Exploring Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe @ GOMA

About The Exhibition

Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe is a world first exhibition showcasing props, costumes and other behind the scenes secrets at Brisbane’s gallery of modern art. It is split into three areas – each with its own unique focus on bringing movie magic to life. There’s definitely lots to see and do for big and little geeks alike!

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The first section, titled The Cinematic Assembles, focuses solely on the origins of Marvel on paper with displays of early comic book art as well as a massive Spiderman mural. It continues on to an ode to Marvel’s First Avenger, Captain America and his comic and silver screen appearances. Keep an eye out for his vintage style costume, alongside Agent Carter’s uniform!


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Section two is called Decoding the Universe with a focus largely on Iron Man. With props, costumes and film clips straight from the sets of each ‘Iron Man’ movie, this part of the exhibition brings together aspects of Stark’s life as seen in the films and visitors can get up-close to objects such as the Iron Man suits and Arc Reactor chest pieces that are so central to the films. There’s also a drawing activity to show kids just how a comic goes from inception to publication, large touch screens that show all the connections within the MCU and the three-metre tall Hulk Buster suit featured in Age of Ultron.


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The last section is called Behind the Scenes and fittingly it peeks behind the curtain to show how a superhero movie is really made. It’s the most interactive area of the exhibition, with activity stations focusing on motion capture, sound mixing, CGI and storyboarding.


Must Sees

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The Thor movies have always had the most incredible sets, and the Asgardian Throne Room is one of the best. You can see it in all its glory here, along with all the fabulous costumes of the Thor films.


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These are truly truly cool. The idea is that two kids stand inside the rectangle and their actions are imitated on the screen by either Iron Man and Hulk, Rocket and Baby Groot, or Rocket and Iron Man. I swear my son could have played here all day!


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A family portrait with a difference! Strike your best superhero pose and have your family inserted into a movie poster via the magic of green screen. You can then get it emailed to yourself for free as a memento of your visit.


Honourable Mentions

Hulk’s Bed
Tony Stark’s Race Car
Loki’s Sceptre
Thor’s Hammer (MewMew!)


Plan Your Day

Where Is it?

The Gallery of Modern Art is located in the Cultural Centre in Southbank, Brisbane. It’s easily accessible via public transport, or you can park in their carpark for $16 per day.  There’s a ton of other things to do there as well if you want to make a day of it.

When Is It Open?

Daily from 10AM – 5PM, and until 9PM on Wednesdays,

Wanna leave the kids at home? There’s also an Up Late function monthly and a weekly trivia night!

How Much Does It Cost?

Top Tip:  I would highly recommend buying tickets online before going as it pops you in a much shorter queue on the day!

Adult $25
Concession* $20
Child (5–12 years. Under 5 free) $10
Family (2 adults + up to 3 children 5–12 years) $60

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  1. This looks like so much fun! We still haven’t watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2. But I love that this place has some interactive stuff to do and the poster’s pretty cool as well.

  2. That looks like so much fun!! I would have loved to be there with my brother as he is a big Marvel fan!!!1

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