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Marvel Fans, Assemble! at Discovery Place Science

Celebrate Marvel’s cultural impact, from groundbreaking comics to blockbuster films, at Discovery Place Science’s newest traveling exhibition.

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A new, highly anticipated exhibit has arrived at Discovery Place Science. “Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes” tells the history of the company and its influence on visual and pop culture. Charlotte is the exhibition’s only stop in the Southeast and its last stop in the U.S. before heading overseas.

From comics to television shows and movies to video games and more, the Marvel universe and its characters have captured imaginations for more than 80 years. Learn the origins of the first Marvel comics, created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, in a short film before making your way through the eye-catching, interactive exhibit space.

Browse more than 300 artifacts, including some of Marvel’s earliest pages and sketches, as well as iconic costumes and props, as a soundtrack of superhero music adds to the scenery. Make your way through themed sections, including Tony Starks lab, the mysterious mirror dimension of Doctor Strange and Wanda Maximoff’s changing home from “WandaVision.”

Get an up-close look at costumes worn in films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, such as the award-winning Black Panther suit which has the Wakandan alphabet on it, and snap photos next to life-size representations of The Thing, Black Panther and Spider-Man.

Alongside the costumes and collectables, signs and interactive touch screens explain how sketches evolve into comics and dive into the narratives of some of Marvel’s most beloved characters, showcasing their impact on real-world issues like race, gender and mental illness.

Visit Discovery Place Science, once the regular exhibits close for the day, for "Marvel After Hours." This gives visitors a chance to focus entirely on the exciting displays at "Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes" from 5-9 p.m. on select Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Tickets for "Marvel After Hours" are $35 for general admission and $20 for members and must be purchased in advance online.

“Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes” runs through Sept. 4.