The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) in Seattle, Washington recently unveiled a new exhibit covering all things in Marvel’s vast universe. Its main focus is on its history: from the comics all the way to its success on the big screen. Featuring never before seen movie props and original comic prints, this exhibit is sure to be a huge draw for all sorts of Marvel fans. Here’s a look at some of the awesome things we saw when ComicsVerse paid a visit!

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The Costumes

Without a doubt, one of the best things you’ll see at the MoPOP exhibit is the movie props. Containing several costumes from across the MCU, fans will love getting an in-depth and up-close look at some amazing apparel. Black Panther’s suit, Spider-Man’s homemade costume, Iron Man’s suits, and Loki’s helmet are just a few notable mentions.

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There are also costumes from the MCU’s television series. Ghost’s Rider’s jacket from MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD is one of them. Luke Cage’s sweatshirt ridden with bullet holes, and Daredevil’s suit from Netflix are there in addition to the film pieces. Being able to see the intricate detail on some of these costumes, such as with the Black Panther suit or the small subtle pieces of Shuri’s Wakandan armor are truly incredible to look at.

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The Props

There are also several props from the MCU present at the MoPop exhibit. Everything from the Tesseract from the first AVENGERS to Doctor Strange’s Eye of Agamotto are displayed throughout.

There were even a few non-MCU props such as Green Goblin’s mask form the Sam Raimi SPIDER-MAN trilogy or Captain America’s suit from the 1990 film. Some of the most eye-catching pieces were the iconic weapons used in the films such as Captain America’s shield or Thor’s hammer.

When they’re right in front of you, you really get a feel for how big and formidable they really are.

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Somewhat humorously, Star-Lord’s Walkman and headphones were on display in a glass case. It’s pretty funny that a simple antiquated cassette player’s value has increased due to its use by a fictional space outlaw.

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The Interactive Components at MoPOP

The exhibit has some very interesting and fun interactive stations as you walk through the exhibit. One such interactive piece was a simulator next to the Iron Man suits on display. In the simulator, you stand in of a camera which captures your movement on a monitor in front of you. Then you get to pick your Iron Man suit. Once you make your selection, you become armored by the suit and it fits on your body.

You then get to watch yourself fly around.

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Also in the theater room, MoPOP frequently plays a variety of MCU films for audiences to watch as well as workshops. One such workshop was on how to make superhero films, and how to create special effects for them. Additionally, there are digital essays you can read about Marvel Comics’ super interesting and incredible history.

The exhibit’s design is really fun too. For example, all of the Dr. Strange costumes and props are in a hall of mirrors with Jack Kirby’s cosmic drawings spinning around. It mimics the Mirror Dimension from the DOCTOR STRANGE film which is super cool.

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MoPOP also has several statues of Marvel heroes, for some pretty fun photo opportunities. You can get a picture with Spider-Man hanging upside down from a web, Black Panther ready to pounce, or just sit next to the Thing lounging on the couch.

The Comics, Not to Be Overlooked

One of the best, but probably most underappreciated parts of the MoPOP exhibit is the vast selection of original comic prints on display. The first appearances of Falcon, Ant-Man, and Vision are there. The first image of  Peter Parker in costume is there too, in an original printing by Steve Ditko (AMAZING FANTASY 15). Even bigger than that, MARVEL COMICS #1 is on display, where the original Human Torch fights the Sub-Mariner!

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What many don’t realize is that back when these first prints were released, very few people had the foresight to save these comics. They just didn’t have the credibility and value at that time. That’s why it’s so remarkable to have such a vast variety of incredible and original work on display. It’s also why several of the comics are on loan from private collectors and the exhibit’s curators. Only two comics were on loan from the Library of Congress: MARVEL COMICS #1 and AMAZING FANTASY #15.

UofO Professor Ben Saunders, the Head Curator, spoke on this when asked about the biggest thing he wanted visitors to take away from this exhibit:

“I want people to have a bigger appreciation for the art production we have on display. We have some incredible first printings, like seeing Spider-Man in costume for the first time. That’s like opening a time capsule and seeing Hamlet’s To Be or Not To Be speech written in Shakespeare’s own hand! The film stuff is great, it’s fun. But it breaks my heart when people pass by the art. These aren’t reprints. These are the real deal!”

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The Universe of Superheroes at MoPOP

Whether you’re more into the comics or more into the movies, this exhibit has something for everyone. It shares the 80+ history of Marvel to fans young and old. Regardless of how much knowledge someone has before going in, they’ll definitely learn something new about Marvel’s incredible universe when they leave.

The Marvel Universe of Superheroes Exhibit at MoPOP is open now! Get your tickets here!

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