Mar­vel-ous dis­play still on


I HAVE seen only one or two Mar­vel movies be­cause Hol­ly­wood heart-throbs Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans played Thor and Cap­tain Amer­ica.

But de­spite my lack of knowl­edge about the Nine Realms por­trayed in the cin­e­matic uni­verse, I was im­pressed by the Mar­vel ex­hi­bi­tion at the Queensland Gallery of Mod­ern Art.

Avid fans and novices like my­self were treated to more than 500 ob­jects from the comic books and the 14 films de­pict­ing the sto­ries of su­per­heroes’ quests to save the day, in­clud­ing mas­sive set pieces like the As­gar­dian throne room seen in the up­com­ing Thor: Rag­narok movie, which was filmed on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane.

Bro­ken up into three sec­tions, the ex­hi­bi­tion also fea­tures more than 60 orig­i­nal cos­tumes worn by ac­tors, in­clud­ing Hemsworth, An­thony Hop­kins, Evans and Robert Downey Jr, and gives you a be­hind-the-scenes look into what it takes to make su­per­hero movies

Walk­ing through the ex­hi­bi­tion, I was swept into the magic of this vast mys­ti­cal uni­verse.

While it can be a bit con­fus­ing to un­der­stand the his­tory be­hind a cer­tain vil­lain or su­per­hero’s mo­tives, the GOMA ex­hi­bi­tion cer­tainly makes good use of the many in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ences through­out to pull the whole cin­e­matic nar­ra­tive to­gether.

After learn­ing a thing or two about the Nine Realms, I would know if I was to come across Thor’s ham­mer I could not wield it against my en­e­mies be­cause I have not been deemed wor­thy enough to hold such power, un­for­tu­nately.

The GOMA ex­hi­bi­tion was a chance to ex­plore in-depth an- other world for at least an af­ter­noon, but I was not ready to go back to my daily life after it.

In­stead, my Mar­vel-ous adventure con­tin­ued when I checked into the Park Regis North Quay.

Only a 10-minute walk across the Kurilpa pedes­trian bridge, the Park Regis North Quay of­fers spec­tac­u­lar views over­look­ing the Brisbane River, GOMA and South Bank.

Sit­ting in my spa­cious onebed­room apart­ment over­look­ing the river, my eyes were glued to watch­ing the peo­ple 20 floors below go about their busi­ness cy­cling, walk­ing, driv­ing and even boat­ing around on a sunny win­ter af­ter­noon.

It was time to get out and ex­plore the city and, more im­por­tantly, eat some din­ner.

A 15-minute drive to New Farm led me to Bal­four St where I dined at The Bal­four Kitchen, the in-prop­erty restau­rant at Spicers Bal­four Ho­tel.

This hid­den gem of a restau­rant was con­verted from a Queens­lan­der house into New Farm’s new hot spot where din­ers can feast on break­fast, lunch and din­ner on the wrap­around ve­randa or en­joy a cock­tail, or two, at the roof-top bar over­look­ing Story Bridge.

The Bal­four Kitchen menu wakes up the taste buds with fresh mod­ern Aus­tralian cui­sine on of­fer.

Sip­ping on fine wine, I took my time en­joy­ing the en­tree and main meals that fea­tured quail with foie gras and a tan­ta­lis­ingly good veni­son.

Both the restau­rant’s set­ting and the friendly ser­vice left me feel­ing re­laxed and full, so it was too easy to fall sound asleep in my com­fort­able king­sized bed back at the Park Regis North Quay.

Spend­ing the week­end in Brisbane was the per­fect way to dis­cover the se­crets be­hind the Mar­vel movie magic so many peo­ple have come to love, even a newly self-con­fessed su­per­hero fan like me.

The GOMA Mar­vel: Cre­at­ing the Cin­e­matic Uni­verse ex­hi­bi­tion fin­ishes on Sunday, Septem­ber 3. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to

The writer was a guest of GOMA, Park Regis North Quay (parkreg­is­ and The Bal­four Kitchen, Spicers Bal­four Ho­tel (spicer­sre­


SU­PER: The Mar­vel ex­hi­bi­tion at the Gallery of Mod­ern Art fin­ishes on Septem­ber 3 and, top right, su­per­hero Thor’s ham­mer and, below right, the view from one of the rooms at the Park Regis North Quay.

The rooftop bar over­look­ing the Story Bridge at The Bal­four Kitchen.

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