Marvel has arrived at COSI.
The new exhibition, Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes opened at COSI on Friday, November 26. This is the single largest exhibition celebrating all things Marvel Universe and will feature over 300 original artifacts, including iconic costumes, props, and original art.
“This is one of the most exciting and groundbreaking exhibitions to live inside COSI’s walls, and we cannot wait to welcome COSI guests and Marvel super fans alike to be wholly immersed into the Marvel Universe in a truly memorable and once-in-a-lifetime way” said COSI CEO and President, Dr. Frederic Bertley. “In challenging times we often look to super heroes – ordinary people doing extraordinary things to help our communities – our world. It’s truly an honor for COSI during such times to be the home to such an iconic experience that celebrates the super heroes in the Marvel Universe, a recognition of the potential super hero in all of us.”
The immersive exhibition shares the Marvel story through comics, film, and other media. Guests can learn more about the narratives of iconic individual characters like Captain America, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Doctor Strange, learning about how Marvel has influenced and drawn inspiration from popular culture.
“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,” says Brian Crosby, head of Marvel Themed Entertainment. “Marvel has always been a reflection of the world outside your own window and one of its most compelling messages has always been, that anyone—regardless of race, religion or gender—can be a Super Hero.”
Fans will have the chance to enjoy immersive set pieces and interactive installations. There will be concept sketches, props, and costumes from Marvel Studios on-site where fans can pose with life-size representations of Black Panther, Spider-Man, and others. You’ll even have the chance to step into Tony Stark’s lab and test the capabilities of the Iron man armor for yourself!
Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes was curated by a knowledgeable team that includes scholars of comics, comic writers, and editors, all of whom used their unique knowledge to create something incredible.
Admission into the exhibit is $15 ($13 for COSI members). To reserve your tickets in advance and for more information, visit www.cosi.org. COSI is now open Thursdays through Sundays, 10 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Originally published 9/1/2021. Updated 11/29/2021.