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“Fun isn’t something one considers when balancing the universe,” said Thanos.

But it’s sure been a great ride for Marvel Studios’ fans! After 10 years and 19 movies, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will gather for a final battle against their greatest threat yet in Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War

In terms of scope and players, the Marvel Cinematic Universe may seem like a daunting undertaking. As Thanos’ shadows looms large, Marvel.com revisited Phase One and Phase 2 of the MCU. Like our heroes, we’ve come to our final battle to get you ready for when you walk into Avengers: Infinity War this weekend! Phase Three brings it all home with Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, and Black Panther. It’s been one exciting adventure after another, so before the big finale, it’s time to assemble and navigate the last six films!

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

  • In 1991 Siberia, using trigger words, HYDRA revive a cryogenically frozen Bucky Barnes
  • Present day, the newly assembled Avengers—Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon, and Scarlet Witch—are in Lagos to stop Brock Rumlow from stealing a biological weapon
  • Rumlow blows himself up attempting to take Rogers with him—instead, Scarlet Witch contains the explosion but loses control and destroys a building
  • At MIT, Tony Stark demos a piece of tech that triggers a childhood conversion with his parents, after the speech he is confronted by a grieving mother whose son was killed in Sokovia as a result of the Avengers’ battle with Ultron
  • The Avengers are visited by Stark and Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross, who explains that due to the events in Lagos, the U.N. has decided that the Avengers will sign the Sokovia Accords, which will oversee the team, a measure that Rogers opposes.
  • Helmut Zemo tracks down the HYDRA agent who controlled Barnes and seals his book containing the trigger words that activate the Winter Soldier
  • In Vienna, at conference discussing the Accords, security footage shows Barnes setting off a bomb attack that kills King T’Chaka of Wakanda, setting the king’s son T’Challa on a course for vengeance
  • Zemo recites the trigger word, activating the Winter Soldier who goes on a rampage, after coming to, Barnes explains that Zemo is the real Vienna bomber and was using Barnes to find out the location of the secret Siberian HYDRA base, where other brainwashed Winter Soldiers are resting in a cryogenic state
  • Rogers and Wilson recruit Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and Ant-Man, who face off against Stark’s assembled team of War Machine, Black Widow, Vision, T’Challa as Black Panther, and Peter Parker—a high school student who fights crime as Spider-Man
  • At Leipzig/Halle Airport, the two teams battle, ending with Rhodey being paralyzed after being shot down by Vision in battle
  • After discovering that Zemo killed the other Winter Soldiers as revenge for the death of his Sokovian family, Zemo shows Stark old footage of Barnes murdering Stark’s parents, Howard and Maria Stark
  • Stark turns on Barnes, causing Rogers to defend his friend as the three battle it out, ending with the Iron Man armor disabled, Captain America leaving his shield behind, Zemo attempting suicide only to be stopped and apprehended by T’Challa 
  • While Rogers frees his team from prison, Stark builds an exo-skeletal frame for Rhodey to help with his battle injuries and receives a phone and an apology letter from Rogers, once again repudiating the Accords but acknowledging that one day the team will reassemble again
  • MID CREDIT: On Wakanda, Rogers watches as Barnes is placed into a cryogenic sleep until a cure for his mental conditioning can be found
  • POST CREDIT: Parker checks out his Stark tech, which radiate a Spider-Man shaped symbol

