Monday, August 2, 2021

We Left the Kids at Home and Went to Chicago: Day 3 at the Museum of Science and Industry

I know I said that I vowed to myself that I wouldn't spend my entire time in Chicago in museums (again), but I can't travel someplace with awesome museums and go to none of them!

Matt and I really like Marvel stuff, comics, and costumes, so we were stoked to go to the traveling Marvel exhibit in the Museum of Science and Industry. It was especially apropos since our hotel's TV had randomly been playing a constant stream of Avengers movies on two different channels the entire time we were there--like, if you wanted to turn off one movie because you hate the sad part with Bucky, you could just turn to the other channel with a different movie and enjoy the antics of Thor for a while.

Here are a billion photos of exhibit!

first Marvel comic

Here are the interior pages of the first Marvel comic, including Namor's origin. I LOVE the Sub-Mariner, firstly because I love to pronounce his name wrong, and secondly because his inconsistent plotlines over the decades have turned him into a chaos goblin. When you encounter him, is he going to try to genocide you for the good of the ocean or invite you to his underwater palace to marry him? 

Matt had to be cajoled into taking this photo, but the dudes in line right behind us did the exact same pose so see, it's NOT weird!

Fantastic Four #1

Here's some original cover art. I really like the way that additions were literally pasted onto the page.

Sometimes those additions are ripped from the headlines!

And they got the quote right! I wonder when popular media began to incorrectly quote Armstrong, because it was definitely said the wrong way when I was a kid.

Some more original art. You know how much I love Captain America!

test artwork for Into the Spider-Verse

This is the first Spider-Man cover. They had a really cool display contrasting it with the original cover art, which is very different, and the critiques of Spider-Man's posture in that art that caused the changes.

cover art by Todd McFarlane, who Matt really likes

I, meanwhile, had NO PROBLEM doing the upside-down Spider-Man kiss pose, even though I look like an ass.

This costume was really cool. The sign said that all the little bumps on it were 3D-printed, but it didn't say if the signs of wear were intentional or resulted from literal wear-and-tear during filming. I'm so curious!

Winter Soldier costume! Thanks to the museum lighting plus my phone's camera, I can't get the tone right here. Bucky wears BLACK techwear, not grey!

I'm obsessed with the Bucky/Captain American plotline in the films. I hadn't read any Captain America comics before I watched the first Captain America movie, and I kind of suspect that Matt kept any comic-related spoilers away from me on purpose, because I got SO sucked in! 

I mean, I possibly got sucked in because I kept waiting for Steve and Bucky to kiss at any moment, but whatever. 

Like, I was biting my nails during all the World War 2 fighting scenes, and then Bucky! DIED!!!!! WTF?!?!?!? And Steve was so grief-stricken that he flew a literal plane into the literal ocean! OMG!!! But then he didn't even get to die and be reunited with his One True Love in the afterlife, because he got defrosted a billion years/three days later, and basically sent right back to the fighting that he'd just tried to escape from out of grief! And he's all trying to cope with a whole new world where everything looks different and smells different and tastes different and nothing is familiar and everyone he loves is gone, at the same time as people are, like... making fun of him for it? Like, "Ha, ha! The style of clothes you feel safe and comfortable in aren't stylish anymore! The music that calms you and feels familiar is gross! Go fight some aliens!"

So Steve adapts, because at this point he's pretty much learned that even death isn't an escape, and attempts to move on with his life even while being surveilled and used as a weapon and forced to continue with the dancing monkey act. Did anyone even ask if he maybe wanted to retire and go to art school? Get this guy some GI Bill! And a therapist who's not secretly Hydra!

Anyway, so Matt and I are in the theater watching Steve's Depressing Life 2.0, when up jumps the Big Baddie, the Winter Soldier. And there's a super great chase scene, and some awesome fighting, and the Winter Soldier is all decked out in black techwear head to toe except for his silver Soviet arm and his hair falling in his face. Somebody find this guy a ponytail ring. I'm super into it. 

So in this particular scene that I will never forget until the second I die--like, I will probably be contentedly playing it in my head AS I die--the Winter Soldier is fighting Steve, who's wearing literal khakis and a plain shirt and a kind of windbreaker thing exactly like my Pappa, and Steve's just doggedly fighting on, as he represses all his emotions from his entire life ALSO just like my Pappa.

They're fist-fighting. The Winter Soldier's got a knife. It is GREAT. I am having an amazing time.

We're all up close in the fight, and they're punching each other hard and the Winter Soldier keeps just barely almost knifing Steve in the face and they're tossing each other around, etc. And then Steve throws the Winter Soldier, who hits the pavement and rolls, and in the process his mask gets knocked off and is just lying there on the street. So when the Winter Soldier turns around to face Steve again, we can finally see his face.

And Steve stops, stunned, and is all, "Bucky?"

And from the middle of the packed theater, surrounded by a crowd of strangers, I'm all, "BUCKY?!?!?!?" with my fists to my mouth and my brain on pause and Matt snickering in the seat next to me. It is the absolute only time in my life that I have ever been sucker-punched by a movie twist like that. History's greatest moment of cinema, in my opinion. 

Not gonna lie, though: they really missed out by not staging a display that mimicked the Smithsonian Captain America uniform display in the movie.

Also this reminds me of the Marvel Zombies comics.

Mark 1 from Iron Man

Loki! Don't spoil me for the Disney+ series, because I haven't seen it yet. 

That's me, just trying to fit the reflection of my head into Loki's helmet!

Original cover art for the Vision's first comic appearance. I DID watch WandaVision on Disney+, and I'd be happy to natter on endlessly about it with you!

Mock-ups for the credit sequence in the Winter Soldier movie.

costume for Luke Cage, whose show I have not seen, but I like the idea of creating rips/holes in a hoodie this way. Perhaps with another fabric reverse appliqued underneath?

Eye of Agamotto from the Dr. Strange movie

Wolverine #1

Groot is so realistic!

I really love all the details on his jacket. Those pins!

Check out all the lines of stitching. That's a really interesting way to embellish something, and I'm going to try it!

After Marveling ourselves out, Matt and I checked out the rest of the Museum of Science and Industry--

--and then drove four hours back home to the kiddos. Syd had planned to make us a special lasagna soup as a homecoming dinner, but we all realized around Indianapolis, when she texted me asking where the ground beef was, and I replied that it was in the... wait, where was it?!?... that Kroger hadn't given us the ground beef that we'd paid for in our ClickList order (and that's how I learned the basic skill of actually double-checking your pick-up receipt when you get home from the grocery store!), so we picked up a pizza instead.

Syd made us lasagna soup the next day, don't worry. Tastes just like lasagna in a bowl, 10/10, highly recommend.

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