Marvel Studios & TV received top honors!

The 2017 Saturn Awards have announced their winners, and Marvel took four home for film and tv!

Celebrating science-fiction, fantasy, and horror films and television, the Saturn Awards gave Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” the statue for Best Comic-To-Film Motion Picture, and “Marvel’s Luke Cage” walked away with the award for Best New Media TV Series.

But that’s not all! Tilda Swinton earned Best Supporting Actress in a Film for her role as the Ancient One in “Doctor Strange” while Tom Holland took home the award for Best Performance By a Younger Actor in Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War.”

Congratulations to all the winners, and stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on Marvel film and TV!

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Museum curator Amanda Slack-Smith lays out the new MCU exhibition!

On May 27, ’Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe,’ the epic new museum exhibition, opened at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art in Queensland, Australia! And over 6,000 visitors lined out the door to experience the exhibition in the opening weekend alone!

A journey through the Marvel Cinematic Universe – from “Iron Man” to “Thor: Ragnarok” – the collection chronicles the entire filmmaking process, showcasing rare comic books and early concept art to screen-used props and wardrobe. ’Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ is a look at the craft and care in every line drawn, seam stitched, and shot filmed that’s sure to fascinate Marvel fans and art lovers alike.

We spoke with Amanda Slack-Smith, Curator of ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe,’ about the thousands of pieces on display now at QAGOMA.

Marvel.com: How did this exhibition come to QAGOMA? Where did it all start?

Amanda Slack-Smith: Our state’s film industry body, Screen Queensland, were in negotiations with Marvel to shoot “Thor: Ragnarok” here in Queensland, and they suggested that Queensland also has an art museum that’s uniquely suited to film-related projects. QAGOMA is the only facility in Australia to specialise in the presentation of film as an art medium within an art museum environment, setting it in a small group of international market leaders, alongside the Centre Pompidou (Paris), Museum of Modern Art (New York) and Tate Modern (London).

The idea grew from this initial meeting, and it firmed up once we were able to meet the Marvel teams in Los Angeles and visit a number of their storage facilities to see the incredible props and costumes available. The filming of “Thor: Ragnarok” at the Gold Coast, very near the Gallery, was also important particularly when we were able to visit the sets and speak with some of the creative people working there, such as Brad Winderbaum (Executive Producer) and Dan Hennah (Production Designer) and were really able to connect with their passion for filmmaking and the franchise. Dave Bushore, Vice President, Franchise Creative and Marketing, from Marvel Studios also visited during this time and was enthusiastic about the idea of showing these objects and artworks within a museum framework.

Marvel.com: After the decision is made to take on such a major multimedia showing, what happens next? What’s your process for choosing the items to display?

Amanda Slack-Smith: We were in discussions with the Marvel team from the beginning about what was available from their extensive archives—and it was a lot—and then thinking about how we could present it in an art museum context. What were the thematic ideas we could draw from the films and what stories could we tell about the technical elements of filmmaking that would really make sense in an exhibition like this?

The Marvel teams were fantastic and really open to how we were wanted to tell these stories. They were supportive to our requests to the point that 50% of elements in the exhibition have never been seen outside of the set or archives. Nearly everything in the exhibition has come from Marvel with the exception of a few pieces from private collectors—such as the first issues of comics from the 1960s, which depict the debut appearances of all the MCU characters in the exhibition—and to be able to show authentic set-worn props and costumes alongside working drawings and artworks really set the tone to for the exhibition experience.

Marvel.com: As opposed to presenting a piece of artwork that has a self-contained process and construction, this exhibition illustrates the development of a film across disciplines and media—from comic book, to storyboard, to production design, to costuming, to film. How did you tell that story with this show? What was your vision for the layout and presentation of these pieces?

Amanda Slack-Smith: The exhibition is divided into three thematic strands, each allocated to a Gallery space. “The Cinematic Assembled” is very much the in-universe look at the characters and teams, breaking down the demarcations between individual films to explore the larger narrative arcs at play. It begins with a nod to Marvel’s comic book roots, with original appearances of MCU characters, as well as contemporary comic book narratives that have inspired the films.

This is followed by a focus on the Avengers, looking at the group coming together and pulling apart on ideological grounds as seen in “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Avengers Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War.”

