Creating the Cinematic Universe

27 May 2017 – 3 Sep 2017
GOMA | Gallery 1.1 The Fairfax Gallery, Gallery 1.2, Gallery 1.3 Eric & Marion Taylor Gallery, Gallery 1.4, Cinema A, Cinema B | Ticketed

'Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe', exclusive to the Gallery of Modern Art, is Australia's first major Marvel exhibition and the largest ever presented in an art museum. The exhibition is organised by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in collaboration with Marvel Entertainment and is only showing in Brisbane.

The exhibition follows Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and their allies and adversaries from comic book to cinema screen as it explores the interconnected films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It features more than 500 artworks from Marvel's archives and private collections, with iconic objects such as Thor's hammer, Captain America's shield and Iron Man's armour. Alongside the original comic books which introduced the characters and influenced the films are dynamic works of concept and keyframe art, more than 60 original costumes, over 150 props, and never-before-seen set pieces from the upcoming film Thor: Ragnarok, including the majestic Asgardian throne room. The exhibition looks in detail at Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and The Avengers as a team, while also delving into the realms of Ant‑Man, Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Curated by QAGOMA, 'Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe' offers a glimpse into the work of production designers, storyboarding and pre‑visualisation artists, costume and prop designers, and visual effects artists. Interactive elements throughout the exhibition will let visitors delve even further into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Photography welcome (no flash)
Share your experience #MarvelGOMA @qagoma

Throughout the exhibition, the Gallery's Australian Cinémathèque will screen all the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, from the breakthrough Iron Man (2008) to this year's Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Open Wednesday night
The exhibition will be open until 9.00pm Wednesday nights.

Up Late
Fridays 28 July – 1 September (5.30pm – 10.00pm), an intergalactic Up Late returns during ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’. Explore the exhibition after hours, be tempted by the food and drinks offerings, and enjoy a stellar line up of live music from Art vs Science, Black Cab, Habits, Olympia, Models and NO ZU. Each Up Late is a separate ticketed event. Read more and buy tickets.

Guided Tours
Join one of our volunteer guides for a 30-40 minute highlights tour of 'Marvel'. Exhibition ticket required, meet your guide inside the exhibition entrance. 11.00am and 1.00pm Monday 29 May - Sunday 3 September.

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 The Avengers

Ryan Meinerding / Keyframe for The Avengers 2012 / © 2017 MARVEL.

Ryan Meinerding's keyframe for Marvel’s The Avengers

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

Rodney Fuentebella Keyframe for Civil War 2016

Rodney Fuentebella / Keyframe for Civil War 2016 / © 2017 MARVEL.

Exhibition Ticket Prices

Separate ticketed events
'Marvel' film screenings and 'Marvel' Up Late

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Adult $25
Concession* $20
Child (5–12 years. Under 5 free) $10 
Member^ $18
Family (2 adults + up to 3 children 5–12 years) $60


Adult $75
Concession* $60
Child (5–12 years) $30
Member^ $54


General admission $150


Thinking of wearing your Marvel costume to the exhibition?
Costumes and cosplay are welcome, but please leave any masks and props at home. Certain accessories may not be permitted into the exhibition for the safety of the works, per the Gallery’s usual Conditions of Entry.

Purchase tickets in advance online or at the exhibition ticket desk during the exhibition period.

Season Pass: Unlimited entry during the exhibition period
Gold Pass: Season exhibition pass and unlimited films

*Valid pensioner, seniors or full-time student card required
^Valid QAGOMA Member or Foundation Card required

'Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe' is organised by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in collaboration with Marvel Entertainment.