For all you movie and comic book fans, the Franklin Institute has added the perfect geek attraction. This is the East Coast opening of Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes. You can visit from now until September 2, 2019 and enjoy one of the most iconic comic book franchises ever as well as TV shows and movies.
We are talking about 80 years worth of pop culture in one place. The exhibit has more than 300 original artifacts, including costumes from the Marvel films. It also has the first ever 1939 Marvel comic book. Imagine an exhibit that stretches over 15,000 square feet plus open galleries within the Franklin Institute. It offers an immersive visual history and its impact on pop culture by laying the rooms out chronologically. Black Panther, Captain America, Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and other super heroes and foes alike are on view. For fans of Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy, you character is also included. The story is told through 300 artifacts including visual graphics, wall placards, and interactive computer displays plus a five minute film at the beginning of the exhibit.
Some of the more popular characters such as Black Panther, Spider Man, Fantastic Four and the Avengers have entire galleries dedicated just to them. Want a selfie with one of the characters? There will be life size characters to pose with. Imagine sending out this year’s Christmas card with you and The Thing, the beast from Fantastic Four. You’ll find him spread out on a couch in one of the galleries. In addition fans of Doctor Strange will find a room dedicated to the Sorcerer Supreme. The walls are lined with floor to ceiling mirrors enhanced by spacey graphics.
Display cases hold costumes and props from the Doctor Strange 2016 film. These include a robe worn by Tilda Swinton, the Eye of Agamotto, and cloak, shirt and tunic worn by Benedict Cumberbatch. Original props such as the shield from the Captain America movies are also on display. Original artwork include hand drawn pages drawn by Billy Graham, the first African American to draw the character from Wakanda. There is much more but I don’t want to ruin your visit to the Franklin Institute with a spoiler alert.
If your interest lies in doing your own comic book production, there will be three digital workshop studios so you can learn the pros and cons of comic book productions. You can also learn from some of the famous illustrators such as Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko. There is a memorial wall to Stan Lee who wrote the preface to the official catalog for the collection. Who knows. You just might run into Sheldon and Leonard!
Admission is $35 for adults and $31 for youths. You can read more and purchase tickets here. And don’t forget to check room availability at Hamanassett. We always suggest if you are going into Philadelphia stay with us in the country where you get free parking, free breakfast, free WIFI, and pay lower taxes. We are 10 minutes from the train station and it is an easy ride into the city.