Next is Captain America, a space featuring elements from “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” with a particular nod to the feel of the Smithsonian exhibition seen in the latter film. It’s followed by our “Alternate dimension” space, which brings together the film featuring human characters that venture into other worlds through the quantum realm (“Ant-Man”), astral projection and mirror dimensions (“Doctor Strange”) and the intergalactic (“Guardians of the Galaxy”). This area wouldn’t be complete without The Collector and the five infinity stones which underpin the universe. The last space in this strand is the Asgardian throne room which features the amazing set pieces from “Thor: Ragnarok,” including the throne, columns, murals and floor tiles directly from the set as well as elements from “Thor” and “Thor: The Dark World.”

“Decoding the Universe,” in our second Gallery, starts to deconstruct things a bit more, with a deep dive into the character of Iron Man and Tony Stark’s evolution across “Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2” and “Iron Man 3,” as well as an opportunity to explore all of the character across the films through comic books and interactive experiences.

Finally, “Behind the scenes” breaks down some of the filmmaking process with a closer look at storyboarding, animatics, previsualisation, keyframe artwork, costumes and props, make-up and prosthetics, post-production techniques such as computer generated imagery (CGI) and some awesome interactives. This space is a celebration of the artists, artisans and creative people working to bring these ideas together, under the guidance of the film makers, producers and production designers, to create the seamless films we enjoy in the cinema.

Naturally, we are also screening a retrospective of all of the films, from “Iron Man” to “Spider-Man: Homecoming” in the cinema during the exhibition.

Marvel.com: As a museum curator, you might see these items differently than even the biggest Marvel fan does. What stands out to you about these individual works?

Amanda Slack-Smith: I think fans and I are looking for the same thing, to find transformative and meaningful experiences told through creativity and passion. All of the works in the exhibition are a celebration of this, evident in the care and craftsmanship shown by the many artists involved from comic books to feature films.

A comic book highlight would have to be the original first page of Amazing Fantasy #15 featuring the first appearance of Spider-Man in 1962 drawn by Steve Ditko on loan from the Library of Congress in Washington. It’s a cultural treasure and a really important component of Marvel’s history. The throne room of Asgard, as drawn from the set of “Thor: Ragnarok,” is a definite highlight as its grandeur and scale allows visitors to experience what it might feel like to be on a film set. I think everyone seems to stand a little straighter and walk more purposefully when in the space!

Marvel.com: What are the differences between viewing these items up close in a museum versus viewing them on screen?

Amanda Slack-Smith: You get to see incredible detail! The costumes and props are so painstakingly crafted, but on screen they are a whirl of colour and movement. To be able to take the time to appreciate the leathery skin texture of the Thanos bust or the intricate use of materials in the costumes of Doctor Strange are experiences that are rare and fascinating. The attention to detail is something to behold and a testament to the craftsmanship and care taken in all aspects of their creation.

Marvel.com: What do you want visitors to take away from this experience?

Amanda Slack-Smith: The world of filmmaking is rich and complex, hopefully we’ve been able to not only let visitors experience the joy of seeing the physical elements they’ve loved seeing on screen in-person, but also pulled aside the curtain enough for them to see how these seamless cinematic experiences are created by the passionate and creative people involved.

“Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe” is open through September at QAGOMA in Queensland, Australia!

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Captain America & Iron Man need YOUR help, Marvelites!

The People’s Choice Awards 2017 nominations are in, and your favorite Marvel heroes have earned some top spots!

Marvelites, we need your help to get them the gold by voting! Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War” has nabbed nominations for both “Favorite Movie” and “Favorite Action Movie.” Plus, our very own Captain America, Chris Evans; Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr.; Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson; Thor, Chris Hemsworth; Nick Fury, Samuel L. Jackson; and Gamora, Zoe Saldana received their own nominations.

Head to the People’s Choice Awards’ official website and vote now! Voting runs a month, ending Thursday, December 15 at 11:59 PM ET. Check out the full list of nominations, along with additional links for where to vote, below!

FAVORITE MOVIE
Captain America: Civil War

FAVORITE MOVIE ACTOR
Robert Downey Jr.

FAVORITE MOVIE ACTRESS
Scarlett Johansson

FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE
Captain America: Civil War

FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE ACTOR
Chris Evans
Robert Downey Jr.

FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE ACTRESS
Scarlett Johansson
Zoe Saldana

FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE ACTOR
Chris Hemsworth

FAVORITE MOVIE ICON
Samuel L. Jackson

You can cast your ballot as many times as you like until December 15, so vote early and vote often to help your favorite Marvel super heroes take home the prize!

