For people all over the world, Marvel conjures up images of one thing: Super Heroes. Whether in the vibrant colours of comic books, or on the all-consuming brilliance of the big screen, Marvel characters have captured imaginations for the past 80 years. The launch of Marvel’s ambitious movie franchise has only heightened this fascination, and as comic books gain a firm foothold as a legitimate part of our visual culture and heritage, here is a unique opportunity to look back on the publisher’s enduring legacy. It’s also a chance to recognize the so-called “imaginauts” behind the stories – such as Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko – whose initial moulding of the Marvel saga helped shape one of the most expansive fictional universes ever created.
There couldn’t be a better time for an exhibition that tells the story of the company and its cast of Super Heroes to what is sure to be a legion of visitors – from families with children to pop culture and comic book enthusiasts, moviegoers, keen collectors and anyone who’s been awed by the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the past decade. The exhibition features rare and original artefacts – including some of the publisher’s most iconic pages, the costumes and props – exploring Marvel’s heritage in both print and on-screen. They uncover individual characters and their narratives, as well as the development of the company as a whole and its influence on contemporary visual culture.