the room sits numerous key weapons. The weapon that caught my eye when I saw it was the Destroyer Cannon that Coulson wields during his death scene. Seeing that for real only gave me a true taste as to what was to come.
Right at the end of the room is the full lineup of outfits we saw for the heroes in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The detail on the costuming is absolutely incredible. There is also a 1:1 scale Hulk lurking over the top to truly give a scale to Hulk we’ve never truly seen before.
Upon leaving the first display area, we get into a very “old school” feeling room, where the props from the first Captain America movie reside. On one side we have a bunch of newspapers and “old timey” props from Captain America: The First Avenger. There is also the blood soaked deck of cards that belonged to Coulson in the first Avengers movie on display in a small cabinet.
Also on display are the outfits of Captain America and the Howling Commandos, including the iconic bowler hat of Dum Dum Dugan. Nearby are the Hydra flamethrower armour, and the Hydra and Captain America motorcycles from the action scenes halfway during the film.
The Cosmic Room
In the next room, we get a look at all the cosmic related content on display at the exhibit. Immediately as you enter the room, you are hit with 3 of the six items imbued with Infinity Stones. Loki’s Scepter (Mind Stone) is on full display as the centrepiece, flanked by The Orb (Power Stone) from Guardians of the Galaxy and The Tesseract (Space Stone) from Captain America: TFA/Avengers. On the right side of the room, there is a very trippy display showing off the costumes of Doctor Strange, with the Eye of Agamotto (Time Stone) around the neck of the outfit of Doctor Strange. Right next to the Doctor Strange display is another trippy Ant-Man display. It’s easily the smallest display (GET IT? THE ANT MAN DISPLAY IS TINY, LIKE AN ANT) at the exhibit, as it only shows off the outfit Paul Rudd wore in Ant-Man and Civil War.
On the other side of the room is a full display for the Guardians of the Galaxy. Here we saw all our heroes and villains outfits (even with blue and green mannequins for Nebula and Gamora). We also get a look at all the weapons for the characters. A key thing to note is the intricacies on Drax’s daggers. Much like his tattoo design.
Thor’s Throne Room
The final room I will cover is possibly my favourite. The Asgardian Throne Room. It is absolutely gorgeous. The detail in the room, from the throne itself, to the steps surrounding it, to the mural behind the throne, is visually stunning. On the steps in front and around the Throne, are the outfits for Thor, Loki, Odin, Frigga, The Warriors Three and Sif. It’s fairly obvious to state, but the level of detail on these costumes compared to the likes of the other costumes at the the exhibit is insane. Trying to nail all the small details of clothing like this, I can only imagine, would be a task unto itself. But every outfit looks amazing.
Also in the room, and sitting all by itself, is Mjolnir. Out of all the props at this show, this is the one I wanted to see the most. The level of detail on not only the handle, but the head of the hammer itself is awesome. Near the hammer are an assortment of Asgardian weapons we’ve seen during the two Thor films. That’s it for what I will cover. Now, onto Ethan and his review!
Iron Man Room
When you walk out of the Asgardian throne room the first thing you will see is Tony Stark’s Racing car from Iron Man 2 (the non damaged version), complete with the racing suit and helmet on display as well. After having a close look at the car it seems like it could actually be a fully working car ( I was unable to find someone to ask to verify). Just behind the car is the Whiplash costume that Mickey Rourke wore in the scene where he attacks Tony Stark at the race. Next to the Whiplash costume is a room that contains 3 Iron man suits. These are the Mark 3 suits from Iron Man, the Mark 4 suit from Iron Man 2 and the Mark 6 suit also from Iron Man 2.
Also in the room is the Giant Stark expo diorama from Iron Man 2 as well as several Stark Expo posters. The most interesting thing I found in this room was that they had the 10 Rings on display. Having only seen them very briefly throughout the 3 Iron Man movies, it was awesome to see them up close and in full detail. Next to the 10 rings was the (fake) Mandarin costume that Ben Kingsley wore in Iron Man 3.
Outside of the room on the wall there is concept art of the Iron Legion from Iron Man 3 showing all of the different armours Tony Stark built that came to his aid in the final act of the movie, and finally they ended the Iron Man area with a life size Hulkbuster armour from Avengers: Age of Ultron. This thing is massive; it looks even bigger than in the movie, and the detail on it is amazing!
After leaving the Iron Man area you start heading into the Thor Ragnarok area, and the first thing you will see is a model of the Capital city of Sakaar. The model looks amazing and is highly detailed with small ships attached to wires flying around the top. If it looks this good in model form it will look even better when the movie comes out! Next to the model is a Sakaarian, who was first seen in Guardians of the Galaxy and will no doubt be seen again in Thor: Ragnarok. On the walls all around the room are concept art of the Hulk vs the Hulkbuster fight from Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as pages from a Hulk comic. The main part of this room is Hulk’s ginormous bed from Thor: Ragnarok. The bed is massive and the detail on it amazing; it seems to be the mouth of some giant beast! Next to the bed is Hulk’s Gladiator Armour and weapon that he’ll use in the movie. Further around to the next room are several weapons and masks from the 3 Thor movies, as well as the ceremonial outfits worn by Odin and Frigga. Once again the detail on all of these items is amazing; Marvel has an amazing production team.
The last 2 rooms of the Exhibition have miscellaneous items/outfits and other things from several different movies. On display were 3 of Captain America’s outfits, including his Field Uniform from Captain America: The First Avenger, The Stealth Uniform from Captain America: The Winter Soldier and his uniform from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Next to these were molds of Chris Evans’ face with the mask over the top, which is the process they use to make sure the mask fits perfectly and next to that is the mold of Red Skull that Hugo Weaving wore. Also in that room is 3 different Nova Corps costumes from Guardians of the Galaxy. Next to them is the severed arm of Groot, a Bust of Groot, Peter Quill’s Sony Walkman and Troll doll, Rocket’s Gun and Groot’s protective nest he made at the end of the movie. The last room had one of my favourite things from the exhibition. It had the train set from the final fight scene in Ant-Man. Next to the train set is Yellow Jacket’s CGI suit they used on set and across from that is Falcon’s Harness and wings.
Throughout the Exhibition there are several Interactive Activities you can play around with. The first one you will come across involves several computer set up where you can learn about the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as a program where you can see how every character in the MCU is connected. While I was playing around with it I found out some things about some characters that have not been shown in the movies, and a few things that will no doubt been shown in upcoming movies (have a look at Black Panther and see if you can what I found). Further down from that is a drawing area that is set up with heaps of paper, pencils and the likes where you’ll be able to express your creative side. In the last room of the Exhibition are 3 screens set up with cameras. When you step into the marked square on the ground a Marvel character will show up on the screen and will move how you move. When I walked into the room there were lines of people waiting to try it. There is also a sound mixing station set up with a scene from Thor: The Dark World, where you can control the volume of the dialog, music and other sound effects. The last interactive element they have is the option to get your photo taken and put into one of the many Marvel Movie posters.
The Marvel: Creating a Cinematic Universe Exhibition is extremely fun and entertaining, especially if you’re a huge fan on the Marvel movies. It’s suitable for the whole family, a fun day out, and we highly recommend it to everyone. The exhibit runs until September 3rd, so check it out before it leaves Australia.