‘Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes’ exhibit coming to Charlotte’s Discovery Place Science

By CLTure

March 14, 2023 (updated)

Photo: Marvel Entertainment 

Marvel fans are in for a real treat this spring as Discovery Place Science in Charlotte will house the Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes exhibit starting in May. Celebrating over 80 years of the comic book publisher and entertainment company, the exhibit will feature more than 300 original artifacts, iconic costumes, props, and original art. It will be the exhibition’s only stop in the Southeast and last stop in the U.S. before heading to Europe, after a run in Portland at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. 

Spider-Man, one of Marvel’s most popular characters will play a central in the exhibit, according to the ‘Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes’ website. Photo: Marvel Entertainment

Produced by Semmel Exhibitions, Marvel Entertainment, and MoPOP, the exhibit is curated by a team of notable comic scholars and will also feature interactive installations, informational graphics, and life-size statues of your favorite super heroes like Spider-Man, Iron Man, Black Panther, Hulk, and Captain America. Featuring a Black Panther exhibit that takes a deeper dive into the world of Wakanda with props, costumes and artwork, fans will learn more about the culture and influence of Black Panther on the Marvel Universe. You’ll also be able to take a self-guided tour through the streets of Hell’s Kitchen and view original props from Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and travel the mysterious mirror dimension of Doctor Strange.

“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 communicated through the press release. 

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes will feature a Black Panther exhibit that takes a deeper dive into the world of Wakanda with props, costumes and artwork. Photo: Marvel Entertainment 

The exhibit is curated by a team of university professors and comic scholars that include Benjamin Saunders, Matthew J. Smith and Randy Duncan, along with comic book writers and editors Annie Nocenti and Danny Fingeroth.

Detailing Marvel’s history through comic books, films and television, the exhibit commemorates 1939’s seminal Marvel Comics #1 with education and entertainment exploring the creative process behind the beloved Marvel characters over the years. The exhibit will also honor legendary comic book creators Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko.

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes at Discovery Place Science opens Sunday, May 14 and runs through September 4. The exhibition is viewed with a reserved time entry. Tickets are now on sale

Ages 18-59 – $44
Ages 2-18 – $39
2 years and under – Free
Senior (ages 60+) – $41


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