Everything you need to know about the Marvel Super Hero exhibit coming to the Franklin Institute

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The Franklin Institute announced their new exhibit for the spring and it’s quite super. Tickets are available for purchase now for FI’s newest display Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes. That’s right, Captain American, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor and other Marvel superstars are making their way to the City of Brotherly Love in the spring. 

Everything you need to know about the Marvel Super Hero exhibit coming to the Franklin Institute

The 15,000 square-foot exhibits will be making its East Coast debut in Philadelphia during Marvel’s 80th anniversary year following the world premiere at MoPOP in Seattle which drew more than 300,000 visitors. The Philadelphia stop brings a thoroughly reimagined layout, never-before-seen content and ambitious new installations.

Philadelphians visiting Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes will set sail on a journey through the story of Marvel 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. The innovative exhibit will give even the most loyal Marvel fan new information on how Marvel has influenced and drawn inspiration from the ever-changing tides of popular culture and how their stories have responded to historical events and addressed broader issues such as gender, race and mental illness.

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“Marvel transformed the idea of the Super Hero in the 1960s—and beyond—by ratcheting up the visual spectacle, emotional dynamism and philosophical sophistication of the action-adventure comics genre,” said Brian Crosby, Creative Director of Marvel Themed Entertainment in a release. “Marvel has always been a reflection of the world outside your window, and one of its most compelling messages has always been, that anyone—regardless of race, religion or gender—can be a Super Hero.”  

The out-of-this-world spectacle will include immersive exhibits that will transport guests right into the pages of a comic book, iconic props from blockbuster Marvel movies (such as Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther costume), original comic art and drawings by some of Marvel’s most admired creators (Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and many more), life-sized sculptures of Marvel superheroes, an immersive soundscape, special sections designed to provide optimal snapshot moments with classic Marvel characters and a digital feature that transforms guests into Iron Man. 

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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” said curator Ben Saunders about the exhibition.

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes will be at the Franklin Institute from April 13 through September 2, 2019. PECO, the premier corporate partner of The Franklin Institute is the presenting sponsor of the exhibition. Tickets are on sale now and guests can choose from a daily ticket option ( 9:30am-5pm  with the last entry at 3:30pm, $31-$35) and an evening ticket option (Thursday-Saturday: 5pm-8pm with the last entry at 6:30 pm.) Tickets for members of the Franklin Insitute are $12 for both options. 

The Franklin Institute is located at 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia. To learn more and to purchase tickets visit fi.edu

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