The Australian state of Queensland got a fresh look into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a brand new three-sectioned exhibit during Summer 2017. Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), in partnership with Disney, presented the public with “Marvel: Creating The Cinematic Universe,” a deep dive into 14 Marvel feature theatrical releases since 2008, including 500 unique objects plucked from the film sets themselves. Patrons were exposed to the inner workings of Marvel’s set design elements, wardrobes, and props, as well as original first issue appearances in comicbooks, presented across the walls for all to admire their rarity. Not only that, but fans young and old were able to interact with different aspects of film production and experience first-hand how the Marvel Cinematic Universe is work-shopped, arranged, edited and finally release-ready.
Before entering the first section, guests were greeted by a giant 8×5 mural of Spider-Man web-slinging his way through New York with ease. The design is courtesy of Australian illustrator, Wayne Nichols (Marvel, IDW Publishing, and Dark Horse Comics), who introduces the piece as his “Homage to Spider-Man.” In the video below, Nichols provides an explanation of his technique and voices his admiration for the old-school comics, particularly Spider-Man:
To the right of the mural, displayed in glass casings were rare Gold and Silver era comics from Marvel and its predecessor, Timely Comics. Spidey’s web led to the first section of the exhibit called “The Cinematic Assembled.” Just before entering the hall of the aforementioned installation, guests saw Spider-Man’s debut in Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962). This original Spider-Man artwork is considered to be an American national treasure and is one of 11 pages held in Washington, D.C.’s Library of Congress.