Fans can vote via PeoplesChoice.com, Facebook, and/or via Facebook Messenger. Voting ends Thursday, December 15 at 11:59 PM ET. People’s Choice Awards 2017 will air on January 18, 2017.

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Commemorate "Marvel's Captain America: Civil War" with this exclusive action figure!

After a summer of spectacle, everyone is still talking about “Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War.” Now, as fans look forward to the release of the film on DVD and Blu-Ray, they can pre-order a new Marvel Select Captain America variant action figure based on the film, exclusively through Marvel Shop and the Disney Store! Created by Diamond Select Toys, this exclusive variant figure of Captain America stands approximately 7.25 inches tall with 16 points of articulation, allowing him to strike a wide variety of battle-ready poses. Accessories include his trademark shield, two alternate fists, two alternate saluting hands and an exclusive interchangeable unmasked head!

Also included is a 9-inch tall, 5-inch wide diorama piece re-creating the exterior of the Avengers headquarters; buy multiple figures to extend the background, or connect it to other diorama pieces included with other Marvel Select Civil War action figures. Pre-orders are open now, exclusively at marvelshop.com, and the figures will ship to customers and Disney Store locations on or before November 7, 2016. On that date, further pre-orders will open on November 7 at disneystore.com and disneystore.eu.

Unmasked Captain America joins the roster of exclusive Marvel Select figures at the Marvel Shop including Winter Soldier, Black Panther, Unmasked Ant-Man, Hulkbuster Iron Man, Unleashed Hulk and Bleeding Edge Iron Man. And stay tuned for even more exclusive Marvel Select news!

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Check out all the great gear inspired by the hit film from Matchless!

By Josh Weiss

It’s time to choose a side… with your wardrobe. Ever wanted to dress like Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson or Natasha Rominoff? Well, now you can with apparel inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe from Matchless’s Marvel’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’ line. 

The ‘Captain Jacket Celebration’ is a timeless leather jacket that looks just like the one Cap wears in the movies. The sand brush treatment gives it a look so aged you’ll swear it was also frozen in ice for 70 years. To complete your patriotic look, go with the ‘Captain America Jeans,’ semi-ripped denim and patched with American flag themed fabric.

However, if you’re more in favour of the Sokovia Accords, try the ‘Stark Jeans,’ semi-ripped black denim patched with a black-and-white American flag themed fabric. 10/10 Iron Men approve of these jeans!  And you know what will go great with them? The ‘Stark Jacket’ made of partially ventilated Matchless leather.

If soaring through the skies is more your speed, how about the ‘Falcon Jacket’ made with soft Nappa leather and magnetic closures on the top front pockets? And for the femme fatales among you, there’s the ‘Natasha Jacket,’ a super soft suede trench coat inspired by the deadly Black Widow herself!

Visit Matchless for more info.

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Learn the title & release date for every Marvel movie from now until May 2019!

The Marvel Cinematic Universe will grow even bigger than ever before with Phase 3!

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War Logo

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War Logo

At a special event held at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige took to the stage to announce the full slate for Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring a mix of fan-favorite characters along with a number of heroes set to make their big screen debut in the coming years.

And while the confirmation of upcoming sequels to the successful Captain America, Thor, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises would have been enough to send fans into a frenzy of excitement, Feige also surprised guests with first details on upcoming films starring Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange and the Inhumans!

You can catch all our coverage of the event in the links below, and for the full rundown of events re-play our liveblog of the special presentation!


Concept art for Marvel's Black Panther by Ryan Meinerding

Concept art for Marvel’s Black Panther by Ryan Meinerding

Marvel Pits Captain America & Iron Man in a Cinematic Civil War

Marvel’s Doctor Strange Conjures Up a November 2016 Release Date

The Guardians of the Galaxy To Return Sooner Than Expected – You’re Welcome

Thor Brings Ragnarok to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2017

Chadwick Boseman to Star in Marvel’s Black Panther

Captain Marvel Soars Into the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Marvel’s Inhumans to Populate the Big Screen in 2018

Marvel’s The Avengers Head Into an Infinity War

That’s all we can say right now, True Believers–as if that isn’t enough!–but as always, keep your eyes peeled to Marvel.com for the latest on Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it breaks!

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