DOCTOR STRANGE

  • In Nepal, marauders enter the secret compound Kamar-Taj, beheading its librarian, as the sorcerer Kecilius steals pages from the mystical book of his mentor, the Ancient One
  • In New York City, a reknown surgeon, Dr. Stephen Strange gets injured in a car accident, leaving him unable to perform surgery, and tries to recover with the aid of co-worker and former lover Christine Palmer
  • Through research, Strange discovers former-paraplegic Jonathan Pangborn, who directs Strange to Kamar-Taj, where he meets Mordo, a disciple of the Ancient One
  • While training with the Ancient One, Strange studies ancient books in the library guarded by the master Wong, where Strange learns that the sorcerer’s task is to protect the three Earthly Sanctums, in New York City, London, and Hong Kong, which are connected and accessed through Kamar-Taj
  • Strange secretly reads the text from the stolen pages, learning to bend time with the use of the Eye of Agamotto
  • Kaecilius summons Dormammu of the Dark Dimension, destroys the London and New York Sanctums, as Strange defends the New York Sanctum with the help of the Cloak of Levitation
  • Kaecilius mortally injures the Ancient One and reveals to the sorcerers that she has been drawing power from the Dark Dimension
  • Arriving in Hong Kong to find Wong dead and the Sanctum destroyed, Strange uses the Eye of Agamotto to reverse time and save Wong, creating an infinite time loop, which traps Domammu and himself inside the Dark Dimension forever
  • In exchange for Strange breaking the time loop, Dormammu surrenders and agrees to leave Earth with Kaecilius, leaving Mordo distraught over the Ancient One’s betrayal
  • Strange returns the Eye to Kamar-Taj, which Wong calls an Infinity Stone, and takes up residence in the New York Sanctum to continue his sorcery studies
  • MID CREDIT: Doctor Strange decides to help Thor who brought his Loki to Earth searching for Odin
  • POST CREDIT: Mordo confronts Pangborn stripping him of his magic because there are “too many sorcerers”

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

  • As the now established Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and baby Groot exchange batteries for Nebula’s freedom from Ayesha, leader of the Sovereigns
  • The Guardians manage to escape with the help of a mysterious follower, who turns out to be Quill’s father Ego, after Rocket steals some of the batteries forcing the Sovereign to retaliate
  • Ego invites Quill, Gamora, and Drax to his home planet while Rocket and Groot stay behind to repair the ship and watch over Nebula
  • Upon landing on Ego’s planet, the team learns that he is a Celestial and the planet is an extension of his body—they also meet Mantis, an empath and assistant to Ego.
  • Ayesha hires Yondu and his crew who have been exiled from the Ravager community for child trafficking, to recapture the Guardians
  • Taserface, leading a mutiny among the Ravagers, imprisons Rocket and Yondu for his reluctance to turn in Quill
  • Ego hired Yondu to collect his child from Earth after Quill’s mother Meredith’s death, but Yondu kept Quill for himself while Ego has been searching for him ever since
  • Nebula arrives at Ego’s planet to kill Gamora, but they come to a truce
  • Ego reveals to Quill that he has travelled the galaxy, planting seedlings which terraform into extensions of himself, but needs Quill’s inherent Celestial power to activate the process
  • Impregnating women all over the galaxy, Ego hired Yondu to collect the children so he could kill them, as their Celestial power wasn’t present
  • Ego mind controls Quill to activate the seedlings, but the spell is broken when Ego reveals that he killed Meredith because she was a distraction from his greater agenda
  • With knowledge of Ego’s plan and under attack, the group finds Ego’s brain at the planet’s core
  • Rocket makes a bomb that Groot plants in the core while Quill fights Ego
  • The bomb explodes killing Ego, with Yondu ultimately sacrificing himself to save Quill, who he always thought of as his son
  • The sisters Gamora and Nebula reconcile as Nebula leaves on a quest to kill Thanos
  • The Guardians hold a funeral for Yondu when Ravager ships arrive to acknowledge Yondu’s sacrifice and accept him in death
  • MID CREDIT 1: Kraglin attempt to summon Yondu’s arrow only to stab Drax in the shoulder
  • MID CREDIT 2: Ravager Stakar reassembles his old team
  • MID CREDIT 3: Ayesha create a new being to destroy the Guardians of the Galaxy, naming it Adam
  • MID CREDIT 4: Peter Quill confronts Groot who is now a troublesome adolescent
  • POST CREDIT: The Watchers walk away from their informant as he tries to regale them with tales of his adventures

