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Superhero Exhibit is Sure to be a Hit
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Ryan Meinerding / Keyframe for The Avengers 2012 / © 2016 MARVEL

If you thought it was cool that Thor was filming in Brisbane in 2016, hold on to your hammers folks because GoMA is bringing out the big guns. Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe will see the art of the comics and films we all love on display at the gallery from 27 May to 3 September 2017.

The exhibition is a world-first and will be exclusive to GoMA. It will feature over 300 pieces from the original comics, giant set pieces, props, costumes, special effects and even behind the scenes film production items. It will be the largest ever Marvel exhibit in an art museum. Such a worldwide exclusive is certainly a coup for Brisbane.

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Rodney Fuentebella / Keyframe for Civil War 2016 / © 2016 MARVEL

Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement outside GoMA this week, saying, "The filming of Thor: Ragnarok in Brisbane's CBD generated a Marvel buzz that is certain to continue with the opportunity for comic book and movie fans to exclusively view pieces from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"I have personally championed this project because I know it will draw visitors from across the country and the Asia-Pacific, meaning more tourism jobs for Queenslanders."

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Kate Jones, echoed the Premier's sentiments, saying, "This exhibition is another outstanding addition to Queensland's world-class events calendar which draws thousands of visitors a year, helps grow our tourism industry and delivers jobs,"

Marvel Comics was founded in 1939 and since has brought us such heroes as Doctor Strange (in cinemas now), Thor, Spider-Man, Wolverine and the X-Men, Ant Man, Iron Man, Captain America, and the Hulk. Not to mention epic squads like the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Fantastic Four. Then there are the villains like Loki, Red Skull, Green Goblin and Magneto. The list of household names goes on and on and on.

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said of the exhibit, "It will give significant focus to the creative artists who translate the drawn narrative to the screen through production design and storyboarding, costume and prop design, and special effects and postproduction on this series which has redefined the cinematic super hero.

"The exhibition experience will extend into GOMA's Australian Cinémathèque with a retrospective of the Marvel Cinematic Universe of films."

This exhibit will certainly have broad appeal, but of course, it's most exciting for Australian Marvel fans, who are some of the most passionate supporters of the brand in the world.

Kylie Watson-Wheeler, Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company Australia and New Zealand said, "The power of Marvel lies in its broad appeal and how it connects with people of all ages. It's wonderful that Queensland, QAGOMA and Marvel could bring this exhibition, the largest of its kind, to the people of Australia."

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Adi Granov / Keyframe for The Avengers 2012 / © 2016 MARVEL

Tickets for Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe are on sale now. They'd be a great Christmas present for the comic book and movie lovers in your life and are sure to be very popular.

Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe is organised by the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art in collaboration with Marvel Entertainment. The exhibition has received additional support from the Queensland Government though Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) and Arts Queensland.
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Why? It's going to be SUPER!
When: 27 May 2017 – 3 Sep 2017
Phone: (07) 3840 7303
Where: GoMA (Gallery of Modern Art)
Cost: SINGLE ENTRY: Adult $25/ Concession* $20/ Child (5–12 years. Under 5 free) $10/ Member $18/ Family (2 adults up to 3 children) $70. Season and Gold Passes also available.
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