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Opening this weekend: Ohio exhibit celebrates all things Marvel

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The Marvel comic book world is coming to life in Ohio.

"Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes" is a new exhibit opening on Nov. 26 at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, Ohio.

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It's the single largest exhibition celebrating the Marvel Universe and features more than 300 original artifacts, including some of Marvel’s most iconic costumes, props and original art, much of which has never been put on public display.

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“Our show begins with the origins of the Marvel Universe and moves through to the present day, giving a chance to see some of the rarest and most precious objects from the past 80 years of pop culture history, and pointing toward the future with work from some of today’s foremost creators,” curator Ben Saunders said.

The exhibit traces the story of the company and its influence on visual culture, while also uncovering the narratives of individual characters such as Captain America, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange.

It explores how Marvel has influenced and drawn inspiration from the ever-changing tides of popular culture, tracing how their stories have responded to historical events and addressed wider issues such as gender, race and mental illness.

Hundred of artifacts will be on hand, including immersive set pieces and interactive installations that bring the comic book world to life.

Visitors will enjoy the opportunity to travel through the mysterious mirror dimension of Doctor Strange; get up-close glimpses at concept sketches, props, and costumes from Marvel Studios blockbusters; and pose for selfies alongside life-size representations of Black Panther, Spider-Man and other characters.

Highlights of the exhibit include:

  • Costumes worn by Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Letitia Wright (Shuri), and Danai Gurira (Okoye) in Marvel Studios’ "Black Panther" (2018)
  • Captain America costume worn by 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 as worn and wielded 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 art from the very first Marvel comic.
  • The Pulse #13, page 9 (2006) – in Season One of Netflix series Marvel’s "Jessica Jones," Luke and Jessica’s romantic relationship comes to an end. In the comics, however, they got married, and in the issue this page is drawn from, their child is born.
  • Matt Murdock’s glasses and cane as worn and used 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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