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

  • Following the Battle of New York, Stark and the government form the Department of Damage Control (D.O.D.C.) which drives independent contractor Adrian Toomes and his salvage company out of business, an enraged Toomes keeps some of the scavenged Chitauri tech to create and sell weapons
  • Eight years later and after the airport battle, Peter Parker returns to his regular life as a high school student in New York, quitting his school’s academic decathlon team under the guise of focusing on his Stark Industries Internship, which is a cover for his late night crime-fighting activities as Spider-Man
  • Parker comes across Toomes’ underlings, Jackson Brice / Shocker and Herman Schultz who are selling Chitauri weaponry to small time criminal, Aaron Davis
  • Parker is caught by Toomes and dropped in a lake where he is rescued by Stark, who is monitoring Parker via the Spider-Man suit
  • Toomes accidentally kills Brice with one of their weapons, and promoting Schultz to become the new Shocker
  • Parker and Ned remove the power core from a weapon left behind by Brice, and add a tracking device to Schultz, which leads to Maryland, so Parker rejoins the decathlon team and accompanies them to Washington, D.C.
  • Parker discovers the power core is unstable and races to the Washington Monument where the core explodes, traps Ned and the decathlon team including his crush, Liz, in an elevator, where Peter saves them just in time
  • Parker gets Davis to reveal Toomes’ whereabouts—aboard the Staten Island Ferry, Parker captures new buyer Mac Gargan, but Toomes escapes after a malfunctioning weapon tears the Ferry in half, as Stark appears and helps Parker save the passengers, taking back the custom the suit as punishment
  • When picking up Liz for the homecoming dance, Parker finds out that Toomes is Liz’s father, who deduces Parker’s secret identity and threatens retaliation if he interferes with his plans
  • During the dance, Parker realizes Toomes is planning to hijack a cargo plane transporting weapons from Avengers Tower to the team’s new headquarters, donning his old Spider-Man suit he races to confront Toomes
  • At the lair, Toomes destroys the building’s support beams and leaves Parker to die, Parker manages to escape,  intercept the plane, steering it to crash on the beach where he and Toomes continue fighting, ending with Parker saving Toomes’ life and leaving him for the police
  • Parker declines an invitation from Stark to join the Avengers, and at home, he puts on his returned Stark upgraded suit just as Aunt May walks in
  • MID CREDIT: Toomes confronts Gargan in prison with a rumor of Spider-man’s identity, which Toomes denies
  • POST CREDIT: Captain America films a public service announcement on the importance of patience 

THOR: RAGNAROK

  • After a two-year unsuccessful search for Infinity Stones, Thor has been captured by the fire demon Surtur, who reveals Thor’s father Odin is no longer on Asgard and that it will soon be destroyed by Ragnarok once Surtur unifies his crown with the Eternal Flame in Odin’s vault
  • Thor secures Surtur’s crown in Odin’s vault and finds Loki impersonating their father, forces his brother to Earth to seek him out, only to find the retirement home destroyed where Odin was last seen
  • Loki and Thor encounter Doctor Stephen Strange who reveals Odin’s location in Norway, once there Odin explains that he is dying, which will allow his firstborn child, Hela the Goddess of Death to be released from her prison
  • As the leader of Asgard’s armies, Hela conquered the Nine Realms alongside Odin, but her history had been erased after Odin feared that she had grown too ambitious, with her powers expected to compound once she returns to Asgard
  • Odin dies, releasing Hela, who easily destroys Mjolnir, Thor and Loki flee using the Bifröst, with Hela in pursuit Loki and Thor are thrown out of the portal as she makes her way to Asgard
  • Beginning her reign in Asgard, Hela kills the Warriors Three, resurrects her undead army and giant wolf Fenris, and appoints Skurge as her executioner, as Heimdall hides the Asgardians away 
  • Thor crashes onto the planet of Sakaar where he is taken captive by Scrapper 142, who he learns is one of the legendary Asgardian Valkyrie warriors who previously defended Asgard against Hela, and sold to the ruler of Sakaar, the Grandmaster
  • The captive Thor discovers that the reigning champion is Hulk, the Grandmaster’s Content of Champions battle between the two ends in a draw and Thor fails to convince Hulk and Valkyrie to help him save Asgard
  • Thor escapes to find the Quinjet that brought Hulk to Sakaar, Hulk arrives to find a recording from Black Widow which transforms him back into Banner for the first time since Sokovia
  • Thor, Banner, and Valkyrie escape to Asgard, where they fight Hela, Hulk fights Fenris, and Skurge sacrifices himself to allow the Asgardian people to safely board onto a waiting ship
  • During the final battle with Hela, Thor loses his right eye, has a vision of Ragnarok, and gets Loki to locates Surtur’s crown and place it in the Eternal Flame, giving way to Surtur’s rebirth
  • As Surtur destroys Asgard, Hela is killed prompting Thor to abandon his home and rebuild Asgard elsewhere
  • Thor is crowned king by the remaining Asgardians, and decides to head for Earth
  • MID CREDIT: Loki and Thor look out into space as a large spaceship appears
  • POST CREDIT: Appearing from a crashed ship, the Grandmaster comes face to face with the Sakaaran rebels

