The Museum of Pop Culture in Seatlle has just opened a Marvel Exhibit


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The Museum of Modern Art has just opened a Marvel Exhibit.

Story by Randy Perry Johnson, Student Reporter

The Museum of Pop Culture Seattle just opened up a show that puts the Marvel Universe on display. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “But Randy, what does a Museum in Seattle have to do with Henderson or Arkansas?” And to that I say great question, but if you didn’t interrupt me you would have had your answer by now.

What this has to do with Henderson is that one of the co-curators happens to be on Henderson’s campus. That being Dr. Randy Duncan, Professor of Superheroes, which is such a cool title.

If you are unfamiliar with name of Dr. Duncan then you are both lucky and also missing out at the same time. Dr. Duncan can be found often in Arkansas Hall teaching classes on Communication and well, Comics but that’s not all he does.

He is a Co-Founder of the Comics Arts Conference, a Co-Author of The Power of Comics: Theories and Methods, and helped bring a Comic Studies Minor to Henderson State.

This is a very long and roundabout way to say the man knows his material. Now, with all that said let’s get to the Exhibit.

The Exhibit isn’t completely done by Marvel, but by a company called SC Exhibits led by director Christoph Scholz. When the pitch was first made Duncan says that Marvel at the time were doing a series of live shows that took priority at the time along with Avengers Station in New York City.

Because of these things going on the curators and director weren’t getting a response from Marvel about their pitch. “Christoph got tired of waiting on a response from Marvel and wanted to make a pitch to DC.” Duncan said.

Eventually Marvel got a new Director of Entertainment, Bill Saunders, who loved the idea and they got the go ahead to begin working on the exhibit that celebrates the history of Marvel, with a strong focus on the Cinematic Universe.

With The Marvel Cinematic being as big as it is, it only makes sense that they would want to even include as much as they can from The Guardians of the Galaxy to the Netflix characters like Daredevil and Luke Cage.

Ant-Man has his own little (get it?) display and Dr. Strange has his own trippy hallway that shifts and shapes new figures to make it look mystical and disorientating and to top it all off, the company that owns SC Exhibits got Hans Zimmer to help compose and produce the music for the exhibit!

While it seems that all of the Marvel properties are shown off and represented really well, there are some characters who had to take a back seat due to movie rights.

Unfortunately, I’m talking about the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. Now don’t get me wrong they do have representation for these characters just not as much as the characters currently under the Marvel/Disney umbrella but with the news that Disney has purchased the rights from Fox there is a glimmer of hope that with future iterations of the exhibit is that they can include more stuff from those franchises.

While the exhibit is currently in Seattle at the MoPoP Duncan hopes that the next time the exhibit opens up in a Dallas or Memphis to give Henderson students and faculty a better chance to see it but until that day I guess looking at the pictures will have to do for now.

Until next time, true believers. Excelsior!