GOMA’s ‘Marvel’ blockbuster is coming soon


Today we’re previewing to media some of the costumes and props that have arrived to feature in the upcoming exhibition ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) from 27 May to 3 September 2017. The costumes of Marvel characters Captain America, Thor and The Ancient One will feature among over 500 artworks in the exclusive to GOMA exhibition.

This exhibition will be the first major Marvel exhibition in Australia and the largest ever presented in an art museum worldwide. It will encompass the entire ground floor of GOMA and include more than 60 original costumes, props, spectacular set design, costumes, concept and keyframe art and clips from the Marvel Studios films.

The exhibition draws on Marvel’s extensive archives to give audiences unprecedented insight into the rich fictional world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The legendary Marvel characters and their complex personas and relationships are profiled with a focus on Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and the Avengers, alongside Doctor Strange, Ant-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Kevin Feige, Producer, Marvel Studios, said the company was thrilled to be working with QAGOMA to bring to life this unique exhibition.

‘The support that we’ve received from Queensland and the country of Australia has been incredible. Following the success of filming Thor: Ragnarok on the Gold Coast, we couldn’t think of a better setting to stage the largest Marvel exhibition ever.’

The exhibition addresses three key themes ‘The Cinematic Assembled’, ‘Decoding the Universe’ and ‘Behind the Scenes’ and it recognises the artists and creative teams behind the much-loved stories, offering a glimpse into the work of production designers, storyboarding and pre-visualisation artists, costume and prop designers, and visual effects artists.

Must-see highlights include more than 60 original Marvel Studios costumes, Tony Stark’s race car from Iron Man 2, Thor’s hammer, multiple versions of Iron Man’s armour including the imposing three metre tall Hulkbuster, the Eye of Agamotto from Doctor Strange, and never-before-seen items from the set of the upcoming film Thor: Ragnarok including the majestic Asgardian throne room.

Interactive experiences throughout the exhibition invite visitors to delve even further into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


Throughout the exhibition season a retrospective of Marvel Cinematic Universe films will screen in the Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque and include the breakthrough Iron Man (2008), Marvel’s The Avengers (2012), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Doctor Strange (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (2017) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).

Up Late and open Wednesday night

From Friday 28 July to Friday 1 September, a weekly Up Late series will bring live music, floor talks and more to ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’. Each Up Late is a separate ticketed event.

Exhibition Shop

The dedicated exhibition shop will offer an extensive selection of Marvel comics, publications, collectibles, accessories and an exclusive range of exhibition merchandise.


The exhibition is accompanied by a full-colour 240 page publication featuring essays by exhibition curator Amanda Slack-Smith, Associate Curator, Australian Cinémathèque, QAGOMA; Glen Weldon from National Public Radio’s Pop Culture Happy Hour; and Roxane Gay, editor, novelist and writer of Marvel Comics’ Black Panther: World of Wakanda (2016-); with an introduction by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. The softcover version features cover art by Marvel Studios Head of Visual Development Ryan Meinerding, and the hardcover art is a newly commissioned piece by Marvel Studios Visual Development Supervisor Andy Park, inspired by Thor: Ragnarok. A limited edition box including the hardcover publication and a signed and numbered art print of the cover art by Andy Park (edition of 100) will be available in-store only from the Marvel Exhibition Shop from 1.00pm Friday 26 May 2017.

Ryan Meinerding / Keyframe for Marvel’s The Avengers 2012 / © 2012 MARVEL

Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ has been organised by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in collaboration with Marvel Entertainment. The exhibition has received additional support from the Queensland Government though Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) and Arts Queensland.