Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)


‎Facing an extra-dimensional threat, S.H.I.E.L.D. calls together its high-powered heroes, assembled under writer–director Joss Whedon, to counter power-hungry Loki’s bid to steal the Tesseract. Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, retrieves erstwhile Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) from India, cynical Tony Stark is brought in, and recently awakened Steve Rogers is given his first contemporary mission, while Thor arrives from Asgard to subdue his errant brother. Loki, doing the bidding of the distant titan Thanos, summons a swarm of alien Chitauri to Manhattan. The ensuing Battle of New York, and the resulting destruction, reverberates around the world and affects the heroes’ psyches irrevocably.

Film still from Marvel’s The Avengers 20112/ © 2017 MARVEL

During the exhibition ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’, the Gallery of Modern Art’s Australian Cinémathèque screens all the films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe including Marvel’s The Avengers 2012. This is a great opportunity to see the films then the never-before-seen set pieces which have inspired the exhibition.

‘What have I to fear?’
‘The Avengers. That’s what we call ourselves; we’re sort of like a team. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes-type thing.’

Loki and Tony Stark

Ryan Meinerding / Keyframe for Marvel’s The Avengers 2012 / © 2017 MARVEL


Go behind the scenes to experience more than 500 unique objects from your favourite films, including Thor’s hammer, Iron Man’s suit of armour, Captain America’s shield, and never-before-seen iconic objects which offer a glimpse into the work of production designers, storyboarding and pre‑visualisation artists, costume and prop designers, and visual effects artists alongside the original comic books which introduced the characters and influenced the films.

Adi Granov / The Avengers / Keyframe for Marvel’s The Avengers 2012 / © 2017 MARVEL


Purchase tickets for ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe‘ in advance online or at the GOMA exhibition ticket desk during the exhibition period. Tickets available onsite between 10.00am and 4.00pm daily, and until 8.00pm Wednesday. ‘Marvel’ film screenings and ‘Marvel’ Up Late are separate ticketed events.

Film notes by Dan Cameron
Feature image: Installation view of ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’, GOMA 2017 / 
Photograph: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA