Look Inside a Treasure Trove of MARVEL 'Artifacts' In New Museum Exhibit

Marvel Artifacts exhibit

Press Release

From one of the earliest Marvel comics ever published nearly 80 years ago to original costumes from Black Panther, the highest grossing Super Hero movie of all-time in the US,Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes will feature some of the most iconic relics from pop culture past and present. The upcoming exhibition debuting at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) this spring chronicles nearly eight decades of Marvel Entertainment and celebrates the 10th anniversary of Marvel Studios. Of the more than 300 objects featured in the exhibition, many are rare original pieces from the dawn of Marvel and others will go on display to the public for the first time.

Highlights include:

  • Costumes worn by Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Letitia Wright (Shuri), and Danai Gurira (Okoye) in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther (2018)
  • Captain America costumes worn by Reb Brown (1979) and Chris Evans (2015)
  • Peter Quill’s Walkman with Awesome Mix Vol. 1 and the orb from Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  • Arc reactor and Mark III Iron Man Armor from Marvel Studios’ Iron Man (2008)
  • Black Widow’s costume and batons worn by Scarlett Johansson in Marvel Studios’ The Avengers (2012)
  • Thor’s costume and hammer as worn and wielded by Chris Hemsworth in Marvel Studios’ The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World (2012-2013)
  • Marvel Comics #1 (1939), “The Sub-Mariner,” page 12 – the only known surviving piece of original production art from the very first Marvel comic.
  • Amazing Fantasy #15, page 7 (1962) by Steve Ditko - the original art for Spider-Man’s origin story – the page showing the first appearance of Spider-Man’s iconic costume and web-shooters, on special loan from the Library of Congress
  • Fantastic Four #98, page 20 (1970) – in this issue, Jack Kirby and Stan Lee paid tribute to Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon
  • The Pulse #13, page 9 (2006) – in the first season of the Netflix series, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Luke and Jessica’s romantic relationship comes to an end. However, in the comics, they stay together, get married, and in this issue, their child is born.
  • Matt Murdock’s glasses and cane worn by Charlie Cox in Marvel’s Daredevil and Marvel’s The Defenders (2015-2017)
  • Luke Cage’s bullet hole-ridden hoodie worn by Mike Colter in Marvel’s Luke Cage (2016)

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