BLACK PANTHER

  • Centuries ago in Africa, five tribes warred over a meteorite containing the cosmic metal Vibranium and a warrior ingested a heart-shape herb that has grown out of the soil exposed to the element, giving him superhuman abilities
  • The warrior, the first Black Panther, united the tribes—with the exception of Jabari—to form the secretive nation of Wakanda, who use the Vibranium to develop highly-advanced technology while keeping their innovations a secret from the rest of the world
  • In 1992, King T’Chaka while visiting his brother N’Jobu, who was working undercover in Oakland, California, accuses N’Jobu of assisting notorious arms dealer Ulysses Klaue in stealing Vibranium from Wakanda as N’Jobu’s partner reveals he is Wakandan as well, and confirms T’Chaka’s suspicions about N’Jobu’s dealings
  • Following T’Chaka’s death at the U.N., his son T’Challa returns to Wakanda to assume the throne as the new king
  • As part of the ceremony, the Jabari Tribe’s leader M’Baku engages T’Challa in ritual combat, with T’Challa defeating M’Baku and sparing his life, becoming the new King of Wakanda
  • T’Challa’s friend W’Kabi urges him to bring Klaue to justice; however, T’Challa reluctantly releases him to CIA agent Everett Ross’ custody
  • T’Challa discovers that N’Jobu wanted to share Wakanda’s technology with the world, and as T’Chaka arrested N’Jobu, N’Jobu attacked Zuri, thus forcing T’Chaka to kill him, resulting in T’Chaka ordering Zuri to lie that N’Jobu had disappeared, but he left behind an American son, Erik Stevens, who became a U.S. black ops soldier, known as Killmonger
  • Killmonger kills Klaue and returns to Wakanda, revealing his identity and challenges T’Challa as the rightful heir to the throne, where he kills Zuri, defeats T’Challa and hurls him over a waterfall to his death
  • Killmonger ingests the heart-shaped herb, orders the rest to be destroyed, which Nakia manages to save one before the destruction.
  • Killmonger prepares to distribute shipments of Wakandan weapons to operatives around the world, while Nakia, Shuri, Queen Ramonda and Ross ask the Jabari Tribe for aid, there they find a comatose T’Challa, who was rescued by the Jabari tribe in repayment for sparing M’Baku’s life during the comb at ceremony
  • Healed thanks to Nakia’s herb, T’Challa returns to fight Killmonger, now wearing his own suit
  • Using Wakandan tech, Ross remotely pilots a jet and shoots down the planes carrying the vibranium weapons, while M’Baku and the Jabari arrive as reinforcements
  • T’Challa stabs Killmonger who chooses death over incarceration.
  • In Oakland, T’Challa purchases the building where his uncle N’Jobu was murdered, and establishes an outreach center to be run by Nakia and Shuri
  • MID CREDIT: T’Challa tells the United Nations that, for the first time, Wakanda will open its borders to help the rest of the world
  • POST CREDIT: Shuri visits Bucky Barnes, referred to the Wakandans as ‘White Wolf,’ who is recuperating after being awakened from his cryogenic state

Now that you’re all caught up with Phase One, Phase Two, and Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Run out and see Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” now! Get tickets on Fandango!

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Whether crouching or hanging, these two new Spidey statues are spectacular to behold!

Section 9 has made many life-size Marvel statues before among their high-end collectibles, but the new release of the title character from Marvel Studios’ “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is easily one of the the most notable releases yet.

For the statue, which is available now, the famous character is seen in a dynamic pose, crouched and ready for action in his Tony Stark-provided costume. On top of that, there’s also a second version on the way as well, depicting Spider-Man hanging upside down from his web in the classic manner Spidey fans are familiar with. The Spider-Man statues join other current Section 9 Marvel life-size statues, including versions of Captain America, Iron Man, and War Machine from “Captain America: Civil War,” the film that introduced Tom Holland as Spider-Man.

Marvel.com spoke with Section 9 CEO Stephan Lokotsch to discuss the creation of the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” life-size statue and the unique design challenges it provided.

Marvel.com: Is it especially exciting to get to work on a life-size statue of Spider-Man, given just how beloved he is? This is one of the most popular and iconic comic book characters ever!

