Marvel’s Most Iconic Comics, Costumes, & Props on Display at The Franklin Institute, April 13!

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“EXCELSIOR!”

An 80th anniversary is celebrated with a traditional gift of Oak, Diamonds and Pearls. It’s a huge milestone in love, life and comics! As cultural icon, Marvel, celebrates it’s 80th anniversary; they are giving their fans the gift of Comics, Costumes and Props. Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes, an immersive exhibition featuring more than 300 original artifacts, including some of Marvel’s most iconic costumes, props, and original art opens at the Franklin Institute on April 13, 2019—tickets are now on sale on their website. There are daytime tickets and evening tickets; these tickets have different pricing.

Daytime Tickets
Daily: 9:30a.m.-5:00p.m. (last entry at 3:30p.m.)
Includes General Admission to The Franklin Institute
Adults $35.00; Children (ages 3-11) $31.00
Members $12.00

Evening Tickets

Thursday-Saturday: 5:00-8:00p.m. (last entry at 6:30p.m.)
Does not include General Admission to The Franklin Institute
Adults $20.00; Children (ages 3-11) $15.00
Members $12.00

The exhibit debuts in Philadelphia as the East Coast premiere during Marvel’s 80th anniversary year, and immediately follows the world premiere at MoPOP in Seattle, which drew more than 300,000 visitors. The Philadelphia stop brings a thoroughly re-imagined layout, ambitious new
installations, and never-before-seen content. The 15,000 square-foot exhibit traces the story of Marvel and its influence on visual culture, while also uncovering the narratives of individual characters such as Captain America, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange. It gives insight on how Marvel has influenced and drawn inspiration from the ever-changing tides of popular culture, tracing how their stories have responded to historical events and addressed broader issues such as gender, race, and mental illness. The exhibit also pays tribute to pioneering creators such as Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko whose collective imagination made Marvel into the endlessly expansive fictional universe
known today.

Spider-Man Display at Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes


Exhibit features:

– A fully-immersive exhibit design with life-size scenes that bring the comic book world to life.
– Iconic props and costumes including those worn by Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) in Marvel’s Black
Panther (2018), and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) in Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World (2013), plus the Captain America costume worn by Chris Evans (2015).
– Rare, hand-drawn images of iconic heroes such as Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Captain America — by the artists who first designed them.
– Many more pages of historically significant hand-drawn original comic art by some of Marvel’s most admired creators, including Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Byrne, and Frank Miller — as well as exclusively commissioned original paintings by fan favorites Steve Rude, Esad Ribic, and Jenny Frison.
– Detailed life-size sculptures of Marvel’s beloved characters, including Spider-Man and The Thing, to complement the larger-than-life super hero narrative.
– Special sections designed to provide optimal snapshot moments with classic Marvel characters, and a digital feature that transforms guests into Iron Man.
– An immersive soundscape created by acclaimed composer Lorne Balfe.

MoPOP Marvel Opening (Photo by Christine Mitchell)

The Franklin Institute is proud to present Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes in the Nicholas and Athena Karabots
Pavilion and in the Mandell Center from April 13 through September 2, 2019.

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes
April 13-September 2 2019
The Franklin Institute 222 N. 20th St. 19103

PECO, the premier corporate partner of The Franklin Institute is the presenting sponsor of the exhibition.

Photos via The Franklin Institute’s Press Room

Yali Perez

Yali Perez

I'm your typical nerd; with a passion for writing. I got my start at Geekadelphia. I've written for Riot-Nerd and Citywide Stories. I've also been a guest host for Podcast; Historical Hotties. I hope to share my colorful view as a nerd, Latina, millennial and as a mother.
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