Stephan Lokotsch: Considering that Spider-Man was my favorite Super Hero during my childhood, I can’t help but feel somewhat nostalgic “reconnecting” with him throughout adulthood. So yes, he has been a very exciting statue to be involved with, especially with the new developments in character portrayal on screen. Both “Civil War” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” have portrayed the character in ways we simply hadn’t seen on screen before – but were all hoping for – as it feels to be the closest to what the character felt like in his comic-book iteration.

Marvel.com: The “Homecoming” costume has a lot of specific new details we’ve never seen on a Spider-Man suit before. Was it cool to get to recreate it all, knowing people would be able to examine it so closely?

Stephan Lokotsch: When it comes to high-end collectibles, I am of the “the more, the merrier” sentiment. So, the long and short of it is: yes, absolutely. That being said, there are, of course, certain limitations to that when you are dealing with a suit that, on screen, benefits from heavy post-production and visual effects, such as the U.I. (user interface) motion graphics, etc. So, while not all of the Tony Stark-created gizmos, as seen on film, can be incorporated, we felt very satisfied with what ultimately was accomplished here.

Marvel.com: Spider-Man is known for his unique poses. How much thought went into how the statue would be posed and how did you decide on the final version? And what he would be posing on, given the possibilities?

Stephan Lokotsch: When choosing a pose for a character who has been around for this long, you want to consider two things: a representation of the way he appears in the movie you’re basing the statue on, and, equally important, the iconography that has been established over decades in the realm of the underlying source material, i.e. the comic books. As you mentioned, highly unique poses are inherently connected to this character, so I think the goal is to find a fair balance between the two mediums and their respective visual presentations.

Marvel.com: Speaking of poses, you also have a second version of Spider-Man who is hanging upside down. This one really blew me away as far as seeing the character in such a classic Spider-Man stance – but I imagine it was also pretty tricky to bring to life?

Stephan Lokotsch: The hanging version certainly required a lot of back and forth regarding its engineering to ensure Spidey would hold in place just the right way and not tilt back, forth or sideways. Most statues come with their own set of challenges – be it their intricate texture patterns in the costume or the high level of likeness detail. This one was more challenging in the technical department. That said, it was worth it, as we finally have a Spidey in his potentially most iconic state and we’re quite proud of that.

Marvel.com: I feel like people will give the hanging version especially quite a double take. I imagine in general though it must be really fun to see the reaction people have when they see these statues for the first time?

Stephan Lokotsch: As you can imagine, everyone has their own personal favorite Super Hero and sometimes just the sheer size of a Hulk, or Hulkbuster or our upcoming 9 foot+ Thanos is stopping people in their tracks. But even the largest characters sometimes lose their prime spot in terms of audience attention – and subsequent “selfie time”, with characters so immensely adored by fans all over the world, such as Spider-Man, who is often credited as one of the most popular Marvel characters of all time.

Marvel.com: You’ve done several other Marvel statues before, but coming on the heels of the “Civil War” versions of Captain America, Iron Man, and War Machine, is it particularly gratifying to have this new Spider-Man statue, given he made his debut in that film?

Stephan Lokotsch: Given my aforementioned childhood for Spidey, it is indeed a gratifying “full-circle” experience, though I will add that seeing any of these characters put together in 3 dimensions and at life-size, no less, puts a smile on the entire team that is behind the making of these collectibles. The first time, I stood next to one of our Hulks, I thought “this is it; this is as big as it’s going to get”, only to have that dwarfed by a life-size Hulkbuster years later. And that is the beauty of doing all of this; today it’s Spidey, tomorrow it’s Black Panther and then we’re moving into the highly anticipated Infinity War. It just never ends, and while, yes, we all have our favorites, it is an ongoing thrill to stay involved in the making of this ever-growing line of collectibles.

The two different style Section 9 “Spider-Man: Homecoming” Spider-Man statues can be ordered now at the following links, as can the “Captain America: Civil War” Captain America, Iron Man and War Machine statues.

Spider-Man

Spider-Man (Hanging Version)

Captain America

Iron Man

War Machine

Those ordering either (or both!) of the Spider-Man statues can receive a 10% discount using the following promo code when completing their order: MARVEL.COM_PROMO_SPIDEY

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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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